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Water Pick-Up Kit Installation Overview

The following is a brief overview of the typical installation procedure. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH EACH KIT. Failure to follow the instructions could result in damage to the SureSeal or your engine.

  1. Locate the point in the engines cooling system where water will be taken. (SEE BOTTOM of PAGE).
  2. If using a Tee-Type Pick-Up, cut the engine hose cleanly and squarely and add two loose hose clamps to each end.
  3. Next, insert the Tee so that the branch fitting is oriented properly-not aiming straight down (to prevent sediment from accumulating at the opening) or straight up (possibly out of the water stream) SEE BELOW.
  4. Branch Fitting Orientation

    - 3A. If using a threaded fitting-type pick-up, remove the appropriate plug or drain. Using a small screwdriver or awl, poke/scrape the inside of the opening to dislodge or remove any engine scale, sediment, debris, etc. which could clog the line. Coat the threads of the fitting with sealant and install.

  5. Add two small hose clamps to one end of the Water Pick-Up hose and attach it to either the Tee or threaded fitting. Tighten the hose clamps.
  6. Route the hose to the water injection fitting on the SureSeal so that it will not be subject to kinking or pinching which could restrict the flow of water. Cut to length if needed.
  7. Take the black plastic cap off the fitting on the SureSeal (leave tethered to fitting). Attach the hose and secure with the remaining two hose clamps.

  8. - 6A. For twin-engine applications, we recommened the use of a crossover line between port and starboard SureSeals to insure proper lubrication and cooling water to both seals in the event that only one engine is running. Before installing a crossover line, you must inspect the vessel's raw water exhaust system. DO NOT USE A CROSSOVER LINE if the highest point in the exhaust system is above the turn of the exhaust riser. "back flow" could occur while running on only one engine causing serious damage to the other engine/turbo. For all Crossover setups, a second fitting is required on each SureSeal.

    Water Pickup Kit Diagram

  9. Route the crossover hose between the two seals keeping it low, below engine fitting. Remove caps and connect the two ends to the SureSeals with the clamps as before.
  10. When the boat is back in the water, remove the water pick-up hose from the fitting on the SureSeal and place the end of the hose into an empty container. Temporarily cap off the injection fitting, with the black plastic cap (to prevent water from back-flowing through the SureSeal). Start the engine and run in neutral. Raise the cotainer 1 foot above the water pick-up point and confirm that there is water flowing from the hose (approximately 2 PSI at engine idle). Increase engine speed and confirm that there is a constant flow of water throughtout the full RPM range. Reconnect the hose and tighten clamps. Dress the hose and secure with cable ties (loosley).

  11. - 8A. To test a "Double Injection" set-up, remove the crossover hose from one SureSeal. Cap the injection fitting as described above. Start the other engine and run in neutral. Hold the end of the crossover hose above the level at which the cooling system water enters the manifold. A steady flow of water indicates there is suffcient pressure for proper function. Reconnect the hose and repeat the process for the other engine. Dress the crossover hose and secure with cable ties (loosely).

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To determine which water pick-up kit to order, first identify the point in the engine’s raw water cooling system from which you plan to take the water for your SureSeal.

Recommended Water Pick-Up Points In Order of Preference

  1. Hose Tee: In-line between the heat exchanger and riser (as close to the heat exchanger as possible).
  2. Hose Tee: In-line between the oil cooler and the heat exchanger.
  3. Hose Tee: In-line between the water pump and the oil cooler.
  4. Drain Plug: Hose barb in the heat exchanger.
  5. Drain Plug: Hose barb in oil cooler (if oil cooler is on pressure side of water pump). The bore should be at least .200”.
  6. Drain Plug: Hose barb in the back of the water pump. Be sure the drain is on the pressure side of the pump.
Water Pickup Points

Complete Water Pick-up Kit Installation Instructions may be downloaded HERE .