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george nagy posted 05-08-2003 09:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I was wondering if anyone can give me a little history of such a motor. Were there any problems associated with this model?

Are the newer 200-225 johnson's basically the same motors?

Looking at a boat with this type of motor.


mustang7nh posted 05-08-2003 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
I believe the 200 and 225s are same. I have a 1988 200 Johnson and it runs great. While not a fuel miser, it has treated me very well. Check compression and if its good and she runs well I think you could get some nice use out of it. Good luck
captbone posted 05-08-2003 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
Will always get you home with duct tape, and alittle spit and glue, that can not be said for the newer motors.
kingfish posted 05-08-2003 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I think I read your question differently than mustang7nh. If your question is: Are the "newer" 200's and 225's the same as the "older" 200's and 225's, the answer is no. Your motor like my '92 Evinrude 225 was a loop-charged engine, and OMC shifted away from that technology in the mid-90's, I think. Loop-chargers typically were designed to run with lower compression (and there are a lot of other differences that some guys here know a lot more about than me), and as captbone said, your normal human citizen is more likely to be able to haywire at least a temporary fix to these when something goes wrong. Kind of like sticking your head under the hood of a 1970 Chevy with a carbeurated small block as opposed to sticking your head under the hood of any newer car with the snakepit of wires, hoses and belts we have today. Hard to change the plugs without calling a mechanic.

Good motors.

Bigshot posted 05-09-2003 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
The 89 200 is basically the same as a 2001 or whenever they last made them. they are all looped charged and say V6 on the back of the block, lost-foam casted etc. The older V6's were cross-fows and REALLy sucked down the fuel. The 225 has 4 6 throat carbs where the 200 has I think 3 4 throat or something. The 225 will suck down about another 2gph than the 200 so stick with a 200 for only 25hp.

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