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115 4 stroke Yamaha vs. Suzuki


Shadrap5SJ

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I was wondering if anyone knows any pros or cons about these two different outboards. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks

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I don't know much about the Suzuki, but am very pleased with my 115 Yamaha. I have had it for two years and it has performed even better than I had hoped. I have it on a Lund 1700 fisherman. Top end is about 46 - 47 MPH (GPS) and is resonable on gas.

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My brother has put 500+ hours a year on his 115 suzi 4 stroke for the last 3 years and it's been flawless and efficient, not to mention the quietest motor I've been around.

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I just purchased a Suzuki 140 a few weeks ago. So far I love it. Opening weekend I couldn't count the number of people who inquired about it. Everyone has been telling me that the new Suzukis are great. JD Power and Associates recently named Suzuki #1 in customer satisfaction with 4 stroke outboards.

Having said all that, I think Yamaha makes a good 4 stroke also. Which ever one you choose, I'm sure you'll like it.

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I don't know how you could go wrong with either one. I have a Yammie F115 and really like it.

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I'm on my 3rd year with ~240 Hours on my 140 Suzuki and absolutely love it.

Countless questions and admirations of it on the water.

It has been flawless, quiet & powerful. I'm sure a Yammy is fine, but the Suzuki is bulletproof.

I hope that helps and let us know !!

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I think both should be good. But you need to check if you want 2 cylinder or 3 cylinder motors. I believe the Yamaha is a 2 cylinder whereas the Suzuki might be a 3 cylinder. Also, there might be difference in costs. If weight is a problem, Yamaha is lighter than the Suzuki. As for JD powers, Suzuki is tops for 4 stroke and Yamaha is tops for 2 strokes.

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Just so everyone knows, all Johnson 4 strokes are suzukis with a johnson motor cover. They are the same. I own the 140 johnson 4 stroke and I wouldn't buy any other motor. Anyone else who ownes a suzuki or johnson 4 stroke will tell you the same thing.

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While I agree with Ole, I also know that the same can be said for Yammy owners. You absolutely can't go wrong with a Suzi or a Yammy.

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I think all the larger Johnson 4 strokes are Suzuki powerheads. I had a guide tell me recently that the smaller Johnson 4 strokes like the 9.9 kicker are still made by Johnson.

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I am on my fourth year with my Suzuki 115 4 stroke. I love it. I can troll it to less than 2mph. It sips gas and I will always have one. My buddy traded in his 150 2 stroke Johnson for a 140 4 stroke Johnson after he fished with me. It runs the like my Suzuki because it is one. The main difference between a Suzuki and Johnson is a slightly different fuel line and different plug style.

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Oil filter is slightly different too grin.gif. I went to get one for the johnson and all they had was a suzuki filter. I bought it and it was a little too big.

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Ron,

I have the same set-up as you, 1700 Fisherman with the Yamaha F115. I am only getting 39-41 mph GPS, with a 17P x 13.25 black SST prop. What prop are you using and how many RPMs are you running at. Also, do you know what hole your motor is mounted in? Mine is one hole up from the lowest position.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated.

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...you need to check if you want 2 cylinder or 3 cylinder motors. I believe the Yamaha is a 2 cylinder whereas the Suzuki might be a 3 cylinder...


What kind of functional differences are there between a 2 & 3 cylinder?

Does one troll down better than the other?

Better holeshot or top-end?

Can someone explain this a bit more for me?

Thanks.

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I think both should be good. But you need to check if you want 2 cylinder or 3 cylinder motors. I believe the Yamaha is a 2 cylinder whereas the Suzuki might be a 3 cylinder. Also, there might be difference in costs. If weight is a problem, Yamaha is lighter than the Suzuki. As for JD powers, Suzuki is tops for 4 stroke and Yamaha is tops for 2 strokes.


Where did that come from? confused.gif

Pretty much every mid-range 4 stroke motor (50-150hp) made is a 4 cylinder. In this case with the 115 Suzi and 115 Yammi, both are 4 cylinders.

I don't think you could go wrong with either.

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Shadrap - as stated above both are great motors, however just in case you were looking to buy, Suzuki is adding an additional three years of warranty on top of their standard three year warranty thru May or a rebate of up to $600. Suzuki.com

DB

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I have the Johnson 115 4 stroke which is a Suzuki in a Johnson cover. The motor runs better than any motor I have EVER run! It is the easiest starting motor ever and runs soooooooooo smooth. I would not hesitate one second on buying another.

Just my thoughts....

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My 115 Yamaha 4 stroke is a great motor. Guys who have the suzuki's say they really like them as well. I think you would be happy with either.

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Ended up with the 115 Suzuki on back of a 1775 Pro V SE! So far everything seems great. Thanks for the info fellas!

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Congrats! You can expect that motor to run just like it does now for years to come.

Ole

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