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Old 01-25-2008, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have there outboards powertuned at the shop? if so, how often do you have it done.. Yearly? Every 2 years? or ??...
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I take it, I am the only one that ever powertunes there outboard motor.......wow
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm blonde, mind you. How does one figure out the engine needs to be tuned. I have had my Yamaha(s) 3 seasons now, and neither has been tuned once. After the 20 hour service all I have done is change the plugs and change the drive oil (engine oil too in the 4 stroke) As a matter of fact I'm afraid to bring them in for service because someone might mess them up. The engines don't miss, they idle fine, they don't hesitate, The hit the same top end speed as they did when they were 3 months old. The two stroke burns oil at a rate of about 45 : 1 and I'm happy with a little extra lubrication. I had a few problems with the main engine hesitating the second summer, I added Yamaha Ring Free and it cleared it right up and the problem hasn't returned.

So I'm wondering when should one bring the engine in for a tuning, or power tune.

RE: power tuning... How do they simulate load under way. I would think pushing water around a tank is quite a bit different than running 30 or miles per hour across the lake.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been going to the same boat repair shop for 20 years now down here in CS and I asked the owner/mechanic what maintenance I need to do. He said, change plugs as needed, grease the fittings and change the lower lube every year. Put carbon guard (an OMC /Bombardier product but Mercury and the others have their own brand) in the gas to prevent deposits and carbon build-up and use stabil or some other fuel conditioner when you're not gonna run it much. Thats it.

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Old 01-28-2008, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I haven't ever done it, but my Verado is still less than a season old.

Can you tell me more about how you go about this and the benefits vs cost for doing it?
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have an '02 Evinrude 4 stroke,,,

I do not take it in for the "routine" maintenance as the owners manual states.
I do change the oil my self, grease fitings, change fuel & oil filter, check the belt, ect...

I bought the shop manual for my motor. It helps alot. I do 98% of all my own work. I used to do it that way due to finacial reasons, now I do it because I like it, and I want to know how my engine operates.

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Old 01-28-2008, 04:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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laker taker- I'm a DIY kind of guy too. Did my own service this year after much study - I also bought the shop manual, not experienced enough with boat motors to want to do it without one! I too think it's essential to understand your engine and even though there are supposed to be some good shops around - there's no one I trust more than myself!
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