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Old 07-18-2020, 09:05 AM
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I am considering a Suzuki for my Ankona 17 build that I'm looking real close but still at the 90% of pulling the trigger on this boat with some research left.

-Other motors are the Tohatsu and Yamaha, all in the 40hp ratings although I would like to buy a Suzuki due to the fact it has a timing chain and not a belt.

-In regards to the Suzuki, these comments were told to me (comments quoted below) and I just wanted to check with those who know more about this issue if any.
-I have never owned a 4Stroke so I don't know anything about these motors.
-Question has arose about the internals of the Suzuki's water jackets rusting out and the statements below were given to me in consideration of selecting a motor.

Zuke will be slowest, but best fuel but at that size it wont even matter.. The Tohatsu would be my go to, performance imo is better than all plus great warranty.
Suzuki has a life expectancy of around 7 years because they're corrosion prevention is lacking, this comes from a dealers mouth and I bought two and in three years it started overheating due to the water jacket rotting out from the inside . This happen to me twice before the dealer told me about the problem and warranty don't cover it. Yamaha is the Only way to go my opinion.
-Now as for the last statement I asked how long ago did the person own those Suzuki's, no answer yet.

-Note: In no way shape or form am I discrediting their statements to be non-factual, just trying to do some more research before I commit to a build w/said motor, or motors.

Thanks for the help,
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Old 07-20-2020, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Rollbar1 View Post
I am considering a Suzuki for my Ankona 17 build that I'm looking real close but still at the 90% of pulling the trigger on this boat with some research left.

-Other motors are the Tohatsu and Yamaha, all in the 40hp ratings although I would like to buy a Suzuki due to the fact it has a timing chain and not a belt.

-In regards to the Suzuki, these comments were told to me (comments quoted below) and I just wanted to check with those who know more about this issue if any.
-I have never owned a 4Stroke so I don't know anything about these motors.
-Question has arose about the internals of the Suzuki's water jackets rusting out and the statements below were given to me in consideration of selecting a motor.



-Now as for the last statement I asked how long ago did the person own those Suzuki's, no answer yet.

-Note: In no way shape or form am I discrediting their statements to be non-factual, just trying to do some more research before I commit to a build w/said motor, or motors.

Thanks for the help,
JB
The comment re slowest is rubbish. What it MAY indicate is that it has been propped by somebody who does not know Suzuki’s - they run a very different gearing due to the offset drive shaft, so the “typical” prop size that is run by Yamaha Merc etc is NOT the same size that will suit the Suzuki. Prop them right and they will be fine. They sip fuel and are so quiet you will probably forget to turn them off before pulling the boat back on to the trailer. I am not joking either!

The second comment is also rubbish. The Suzuki’s of 2020 are no different to any other 4 stroke outboard, and, like Yamaha and Tohatsu, they are made in Japan to the highest standards of design and materials. Service and maintain them as required, and they will perform and last.

One really important thing with all modern 4 strokes, including Suzuki, that often catches 2 stroke owners is the fact that they have internal anodes (“zincs”) that have to be checked regularly(annually) and replaced when they need to be. They are important service items that protect the engines from internal corrosion. Cheap and easy to monitor them and to replace. The majority of reports of Suzuki outboards with internal corrosion issues have almost all revealed owners who neglected these anodes. Doh!

Suzuki sell 100hr service kits that have all the parts required for the annual service and they include new anodes. Very handy kits.

Both those comments you reported really smack of jealousy and bias against the “new kid on the block”. Just unmitigated and ignorant rubbish.

(And, If you go ahead an get a 40hp Suzuki I can also tell you how to easily and safely get close to 60hp out of it for less than $30 extra. Done it with mine. Change one simple part.)

Ive been a boat owner for 40 years, have had Johnson, Yamaha, Tohatsu and Suzuki outboards. Currently have 40 and 115 Suzuki’s, the 115 has performed flawlessly for 10 years and the 40 for over 5.

I would not hesitate to buy a boat with a 40hp made by any of Yamaha, Tohatsu or Suzuki. As you say, the Suzuki has the advantage of timing chain vs belt over the Yamaha.
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Originally Posted by Moonlighter475 View Post
They sip fuel and are so quiet you will probably forget to turn them off before pulling the boat back on to the trailer. I am not joking either!
Excellent! I will need all the fuel I can get/savings.

Suzuki sell 100hr service kits that have all the parts required for the annual service and they include new anodes. Very handy kits.
That is awesome for a DYI guy like myself.

(And, If you go ahead an get a 40hp Suzuki I can also tell you how to easily and safely get close to 60hp out of it for less than $30 extra. Done it with mine. Change one simple part.)
Yes this would really help my budget big time and help me get into the next size up or better options.

Thank you very much!
More confident now and looks like the purchase will be the Suzuki.
I just can't rely on belts, maybe it's just me but I'm a old mechanical kind of guy.
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Sent you a PM re the hp upgrade.
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Sent you a PM re the hp upgrade.
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