1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

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1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby wizness » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:33 pm

Getting 200 Suzuki 200s installed next week on my 266sf. Was wondering if anyone has used the supports or if it's needed for these engines. At this time I can't get them in time anyways but figured the weight shouldn't be an issue since the older 2 strokes were almost the same weight. Curious for opinions. I know the Honda 130's were almost the same weight. Boat has optimax 135s on it now. Thanks.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby SeaBiscuit » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:51 am

Yes, you do need them.
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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby wizness » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:20 pm

Any reason as to why? I assume it's not due to weight since they weigh within 10-15 pounds of the hondas.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby dicksboat » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:22 pm

Some of the 1998-2000 266WC hulls developed transom flex after a few years of use. My 1998 266SF, with 130 Hondas, went 5 years(500hrs) before needing to have the transoms rebuilt with a stronger composite by the factory. The reinforcing brackets stop the flexing and resulting failure of the transom.
I presume you have searched and found the many pages about the brackets on this website. There were photos of the brackets at one time. The cheapest way is to have a welding shop make them from regular steel .You would have to make patterns out of stiff cardboard or Masonite.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby wizness » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:50 am

dicksboat wrote:Some of the 1998-2000 266WC hulls developed transom flex after a few years of use. My 1998 266SF, with 130 Hondas, went 5 years(500hrs) before needing to have the transoms rebuilt with a stronger composite by the factory. The reinforcing brackets stop the flexing and resulting failure of the transom.
I presume you have searched and found the many pages about the brackets on this website. There were photos of the brackets at one time. The cheapest way is to have a welding shop make them from regular steel .You would have to make patterns out of stiff cardboard or Masonite.


Thanks. I have seen/talked to some other who have done it and noticed no flex or cracking. Mine had the optimax 135's on it for 18 years (about 900 hours). Don't think I'll have time to get brackets made since they are going on next week. All it will have is the transom support plate between the 2 upper mounting bolts. I'll report back on how everything goes.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby whiteknight » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:55 am

Wizness,
I also am getting Suzuki 200s in the near future. My present engines are Yamaha 200s. Please continue to check in with us on your progress.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby wizness » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:19 am

whiteknight wrote:Wizness,
I also am getting Suzuki 200s in the near future. My present engines are Yamaha 200s. Please continue to check in with us on your progress.


Will do. I am going to add the upper and lower bolt support plate. Now I just have the uppers but figured the lowers will help some.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby DAY_OFF » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:26 pm

The issue might be the extra horsepower and not just the weight to beef up the transoms.
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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby whiteknight » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:35 am

Definitely, you will need the upper support plate.

I'm repowering in the Galveston area if I can get the local Suzuki dealer to shoot me an estimated cost.

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Re: 1998 266SF transom support needed for Suzuki 200s?

Postby wizness » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:45 pm

whiteknight wrote:Definitely, you will need the upper support plate.

I'm repowering in the Galveston area if I can get the local Suzuki dealer to shoot me an estimated cost.

Like I said I will be using the upper and lower regular support plates. I will keep an eye on everything and see how it goes. If you want the best price around our area shaver marine in Pasadena has the best prices. I called pretty much every Suzuki dealer around our area. If you'd like to stop by and see my boat when it's done let me know. Boat will be in Dickinson/league city area.

Also redoing some electronics and cleaning everything up. BOE marine has some good deals going on. Just ordered a Garmin 8012 to network to my 741xs. Still have 4 more thruhulls to replace with stainless which are gonna be the hardest ones. All latches have been replaced with stainless gemlux as well. All hoses have been replaced and tanks have been pulled and cleaned. Almost all my fuel tanks bolts were pulled so I reglassed the holes and screwed them back in. Been doing lots of work but I want the boat safe and reliable when I'm 100 miles offshore. A hard but fun project.


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