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    We are going to get a Swim platform for our 2004 LPX 225. I have noticed that the VP SX drive comes up too far and will hit the platform when fully trimmed up. Is there a way to adjust the trim height so this won't happen?
    2004 White 225 LPX 320 hp 5.7 VP GXI
    "Lollygaggin"
    2001 192br
    "Cuzz Damn" Sold
    Mark & Lisa

  • #2
    Boy on a merc yes. The Volvo I don't think they are adjustable. Take a look at your sending units on the side of your gimble housing. See if they are slotted.
    03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
    03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
    Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
    2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
    Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
    350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
    Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
    17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
    Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.

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    • #3
      I don’t think Merc or Volvo have adjustability for the trailer position. The only thing I can think of would be to add another switch to cut off the trim pump at a certain height. I would talk with the swim platform experts, as I am sure they have dealt with this issue. I just put a platform on my boat and the drive trucks up perfectly in the trailer position. The support ribs and air hole are perfectly positioned so that the drive just clears.
      Brad, Kelli, and Floyd
      St John, IN

      1999 Crownline 202BR powered by a 5.7 Alpha
      Towed by 2014 GMC Sierra

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      • #4
        I believe that VP makes stoppers that go in to rams and stop the trim at 3/4 and remove the last 1/4 of trailer trim. When I had a regal with an SX drive I had the opposite problem where it would not come up high enough for when I was bringing the boat on to my lift, it would only trim 3/4 of the way. I brought it back to the dealer and they removed the stops and then it went up all the way. It did not hit the platform in the all the way up position on my boat but I think regal just had these in on all of their boats regardless if it would hit or not.


        Edit: I just did a quick ebay search, I believe you are looking for these..


        https://www.ebay.com/p/Volvo-Penta-T...0887/667246581
        2011 Monterey 224FS Merc 5.0MPI
        Former Owner 2005 Crownline 202 Merc 5.0 MPI

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        • #5
          I believe you can get the stoppers for Merc units.
          2000 266BR Ruby & Opal


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          • #6
            Wow interesting guys. Nice find
            03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
            03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
            Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
            2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
            Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
            350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
            Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
            17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
            Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.

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            • #7
              I have nothing to say. But i sure learned something new, dont listen to Chad on drive height stoppers.
              2012 18SS with a .75 V8
              (Jarhead Therapy)
              Home Turf; Fox Chain of Lakes
              2017 Tundra 4x4
              Lakemoor Illinois
              Curator of worthless input

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              • #8
                Awesome! Thanks!
                2004 White 225 LPX 320 hp 5.7 VP GXI
                "Lollygaggin"
                2001 192br
                "Cuzz Damn" Sold
                Mark & Lisa

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                • #9
                  Merc and Volvo must work differently. On the Merc, the rams extend to lift the drive up. Using a limiter like this in that case would not work, as it would only limit the down travel, which isn't wanted. Volvo must retract the rams to lift the drive in order for these spacers to work. They also look to me like they are made of plastic, which may break over time from the force of the ram constantly compressing them.
                  Brad, Kelli, and Floyd
                  St John, IN

                  1999 Crownline 202BR powered by a 5.7 Alpha
                  Towed by 2014 GMC Sierra

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=Brad-S;371798]Merc and Volvo must work differently. On the Merc, the rams extend to lift the drive up. Using a limiter like this in that case would not work, as it would only limit the down travel, which isn't wanted. Volvo must retract the rams to lift the drive in order for these spacers to work. They also look to me like they are made of plastic, which may break over time from the force of the ram constantly compressing them.[/QUO

                    Good point Brad. I will have to check that out.
                    2004 White 225 LPX 320 hp 5.7 VP GXI
                    "Lollygaggin"
                    2001 192br
                    "Cuzz Damn" Sold
                    Mark & Lisa

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                    • #11
                      I would think they are fairly proven, that boat I had was a 2000. I noticed all of the new Cobalts powered with VPs must have these to keep the drive from hitting that low slung flip down platform. A lot of people probably don't notice this so are not even aware their drive is being limited.
                      2011 Monterey 224FS Merc 5.0MPI
                      Former Owner 2005 Crownline 202 Merc 5.0 MPI

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