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BooBoo posted 03-05-2007 07:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for BooBoo   Send Email to BooBoo  
There are a couple dozen newer 130 Sports around here with factory-installed 25hp Mercs. Our small lake is pretty small and is limited to 25hp maximum. The <2006 25hp Mercs just don't seem to "cut the mustard".

Has anyone repowered their >2000 130 Sport with a different 25hp motor and found improvements? I have seen one with a 1999 Suzuki 2-stroke 25hp and one with a heavier 2003 Suzuki 4-stroke 25hp.

Any other suggestions in the 25hp range? Has anyone tried the new 2007 Suzuki 25V or new 2007 Mercury 25hp?


jbtaz posted 03-05-2007 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
I don't think you'd see any marked improvment unless you go with a 2 stroke 25. Also, the current ('07) 25hp Merc is different than the previous 25 Merc 4 strokes.
Royboy posted 03-06-2007 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Start with the prop. When all is said and done, if you must stay withing a hp trating for your lake, then you need to get the best performance out of whatever 25 hp engine you have. After all, regardless of 2 or four stroke or brand, you're still only going to have 25 ponies pushing your boat. I had a 130 Sport with the 25hp Merc 4 stroke and went through several props before I found the one that gave a significant improvement in hole shot without over-revving the engine. My local dealer has a prop try-out program that was well worth their price for the prop. Once I found the right prop, the boat would leap right up on plane. Do a search on this site; I know I posted the results of my prop testing but I couldn't find them this morning (not enough time).


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