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Old 10 June 2011, 07:08   #11
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Got the 200 small block 1850 hours on her still purrs like a baby very happy serviced every 100 hours and usually get 200 hours before need to change the plugs but she is used for teaching so up and down the revs all the time .
only problems I have had is throttle cable snapped due to wear and a little slider that controls the top end revs had worked down so reduced revs.
Came on here and asked about said problem and sorted it.
Big fan of 2strokes and for me Etec is great miss the roar of the OPTI though.
but much better engine when teaching as so quiet.
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Old 10 June 2011, 07:08   #12
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I have been looking for a new engine so I visited four dealers last weekend and one allowed me to test two ribs (slightly different length); one with Evinrude E-TEC 60, and the other with Suzuki DF60.

E-TEC:
1. AMAZING throttle response, I quite like a fast response especially when I am docking, or trying to put the boat on the trailer. It helped me compared to my existing 4 stroke Yamaha.

2. a bit Noisy in my opinion, still 2 stroke!

3. Handling was better compared to Suzuki, despite the rib being even smaller.

Suzuki:
1. Could not believe it is running, SO QUIET!

2. Fuelwise, the dealer said it is better

3. S**t throttle response, almost half a second delay

4. Expensive



THEREFORE, I am going for a Mariner now!!! mainly because I have seen more mariner/mercury dealers in the area where I live than Evinrude E-Tec. This is one thing you MUST pay attention as if you use your rib locally, you don't want to travel 150miles everytime you need a part of have to rectify a problem. Again, if that dealer is not a decent dealer (or you don't get on well with him) you may even have to travel far more!

so.....
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Old 10 June 2011, 07:33   #13
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Have 2 x 150's from new and have put about 200 hours on them so far, no issues with the engines at all. The throttle response is if anything too quick with a twin set up, the only thing I would say is that the throttle levers themselves are a bit stiff.

I looked at the Etecs or Yam 4 strokes when I re-engined, at the time there was a considerable difference in physical size and weight between them.

Not been sorry I went for the Etecs.
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Old 10 June 2011, 18:01   #14
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the only thing I would say is that the throttle levers themselves are a bit stiff.
Assuming you have the binnacle mount control, feel underneath it. There will be a little plastic clip on cover. Either use a screwdriver (and be very careful not to break the plastic) or preferably your nail and prise it open (it's only like a little battery cover type thing). Under there will be at least 3 screws, the two fat, shiny ones are the tension adjusters. Tighten to stiffen the throttle, and loosen to loosen. However make sure that if you go looser that the neutral position does not become invisible.
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Old 10 June 2011, 18:44   #15
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BRP Throttle controls are awful. I replaced mine with a Teleflex one which also had a Neutal lock. Much better.
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BRP Throttle controls are awful. I replaced mine with a Teleflex one which also had a Neutal lock. Much better.
Aren't the new ones fly by wire ?
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Old 11 June 2011, 02:50   #17
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BRP Throttle controls are awful. I replaced mine with a Teleflex one which also had a Neutal lock. Much better.
They use to be however a couple of years back BRP brought out the new version which is excellent and really well put together.

The main issue is to make sure you are using really good cables with any set up or as Bedajim suggests go for ICON.
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Old 11 June 2011, 04:41   #18
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They use to be however a couple of years back BRP brought out the new version which is excellent and really well put together.

The main issue is to make sure you are using really good cables with any set up or as Bedajim suggests go for ICON.
Oh OK I stand corrected then, my information was three years out of date, perhaps I should have mentioned that?

It's good that BRP listen to their customers and come out with a better design.

Still, the Teleflex ones shouldn't be overlooked as they used to be very good and should save you half the money on a BRP one if finances are tight.
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They use to be however a couple of years back BRP brought out the new version which is excellent and really well put together.

The main issue is to make sure you are using really good cables with any set up or as Bedajim suggests go for ICON.
That's the one we have. It's far from brilliant due to the absence of neutral lock but it could be a lot worse. The "ergonomic design" is nice and comfy

But ICON seems like a good idea. They won't ship MY11 >150 without it afaik.
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As I have said befor,VERY pleased with my 130! Pushes my '545' very nicely!
and would certainly consider another when I upgrade.
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