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AZdave posted 03-23-2007 01:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for AZdave   Send Email to AZdave  
I bought [a Yamaha] outboard from a dealer in Ontario in 1999. I was a good deal and I was having a hard time finding 30 and 40-HP motors with short shaft for my 13 Sport. I test started the motor last weekend without the ears and went in search of an impeller. Both of my local Yamaha parts departments expressed great confusion because my model designation did not show in their computers ( it contained an S rather than an L because it was a short shaft). One sold me the wrong impeller even though I carried in the old one for comparison. I called the Ontario dealership and had them send me one, and I got the part number. With that I was easily able to get a part in Phoenix as well. My local dealer told me I had a Japanese motor, while all the motors sold in the states since 1984 were manufactured here. Can anyone tell me if all Yamaha's sold here are made here. I can't find any evidence of that on the net. Thanks, Dave
jimh posted 03-23-2007 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As far as I know, ALL Yamaha motors are made in Japan. No Yamaha motors are made in the United States or Canada.
The Judge posted 03-23-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Find a new dealer. This is how ALL Yamahas are designated.

Yamaha Model Designation

Imbedded in the model number is the horsepower and year of the engine.
For example:
If your model number is 115TRR your engine is a 1993 115hp engine.

The first numbers are the engine hp.
The last letter corresponds to the year listed in the chart below.
1984(N) 1985(K) 1986(J) 1987(H) 1988(G) 1989(F)
1990(D) 1991(P) 1992(Q) 1993(R) 1994(S) 1995(T)
1996(U) 1997(V) 1998(W) 1999(X) 2000(Y) 2001(Z)

The Judge posted 03-23-2007 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
If your last number is an S then they might have been confused if you told them it was a 1999. Other than that only some Schmo would tell you they are made stateside.
AZdave posted 03-23-2007 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for AZdave  Send Email to AZdave     
Thank you gentlemen. It's great to be able to tap into your experience and insight. Dave
cwolf posted 03-23-2007 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
I've owned two. A '90 that was made in New Zealand and an'06 that was made in Japan. I've never heard of any being produced in the US.
cwolf posted 03-23-2007 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for cwolf  Send Email to cwolf     
Actually meant to say "made for export to New Zealand". On the '90 many parts didn't match what was in the dealer's computer so I learned to just take the old part in so he could find a match.

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