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4 stroke vs. 2 stroke


Big Fish Hunter247

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no mixing of gas change the oil once maybe twice a year depending on use I like the 4 stroke way better. although my dads 88 20 horse Merc has a little bit better get up and go out of the whole than my 25 Honda but other than that 4 stroke all the way

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Thanks guys, what about how long the motors last and top end speed? I can see with the oil thing the advantage with the 4.

Thanks

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I have a Honda tiller 75 hp.
-Zero smoke so if you like to backtroll its awesome, because you don't breathe smoke all day.
-Great gas mileage.
-I can troll all day for walleyes with the thing, and it never gets loaded up.

I have never once needed any service of any sort.

I love it. I have had Hondas since 1994. I would highly recommend one. Although, I have never owned a 2 stroke, so I could be a bit skewed...

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Same boat 15.5ft crestliner. My previous motor was a '88 Merc. 70hp. Currently, I have a '02 Honda 50 4-stroke.

To me the biggest advantages are the gas cumsuption and noise.

Most bigger/newer outboads have oil injection, so that is kind of a non-issue. Just remember to add oil from time to time, eh.

Hard for me to compare power as there is a 20hp difference between the two. But I'd have to say the top end would be close between a 2 & 4 stroke, but the 2-smoke would have a better low end, more torque. A consideration if you enjoy waterskiing or some such.

You can certainly troll down with a 4-stoke but only within limits. For instance, a 70hp four isn't going to troll down for a 14ft Lund. This can be problem, because a four stroke small enough to troll down with, might leave you wanting as your zipping across the lake.

I'll never go back!

[This message has been edited by bottomfeeder (edited 09-20-2004).]

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I love my 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. Quiet, trolls all day without any problems, no smoke, way better on gas, no mixing oil.
Draw backs are size and weight and not as much tork out of the hole but its more than I need on my 17' Explorer 2004.
I wont go back to a 2 stroke unless I someday by a Ranger 620 and need a 225 horse or something.

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What does a 4 stroke moter have over a 2 stroke moter? I have heard that a 4 is not as loud and does better on gas. Is about it?

Thanks for your insight.

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I have a 2003 140hp Johnson 4-stroke on a Alumacraft 185 tourny pro. That motor is sweet.
It is very quiet, doesnt use too much gas, and its starts right away just like a car!
The only 2 draw backs it has is; the're a heavier motor and dont have as quick of a hole shot as a 2-stroke.

When we first got our boat it had a aluminum prop on it. It had a lousy hole shot and the RPM's weren't very high, so the top speed was a little low. We then got a stainless steel rapture prop and now that thing is sweet. It gets a really good hole shot and and at WOT RPM's are at 6200 and that thing just howls across the lake! Its a sweet motor. grin.gif I cant imagine what a new 200hp Merc Verado would do on a boat like that. tongue.gif

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I recently purchased a new boat and motor. Had a reliable 86' Evinrude 2 stroke. The new 4 stroke is a 70hp Suzuki EFI. I personally would never go back to 2 stroke.Crisp starting. No smoke,No mixing oil/gas. Backtroll all day.They troll down to nothing. Quiet. Good fuel milage. Not quite as quick out of the hole, but a stainless prop makes a big difference in performance. Top end is comperable. The initial investment is kinda expensive, but with EPA regs changes comming, if you're serious, jump in and buy one.

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Actually I'd opt for the new HDPI 2 strokes. Same gas efficiency, uses very little oil, burns cleaner that the 4 strokes and just as quietly. Less maintence and moving parts and lighter as well. Currently available in the Evinrude E-Tec, Yammi HDPI and the Mertcury Optimax.

The E-tec can be set down to 500 rpms for slow trolling if you need that without affecting top end.

Borch

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Bombardier is releasing the ETEC's in larger motors soon, I believe. I think the 175, 200, 225 etc.. Those would be sweet, especially if they troll down to low RPM's. Not much need for a kicker anymore, possibly??

I still love my 2 strokes. I like the roar and the power!! It's like a Harley thing. LOL

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I'm thinking about getting a Crestliner 1850 Fish Hawk and it has a 150 Suzuki 2 stroke that is fuel injected. Just wanted to learn more about it.

Thanks everyone!!

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