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|Author||Topic: Montauk Re-Power...|
posted 03-25-2003 12:03 AM ET (US)
I know,I know, this issue has been worked to death, and I've read several hundred feet of bandwidth on the subject, But, here's my current thoughts re. my 1989 Montauk w/ orig Merc. 100 2-st. which runs ok,(sometimes)?
Considering a new Merc. 115 4-st., I wish for an injected, 4 cyl. That eliminates the 90hp in both Merc & Honda, my first two choices, Suzuki sounds good but in my area there are problems getting local service and I've ruled it out. By staying with Merc., I can use existing rigging which was recently replaced. I'm fairly certain the bolt pattens will match (no new holes to drill). The 115 Merc is the same weight as the 90, app.386 lbs., I gain a couple of more "ponies", & no carbs. cost: app. $400. above the 90hp. I know the 100hp rating for the Montauk is being "tweeked" a little but there seems to be many brothers here who have done it with no large problems. I've yet to check w/ my insurance provider?? Another detail, Seems that the 115's demand has out-distanced the current supply and local dealers in the S.F. bay area don't expect any inventory until mid-summer. I have however, located a new 115 in So. Ore. and I'm prepared to make the drive, no sales tax in Ore. (app. $600.)I like that alot! I have a local Merc. dealer willing to do the install for app. 6 hrs shop time. The Oregon price is exactly the same as the lowest Calif quotes: $7,540., plus prop.
I want a high level of reliabilty, decent performance, (40mph+), reasonable fuel economy, w/ low noise levels and min. maint.
Am I asking too much?, are these Merc's any good?...I'm kinda "green" w/ these out-board Gadgets..whatta-ya think?...Tom
posted 03-25-2003 12:22 AM ET (US)
Go for it, sounds pretty good. The main concern is weight and you are under the 410lb limit. Progresive insurance will insure it. Good luck and be safe.
posted 03-25-2003 10:19 AM ET (US)
Sound like a nice setup. Have you talked to any of these mercury dealers about the new 115 optimax coming out. The motor weighs slightly less but if you have decided 4 stroke then the 115 4 stroke sounds like a nice package.
posted 03-25-2003 11:20 PM ET (US)
I have the 115 EFI 4 stroke on my Montauk 170. Great motor and very smooth.
posted 03-29-2003 08:57 PM ET (US)
Sounds like a great idea! I am in the process of doing the very same thing, re-powering my Montauk with a 115 MERC 4-S. I too have done a lot of research on MERC dealers, prices, installation, insurance, etc. Please email me if you are interested in my findings. Perhaps I can direct you to another option.
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