Procedure for Removing Sea Doo Wear Rings
There are probably many ways of removing a wear ring but the procedure below is what I use and it works well with plastic housings as well as the old aluminum ones (even really corroded ones). I also now use a cheap Harbor Freight sawsall I think I paid around $30 for and it works better than a jigsaw which is what I used to use.
Also not you might sometimes hear of the "freezer trick" for removing/installing rings. That generally only works for aluminum housings since plastic tends to shrink the same for housing and ring.
- Sawsall or Jig Saw with fine blade
- Large screwdriver
- Using a sawsall or jigsaw with the blade adjusted so max travel is about the length of the wear ring, cut a "V" cut in each side of the wear ring cutting through the rubber ring and into the white fiberglass. Be careful not to go all the way through but if you do, it shouldn't hurt anything.
For reference I use a cheap Harbor Freight sawsall with a fine blade and when I'm deep enough, there's about 1/4" of blade left showing. I've actually done enough that the paint is worn off the blade making it easy to see when to stop.
- Once you've made the cuts, use a big screwdriver and hammer close to a "V" and lightly tap in between the ring and housing to loosen the ring.
- Once it's been pulled inward, you can tap the screwdriver down at an angle through the "V" to split the ring.
- With a little more work around the ring, it should loosen up and slide out.
- If you did it right, there will be no marks on the inside of the housing!