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  1. tcartwri

    RPM Gauge

    Thanks all for the help with the tachometer. I cycled the cylinder setting on the back and solved my issue with the needle jumping sporadically. Worked like a champ. Attached a photo for future reference to others. My chap 190 ssi has the 6 cylinder carb engine so my setting is 2. Used a small screwdriver and moved the setting back and forth a few times. Tachometer now works as normal. About 3000 RPMs at 30 MPH. Thanks again to all for the assistance.
  2. tcartwri

    RPM Gauge

    Thanks again - I’m about two weeks out from seeing my boat. Keep her at lake house. I’ll check it out, try the suggestion on switch, and post pictures in two weeks if not able to resolve. You are correct - typically runs 3000 rpm at 30mph. I will be able to tell by feel as per Phillbos post if not running right.
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    RPM Gauge

    Thanks to all for the guidance. Blown away by the highly collaborative chap community. My chap is a 2005 ssi 190 with the mercruiser alpha 6 cylinder carburetor - about 120 hours and gently used by me. I’ll check the cylinder switch if equipped with one and also the wiring. Tapping in to the ECM will require some additional skill so will research further. My understanding is the temp is the critical gauge to watch for overheating - if the rpm guage is not working is there any risk to not repairing/replacing and living with it?
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    RPM Gauge

    Thank you for the clarification - since my 190 ssi only has one tach I’ll move the cylinder switch on it to see if that solves the problem. If not, believe my next test is to replace the tach. If that does not work, then my problem is wiring or ECM. Thanks
  5. tcartwri

    RPM Gauge

    Hi wingnut - can you elaborate on this instruction in novice terms? I have a 2005 ssi 190 and not that knowledgeable on some terms you are using. Boat only has one tachometer. What is an ECM? What is the head unit? Switch the head unit gang plug from one tach to the other. If the problem transfers, then check the harness to the ECM. If the problem goes away, replace the head unit. W
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    Rpm Guage not working correctly

    I have a 2005 chaparral 190 Ssi - the OEM tachometer rpm dial jumps around sporadically. Tried it with engine revved up at high and low speeds and it flickers around randomly sometimes jumping up to high 8000 rpms which I know is not correct. Any suggestions on what to check and how to fix it? Temp guage is working as normal and no signs of over heating. Thanks
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    FIRST weekend out on my 2003 210

    I also am interested in OEM parts. My first boat - bought a 190SSi, backing it in to the garage, forgot the bimini was up in the 45 degree positon, and crunched it like a beer can. Needless to say, need a new bimini frame. Canvas is still perfect. Would appreciate ideas on how to get an OEM frame.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Thanks for the positive feedback. I did pull the trigger and pick up the 190 SSi I was considering. Unfortunately due to all the rains in Central Texas, several of the lakes are still closed. As a result, I have not been able to take her out yet but am looking forward to it this weekend. Lets just say she has received lots of TLC sitting in the garage since I picked her up on July 2. Good to hear the engine has plenty of power and it sounds like the fuel economy has been good as well. Thanks again.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Chap190 - Thanks again. Your advice has been very helpful. In terms of price, it is significantly lower than quotes I have for a comparable new 190SSi. I have been using NADA and the price is in line with the average retail per NADA. Are there other sources to check to gain a sense for fair price? Not trying to take anyone, but also dont want to pay more than fair market value.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Question on the 190 SSi with Mercury 190 HP Alpha - what is a normal running temperature for this engine? Plan to do an extensive test drive and definitely want to be able to assess if the engine is running hot. Any words of advice on this would be appreciated.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Chap 190. Thanks again for the sound advice. I will be sure to double check with visual inpsection any signs of hitting objects - especially the prop/skeg. Attached the one picture I have from the owner but will check out more throughly. In terms of break in, I read the manual and really the only suggestion it has on break in is to not fully throttle/accelerate the boat during the first 20 hours. Other than asking the owner, if there any way to verify that this rule was not violated? could this cause damage which may effect engine performance? Are there other break in rules of thumb I can check out either visually or by asking the owner? Please let me know.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Thanks Chap190 for the info. The boat I am looking at does come equipped wiht TKS and carb'd. Is there anything you would recommend I really check out closely on a 2005 with 25 hours? Just barely broken in. Owner is selling due to his lack of use. Loves the boat but just not using it so wants to get rid of it. Appreciate any advice you can give me.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Thanks for the feedback. Like you, I dont want a guzzler sucking up all my cash. Looking for reasonable power and fuel economy, smaller boat that will be easy to tow/launch/store in my garage, etc. Test drive was fine - had two grown men on board, it accelerated and responded nicely, and I got it up to 40mph with no issues. Really like the way it handles and feel my wife would have no problem launching it and driving it without me.
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    Been around boats my whole life

    Been around boats my whole life but have never owned. I am considering buying a very nice 2005 model 190 SSi. Boat is from the original owner, 25 hours, well maintained, all records, and is priced fairly. Comes with the Mercury 4.3l 190 hp engine. My application is in a fresh water lake, family of 4 (2 small kids), casual usage - tubing, skiing, crusing about the lake. Lake is fairly small lake in central Texas (Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ) so no big choppy waters to deal with. I have done a physical inspection on the boat, taken it out for a test drive, and talked with the dealer that has done the maintenance work. All checks out fine. Would you suggest any addiitonal steps to make sure I am getting good condition boat? Is this a good first boat for me? Is the Mercury a good reliable engine? Is this enough horse power? Any general advice would be appreciated.
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