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Old 11 October 2009, 11:14   #1
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DT200EFI Reverse Woes.

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I have a 1998 Suzuki DT200EFI That is absolutely great on my 6.5M Ocean, it only cost me @£2000 used @4 years ago, and up to now itís been very reliable. It returns nearly the same MPG at cruising speeds of @25-30knots as ETECís and Optimaxís, but importantly only weighs 200kgs.

Unfortunately I now have an issue with it. After crashing in and out of forward and reverse to hold the bow on a beach in Devon whilst I lifted some people off, the engine wonít go into reverse, but just makes lots of clicking noises whilst the revs rise. It will go in perfectly without the engine running, so Iím expecting the dog clutch for reverse to be mangled, or the webs on the back of the reverse gear itself to be bent. Fortunately I have a complete spare set of gears etc.

Am I being paranoid, or is there anything else I should check before diving into the gearbox itself?
Iím expecting big trouble getting the threaded stopper and shaft housing out.
I have already ensured the cable is adjusted properly, but havenít touched the Ďsoft shiftí mechanism.

I'm going to carry on using it for the time being, and managed OK yesterday. I think Doggypaddle put it very well, "Reverse is very overrated as a gear".

The engine has also done a lot of work now in all weather conditions and is starting to show its age.
Iíd like to replace it with another exactly the same, but as they are so rare over here they, or the DT225EFI, donít come up for sale very often, and those that do are very well used. Iíve seen a couple on US ebay that look in much better condition than mine for a very good price, but would need help with importing one to the UK. Does anyone know how easy this is?

Of course the ideal scenario would be for me to buy Codprawns DT225EFI for a good price when he gets his 350HP V8 Yammie.

Thanks

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Old 11 October 2009, 11:53   #2
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Iíve seen a couple on US ebay that look in much better condition than mine for a very good price, but would need help with importing one to the UK. Does anyone know how easy this is?

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Yeh, done it loads of times. It's a bit like buying a motor from somewhere like Scotland, but it tends to arrive quicker.

The hardest job is getting a yank to package it for you, they're none to bright you know!
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Of course the ideal scenario would be for me to buy Codprawns DT225EFI for a good price when he gets his 350HP V8 Yammie.
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Old 11 October 2009, 12:15   #4
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Wouldn't touch that Yam V8 with a bargepole - almost as heavy as twin 300xs!!!

It may be worth hanging on for my 225 efi - unless I stick it on a Ring or Phantom that is...........

Yes we can sort out shipping for you from the USA if you need it. Cost about £500 last time.
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Old 11 October 2009, 12:20   #5
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The hardest job is getting a yank to package it for you, they're none to bright you know!
Yes it's that bit I was worried about, suppose it's best to stick to dealers that should have a special pallet laying around.


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Yes we can sort out shipping for you from the USA if you need it. Cost about £500 last time.
Well done mate

I'll be in touch if it happens.

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Can i ask what is wrong with buying a motor from Scotland?
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Old 11 October 2009, 13:01   #7
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Yes we can sort out shipping for you from the USA if you need it. Cost about £500 last time.
That's a £150 more than i normally pay.
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Old 11 October 2009, 15:52   #8
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Rebuilding gearboxes

I asked this question once of a dealer and was told that outboard gearcases are very difficult to rebuild well and often have a limited lifespan even if they are put together right.

If you have the spare gearset already then I guess its no biggie however.

No doubt you will need dozens of special tools to do the job
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No doubt you will need dozens of special tools to do the job
I don't think you would for a Soozook 200.
You would need a box of shims though
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