"Jamie, it seems to me that yo
"Jamie, it seems to me that you have many wrong concepts about your boat.
As a rule, you should never tilt the outdrive unless strictly necessary (i.e. you ran into shallow water and need to get out without damaging the drive). Yes, I know you the manual says are allowed to slightly tilt it when going into shallow water, but bending a tilt rod should have told you by now that tilting the outdrive and running the boat at the same time (even if at slow speed) can bring nasty consequences.
Also, even if your bellows gets ripped apart, your boat will never get a drop of water inside, because the seals int he bellhousing wil prevent it. A different issue would be if you ripped apart an older model OMC transom bellows.
I am about to make a posting regarding how the tilt system works (both 4 and 2 wire), as too many people seem to have a problem understanding it. I suggest you read it, because once you understand how it works, troubleshooting faults in the tilt system should be a piece of cake."