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Old 08-18-2020, 04:47 PM
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Do any of the outboard manufacturers allow dealers to sell loose motors in the 150 to 200 horsepower range, for the purchaser to install themselves. If so how is the warranty registration handled. I am thinking of repowering over the winter and would like to install the motor myself.
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I'm curious as well. I literally just Google your title.
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I would not do it , just gives manu an excuse to deny warranty claim.
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Yes you can install it. Than have your dealership pdi motor and start up. Our dealership will charge you for tech time to checkout the installation and any time to repair your mistakes. Read and follow instructions it's not that hard. Many people do nice work on their own boats. Good luck.
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I did my own Suzukis. I was a little nervous that I might have screwed something up, but that was in 2007 and no major problems so far. (Knocking on wood.)
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One thing I should add, I used to work for a dealer and rigged many outboards so I do know how.
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As long as you comply with the manual, you have nothing to worry about. Although you will need a tech w/ a computer for checkout.
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Nobody will work on your own stuff better than you! Basic rule of life. Period. Others will do enough to get by or do a decent job but very few will do it as if it were for themselves. If warranty will not be an issue I say go for it especially if you have done this work before.
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I did my Merc 150 pair. Ordered them from Florida, i went from a single to twins. I had gel coat and transom work to complete as well as binnicle changes so I did not want anyone else installing them.

When I spoke to the local dealer, they said I can mount them, and do all the cables but I cannot turn any key switches on or attempt to start them

so I did the entire install, took the boat to them, they certified the install, programmed them as a pair and did the initial startup. It was about $700 for me total it saved several thousands of install labor

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Originally Posted by Grouperdude View Post
As long as you comply with the manual, you have nothing to worry about. Although you will need a tech w/ a computer for checkout.

It is my understanding in order to use a Warranty for a claim that an authorized rep or dealer has to inspect the installation and perform or witness the startup procedure called out in the Installation Manual, then sign the Warranty document to validate it prior to sending it to the OEM for final approval..
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I ordered a new yammie 90 2 stroke in 2005 from Florida and had it shipped up to Massachusetts and did the install myself knowing that I was sol on any warranty claim but it was worth it to me knowing the job was done right, and the warranty was a non issue
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Originally Posted by steppenout26 View Post
Yes you can install it. Than have your dealership pdi motor and start up. Our dealership will charge you for tech time to checkout the installation and any time to repair your mistakes. Read and follow instructions it's not that hard. Many people do nice work on their own boats. Good luck.
Not to derail the thread but what does PDI stand for?
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I did an I/O to Suzuki OB conversion. I had the engine shipped from Florida to California. I saved about $2k on taxes.
I have the 6 year warranty. Never have used it. I hung and rigged the engine myself.
If you have the mechanical aptitude, go for it.
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I did my own df300s (twins) and had a dealer do the final check and computer connection. No problems with warranty.
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Not to derail the thread but what does PDI stand for?
pre delivery inspection??
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Rigging an outboard engine is incredibly easy. I would not hesitate to do it myself AGAIN.
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Why not? If you are too uptight to buy a motor lift use a come a long and a tree
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Originally Posted by proaudioguy View Post
Rigging an outboard engine is incredibly easy. I would not hesitate to do it myself AGAIN.
Yeah and F-16 pilots will tell you their incredibly easy to fly! It’s all relative!
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Originally Posted by Tomtep View Post
Do any of the outboard manufacturers allow dealers to sell loose motors in the 150 to 200 horsepower range, for the purchaser to install themselves. If so how is the warranty registration handled. I am thinking of repowering over the winter and would like to install the motor myself.
I don’t think any of the manufacturers approve it but I’ve heard of dealers who will either load the motor in your truck or ship it to an independent shop after activating warranty. Motor prices are normal but you do save on install and sometimes sales taxes.
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Originally Posted by Tiger51 View Post
Yeah and F-16 pilots will tell you their incredibly easy to fly! It’s all relative!

I mean you are either mechanically inclined or you aren’t. I can’t cook but I can take just about anything apart and put most things back together. I have made my own tools on a mill and lathe. I just don’t see anythng particularly difficult about pulling wire, plugging it in, pulling cables, hooking them up, lifting a motor up with a hydraulic hoist and bolting it on. There are plenty of small details there, none of which are complicated. Watch this.
https://www.youtube.com/c/BornAgainB...ery=how+to+rig



I did mine in the keys while I was on vacation at a rental house. Only tools I had were what I had in my Expedition just in case we broke down. Prior to swapping the engines, I had already redone all the rigging, controls, cables, dash panels, electrical, switches, gauges, and updated a 1988 boat with system check. I’m sure I asked a few questions on this site along the way.

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