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Old 07-08-2009, 05:06 PM
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Hey All,

Just wanted to let you guys know who helped me with diagnosing my 2000 Johnson Ocean Pro 200, that I decided to go with the SE306 Sterndrive Engineering lower unit to replace my blown lower unit. I did an incredible amount of research including researching the BBB for the area as well as hours of research on the net, and decided to give them a shot for $795 for a brand new aftermarket lower. I actually spoke to someone who was nice enough to call me and relate his experience with the exact lower that I'll be getting. He raved about it, as well as it's quality and ease of installation. I'll keep you all informed about the experience in this thread in case anyone else is contemplating an SEI lower or outdrive. After several calls to SEI inquiring about their product I decided to give them a shot despite a very few people who said the typical 'you get what you pay for ... buy OEM' for 3 times the price.

Thanks for the help here on the forum, and I'll keep you informed.

By the way, when I spoke to Rob at SEI for the second time, he promised to get the drive to me next Monday, despite the tight schedule. Sure enough, I got UPS notification today that the drive will be delivered next Monday .... just as promised.

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They are good people with a first class facility. They are local to me so I went up there to pick mine up after I bent the prop shaft on my original lower. They also have a great warranty and a new lower is cheaper than just the OEM parts to rebuild.

I recommend them to anyone needing a new lower.
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They have had this same sort of review from a number of users here, and I don't recall anybody with actual experience with them who was unhappy.
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I bought one a few weeks ago and so far so good. My mechanic inspected it when it came in and thought all the components looked good.
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My friend, a pro marine mechanic, just installed a complete SEI outdrive on a customers boat. It bolts right up. Be aware that it has a break-in period in the paperwork that should be followed.
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I tried 1 for my Yamaha and it locked up before I had it broken in, sent it back on warranty cost me $300 in shipping fees and my boat will be down all of July. Be weary I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for thought I would take a chance and I think I might have been burned this time.
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How did it cost you 300 in shipping? Should have been about 50. Nice first post by the way

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BTW, they just recently started selling LUs for the smaller outboards as well. You can now get one for a 3 cylinder Merc, 87 and up I believe.
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BTW, they just recently started selling LUs for the smaller outboards as well. You can now get one for a 3 cylinder Merc, 87 and up I believe.
u might be right
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Excellent experience with them. Their units are a bit louder than OEM, but no worries.

Dont buy the OEM argument. You could buy three of these for the price of one OEM rebuild. Plus the fact that you can have it in a few days and be back on the water right away, which is the most important thing.
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How did it cost you 300 in shipping? Should have been about 50. Nice first post by the way
I don't live in the U.S., have to ship across borders adding expense $150 each way, 10 days to get there 5 buisnness days to repair and the same to return. People had warned me about buying Aftermarket but it was the warranty that sold me. I would expect a little more life from a "NEW" product. What if I get it back and it's toast in another 6 days on the water??? It won't take long until till I could have paid for a new one.
But in all fairness if I get it back and have success with it I will certainly change my opinion on the subject and be sure to post about it. Wouldn't want people passing judgment on a new member over honesty now would we??
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Haven't heard 1 thing bad about them so far, never heard of a failure
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Jeffsrig,

Did you follow the breakin?
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The only thing about SEI is that they do not sell a counter rotating lower unit. So if you need a left rotation lower for an outboard you are out of luck. And on a twin setup it always seems to be the counter that goes first.

Aside from that I have heard good things.
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Did you follow the breakin?
Yes I did but the interesting thing about their break in that I found was the 75% power stage.
The Yamaha 150, 175, 200 and 220 use the same gear case from SEI (so I was told by the dealer) so why is 165hp ok on a 220hp motor but only 112hp on a 150? If this was an issue I think they should be worked in and load tested before sale to alleviate any discrepancy regarding operator abuse.
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I am on my 3rd lower unit from them.

The first one I received wouldn't pump enough water for my OX66 250 Yamaha.

I had to send it back, they paid shipping. The owner of the company told me that their aftermarket water pump liner was .0002 of an inch off and it wouldn't pump for the bigger motors like mine. Also my motor is a 30' shaft. Also 2 week wait.

They sent me the same unit back, water pump changed. I put new oil in it, and started using it. I changed the oil as scheduled and the oil started looking milky. I changed it again before a spearfishing tournament. On day 2 of the tournament the unit left me stranded offshore. (Note; I change the O Ring's on the drain and vent plug every time to eliminate any leaks on my part)

When I got home, I took the prop off and I could see bubbles coming out of the prop shaft seal.

$105.00 shipping, I sent it back. 3 week wait, all through Red Snapper season.

They rebuilt the same case, and shipped it back to me. I started the break in process again. I was noticing that every time I'd change oil there was an unusual amount of metal shaving on the drain plug. So much so, that if I just try to check the oil, I can't even get the plug back in. I got so paranoid that this thing is going to leave me stranded, that I'm into oil change #5 when I started noticing the oil is getting lighter and lighter. And since there is no such thing as just checking it due to the shavings, I'm into full oil changes each time.
Getting ready to go out this past Friday, I have brand new oil in the unit, brand new O Ring gaskets on the plugs. The trip was only 45mi. round trip. We were supposed to go out yesterday, also, but it was too cold and too rough, so we canceled (good thing, I may not have made it ******. I was planning on our next trip to be further so I tell my buddy, let's check this oil to make sure we are good. I open the drain plug to find nothing but milk coming out of the unit. The unit is now boxed and the owner will get a call in the morning.

I figure I have $105.00 + probably 8 oil changes at $22.00 a pop($11.00 a quart) + $300.00 or more in fuel for the break ins + plus the cost of the lower unit itself and many hours of labor and Monday another $105.00 to ship this back to them again.

The first picture is a picture of the shavings I was getting out of the unit every time I changed the oil. This was the 5th oil change and their was still no reduction in shavings, I was considering flushing the unit out with kerosene or something but never did get to that.

The second picture is also that 5th oil change and I was suspicious of the color of the oil, it appears to have water in it, and nevermind the bubbles you see, I ran the motor before I pulled the drain plug and water dripped into the pan from the motor. I was concerned about the metal shavings and I figured if I got the unit warm before changing the oil, more of the shavings would come out of the unit and maybe I'd start to see a reduction in shavings.

The third picture is after only a 45 mi. trip, my suspicions were correct. I thought I could see this same milk around the prop shaft seal, but my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I hope Monday morning when I talk to the owner it produces some good results. Wish me luck.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:57 AM
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Rok,

Glad I got to hear your story. IIRC, you posted on SFP that you were having troubles with them. That sucks. I've heard a lot of good about SEI. Mine is still in break-in, but no issues so far.
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Couple things. I'd make sure you send those pix to that owner. Also, may be time for him to give you a totally new unit and let his vendor in China deal with this one. That last "milk" pic is quite something. And as far as the kerosine flush, let them do it when they rebuild it again (if they do) for somebody else. JMO I also have heard mostly very good things about these units.
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I have had my SEI going on 2 years now without a problem. Replaced an old alpha 1 and its been doing great.
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I've just gone through the break-in on my L/U for a yamaha 225. I change the oil this week.
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