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Sorry to hear that markSF. Has the dealer been any help? One of the better selling points of the Suzuki I thought was the warranty. Not much use if the dealers are no help.
Well I've had it 6 months from new. As delivered, it used to cut out when the throttle was opened. The Suzuki dealer in Antioch was very helpful and replaced the carb, and it is now a lot better.

However, I just don't like the thing. It doesn't seem as well made as the Tohatsu, judging by the fit and finish. It doesn't run as nicely either - it's not as tractable and more prone to stalling, even with the new carb. I have seriously thought about selling it and buying a Tohatsu 3.5 again.
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I appreciate the feedback.
Two things: Yamaha wasn't on my original list because according to their website the 9.9 didn't come in a 25" shaft length. So thanks Delite, especially since you've had one on a similarly sized boat as mine and like it.
Also for everyone's information Practical Sailor tested 9.9's in 2007 and then got to the two missing brands last summer and they vote for the Mercury as best choice with that Tohatsu as the Budget Buy. They favor the Mercury I think because of weight, actual power performance on a dingy and easy starting. I have also heard that the Mercury has strong torque and therefore lots of push.
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Regardless of the brand you buy, make sure it is fitted with a high thrust propeller to suit your displacement speeds.

The 25 inch leg should have the correct propeller but dealers have swapped them in the past leaving a customer with the wrong propeller.
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Unless you have an extra long fuel hose with the tank well below the motor it should idle with no problem. Possibilities:
1. loose fitting tank / motor connectors or hose clamps
2. Make sure tank is venting properly, take off the tank filler cap to test
3. Partially plugged filter(s), including the screen on the tank pick up tube
4. If it has a diaphram type fuel pump, bad diaphram
5. Carb float level is incorrect
6. Idle fuel mixture is too lean
7. Idle speed set too low
8. Anything else that could cause an air leak in the system
9. A kink somewhere in the lines, restricting flow at low speeds
10. A fuel line that has begun to de-laminate on the inside

Let us know what you find

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Thanks Dabnis I will try those steps! They are now on my list too lol
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I've had a Tohatsu 9.8 for a season now, purchased from Discount Marine and Boat Supplies - Inflatable Sales - Defender (btw, their end of year sale is going on now) and I'm very pleased with it. Had a Suzuki 6 hp a few years ago, I was never fond of it. I've also had the Honda and didn't care for it either.
I didn't know about this place. Thanks for all the detail on the engines.
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a guy from the USCG Aux told me there is a carb for a johnson 9.9 that bumps it up five extra hp. i'm researching it now because he isn't the only one i've heard it from. any of you old salts ever heard this?
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I have a Honda 9.9 with both electric start and pull start. It's definitely heavy. I don't agree with delite's opinion that Honda outboards are noisy. My Honda is one of the quietest I've ever run.
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a guy from the USCG Aux told me there is a carb for a johnson 9.9 that bumps it up five extra hp. i'm researching it now because he isn't the only one i've heard it from. any of you old salts ever heard this?
I have heard the same. Some years back I bought a 15HP Evinrude 2 stroke.
IIRC, it had the same outside dimensions and weighed the same as the 9HP.
Supposedly, the only difference was the carb? A search of the OMC parts site might show power head part numbers? Or you could ask a shop that works on OMC motors.

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I have a Honda 9.9 with both electric start and pull start. It's definitely heavy. I don't agree with delite's opinion that Honda outboards are noisy. My Honda is one of the quietest I've ever run.
Totally agree, we had a number of Honda's of different sizes on fishing lodge boats in British Columbia for a number of years. No noisier than any of the motors we have used over the years and they ran perfectly. They also probably had a minimum of maintenance, as the lodges we went to leased them. i have had Honda cars, off road motorcycles, generator, outboard, and snow blower for many years and have had no problems with any of them.

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Can confirm - I have an '04 Johnson 15 and the manual is for both it and the 9.9 and says they both share the same displacement, the 15 is just tuned different. Love the motor and like the added oomph but I feel like it kinda gulps gas, especially at lower speeds, seems to want to run above half throttle and most of my motoring is dead slow. Can't complain, used maybe 11 galons this season.
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