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Old 09-15-2011, 09:56 PM
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Without spending 1000 dollars for the Yamaha command link guages, what is the best fuel flow guage for a Yamaha F225?

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Old 09-15-2011, 11:30 PM
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I don't know if it's "the best" but I do like the Lowrance LMF series gauges with their Yamaha engine interface cable (part # 120-37) or their EP-60R fuel flow sensor (part #120-39). If you use the engine interface cable, be sure to order the EP85R data storage device (part #120-73) so you can keep track of fuel burned, otherwise you'll just get the fuel burn rate. I didn't need the EP-85 when I had the EP-60 fuel flow sensors.

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I used a pair of LMF-200 gauges & the EP-60 fuel flow sensors on my boat that was running twin 2001 Yamaha F115's. The whole system was under $500 and worked well. The setup kept track of the fuel used, that I would reset each trip.

The current boat has newer engines (twin '07 Yamaha F225's), so I wanted to try the engine interface cables to pull more data than just fuel burn numbers. I have an LMF-400 and a pair of 200's for displays. Everything works great with the engine harnesses, but I couldn't get a tally of the amount of fuel burned. A little Internet searching lead me to the conclusion that I needed the EP-85 data storage device to keep track of such things. It only seems to be available at LEI-Extras.

I'll also add that I had the Navman 2100 Fuel Meter on my first boat. I liked it a little better than the Lowrance, when it came to resetting the fuel trip meter. It was a great unit.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:08 AM
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Thanks for the wonderful response.

Are you saying that if I get the Yamaha Engine Interface Cable, that I will not need the EP-60R Fuel Flow as well? That would be good news as I would think that it would get a better reading from the CPU than the wheel.

I will give someone at LEI-Extras a call today to see if this is true and if so, then I will be good!

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I got an HDS unit from Lowrance and spent an additional $150.00 to install the fuel prob. Great investment. It calculates GPH, MPG, Gallons used. ext... If you have a capable electronics unit see if you can add it to that.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:49 AM
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You used to be able to get them free from banks... Does require some knowledge of mathematical symbols.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sdudra View Post
Are you saying that if I get the Yamaha Engine Interface Cable, that I will not need the EP-60R Fuel Flow as well?
Correct. You can pull fuel burn rate off the engine interface, but you will need the EP-85 data storage device to keep track of your fuel used per trip, per season, fuel left in the tank, etc. The engine harnesses alone will not provide those numbers.

If you get the fuel flow meters, you don't need the data storage device.
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I had a Northstar F310 on the last boat and LOVED it. It had much more info in one headunit than the Yamaha fuel management. I'll probably end up buying another for this boat.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:09 PM
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I had a Northstar F310 on the last boat and LOVED it. It had much more info in one headunit than the Yamaha fuel management. I'll probably end up buying another for this boat.
I will let you know how the Lowrance works. With a 2 stroke, they all work good I have heard. the problem is with the 4 strokes because they supposedly use very little gas at idle and we all know how much we idle around NE Florida here with all of the trolling we do.

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Old 09-28-2011, 06:57 PM
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So.... I got a pair of 02' f225's. Will one of those EP units get the data to the HDS so I can track all of my fuel burn numbers? I have not bothered looking into making use any of the HDS fule management capabilities because I was told that you need the newer NEMA 2k yamaha's...
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You will need the EP 65 fuel flow sender, I believe, linked to a basic NMEA 2k network. You'll need a NMEA starter kit to set it up and to connect it to the HDS.

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Old 09-29-2011, 03:49 PM
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I've got the ep60r on my F200 which is then networked to my 4212. I love the constant readout at the bottom of my gps as to gal burned, mpg, gph, etc.
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I recently purchase EP 60 fuel flow meter and the neccesary cables to install fuel management from LEI Extras and they back ordered the meter for 5 weeks. They never told me of the back order and when I found out that it would be 5 weeks for the flow meter I had to cancel the order. They charged me 25.00 for ship incomplete order plus 15% restocking fee. They would not refund me for shipping or 15% restocking fee even though they should have told me that the item would be back ordered for 5 weeks. That was my last dealing with Lowrance. I ordered the gauge and fuel meter from flo-scan.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:24 PM
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I ordered the LMF400 and the Yamaha engine harnesses from BOE Marine, and they arrived the same week. I had to get the EP-85 directly from Lowrance (LEI) and it took almost 3 weeks to get here. The folks at LEI said they shipped it priority mail, and when the package arrived, it was parcel post.
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I got it installed this weekend. I found that the instructions for installing the "Backbone" where VERY lacking to say the least.

Everything is hooked up and I do envy you guys that can plug it into your Yamaha or Suzuki engine. This little guage apparently can tell a LOT of information. If it would have plugged into a harness on my 2004 F225, I might have bought another gauge so that I can see 2 different read outs on it at one time!

Now to test........ Heading to Puerto Rico for vacation so it will have to wait till I return.
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