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23T Contender 350 Suzuki repower by Outboard Specialties

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Old 03-29-2018, 01:21 PM
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Default 23T Contender 350 Suzuki repower by Outboard Specialties

We had the opportunity to repower this 23T contender with a new 350 Suzuki, new Seastar steering system, and custom dash panels done on our in house CNC machine. The customer requested glacier gray starboard to match some new upholstery he'll be getting after he brings the boat back to Virginia. During initial seatrial of the boat we saw 54 MPH, 30 MPH cruise getting 2.6 MPG, and 40 MPH cruise getting 2.3 MPG. Thanks for making the trip, hope you enjoy the new ride.






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That is one good looking boat.
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Sweet setup. Can't beat those numbers and expense.
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Barricuda....does she look familiar ?
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Holy shit!!!!! That's my old boat. LOL after you mentioned it, I just saw my old trap puller mount.

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Great performance numbers! I wonder how my 23 Regulator would run with one of those on the back.
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Great performance numbers! I wonder how my 23 Regulator would run with one of those on the back.
That Regulator is a heavy hull so youíll probably be just a little less then this Contender runs. You would benefit from the duo prop on that rig, better hole shot and midrange. We recently did a 23 Regulator with a 300 Zuke and the 350 would have been nice on it.
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Want to send a big Thank You out to Trent , Mike and staff at Outboard Specialties.

A deal was struck w/ another dealer that fell through when the other dealer had issues come up and wasnít able to meet the preplanned schedule with me transporting the 23T from Va. for repower. When the situation was explained to Trent a couple weeks out , he was eager to see if they could accommodate. Trent had just recently started working there. They were willing to work with the pricing I already had received and agreed make the schedule work. I drove down, discussed a few things, unhooked the boat and headed to Palm Beach airport to put my truck in long term parking for a week.

When I showed back up to pick the boat up there was a little melt down by the installer in front of me when he was informed by Mike that a Sea Star Tournament cylinder was to be installed instead of a standard cylinder that had already been installed and bled. They were down to the wire on the install. He got over it and managed to get it done so they could dunk it in the water and sea trial it. They put 30 minutes on it and when they returned Mike explained that I should consider a power assist. While it wasnít mandatory, he said Iíd enjoy the new power much more and I agreed I was all about wanting to enjoy the new power as much as possible and I wouldnít let a power assist keep me from getting the most from my new purchase. He offered to have it installed immediately before I left but I told him Iíd get it done in Va. as I needed to get on the road. The installers are pretty busy as it seemed they must have had a dozen jobs happening that day at the same time.

I donít know who was responsible for the dash work but I canít say enough about how well I thought the job turned out. I asked that , unlike most custom replacement dashes , no screws holding panels down be visible and I wanted grey and not gloss black material. Trent led me to believe given the contour on my console where gauges go , the Garmin 20 autopilot data display wouldnít fit and the hidden screws couldnít be done and the autopilot display would need completion on my end as the panel would require a compound cut . I was disappointed but accepted Iíd have to handle that when I returned.Surprise! Like I said , canít say enough as the dash was just as I wanted w/ no screws and the panel was cut just right to accept the complete autopilot display, requiring no work on my end.

They took the time to tell me of the importance of making sure the lower unit was full of oil as there were some DIY mistakes made by new owners that Suzuki took care of even though it was operator error. I assured them it would be going to a dealer but was thankful for the advice as I was going to mention it there because other dealers donít have the real world knowledge yet.

Iíve received a notice Suzuki wants to replace a fuel pump as some 350ís had issues w/ newer hull venting issues...they sure donít appear to ignore issues or pretend they donít exist.

Below is a shot of the fuel flow display....I havenít played w/ trim tabs, trim and rpm to see what can really be squeezed out of her.

Itís so much better than my 300 HPDI ...and sheís not at 20 hrs yet.....trying to get time to use it



I told Trent and Mike Iíd be back to see them if something comes up in the future.....Iím already thinking of what might come up


I highly reccomend these guys at Outboard Specialties and will answer an PMís I can about my experience.


THANKS again guys, you were definitely worth the drive from Va.
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Want to send a big Thank You out to Trent , Mike and staff at Outboard Specialties.

