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    If you like what you have, stay with it. Run it till it dies, go from there!
    I'd buy a Tow Boat membership and a hand held VHS, just in case.
    Mean while find a shop that rebuilds older OMC's. Those older engines
    were pretty reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snookwhisperer View Post
    If you like what you have, stay with it. Run it till it dies, go from there!
    I'd buy a Tow Boat membership and a hand held VHS, just in case.
    Mean while find a shop that rebuilds older OMC's. Those older engines
    were pretty reliable.
    What he said, there is a reason Yamaha used Evinrude blue prints to build their engines.
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    I've been doing a lot of research and trying to find the best deal for me. I found a newer 90 4stroke Yamaha (2014) $6900 looks good in the pics but... also a 75 hp Yamaha for $4800 and I thought it would be lighter but no it's the same motor just must be detuned. all of these motors are heaver than my Johnson like 50 or 60 lbs hanging off the transom and I still have to change gauges and cables and wiring harness. Then I see a 1998 90 hp Johnson, looks good in the pics and is priced at $3000 and it would be a unbolt one and bolt in the new one and I could keep mine for parts (maybe). I have always had Tow Boat since 1999, never used it but it's nice knowing it's there and a newer fixed mount.
    When all else fails...jiggle that wire:\

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    "Then I see a 1998 90 hp Johnson, looks good in the pics and is priced at $3000"

    There you go. That'll keep you going now - get the other one re-built on your terms, sell it, keep it till the 90 croaks, whatever.
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    Buddy of mine has a 96 johnson 90 and he's never had it rebuilt, he just does routine maintenance on it and it runs like a top. I think he's run pump gas through it for the last 20 years too.

    Good luck!
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    Price a Suzuki. My friend just got one for 7100.00 with 6 year warranty. Weight is 341 lbs

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    Well this is the final post to this thread, I priced a lot of different options, new Suzuki was the best deal and close to the weight of my old Johnson but was still going to be A LOT OF MONEY so I found a old outboard guy who was able to save my 90hp. He rebuilt the carbs he even changed the linkage to be able to adjust the timing and pulled the flywheel (don't know how he got that off) to adjust how it fires the power packs. He also did some other magic and now the darn thing runs like it's 1986 again. I mean it had good compression in each cylinder (110 to 115) it just friggin wouldn't, idle. Well the snapperwhipper will be back on Biscayne bay Monday morning and the trout and snaps better watch out. Thanks to all who responded to this post, MIKE
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