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Dahitman44

thoughts on Suzuki

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I just got a trophy 185 (kids and wife) and it came with the 175 Suzuki and a 6-year warrenty and I had problems with my '83 two stroke versions of that motor.

Just wondering what you guys think and if I did the right thing. 175 is max on that boat, but that old 2stroke was a Piece of Garbage.

Please, guys put my mind at ease.

Who has one?

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My bro-in-law has a 90hp Suzi 4-stroke and it is a great motor!

You'll be happy,

Corey Bechtold

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Mille Lacs Guy might chime in here since he got the 150 Suzuki I believe, and he knows a thing or two about them, but my understading is you'll be just fine with that motor.

Congrats on the new rig!

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Good choice Hit, I've heard great things about those Suzuki's. Did you get a 4 stroke? The Johnson 4 strokes are Suzuki's painted white, and I have two friends that have the 140 4 stroke and love them. You'll have to take me on a test drive laugh.gif

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'83 to '07 is a big swing, lots has changed since then. I have a 90 4 Suzuki tiller and absolutely love it, just got it last September but put some hours on it fishing the river last fall and I could not be happier with it. My father in law has a 115 Suzuki 4 on his and same story.

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My 9.9 4stk and 140 4stk Johnson's are repainted Suzuki's, nice motors both.

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I HAVE A 15 HORSE EVINRUDE 4 STROKE WHICH IS A SUZUKI I LOVE IT RUNS GREAT I HEARD AT ONE TIME THEY HELD TOP HONERS FOR LEAST PROBLEMS HAVE A GOOD ONE

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Very surprised you had troubles with the older Suzuki. I have used many of them and they have always been TOTALLY dependable and very well built. I would not worry about your latest engine-I suspect you will have little or no trouble. I still have a couple small Suzies and they run every time we need them.

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I have a 115 Johnzuki on my pontton. Great running motor! Quiet and very fuel efficient. Spent a week running around Vermilion last July. 22ft pontoon, 6 people, all the fishing gear. Used 27 gallons of gas for the week.

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You should be in good shape with the Suzuki.. they make a pretty good 4 stroke.

marine_man

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Great rig! The only thing "bad" I've heard about Suzuki is that they can be a little hard to prop. Since it's a 4 four stroke and has low gears compared to other outboards the prop selection isn't as big. I've heard of guys using stainless steel props up to 25 pitch with that motor. Ask if you can try a few props out before you settle on one.

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Great rig! The only thing "bad" I've heard about Suzuki is that they can be a little hard to prop. Since it's a 4 four stroke and has low gears compared to other outboards the prop selection isn't as big. I've heard of guys using stainless steel props up to 25 pitch with that motor. Ask if you can try a few props out before you settle on one.


Yes this is right. I run a 23 Pitch on my 140 but that makes it run like a dream. Decent top end and decent hole shot. They are a nice motor

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I have a 140 Suzuki 4 stroke as well. Everyone comments on how quite and smooth that motor runs. You made a good choice.

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JD Power and Associates had the Suzuki and the Honda tied for first place in customer satisfaction for 4-Stroke outboards last year. For what that's worth.

I researched outboards for three years before I finally went with a Suzuki DF60 last spring. Coming from all the message boards out there, there was a constant theme; guys who had the Suzukis just loved them and having problems with the motors seemed non-existent. I think you'll enjoy that motor and it should treat you well.

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Thanks a lot you guys. You talked me off the roof. wink.gif

I did have problems with my 83 60 hp. -- we called it Sushi and that is what it was -- cold raw fish. wink.gif

I got it on a used boat from somebody I "trusted" maybe that was the problem as well. Plus nobidy in the F-M area would work on them besides a small shop -- had it in 3 times and finally got rid of it. I am sure the guy before me did not take care of it very well.

Anyone have the 175???

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Does anyone have the 175?

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The 175's are notorious for blowing up!!!

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Do not anger Da Hitman. wink.gifgrin.gifcool.gif

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Just got mine back in late July 06,and love it. I have the 140 on a 18.5 monark.After the break in period was able to feel the hole shot power and top speed on the gps was 52mph. Not bad with 47 gallons of gas and a fat man.

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I have 2005 Johnson 140 4 stk and overall like it a lot on Alumacraft 175CS (rated for 150). Motor runs great, starts great, great fuel economy. Only thing I am a little disapointed in is the top end and hole shot. I have 3 blade alum prop (dont know pitch ect) My boat is loaded with accesories, but thought I would get better than 42-43 mph gps, maybe I am wrong? Also I tried water skiing behind and could barely get up on 1 ski after a lot of dragging. I though about trying a different prop, but a few mph is not that big of a deal, and 95% of the time is used for fishing.

Matt

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If you prop it for a better top end, you're going to have even more problems getting up on one ski. Drop the pitch and you should be able to ski better, but you'll lose the top end, too. 4 strokes are also not really good for skiing; you'd get way better pop off the line with a two stroke.

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Ralph,

What is a good SS prop (pitch, blades, ect.)you would suggest for me for top end. I have buddies with tow boats if I really want to ski which is not that much anymore. I have done a little research, but am still confused.

Thanks, Matt

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I'm no expert, so I really have not idea what would work with your particular set-up. Your best bet would be to contact a prop shop. They should be able to give you a good starting point and then work with you to find the best prop for your situation.

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I have the Johnson 140 on a 1800 Lund Fisherman and the top end is around 42mph which is good enough. My boat came with an Aluminum prop and was a bit sluggish getting on plane and topped out at 36 mph. I talked to Jay Soderbloom and ordered a SS prop from him (13 1/4-19 Turbo, 3 prop) and it gave me a bit more top end (6 mph) and much better hole shot (it gets up right now) which my kids enjoy when skiing.

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I ran the 175 suzuki on a 175 tournament pro last year, all I can say is I love it. I have ran other 4 strokes in the past, and this suzuki is top notch. I also had to try a few different stainless props to get the correct one. I wouldn't say its hard to prop this motor, dealers just didn't know what prop to put on because the motor was brand new last year. They were looking for feedback from me to help them. All I can say is when you hit the throttle you better be holding on to something. I wouldn't buy a suzuki unless your are looking for a quiet, gas efficient, clean,and powerfull motor. smirk.gif

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