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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 01 May 2018, 20:11 

Joined: 18 Jan 2016, 11:23
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Location: ND
I ordered the new 20hp Tahatsu after going back and forth between that and the Suzuki. I liked the idea of the spin on oil filter and a thermostat was the deciding factor. Hoping it will work on the 14 ft Lund with the factory prop without hitting the over rev. Should be here next week!! From what I have learned so far I will have to pickup oil for it and then ready to go.


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 01 May 2018, 21:14 

Joined: 29 Sep 2011, 12:43
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Location: Eastern Bluegrass on the WVa border
Congrats on your new engine.

Hope you enjoy.



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 Post subject: Re: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 01 May 2018, 21:47 

Joined: 12 Mar 2017, 12:09
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I heard they are strong for a 20. If it over revs, you aren’t taking enough fishing buddies with you!


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 02 May 2018, 08:49 
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Joined: 26 Mar 2018, 10:08
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Location: Alabama
Not sure how heavy your Lund is, but on a 1436 .050" flatty I did not over rev with that engine. You should be good. Cant imagine it being any lighter than that tin can I had. 28-29mph in that thing was actually a little scary haha.


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 02 May 2018, 09:10 

Joined: 18 Jan 2016, 11:23
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Location: ND
I had been watching reviews and basically trying to find out as much as I could on both motors. I don't think I could have done to wrong on either one. My biggest problem was no dealers for either but I can do the basic maintenance and hope to not need anything else for a long time to come. Seems they both, Suzuki and Tahatsu are both popular and well liked but just not in my area. Should be here on Wednesday-about the same time I expect the ice to be off the lakes LOL. When I get some time on it I will let you all know what I think. Jim


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 20:35 

Joined: 18 Jan 2016, 11:23
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Location: ND
I received the new motor last Thursday and had a chance to try it out today. Managed to put 5.5 hours on it. Some trolling and mostly just varying speed to break it in but managed 4 northern pike while trolling. So far I like it! Top end was 25 where my 20 hp Mariner was only 22. It is quiet and not having to mix oil and gas will be nice. I had no problems with over revving so the prop that came with it will be fine. Jim


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 20:38 
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Joined: 27 Nov 2010, 09:36
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Location: Houston, TX & Crossville, TN
Congratulations. I understand that Tahatsu makes all of the smaller Mercury engines. If you have a Mercury mechanic nearby, they should be able to help.... if you need help.



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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 16 May 2018, 08:37 

Joined: 21 Dec 2009, 12:24
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Location: monroe ga
owned a 9.8 and a 30 hp tohatsu. loved em. get yourself a tiny tach to keep track of hours and rpms.


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 29 May 2018, 18:06 
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Location: british columbia canada
i had a tohatsu 25 hp power tilt/trim short shaft el start on my 14.5 g3 guide.i loved that motor.smooth as silk and quiet.it was rated for a 20 but i couldn't resist.



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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 29 May 2018, 18:59 

Joined: 22 May 2018, 07:24
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Location: Mass.
I got a new tohatsu 20hp last week. Still going to be a couple of weeks until I put it on as I have some more work and paint to do. Have the oil waiting though.

Did your get it fully broken in yet? How has the process been?


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 29 May 2018, 20:56 

Joined: 18 Jan 2016, 11:23
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Location: ND
I have about 8 hours on it is all now but hope to have a few more by the end of the week. So far so good. At this amount of hours I consider it broke in even though it says 10 hours but I hardly ever run full throttle and now I can run at 3/4 and allowed to open it up for a couple of minutes. Probably going to give it a oil change at around 15 hours just because.


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 Post subject: New Tahatsu
PostPosted: 30 May 2018, 07:03 

Joined: 22 May 2018, 07:24
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Location: Mass.
nytebyte wrote:
I have about 8 hours on it is all now but hope to have a few more by the end of the week. So far so good. At this amount of hours I consider it broke in even though it says 10 hours but I hardly ever run full throttle and now I can run at 3/4 and allowed to open it up for a couple of minutes. Probably going to give it a oil change at around 15 hours just because.


Thanks for the response, I am excited to get mine out there! I bought some extra gear and motor oil so I could change them around that time also, I figure if I change all my car oils early when I break them in I might as well do this one too.


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