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Best early 150 4 stroke?

Old 05-28-2019, 07:07 PM
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Whatís the best early 2000ís 4stroke and why? Iím in SC, and looking to repower my boat with a 4stroke
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:09 PM
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I'm pretty sure the optimax was a 2 stroke.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:26 PM
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:58 PM
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Last time that I suggested that someone high put down the bong pipe and back away from the key board I got some time out.

I am not going to do that again.
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I guess any motor that's still running, not corroded to bits and has been looked after is the "best"
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Last time that I suggested that someone high put down the bong pipe and back away from the key board I got some time out.

I am not going to do that again.
hahah unfortunately itís my last name
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
I guess any motor that's still running, not corroded to bits and has been looked after is the "best"
Thereís a lot of people who swear by certain makes and models so I just wanted to hear some different opinions
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:40 PM
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Look for a freshwater motor. Yamaha and Suzuki motors run great until they rot out.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:42 PM
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Just sold a pair of 15 year old 1000 hour Yamaha F150s for 5k each. They were still in good shape, and wouldn't have had a problem putting another couple thousand hours.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:45 PM
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Most 150s are incredibly durable motors. I have the 02 opti that you mentioned before you edited your original post. I have 650 hours. No issues. Sips gas and oil very lightly. Doesnt smoke, near quiet as a 4s, and pushes by heaby 22 footer loaded to about 4000lbs weight at 40mph wide open at 5200-5400 rpm on under 1' seas.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:37 AM
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I wouldn't consider a four stroke unless it was a fuel injected model. I run a 150 Opti and I would agree with the above post aside from perhaps the noise - changing to a Opti after an Etec, it sounded like a tractor, but if you can live with the noise (which is a lot better than a traditional two stroke and not that bad compared to an early four stroke), it packs quite a punch (again, especially compared to an early four stroke) and will be more economical than all but the most recent four stroke models.
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Yep, a carb 4 stroke is a very different motor to an EFI model, give the carbed ones a miss
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The Yamaha F150 TXR 4stroke motor is hard to beat. If you find a good deal on one, figure another $700 for parts and labor to update the harmonic balancer, do your preventative maintenance, then run her. A crabber down the river has them on all his boats. He has over 4000 hours on his 2004 Yamaha 150 4stroke.
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Rare case that I will say Yamaha....
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Hard to go wrong with an F150 that is fuel injected, so long as it's not corroded out. I would be eyeing freshwater motors.
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Like others have said, a freshwater F150 is what you want, and it's not like there are a ton of options anyway. They are quite reliable when they are taken care of, corrosion will kill them long before engine hours will. Delete balance shafts (pull shaft with drive gear and remove teeth), replace all consumables, end enjoy.
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Rare case that I will say Yamaha....
Is this a rare case?
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:49 AM
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I would look for the Merc 150.Although the earliest version I think is a 2011-12.Really 165hp,lightest motor in class and extremely reliable.They come up used all the time.If not the Merc I’d go F150 Yami
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:56 AM
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The first 150 4 stroke was the Yamaha F150 and it came out in 2004.
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