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Old 24 June 2005, 06:16   #11
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I cant figure out the bloody smart gauges anyway lol!
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Old 24 June 2005, 06:29   #12
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My Merc doesn't have the smart gauges either but its one of the very first Opti's into the UK.

I know that mine cannot have the smart cratf guages added so you would be wise to get the serial number and check with a friendly merc/mariner dealer if it can be done.

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Old 24 June 2005, 08:31   #13
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Got some answers back!
Been quoted 500 to swap engines over + 800 part ex on the old Johnson!

"HI NICK
THANKS AGAIN FOR QUESTIONS

1/I HAVE MADE SOME FURTHER ENQUIRYS REGARDING THIS MOTOR.THE UNIT WAS PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY A MERCURY AGENT AND USED ON A FRESH WATER LAKE IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL. THERE IS AN IMMINENT BAN ON TWO STROKE MOTORS ON THIS PARTICULAR LAKE HENCE THE REASON FOR THE SALE.

2/THE MOTOR WAS LAST SERVICED JANUARY THIS YEAR AND A NEW WATER PUMP IMPELLOR FITTED

3/THE DEALER WAS WELL AWARE OF THE INJECTOR RECALL AND CAN CONFIRM THAT THE RECALL WAS ON THE LATER 2000 AND 2001 MODELS.

4/CAN CONFIRM IT HAS NOT BEEN USED WITH OPTI 2 STROKE OIL AS THIS IS NOT BIO-DEGRADABLE. IT HAS HOWEVER BEEN USED WITH A SYNTHETIC MERCURY 2 STROKE OIL WHICH IS BIO-DEGRADABLE AND A FAR BETTER OIL THAN OPTI OIL.
I HOPE THIS INFO IS OF USE
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Old 24 June 2005, 08:38   #14
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How much for four bolts and some wires. Nick if you can restore anitque furniture then swopping the engines over will be a walk in the park, a day tops. I fitted mine myself and just got the dealer to give it the once over with the mercury servicing computer once fitted, 10 minutes of a dealers time tops.

Would be tempted to ring Barrus and ask them about the syn oil question and go for it depending on there answer.

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Old 24 June 2005, 08:47   #15
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Yep, I think you have a point!
I have changed a few car engine in the past, so should not be too bad!
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Old 24 June 2005, 08:55   #17
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Hi Nick, just got your PM and replied about economy (1li per mile or 30li per hour at upto 80% WOT). I'm not sure you'll acheive the top speed you are aspiring to with the osprey hull. She is a nice deep V and has a design speed of 40something knots i think. Mine is certianly on the limit of control and stability at 45knots.

The early opti's did not support smartcraft, and had a simple integrated gauge as you describe. The gauges are silly money to buy seperate (if supported) (1000) so i wound not think that is going to happen.

Good news is i don't beleive there is any way to "fake" the hours run on these new engines, although i don't know what would happen if the ECU was replaced (unlikely and very, very expensive unless under warenty)
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50 - 55 knots that came from Peter7 not me, 45 knots is what Osprey quote as max! Top end speed is fun but not the reason for the upgrade, but better fuel consumption at 20 to 25 knots would be good! Managed 37 knots at the weekend with the old Johnson 100HP, just me on board. 50 hp extra for 8 knot maybe a bit daft But then when was owning a boat sensible?
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I think for it's age it's pricey (buy it now price) also I don't like the answers the dealer gave you pertcularly the Oil

Opti's aren't the easiest engines to keep looking like new (as this one does) so the hours may well be right, however engine hours are zeroed when a new ECU is fitted,
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ive be two to see that dealer two times now he seem a very help full guy
a lot better thay were i got my new rib from hes on the A13 in essex so well worth a trip to have a chat with him when ive been in he has had a good supply of second hand engines

go see him see what he will do as a offer its a lot of money for a ebay sale

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