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 Post subject: I need a spanner wrench
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:35 pm 
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Anybody have a spanner wrench that I can borrow? One of my hydraulic rods on my tilt and trim is starting to leak a little fluid and it looks like the o-rings are starting to go bad As far as I know all I have to do is take the cap off the cylinder and replace the o-rings. Although to take the cap off I need a tool called a spanner wrench. My tilt and trim system is on a 2000 Mercury Optimax 200. Nobody around town seems to have it and would need to order it. I figured I would see if anybody outhere had one before I order one, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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If my movie watching memory is correct, a spanner is an ordinary wrench. What does the cap look like? Can you post a photo?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:49 pm 
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I will try and post a pic tomorrow hopefully, but basically the cap is round. It kind of looks like a donut (I think I'm hungry) with one hole on each side. The spanner wrench basically looks like the letter Y with two small nipples at the top of the wrench which fit in each hole of the cap to help you twist it off. Hope this makes sense, but will post a pic soon.

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If I had one I would bring it to you. Try Sears or Harbor Freight in Pasadena.


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I am in Lakeshore, just south of the railroad bridge. I have some tools, but how big is the span between your "grooves"?

What I have is likely too big for your needs. But you never know until you ask...

Often, I use "other tools" in place of a spanner wrench, depending on how much space I have to work with.


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I have made them at times out of different things

flat metal or skillet blinds. just take a drill bit and stick in the holes in the cap on your tilt cylinder till you get a snug fit. porbably 3/16 to 1/4 inch bolt size .

using two pieces of flat metal lay them on top of each other.
drill a hole in one end of the flat metal pieces then run a bolt thru them and tighten it up.

now spread the two pieces of flat metal apart like a V drill holes in each of the two ends of the V with the bits that fit in the cap of your tilt cylinder.

use two drill bit bottoms for the pins.

or use the right screws 1/4 tap and thread holes in the flat bar and screw the screws thru the flat bar into the holes in the cylinder.

those wrenchs cost bucks from the dealer.

also here is the easy way using an 6 inch or 8 inch one that fits around the cylinder rod.
crescent wrench drill holes in the points. 5/32 use two bits upside down adjust too fit. Simple but it works great! adjustable


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:32 am 
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OR YOU MIGHT TRY THIS ADJUSTABLE PIN WRENCH FROM HARBOR FREIGHT

$4.99 IT WILL FIT A LOT OF DIFFERENT ONES.

http://www.harborfreight.com/adjustable ... ce=linking


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:59 am 
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Hey guys, thanks for all the info I really appreciate it. I finally found one and Yeap you are right Sticko. The pins are 3/16. The cap holes are in such a odd position that's its difficult to get a decent grip to take the cap off. I tried and I tried, after much frustration, I think I'm just gonna take it to Bowden Marine and let them deal with it. Thanks again for all the ideas. Hopeing to get back on the water soon

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:09 am 
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most times you have to take a hammer and
bump the handle on the spanner to get it to move
or take the cylinder off the motor first.


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