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Honda/Tohatsu 250 vs Suzuki 300

Old 01-11-2019, 12:49 PM
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yes mine is a 2520 MVSC
Right got that was wondering if the new Suzuki is a 25” or 30” shaft??
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post


Right got that was wondering if the new Suzuki is a 25” or 30” shaft??
25”
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by TimC2520 View Post


25”
That’s interesting my current engine is a 30” and came set up like that from the factory. Was your old engine also a 25” shaft?
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Yes, apparently shortly after I bought mine in 1999, they started making the notch not as deep so you would then need a 30" leg. I have a friend with a 2001 or 2002 MVSC and he has a 30" shaft
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Originally Posted by TimC2520 View Post
Yes, apparently shortly after I bought mine in 1999, they started making the notch not as deep so you would then need a 30" leg. I have a friend with a 2001 or 2002 MVSC and he has a 30" shaft
That explains it. Great looking set up. I look forward to reading your performance reports and wish you the best of luck.....
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Thanks, and good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:08 PM
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cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/marine/pdf/props/BF250-Eastern-Islander.pdf

Your boat is 2000lbs lighter and has a 150hp less rating than the one in the bulletin.

The Honda is super reliable and will last with correct servicing and maintenance, which is easy on the Honda. Commercial guys regularly get 6000+ hours out of the V6 Hondas and they aren't nice to their engines.
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When I was searching in November, 2018, the Yamaha dealers told me late fall, 2019 at the earliest before I could get one so that was out.
Honda BF 250 was $3,000 more and I wanted white, FBW which I was told by the Honda dealer is not available on the white Honda, only IST with the stock gray color.
That left me with a Zuke. I bought both the service manual and downloaded the owners manual and did some reading. They appear to be really easy to service.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:05 AM
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Honda/Tohatsu has been updated. Their v6 engines now all use the same size block and have easier maintenance features and increased corrosion protection for their new v6 engines. If I were buying I would want to get one of these newer design engines.
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I had a 2008 Honda BF225. The lower unit casing rotted away after 6 years and the powerhead after 8 years and 900 hours. I flushed that motor religiously after every use. Ever notice you see a lot of old Mercs. Yamahas, Evinrudes/Johnsons, and Suzukis out there. How many old Hondas do you see?
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:35 PM
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I have a 2004 Honda 225, it has been a good motor. One other thing to consider is resale, if there’s any chance you want to sell your rig before the motor is worn out....Tohatsu is not a well known brand and not everyone knows they are repainted Honda’s. I would think resale with a Suzuki 300 would be better than a Tohatsu 250.
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Off course performance is nice, but I think of it differently, I also highly regard economy and reliability, and particularly in this regard all Honda products are the very best money can buy, after all how often, which percentage of the use time of your boat are you going to be faster then 35 -40 knots ............. tohatsu is the biggest out board manufacurer in the world is japanese and in this case sells a Honda product at a fantastic price ............ i would be very tempted to purchase Tohatsu knowing all this ...........
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I put 5,000 hours on twin 1997 Honda 90's and never missed a day of work on the water. No rot on these when I pulled the t-stats or changed the internal zincs........i just repowered with new Hondas.
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I put 5,000 hours on twin 1997 Honda 90's and never missed a day of work on the water. No rot on these when I pulled the t-stats or changed the internal zincs........i just repowered with new Hondas.
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Going on reputation and knowing owners rather than direct experience I don't think you'd go wrong with either choice but I know if I was considering a 300 v a 250, I'd always miss the extra power that I didn't buy if I went for the 250.
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