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JoeBoyC 10-15-2020 08:02 PM

Time to repower... advice needed
Time to repower...pretty sure im going with a Suzuki 250 on my 2003 kencraft Challenger 220 WA. The question is on weather or not to go all digital or mechanical rigging. Any of you guys give have any experience with this Suzuki setup? Pros and cons?

Lone Ranger 10-16-2020 06:05 AM

The Mechanical and Digital 250's are Not the same Engine.Just to let You know. Mechanical 250 is 3.6l...Digital is 4.0l...

critt77matt 10-16-2020 06:48 AM

mechanical is lighter. Seems some people had/have problems with the digital gauges.

a7ewizard 10-16-2020 09:59 AM

I own both types. Both have been very reliable. 2006 Df225 with about 1800 hours. 2017 Df300 with about 750 hours.
I have not had any problems with my C10 display; offers more info than the old style round gauges and frees up dash space.
Digital shift and throttle is silky smooth. Troll mode is outstanding for slow trolling because of 50rpm increments. This is hard to do with mechanical controls.
Networking the Suzuki with GPS for mpg information to optimize cruise is important to me. Assuming you can do this with either engine, the choice comes down to this:
1) If slow troll and Troll Mode is important to you then buy digital
2) otherwise, buy mechanical and probably save $$.

hjorgan 10-16-2020 10:01 AM

Twin Zuke 300s with digital controls. Love em. Only issue is that they are a bit hard to read (mainly due to the angle of my dash).

Gary999 10-16-2020 10:37 AM

Digital and get a 300.

captain28570 10-16-2020 06:32 PM

Is the 3.6L lean burn like the 4.0L is?

JoeBoyC 10-16-2020 06:54 PM

So the local boat shop is advising me to go mechanical. I was leaning towards mechanical to start with just to be more simplistic. I even feel that it would be smart to go with new traditional gauges... as much as I want to go digital, I feel the right choice is mechanical. My boat isn't going anywhere so I'm not as much worried about resale. It's paid for, just want reliability. I seriously appreciate all the advice. Thank you guys.

iFishMD 10-16-2020 07:50 PM

Go with the digital motor. I am in the process of replacing my cables. You never hear of the digital throttle and shift failing

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