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Old 06-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Tie Bar on alpha drives. info plz

hi, getting excited now as my chriscraft is coming together nicely.

the drives on the boat are alpha gen1 and iv bought a SEI aftermarket lower to make them counter rotate.

iv also upped the power from standard twin 260's to twin 311's by merc'ing a pair of volvo AQ311B's.

with this increase in power and c/r drives should i be running a external tie bar on the drives? and what sort of cost is it gonna be if i need 1?

thanks in advance,

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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It's generally recommended that if the boat runs 60 mph and up that an external tie bar be used. If you get up to 70, you should probably also install external hydraulic steering., shop around.
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