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Old 24 July 2018, 16:39   #1
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New 4-Stroke Suzuki - Challenges

First time out and comparing her, inevitably, to my late lamented Opti of the same power....

Two challenges -

A) I can't read the gauge in the sunlight on my console. Any suggestions as to how to increase brightness, contrast? No comparison to the Smart Gauges when i could see revs clearly

b) more seriously, she seems to be settling in the water deeper than she did. And even fully trimmed in she is chucking up a lot of water. Nonetheless she seems very nippy and very fast at given revs - although I have not yet run her at full throttle. Is this a problem with height of the engine, or do I need to add weight in the bow locker, change prop, or what?

Any ideas as always greatly appreciated.

Thx

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Old 25 July 2018, 05:26   #2
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Need to check cavitation plate at wot, it should be just level with water. if too low engine needs lifting. check this before spending any money on props.
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Old 25 July 2018, 14:23   #3
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Bruce, which gauges do you have, the rebadged Lowrance 400?
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Out of interest, why the Suzuki?
We have a 175 Opti and are changing to a 4S next yr but going with the recently launched Merc.
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Out of interest, why the Suzuki?
We have a 175 Opti and are changing to a 4S next yr but going with the recently launched Merc.
Or....Why not??
Great units WELL proven track record,and loads of Agents/Service centres...and (unlike some) good Back up!
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50:50 - I chose “Why”

You’ve answered Why... any reasons why not?

For me, tech moves on and in boating (compared to cars) it comes very infrequently so big jumps forward. Take Merc - optimax 1996, Verados 2004, new 4S 2018.

For us too, the dealer for Merc is effectively next to the boat on the water and another also within a few miles of winter storage.
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First time out and comparing her, inevitably, to my late lamented Opti of the same power....

Two challenges -

A) I can't read the gauge in the sunlight on my console. Any suggestions as to how to increase brightness, contrast? No comparison to the Smart Gauges when i could see revs clearly

You are not wearing polarising sun glasses in this weather are you?
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Old 28 July 2018, 02:09   #8
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Bruce, which gauges do you have, the rebadged Lowrance 400?
I have no idea. It's a rather unattractive black square box. Since I could see nothing but a line which I assumed was the blade of a review counter display in the bright sunlight....

Will have a play on 3rd August when she is in rack and hopefully shaded.

The only info I really need is REVS and FUEL USED (and any alarms). I assume alarms are audible like the Mercury.

Is there a way I can add a bright OEM gauge to the system alongside the Suzuki one? I already have holes in the console from the optimax gauge?
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https://www.suzukimarine.com.au/part...unction-gauge/

I think it's this one
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