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    a closer look shows chunks of reeds missing


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    Those metal reeds mean certain death for a 3.0 merc. It's not if, but when....

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    Quote Originally Posted by noli View Post
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    oh man, I'm a rookie at this, but I plan to expose and share my experiences so that other rookies can follow this as a model.

    The work done will not be cheap but what I've noticed is that everyone pays a premium to run with the best (300X, 300XS), and rightfully so. You want the best, you pay for it.

    These Salwater-series fish motors are everywhere and I want to follow what others have done here in these incredible pages of S&F, and that is to use the generic "fish" motor in high-perf applications.

    I hope I don't regret it.

    back to long term goals....I wish to have a spare powerhead in the garage for when I blow up a motor, my (short) summer will still be salvageable by using a spare powerhead





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    What's wrong with "fishing motors?" This one's powered my 1992 22 Progression since new.

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    "Outboards only smell bad when they're in front of you - which they usually are."

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    yes, I agree with you toostroked.

    If I can pull this off, I will have another complete and running Optimax in the garage should I blow up a motor during the boating season.




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    anyone use Chris Carson reeds for sport boating?


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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    Those metal reeds mean certain death for a 3.0 merc. It's not if, but when....


    how do people lessen the odds of breakage?





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    Fiber reeds are the only way to prevent serious damage. I run 3 optis and a 200 EFI 2.5l merc. All have fiber reeds. Seems from my experiences the opti's send the reed parts to #4 cylinder. Don't know why....

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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    ...Seems from my experiences the opti's send the reed parts to #4 cylinder. Don't know why....
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    which fiber reeds do you use Xstream?

    That is just too much of a coincidence that #4 gets the metal parts....muhahahaha

    Can anyone explain this?





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    I'm sure Chris Carson has the info and the reeds. Good guy, call him.. I run his reeds with no problems. EDIT....I run the regular reeds, not the hi po ones.

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    I have used CCM in my 2005 optimax worked very well
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    #4 looks more like detonation was the cause.
    But repair looks pretty simple with some honing and new piston.

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    Wow, those are for drag and spins at 10,000

    The petal count is 6 petals, so you use 2 side-by-side?



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2jz View Post
    I have used CCM in my 2005 optimax worked very well
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    #4 looks more like detonation was the cause.
    But repair looks pretty simple with some honing and new piston.
    Which Opti uses a 3-petal reed cage? Mine all have a 5-petal rubber coated cage with carbon reeds.

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    One pedal covers 2. Little stiffer that way, better to control flutter at high rpms. I use 2 petal on my 4 petal 2.5’s l, work very well

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    ForbesAuto,

    Did you cut yours so that it fits or did Chris Carson deliver the reeds that way?




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