A deal was struck w/ another dealer that fell through when the other dealer had issues come up and wasnít able to meet the preplanned schedule with me transporting the 23T from Va. for repower. When the situation was explained to Trent a couple weeks out , he was eager to see if they could accommodate. Trent had just recently started working there. They were willing to work with the pricing I already had received and agreed make the schedule work. I drove down, discussed a few things, unhooked the boat and headed to Palm Beach airport to put my truck in long term parking for a week.

When I showed back up to pick the boat up there was a little melt down by the installer in front of me when he was informed by Mike that a Sea Star Tournament cylinder was to be installed instead of a standard cylinder that had already been installed and bled. They were down to the wire on the install. He got over it and managed to get it done so they could dunk it in the water and sea trial it. They put 30 minutes on it and when they returned Mike explained that I should consider a power assist. While it wasnít mandatory, he said Iíd enjoy the new power much more and I agreed I was all about wanting to enjoy the new power as much as possible and I wouldnít let a power assist keep me from getting the most from my new purchase. He offered to have it installed immediately before I left but I told him Iíd get it done in Va. as I needed to get on the road. The installers are pretty busy as it seemed they must have had a dozen jobs happening that day at the same time.

I donít know who was responsible for the dash work but I canít say enough about how well I thought the job turned out. I asked that , unlike most custom replacement dashes , no screws holding panels down be visible and I wanted grey and not gloss black material. Trent led me to believe given the contour on my console where gauges go , the Garmin 20 autopilot data display wouldnít fit and the hidden screws couldnít be done and the autopilot display would need completion on my end as the panel would require a compound cut . I was disappointed but accepted Iíd have to handle that when I returned.Surprise! Like I said , canít say enough as the dash was just as I wanted w/ no screws and the panel was cut just right to accept the complete autopilot display, requiring no work on my end.

They took the time to tell me of the importance of making sure the lower unit was full of oil as there were some DIY mistakes made by new owners that Suzuki took care of even though it was operator error. I assured them it would be going to a dealer but was thankful for the advice as I was going to mention it there because other dealers donít have the real world knowledge yet.

Iíve received a notice Suzuki wants to replace a fuel pump as some 350ís had issues w/ newer hull venting issues...they sure donít appear to ignore issues or pretend they donít exist.

Below is a shot of the fuel flow display....I havenít played w/ trim tabs, trim and rpm to see what can really be squeezed out of her.

Itís so much better than my 300 HPDI ...and sheís not at 20 hrs yet.....trying to get time to use it



I told Trent and Mike Iíd be back to see them if something comes up in the future.....Iím already thinking of what might come up


I highly reccomend these guys at Outboard Specialties and will answer an PMís I can about my experience.


THANKS again guys, you were definitely worth the drive from Va.
I know we had a couple of hiccups along the way and time restraints to deal with but it did all work out in the end. Thank you very much for being patient and happy to see you are enjoying it.

Thanks again from all of us, let us know of anything else you have questions with or may need in the future.

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Trent and Mike are great guys. Trent was the salesman who I purchased my 90 from, any questions I had he was very prompt to call back if he didn't have an answer or needed to leave a voicemail. Just awesome customer service by these guys
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Thanks Mike, and please let Trent know included him in the shout out and thank him as well.

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Thanks Mike, and please let Trent know included him in the shout out and thank him as well.

Joe.
I did, he read the post. And thank you for the referral as well.
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Certainly,...hard part’s over, he’s found the right dealer....now just has to pick his color....LOL....

the torque when getting on plane and midrange is night and day.........

what’s the availability like on the 300 and 350’s?.....given the pressure on supply of other brands, has it effected your product access?






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Thatís a sexy contender!!!!
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Certainly,...hard partís over, heís found the right dealer....now just has to pick his color....LOL....

the torque when getting on plane and midrange is night and day.........

whatís the availability like on the 300 and 350ís?.....given the pressure on supply of other brands, has it effected your product access?


The low end and midrange is awesome on the 350's, the duo-prop works well.

Certain models have gone on backorder, fortunately being I keep so much inventory on hand it hasn't really affected me to much. I currently have plenty of 200's. 300's and 350's in stock again , some big shipments came in and all my backorders were fulfilled.
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