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Old 05 July 2015, 10:24   #1
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Tohatsu 50hp any good?

Anyone know whether these are good engines? Everyone seems to love the Yam autolubes I know. But anything wrong with the above?
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Old 05 July 2015, 10:45   #2
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These engines are "bomb proof"
I have a tohatsu 60c 2006 and it hasn't skipped a beat the usuall services have been done on a sporadic basis and long may this continue

I would recommend them
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Tohatsu 50hp any good?

Cheers. Is yours a TLDI one, think the one I'm looking at is a carbed autolube.

Mate has a 40hp on a dory and it runs well to be fair. Quite quiet too. It surprised me. I assume the 50hp is probably the same block.
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yeh the 40 and 50 are the same block.
Very good engines, they use them in zapcat and thundercat racing, if they can survive that they can survive anything!
Very simple and straighforward to work on, parts aren't the cheapest but they don't really need parts. Only part that broke on mine was the coils, most of the racing guys replace them with 70hp or aftermarket coils. Saying that you shouldn't have any issues with them unless you're thrashing the engine.
Don't know about the autolube, we all run premix but just to save weight. These engines are pretty much a copy of the yam 50, for racing the yam and tohatsus race against each other and are perfectly matched. Some reckon the tohatsu is faster in stock form.
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Have you bought an SR4 project Paul?
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No mine is the autolube & three carbs
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Cheers all, good to hear. Been debating an SR4 for a while. Want to tow places easily with a car.
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They might be a bit agricultural compared to a Yamaha, but that said they're absolutely bullet-proof. Only weak point I'm aware of is the remote cable isn't tinned, so any electrical issues can normally be traced to a break in connection. A simple continuity test will identify. Parts back-up is great and on a par with Yamaha in my opinion.

The Yamaha 3 cylinder 50G are great engines too and were used pretty extensively by commercial fishermen, which is part of the trouble as they're almost impossible to source. I waited 2 years to get carbs for a Yamaha 40V (same block) and gave up in the end.

Buy the Tohatsu and you're joining a pretty exclusive club.
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Al40 had one. As he's off cruising I think he won't mind me saying it never missed a beat. Tldci or something like that. He upgraded to the 90 which I am sure the same comments apply.

Should say for legal reasons I have partaken of a couple of McBeverages but they say alcohol brings out the truth...

If my transom could take one and an aux I'd have one. My problem is any auto mix engine doesn't leave enough weight capacity for an aux...
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