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John O posted 12-01-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for John O  
What is the difference between a Johnson fresh water and a salt water series? Is there a major difference? Can a fresh water be used in salt water exclusively w/o any problems. I have asked several Johnson dealers this same question and many have not given me a concrete answer. One dealer said the main difference is the stickers on the motor and the price. Johnson claims it is the type of metals used. Is it really cost effective for a manufacturer to make two types of motors.
Tom W Clark posted 12-01-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

What outboards are you talking about? There are no so called "saltwater" Johnson outboards being made now. In fact they (Bombardier) make a point of stating they only make outboards engineered for saltwater use unlike some other brands of outboards.

OMC used to make commercial versions of their outboards (NOT to be confused with the "Special" or "SPL" models, 88 and 115). These commercial motors used many more stainless steel fasteners as well as gearcases from the next bigger series of engines.

John O posted 12-01-2002 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
2001 Johnson 90 hp carbed not Fitch
MikeG posted 12-02-2002 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     

I just got into my AOL account today for the first time in about a month. I saw your message, sounds like you found an engine. Either way I picked up a 1996 Johnson 90hp. I just mounted it on my Montauk last night. I had to take advantage of the "warm" weather (40 degrees). My engine is the dark gray "regular" Johnson - not the OceanRunner. From everything I have been told, it should be fine in salt water. My motor looks extremely clean. No signs of corrision. Under the engine cover is as clean as new.

I had the same questions as you and have been assured by a number of sources that the Johnson will hold up fine in salt. The Ocean Runners had a few more stainless fasteners, maybe an extra step in the painting process and OceanRunner stickers.

My boating is about 80 fresh - 20 salt. The old '88 88spl did not have any real corrosion but the paint was flaking. I figure if that thing held up for 11 years in salt and another 3 in a mix, the newer engines should do at least as well. I plan on flushing regularly and keeping the engine coated with a water-dispersing spray like Boe-shield or WD-40. I will monitor this post to see if anyone has more info or a Johnson catalog that explains the differences.

I'll try to send you an email soon about the rigging. I'm just figuring out the SystemCheck wiring.

ps I updated my email in my profile.

John O posted 12-02-2002 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Thanks Mike. Got you E mail this morning and responded. Good luck !


Bigshot posted 12-02-2002 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
John.....this is the 50th engine and 100th post about an engine you are buying....just buy one.....don't care which, just buy it!
John O posted 12-02-2002 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Bought it.
Bigshot posted 12-02-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Great! We can all rest now:) That was a great deal BTW.

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