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Ferdinando posted 05-08-2001 10:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ferdinando   Send Email to Ferdinando  
Is it possible to convert or retrofit a late model regular Evinrude/Johnson into a FICHT
powered engine???????

Thks, Fred

Tom Byrum posted 05-09-2001 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Try a gallon of gas and match. hehe Sorry couldnt resist.
blackdog posted 05-09-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Anyone see the picture of the Scorched Ficht on the cover of BoatUS magazine?
Scary, that guys lives in my neck of the woods.
bigz posted 05-09-2001 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Fred, no you can't to answer your question. Totally a different head design in the Ficht engines vs. the carb models.
Ferdinando posted 05-09-2001 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Thanks for the info, guess I'll just have to run my Johnson 90 into the ground before I
can think of a FICHT, with a 160 hrs on it
I guess I have a long way to go.

Thks again...........

lhg posted 05-09-2001 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
You might be able to change engines for not much cost, if a Ficht is really what you want. Go to a Dealer and see how cheap you can buy a leftover OMC produced Ficht 90. I think there are some great deals out there. Hang tough for a low price. These things are not easy to sell these days, and the boating economy is turning down fast. The Dealers want to get rid of these, and once Ficht is approved for sale, there are more in warehoused inventory yet to be released by Bombardier for heavily discounted sale.

Then, before you buy new, see what you can sell your conventional OMC for. Don't even consider a trade-in. That won't work, as, like with cars, you can't beat the system. Your conventional engine is probably in demand, for people who want OMC but are afraid of Ficht. Maybe you could get what you want for not much additional money.

bigz posted 05-09-2001 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Don't know where your gleaming your information Larry. There is no "real" deals to be had as you say out there! I just looked at the most recent issued Bombardier inventory list and believe me they don't have a whole lot in stock and frankly the dealers aren't giving any of the Fichts away including the 2001, 200,225 and 250's.
Thay are all now EPA re-certified which was only a formality --
So Fred don't look for any great deals but they are available if you want one.
Larry is right with only 160 hours you might be able to sell yours for a pretty good price and of course the Ficht will give you considerably better gas milage and lower oil usage, with the cost of fuel going to stay around $1.75 to $2.00 on the water you can probably get a pretty short payback for the differnce between your old and a new one.
lhg posted 05-09-2001 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Tom - you can get a 90HP Ficht out here for about $4500. This is about the same price as Merc or Yamaha 90 2 stroke, which is basically what the competition is. The left over Ficht's will simply not bring in a price like a Merc or Yamaha 4 stroke.
bigz posted 05-10-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Who was talking 4 stroke Larry? The Ficht 90 gives you everything and even more than a 4 stroke and a lot more than a similar two stroke, and $4500 to $5000 rigged out is about where they have been priced since last year around these parts!-- Sorry I don't see the point (I do know that you can get heck of deals on Optimax motors in the whole size range and this is not recent even last Fall these were being heavily discounted)
SWarren posted 05-10-2001 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
That is a great price for a 90 FICHT. Do you know the name of the dealer? The least expensive one in SC is around 6800. I wonder what you can a 115 for at those dealers?
bigz posted 05-10-2001 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Oops sorry Steve/Larry, I goofed meant $5500 to $6000 --- guess it was my mind snaping again! Still not relevant to 4 stroke relation Larry made --

I agree Steve $4500 a great price ----

Larry let us know the dealer who will sell 90hp Fichts (which by the way are solid engines) for $4500 sure there might be a number of Montauk owners that would be interested.

blackdog posted 05-10-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
What do they list out for? I think my 115 was close to 10,000 Mfg sug price. I understand it is basiclly the same engine as the 90.
Cruiser posted 05-10-2001 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cruiser    
Does anyone know if the new 115 Ficht weigh the same as the new 90 Ficht??
blackdog posted 05-10-2001 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Evinrude web site lists the 90 & 115 at
375 lbs. / 170 kg
Same engine


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