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Most shifters can be reversed. The arm that pushes/pulls the cable can be taken off and put on the other way.
I think you could check the difference in gear ratios by running the engine while securely tied to a dock. If you get higher rpm in one gear, that ones running a lower gear ratio. You can also check by counting the revolutions of the shaft. Turn the engine over by hand one revolution with the compression release on, have a helper see how far the shaft turns in each gear. If theres no difference, then it doesn't matter.
Are you getting max rpm in fwd gear? Max on that engine is 3000, cruise would be around 2800. If your not getting that, then your over propped as it is and putting a larger one on, right or left, will just make it worse.
If your running a lower ratio in forward, you should be getting to max rpm more easily. The slower the prop turns, the less resistance and the faster the engine will run.
The only reason RH is considered "standard" is so that the prop effect pulling the stern to one side or the other in reverse is the same on most boats. If yours is the only boat you run, once you're used to it, it doesn't matter. If running the trans in reverse all the time hasn't killed it by now, it's not going to.
Last edited by capt jgwinks; 12-23-2013 at 12:51 PM.