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Old 28 October 2014, 11:18   #1
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Outboard Engine test stand

Hi all

I recently got my first boat, Mercury Quicksliver 530HD + Yamaha F50 4 stroke outboard.

I have the engine off the boat, and have built up a pretty substantial test stand from 4" X 2" timber framing on wheels. My intention is to mount the engine onto it, plus the throttle controls and be able to run the engine after servicing to make sure it's OK + balance the carbs, test the power trim etc etc.

I've fitted a small petrol tank from a lawnmower + motorbike battery to the stand, so I'm hoping it should be OK after I connect up the instruments etc. I also have the water connection muffs to connect up a hosepipe for cooling.

Has anyone else done this ? If so what are the problem areas or pitfalls if any ?

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Mat
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Old 28 October 2014, 11:20   #2
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i did it with a Suzuki 250, 2x4 and 4x4 lumber. It ran fine on the stand. Stood on it for almost a year.

Mine wasn't so fancy, you can see it in the back.


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Old 28 October 2014, 11:28   #3
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I've just made a display stand for some motors

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im going to make one now for a single larger motor, upto maybe 200hp.
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Old 28 October 2014, 12:02   #4
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Hi Jason, yeah that's pretty much what I have, but I've got some 3" castor wheels on each corner to push it around in my garage and out into the driveway when I run it up.

I'm going to mount the throttle/gear/trim control on the side and loop the cables back into the engine & also make a little panel to hold the engine digital display.

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Old 28 October 2014, 12:11   #5
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I jumped the battery from my truck when I ran it, I just connected the wiring harness, I didn't connect the throttle, rev'ed it a little by hand. The only issue I ran into was there was a safety switch on the ignition loom that I had to jumper to get to the engine to start.
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Old 28 October 2014, 12:24   #6
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Well I'm going to try using the complete wiring loom & engine controls so hopefully it'll all be OK

I'll post up a few pics when It's set up
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