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Everything posted by Ric

  1. People read the internet and believe all is fact. Someone just a few posts above posted one with BOLD lettering as if they were making a point. Almost everything in that article is false.
  2. That article is garbage. Fuel injection didn't magically appear in 2012. Boats have had fuel injection for 20 + years. The fuel system is not sealed on a fuel injected boat, no more than a carb'd. The 3.0 went fuel injection for emission reasons not any other. Not all 2012+ engines have electronic throttle control. THE MARINE INDUSTRY NEVER DEVELOPED THEIR OWN FUEL INJECTION. General Motor's engines use General Motor's fuel injection. It's not marine specific. In fact, all GM Performance crate automotive engines use MEFI!!!!
  3. It took me a few days to hunt down and fix the wiring kludges the previous owner did on my boat to "fix" things. There is nothing wrong with how the boat is wired, if something isn't working right fix the problem, don't bypass it just to $%&# off the next owner and make them spend hours fixing it correctly.
  4. Don't move any wiring. Find the drain.
  5. Do you turn off the battery switches?
  6. I only added a total of 150 pounds of weight to my boat (two batteries, inverter, A/C).
  7. This is like trying to have a conversation with someone claiming the world is flat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Big-Block_engine#8100
  8. Okay you do know that the 496 in your boat bares no resemblance to the 496 from the 1960's right?
  9. The only good fuel injection installed on a boat engine is what's on the Volvo 380. My carb'd engine has computer controlled ignition with a rev-limiter (TB5). Had to get towed home 3 weeks ago when the module went bad.
  10. Do you have hard paperwork specs to back that up? I do. Talk to me like an adult not like a child and come with proof or goto bed.
  11. That's not a factory produced car. It's a crate engine. Go home.
  12. I have 400 hours on my 5.0 carb and it runs better than factory specs. I get 5 MPG at 30mph. Beat that with your fuel injection. You can't.
  13. The 496 8.1 liter engine has never. Ever. EVER. Been installed in a boat, car, motorcycle, gokart, scooter with a carburetor. To say the "496 crowd" with carbs is having trouble is bull@#$%@# because there has never been a vessel powered in the history of mankind that has rolled off the factory floor that has ever been powered by a 496 with a carburetor.
  14. There has never been a 496 to ever roll off the showroom floor with a carb in boats or cars. That is a Vortec truck engine that was released in 2001 and discontinued in 2009 by GM.
  15. I have a Mercruiser 5.0 220hp engine. I cruise at 3000rpms around 28mph and top speed 45ish. Hauls around and gets on plane instantly with 6 full sized adults on board with just half throttle. Wasn't like that when I got the boat! Propeller brand does not care what brand outdrive you have. I can honestly tell you from trying 5+ props (3 and 4 blade aluminum and SS) the best propeller for the 215 SSI is the Vensura with medium sized PVS inserts. Also smart tab model # SX9510-80. They fix the issue that all cuddy cabins have: Too much passenger weight on the stern with none in the bow. Your top speed will go up 2-3 mph and your time to plane will go from having to use full throttle and staring at the sky for a minute to using half throttle and never any crazy bow lift. I've spent the last 6 months testing and tuning this, so enjoy my hard work
  16. First lets get something straight. The fuel injection used on boats is not like what's in your car. The fuel injection used on boats in the model years 2013 and older are using 1970's technology. Speed density with no o2 sensors. Pre-programmed maps that can only stay within the parameters of the maps programmed to the ECU via a pressure sensor. The fuel injection system has no idea if it's running too rich or too lean. You're not going to see any increase in fuel economy using fuel injection over carb on the same engine. If you have a Chevy 5.7 350ci using a 600cfm carb or Fuel injection they're both going to use the same amount of fuel at any given RPM to produce that power. You can argue that well, fuel injection is more efficient because it supplies the correct amount of fuel right? Wrong. Marine fuel injection up to only 2013 was batch fire. That means it sprayed fuel in the engine even when it wasn't on an intake stroke. MEFI4 and below literally wastes fuel down the drain. Compared to a highly tuned carb, zero benefits in terms of fuel consumption or power. Why is the fuel injection/carb argument not applied to boats like it is cars? Easy. On your car you're literally changing the throttle position 100 times a minute. If not more. How many times do you change the throttle position on your boat? Once every minute? Once every 15 minutes? Longer? This is where carbs shine. They can be insanely efficient in constant throttle applications. That's why 99% of all drag racing cars are carbureted. There is a time and a place for technology I understand, but due to how boats work in the quest for best economy the answer is not more technologically advanced gasoline engines with miles of wiring and ECU's. The answer is diesel power. Always has been, always will be.
  17. Actually this is the 80's. Unless your boat was made around 2012 or newer, you're running fuel injection with MEFI4 or one of it's counterparts. Old as dirt bank fire system, 80's technology if you are talking in car terminology. I'd rather have a carb, it's just as efficient. Only MEFI5 setups (sequential fuel injection with o2 sensors) did the marine world join the 90s. Well, technically MEFI5 is still 80's technology.
  18. The ignition module in my thunderbolt V ignition caused a similar issue. Sometimes wouldn't start. Then would. Sometimes would die for no reason, then run fine. Eventually it just died and wouldn't start again. Someone on here posted a workshop manual that described how to troubleshoot it, and within 5 minutes I knew it was the module in the distributor. $80 bucks later the boat runs perfect. Don't ever bring your boat to the mechanic that said it was the fuel level sensor. HAHA. That's just funny. I would punch that guy in the man parts.
  19. I tried at least 5 different props. I LOVE the Vensura 14.5x19. Also install smart tabs, it needs it badly. It's not even optional. As far as oils go, just follow factory recommendation.
  20. Back in the day? Yes. Since the introduction of Vortec engines? Nope. All the same.
  21. I think some people are confusing the whole engine with all the accessories bolted to it. No, every engine has different accessories for their application. This is what I'm talking about. The engine. The creamy center without all the application specific accessories bolted on. There is nothing about a chevy 350 that makes it "marine" or "truck" or "jet engine start cart". It doesn't know what it's in and it doesn't care.
  22. If your weight allows it, just switch to LT tires
  23. If I'm going to be sad, I'd rather cry in a Ferrari
  24. You get what you pay for.
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