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Old 22 March 2010, 12:49   #1
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Suzuki Lowrance Interface

Has anyone used a Lowrance Suzuki engine interface with a 175hp motor? Ours will only work with the ignition but engine not running!
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Old 22 March 2010, 15:19   #2
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I'm running this with a 250. Sounds like somethings gone wrong!
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Old 22 March 2010, 18:26   #3
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Not with a 175, but with a 200. However, mine did fail early on and I had to buy a new one. Possibly not the most reliable bit of equipment. I opened up the old one to find a small circuit board with lots of smc compnents sealed in potting resin - no chance of repair sadly.
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Old 23 March 2010, 05:49   #4
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Erin,

What were the symptoms of the failure? Complete lack of data or intermittent working? The last thing I did before I shut the Lowrance unit unit off was configure the interface to the correct engine and model year. It seemed to be forgetting this information. I will need to check that it has retained it next time I power up unit.
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I had a spurious engine fault message pop up on the screen and then after that the engine data just flashed dashes at me. I checked the engine ecu and there were no faults logged so I was confident it was a failure of the lowrance unit. I don't remember any intermittent stages.... it just died. I spoke to Navico (I think) the UK agents who were not very helpful. I had hoped they would have the same customer service levels that Garmin do, but sadly not.
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I use the ep20 on suzuki df175. It works ok.
I had only some problem after the installation with the calibration of fuel flow because suzuki had changed some parameter between df175 2007 and 2008 engines. After a calibration the fuel flow reading is accurate. If you don't want to calibrate the fuel flow there is a firmware update for the ep20 and is possible to install with lowrance chartplotter.
What is your specific problem?
The alimentation on the nmea2000 network is sufficient?
The ep20 interface tp startup need that the voltage of battery is > 12v and when you turn on the engine the ecu of the engine use a lot of energy and if the ep20 is attached under the key the ep20 could not have sufficient energy to startup. So is better to not install the alimentation of the nmea network under engine key.
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Old 28 March 2010, 14:03   #7
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Hi all,

my name is Wolfgang and I´m new here at RIBnet. I´m from Germany, Bavaria, so excuse my bad english at first. I found this thread by google.

I installed the EP-20 and I want to use it with a Lowrance LCX 37. My Suzuki is from 2006 (K6).

Now I have same problems as told above. If I choose my motor model in the setup, and if I restart the engine I have to choose it again, it doesn´t get saved. I only can read the hours, rpm, temp., Volts, but I don´t get any information from the fuel sensor. There are so much possibilities to make settings, so I tried a little bit and found one unknown thing.

There is a input box named ´Example´, it´s below the button ´more options´ in the engine setup. There is standing 255, if I change that, there are no more informations available from the engine. If I name it back to 255 and save, there suddenly comes one fuel information (4l/h for example), but there comes no more new information.

A friend told me to put a EP-85 sensor for NMEA 2000 for saving informations, but there is no further information from the fuel sensor.

Any ideas for me ?

NMEA 2000 is not very common here at Germany, so it is complicated to get any informations. Also Suzuki has no interest in help.

Thanks in advance !

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Hi Wolfgang and welcome to Ribnet. You write very good English, so do not worry about that.

If you are getting rpm, hours temp etc then your EP20 must be working ok. You should not need an EP85 for fuel flow as the engine ECU should supply this. I remember being told that some of the older Suzuki engines gave out less data than the newer ones. If I can find my notes, I will have a look to see if the 2006 model gives fuel data. What size is your engine?

Make sure the LCX-37 has the latest software (download from lowrance.com) and make sure it is set to calculate fuel usage from the engine data and not set to some other sensor.

Have a look at this http://store.brownspoint.com/detail....id=990C0-88034 it says earlier models may have limited data output.

Edit: I see you have a DF175
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Hi Erin,

thanks for your response.

I will check the software of my LCX, perhaps the problem is there ?!

Perhaps Simon B reports more of his problems, seems same.



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Old 29 March 2010, 14:14   #10
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Wolfi,

I have exactly the same problem, no fuel data, just rpm, engine hours, alternator volts and I think temp. I'd not noticed the more options being able to be set to be something else. I'll try Suzuki Marine UK and see if I get anything from them.

I also need to verify that the instalation is in accordance with the Lowrance manual. Our unit has a Micro-CT connector on the back to connect it to the NMEA2000 bus.
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