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Old 09-12-2019, 08:53 AM
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I'll be repowering a Ameracat 27 Gen II in a few months and trying to decide between Yamaha and Suzuki 200 four strokes. Money difference and brand popularity aside is there any reason why you'd recommend one over the other?
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Seeing lots of issues lately with Suzuki's C10 digital gauges where Yamaha 6YC seems to be bulletproof
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Run 87 in the Suzukis versus [having to run] 89 in the Yamahas.

Oh, and the price difference. ��
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Originally Posted by UncleLuke View Post
Seeing lots of issues lately with Suzuki's C10 digital gauges where Yamaha 6YC seems to be bulletproof
The new Suzuki factory gauges are heads up better with none of the C10 issues and a less expensive option at purchase.
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There isn't a significance performance difference so if I were you I would base my decision on best,closest service, resale potential, and price. Yamaha will probably cost more but you will get some of that back at resale time.
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The Suzuki most definitely performs better across the entire RPM range compared to the Yamaha. When I was faced with the same choice, looked at both of them hard and the Suzuki won out on all accounts.
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Originally Posted by Nauti Hooker View Post
I'll be repowering a Ameracat 27 Gen II in a few months and trying to decide between Yamaha and Suzuki 200 four strokes. Money difference and brand popularity aside is there any reason why you'd recommend one over the other?
Service in your area. Who has the best?

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My local dealer sells both Yamaha and Suzuki the service manager told me the Suzuki 200 was much stronger than the Yamaha.
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I would go with the Suzuki honestly. The Yamaha 150HP and 200HP both had a plastic gear running off the crankshaft. If your lower unit hits something in the water you could have a possibility of breaking the gear causing severe damage to your motor. I'm not positive on years but I've seen this happen with a 2011 F150 with less that 150 hours
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And Suzuki has a timing chain, no adjustment, vs. Yamaha belt which needs replacement eventually. I went through this 3 yrs ago, being a Yamaha fan, decided to go with Suzuki 200’s, specs and cost pushed my decision, no regrets.
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And Suzuki has a timing chain, no adjustment, vs. Yamaha belt which needs replacement eventually. I went through this 3 yrs ago, being a Yamaha fan, decided to go with Suzuki 200s, specs and cost pushed my decision, no regrets.
What performance numbers are you getting on the contender with the Suzuki 200s? Props?
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I have a Suzuki DF200A and when idling it is so quiet I have to be careful not to try starting it again and f up my starter.

FWIW, I top out at 46 with that motor in a Key West 219FS with a full tank and 3 adults aboard and it cruises around 30 at 4.1 mpg.
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Originally Posted by beernutzbob View Post
I have a Suzuki DF200A and when idling it is so quiet I have to be careful not to try starting it again and f up my starter.

FWIW, I top out at 46 with that motor in a Key West 219FS with a full tank and 3 adults aboard and it cruises around 30 at 4.1 mpg.

Not much different than my KW BR 230 with a Yamaha 200XB
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Originally Posted by beernutzbob View Post
I have a Suzuki DF200A and when idling it is so quiet I have to be careful not to try starting it again and f up my starter.

FWIW, I top out at 46 with that motor in a Key West 219FS with a full tank and 3 adults aboard and it cruises around 30 at 4.1 mpg.
I have a 2018 DF175AP. Its quiet as can be at idle. But the Zuke is very loud when running.
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I just went from Yamaha to Suzuki. The motors are fine. The location of the flush ports are very inconvenient if you wet slip and the c10 gauges absolutely suck. For these reasons my next set of motors will probably be Yamaha again.
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Originally Posted by Pier21Marine View Post
I would go with the Suzuki honestly. The Yamaha 150HP and 200HP both had a plastic gear running off the crankshaft. If your lower unit hits something in the water you could have a possibility of breaking the gear causing severe damage to your motor. I'm not positive on years but I've seen this happen with a 2011 F150 with less that 150 hours
Please elaborate on this. What plastic gear is running off the crankshaft?
I have heard of damage to an engine from hitting the lower unit severely, never heard of it breaking a plastic gear that I am unaware of.
(There are phenolic gears in the balancer).

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Originally Posted by regulatorBR View Post
And Suzuki has a timing chain, no adjustment, vs. Yamaha belt which needs replacement eventually. I went through this 3 yrs ago, being a Yamaha fan, decided to go with Suzuki 200s, specs and cost pushed my decision, no regrets.
FYI. The belt replacement is at 1000 hrs.
Has anyone heard of a belt breaking on it's own? Not due to another issue?
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Originally Posted by DanJacobson View Post
I just went from Yamaha to Suzuki. The motors are fine. The location of the flush ports are very inconvenient if you wet slip and the c10 gauges absolutely suck. For these reasons my next set of motors will probably be Yamaha again.
Suzuki 200s have flush ports on front and back of the motor. Easy to flush on the front flush port on lift. Are yours older V6s?

C10 gauges have been replaced, so OP buying new does not have to worry about the rebranded simrad C10 gauges.

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Mine are 2018 175s. The port in the side is not nearly as convenient as where Yamahas is. I have to lean out over the engine to access it. One time - its fine. Every day? It sucks. Maybe there are alternatives to c10s now but mine and my motors are 15 months old and one already died.
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Originally Posted by DanJacobson View Post
Mine are 2018 175s. The port in the side is not nearly as convenient as where Yamahas is. I have to lean out over the engine to access it. One time - its fine. Every day? It sucks. Maybe there are alternatives to c10s now but mine and my motors are 15 months old and one already died.
I agree with you 100%. I have the same engine. Zuke flush sucks compared to Yamaha. Its a bad design. My C-10 lasted 4 months before going nuts.

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