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Removing Lower unit only drops a few inches

On my 2000 Ficht 200 HP, I'm trying to drop the lower unit so I can replace the water pump. The unit drops a few inches and that's it. From what I've read, it looks like I didn't disconnect the shift rod. I thought I did but I guess not.


Can anyone tell me where the shift shaft has to be disconnected from?



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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Removing Lower unit only drops a few inches

under the throttle body, remove port side cover for better access.


Be sure to measure and adjust the shift rod height before installing to avoid gearcase damage or shifting problems. Refer to the factory service manual for specifications and procedures.




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