The A.R.E. System features
several innovations to minimize installation time. The
System shaft (4) and coupling (6) are machined with
steeper tapers. This allows easy shaft removal from
the coupling, yet maintains a snug and concentric fit.
The shaft is secured to the coupling with a woodruff
key (5) and a flanged retaining nut (8). A self-locking
set screw (7) through the side of the coupling seats
on the flange of the retaining nut, providing a positive
lock that disassembles easily for service. The retaining
nut recess of the coupling is threaded for a Separator
(9). The Separator is a jacking plug which, when threaded
into the retaining nut recess with the nut removed,
pushes the shaft out of the coupling.
Also available are
specialized tools for drive shaft maintenance. The offset
prop wrench (D) fits the prop nut and the Ironman prop
puller. The Ironman prop puller (C) removes 3-blade
and 4-blade propellers quickly and efficiently. The
coupling wrench (B) prevents the shaft assembly from
turning when removing the retaining nut. The System
socket (A) is used to remove the retaining nut, and
will work on boats with as little as 1 clearance
between the coupling face and the transmission flange.