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Old 05-15-2019, 02:43 PM
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I have a fairly new to me 26 Regulator Express. I may be looking at a rebuild on one engine which I been quoted around 3,000, which would be the cheapest way out. I'm thinking about repowering. Currently I'm running 225 Etecs. It's a older boat with the smaller outboard bracket. Most people either repower with 200 Suzuki or 200 Yamaha. I would rather replace the 225 with another pair of 225. I'm not interested in changing brackets. Earlier this year the price for the Suzuki was cheaper then the Yamaha. At the FLL boat show last year a couple of dealers in Florida gave me a good price on a pair of Evinrude 200's but that was for 200's not 225's. But the one Evinrude dealer I talked to in NC wasn't as cheap. Does anyone know of a Evinrude dealer in NC with good prices or a Suzuki dealer with good prices? Does anyone have any suggestions? I know the hate for the etec's on this site but I liked the performance of mine before one gave me trouble. My engines are 2007.
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I would rebuilt the engine and try and squeeze out another year or two out of them. I would then repower with twin Mercury 250hp V8 four strokes down the road. In two years they will tried and true and also give you better Four Stroke resale.
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Are the mercuryís Lighter than most 4 strokes? Because the Suzuki and Yamaha 250ís are to heavy for the smaller bracket.
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550lbs for 25inch 250hp V8 4.6 liter Mercury’s each. I think that is the weight of a OX66 3.1 liter.
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You will be better off getting accurate reports from actual E-TEC owners if you go to etecownersgroup.com where there are knowledgeable people who have " hands on " experience with the motors and will give you the good and the not so good info on them. Here you may get the typical internet types that like to sow mis-information, often they hate everything related to a certain product, and they like to use the phrases "I read somewhere...", " A friend of a friend who knew someone who overheard someone say...", etc.

Listen to the voices of experience and not to the keyboard cowboys who like to disrupt discussions and spread false or inaccurate stories and have no experience.

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Old 05-15-2019, 04:54 PM
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Yamaha 4.2L 225/250/300's are ~50 lbs heavier than an ox66 225. And 50 lbs lighter than Suzuki's or Yamaha 3.3L.
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But the decision still comes down to , do I spend 3,000 or 40,000. If I think the etec's will last another season or two I'm fine with the rebuild.
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I think you would be happy with the zuke 200s. They have good power at a good price.

30lbs less per motor than the etechs
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40K, are you adding 300hp motors? I highly doubt you can get someone to rebuild any motor of today for 3k that you can put many more hours on.

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But the decision still comes down to , do I spend 3,000 or 40,000. If I think the etec's will last another season or two I'm fine with the rebuild.
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The 200 Zuks are impressive on my 26 Reg Classic
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:17 PM
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Tough call, I think I'd try the rebuild route since they're 2007's so certainly not obsolete, if they were 10 years older I'd probably lean towards repower expecting more and more to go wrong.

The 225 V6 Mercs are only 475 pounds so that might be an appealing option when the time comes also. More than 50 pounds less each than the G2.
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Just repowered my 26 classic with 200 Suzukiís and I could not be happier. Cost me just under 32k Including tax installed for a pair with flyby wire controls and dual c10 gauges, this was in Maryland
I was also considering 225 mercury fourstrokes, best quote I got on them was 42k installed + tax, highest quote was like 47k
and back in February the lead time from any dealer in the 2-300 miles radius was like 12 months or longer not sure what the availability is now, I think the Mercuryís are a great motors always been a mercury guy but when adding up the costs and the amount of money I would be saving that I could use towards other things on the boat it was a no brainer and not to mention at the time I was looking I believe mercury was only offering a standard 3 year warranty and you would have had to purchase an extended if you wanted longer but donít quote me on that

IMO if you repowered with 2 strokes youíd only be shooting your self in the foot, from what Iíve seen just selling my Seacraft back in the fall is that 90% of people these days want 4 strokes. The boat was extremely clean But most people were skeptical with the 2 strokes now that being said if you ever decide to part with that boat having a pair of 4 strokes on the back might make it easier to sell
alls I can say is that if you feel that boat will be under powered with the Suzuki i4200s your wrong and I was one of those guys who thought the same but they surprised me. I canít speak for the Yamaha 200s with the 1.86 gear ratio
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I fish on a 26 Reg Express with 225 Zuk 4 strokes, awesome set up. I agree that new Merc sounds perfect for that rig, but are they real?
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My mechanic is going to tear down the motor down next week and see what caused the problem. Then I'm going to make a decision.
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How many hrs on the existing motors?

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My mechanic is going to tear down the motor down next week and see what caused the problem. Then I'm going to make a decision.
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There are about 450 hours on the motors.When I bought the boat it had be sitting. It needed a new gas tank immediately and i had the mechanic change all the filters, and prep engines before starting them. Everything checked out great and they had been running smooth. It did have a floscan system but one side quit working. I'm wondering if a piece of the sending unit broke messed up a fuel injector and one cylinder ran lean. I have since taken them out. When the mechanic breaks the engine down maybe I ll find out what happened. Then I'll decide what to do. If that was the problem I'm going to check all the injectors and clean it all again and probably rebuild the motor. I've had to rebuild the entire boat which I knew I had to do when I bought it. If money wasn't an issue I would buy new engines but if I can get it running like it was before the mess up I'm fine with the old engines for now. It ran great. Hopefully this is just another bump in the road for restoring an old boat. When I say everything was replaced I mean everything, gas tank, all the pumps, head, electronics, lighting , windlass and it all works. From the limited time I've used the boat I like the etecs and my other boat has a four stoke.
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My guess is the rebuilt motor will give you problems again and the other motor will start showing its 12 years soon. $700 flywheel here, multiple $400 injectors there, damn there goes another 3k on a ECM. I have a similar sized boat and went from 250 Etecs to 200 Suzukis but my decision was much easier as both my motors were shot. I get the desire to not spend 30k though.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:15 AM
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Only 450 hours and it already needs an expensive rebuild that's awful, consider this. You can buy a factory remanufactured Optimax through their Quicksilver division for about half the price of a new 4S. They offer Opti's from 200 to 300 hp and come with a 1 year warranty. There was an excellent article about them on Boattest.com recently and the quality looks outstanding.
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Only 450 hours and it already needs an expensive rebuild that's awful, consider this. You can buy a factory remanufactured Optimax through their Quicksilver division for about half the price of a new 4S. They offer Opti's from 200 to 300 hp and come with a 1 year warranty. There was an excellent article about them on Boattest.com recently and the quality looks outstanding.
what good does that do him if he has etecs lol
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