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KeysNole posted 11-07-2001 07:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for KeysNole   Send Email to KeysNole  
I have come across a 94 Yamaha 55 hp. Since a Yamaha factory tech is impossible to get a hold of, I called a local dealer. He said that motor was most likely imported, and a commercial model. Does anyone have any information about this motor, and its relation to my 1992 50 hp VRO (weight, performance, etc.) Thanks.
grandmufti posted 11-07-2001 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandmufti  Send Email to grandmufti     
I was informed on another post that Yamaha motors are not allowed as they are not Whaler related.
Bobber posted 11-07-2001 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bobber  Send Email to Bobber     
That is probably a C55, non-VRO budget series which was replaced by the C60 in 96-If it is a commercial kicker it will have "Enduro" on the cowling. C60 was the same block, 51.8ci or 849cc, 3 cylinder looper, 5500rpm @ WOT, 218 lbs. Weak points on early 90's C series are corrosion problems with the shift rod & steering yoke in saltwater usage, otherwise solid little engines.
jimh posted 11-08-2001 01:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
keysnole--using a special telephone look-up database I have at access to (at work) I looked up the telephone numbers of the main Yamaha Company service facility and called them. I got one of their techs on the line and started grilling him about a problems I had with my engine. After a few minutes he realized I was not a "factory authorized servicing dealer" that he was talking to and got much less helpful, wanted to know how I got his number, etc. Crazy situation with these guys. I think they all pretend their engines never break or need service/parts.

grandmufti--I didn't tell you ever that you couldn't talk about Yamaha engines--just that your post [where to get a manual] was getting pretty far out there on the fringe of what we generally consider the subject matter of another forum. This topic is too. But what the heck, it's late, I find the whole thing funny, you should too.


Bigshot posted 11-08-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That yamagucci 55 is what put Yamaha on the map back in the 70's. Still around today. It is a 2cyl replica(& refined) of the old OMC 55hp with a Merc foot replica. Similar to your 50. Not sure about VRO but great engine and I see many around. Built like a Brick sh.....
KeysNole posted 11-08-2001 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
I think the verdict is still out on whether I want this engine or not. It seems solid, but what components make a "commercial" or "enduro" engine different from a normal one? I am also concerned about resale value.

Is $1900 a decent price for this motor, with trim and tilt?

Bobber posted 11-09-2001 01:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bobber  Send Email to Bobber     
Enduros had/have heavier duty lower units, chrome plated waterpump housings, SS shift rods, most often sold as pull start/tiller steering at that HP level, although my non perfect memory doesnt click on a 55HP Enduro. What is the model & serial # from the ID plate? 1.9K could be a good price, but too many unknown variables for me to say.Resale? Its a Yamahahaha!
Bigshot posted 11-13-2001 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
$1900 sounds a bit stiff unless mint and with SS prop and controls. I also say the Enduro was tiller steering. My neighbors 55 is normal and does not say enduro which makes no sense in that it can't drive on land.

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