Which Bravo 3 Steering pin to buy?

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  1. radscoot

    radscoot Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Georgian Bay, Canada
    260 Sundancer, 2006,
    5.7 Merc/Bravo 111
  2. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    I see the link is to a SS pin. That is good. I got a SS pin from JRmarine.
  3. Scott06

    Scott06 New Member

    Oct 17, 2016
    200 Sport
    5.0 Mercruiser, Alpha One gen 2
    My buddy got his ss pin from Nu Wave marine, they sell online and on eBay , worked out well for him
  4. pyro

    pyro Member

    Dec 4, 2018
    CT, Long Island Sound
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI Bravo III
    Kohler 5ecd
    I did my last boat with the one from Nuwave marine and lasted with no issues for the 8 years I had it after. They have a youtube video somewhere that attempts to show the difference in "slop" between theirs and some ebay competitors. That was good enough to convince me to go with theirs. I think JR marine is top notch, but their cost is pretty high and at that point you might as well go with Mercruiser's stainless pin (used in their seacore products).

    I just purchased 2 more Nuwave pins for my new boat I'm doing now. I have a brand new mercruiser steel pin from my past boat I never used and I see a noticeable difference between that and the Nuwave stainless pin in the height of the groove where the o-ring seal sits. I have to inspect this more closely and ensure they are the same part numbers. I'll grab a picture in the next day or two.
  5. DWABoat

    DWABoat Active Member

    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    You get what you pay for.

    There are so many types of stainless steel. Some are very strong by design. Some more rust resistant by design.

    Unless you go with Mercruiser’s OEM pins, look for the type of stainless the pin is made with. Your reputable marketers, like Nu Wave and JR Marine, should be fine. But the cheap general merchandiser would be suspect for fit and metal quality. That pin carries enormous loads and could wear prematurely if it is made with cheap steel.

    I just purchased two brand new Alpha transom assemblies and considered installing stainless pins before they were installed. That is when I started researching. After consulting with my mechanic friend and doing a lot of reading, we decided in my case, leaving the original pins is best for me. I keep my boat on a trailer 95% of its life. A thorough wash to the gimbal area followed with air blow out then 656 coating will work fine for me.

    Good luck.
  6. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    I grabbed the upper pin kit (w/ arm) from nuwavemarine on ebay last summer. Also got the OEM gimbal/bellows repair/reseal kit and OEM trim sender/limit kit.
    They weren't the cheapest but were quick and combined the shipping for me.
  7. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    I used the JRMarine pins. @ seasons going strong.
  8. radscoot

    radscoot Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Georgian Bay, Canada
    260 Sundancer, 2006,
    5.7 Merc/Bravo 111
    I'm most likely going to go with Nuwavemarine.
    I had them bookmarked already and your recommendations confirmed what I had read in their
    positive feed back on eBay.
    Just a note, I'm in Fresh water and boat is wet slipped from May until October.
    Clearly this is one of many major design flaws by Mercruiser on their I/O's.
    Its no wonder the recent generation of boats are going Outboard.
    If I were to purchase new thats what I would be looking at.

    Thank you all for the replies.

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