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2 Weeks Ago 11:55 AM
deniseO30
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

Assuming the outboard bracket mount has been selected by now; The outboard bracket is only as good as the transom that it will be bolted to.
2 Weeks Ago 07:24 AM
DonScribner
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

The one rated for a 20hp 2 stroke will no doubt work fine for a 9.9 hp 4 stroke. It's already built for more weight and more torque. You can find the info online to make yourself feel better adout
it.
2 Weeks Ago 07:11 PM
Southron Spirit
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

if you look at every advertisment for 2 stroke mounts it says :not for use with 4 strokes if the people who make it are saying that i would listen
2 Weeks Ago 02:44 PM
TQA
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

Bit of a zombie thread. OP posted in 2007.
2 Weeks Ago 12:42 PM
cptjak
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

2 Nd on capta
2 Weeks Ago 12:12 PM
capta
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

Once again, I'm the odd man out.
I don't see why a bracket designed for a 20 hp 2 stroke wouldn't work on an 8 hp 4 stroke. The torque and weight on the 8 hp shouldn't come anywhere close to a 20 hp 2 stroke outboard. I would contact the manufacturer, but as I said, I can't see a problem.
2 Weeks Ago 11:12 AM
Southron Spirit
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

like everyone else has said , use a 4 stroke bracket for a 4 stroke motor ,
i used my 2 stroke bracket for a 4 stroke one trip and it looked like it was going to snap off . replaced it with the right mount for 4 strokes no problems
07-28-2007 08:49 AM
sailingdog Peter-

The other point is that if you're using the four-stroke outboard as the primary auxilliary engine for your boat, and you go cheap on the bracket... there is a much higher chance that the bracket will break if you're motoring in heavy weather or seas. Murphy's law says that the bracket will break in such a situation and possibly lead to you losing the entire boat. Is that really worth saving $100 or so???

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Originally Posted by Kuapaa View Post
Aloha Peter,

Looks like you've already received some very good advice... just my $0.02 worth, but I'd spend the extra money and get a bracket rated for the type and size OB I intended to use and not cut corners.

True, there are occasions where 'the biggest, most expensive' choice is a waste of money, but for a crummy $115, is it worth losing an OB?

As with lots of things in life, you generally get what you pay for; Just MHO. All the best to you what ever course you choose.

John K.
07-27-2007 04:20 PM
Kuapaa Aloha Peter,

Looks like you've already received some very good advice... just my $0.02 worth, but I'd spend the extra money and get a bracket rated for the type and size OB I intended to use and not cut corners.

True, there are occasions where 'the biggest, most expensive' choice is a waste of money, but for a crummy $115, is it worth losing an OB?

As with lots of things in life, you generally get what you pay for; Just MHO. All the best to you what ever course you choose.

John K.
07-26-2007 01:49 PM
Hyperion
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Originally Posted by SVDistantStar View Post
Ive used a bracket rated for 30hp 4-stroke to hold a 40hp 2 stroke for the last few years now with no issues. I can say that the 4stroke brackets are alot stronger than the others, but if your motor falls under the weight limit, i dont see a reason it wouldnt work.
But the problem is, his motor is a Four Stroke, not a Two Stroke. Like someone has already mentioned, weight isn't the only issue. Four Strokes also generally torquier than Two Strokes, and an underrated bracket will fatigue.

As tempting as it is, don't convince yourself it's all a marketing scam in order to save a bit of money. Do it right and you won't have anything to worry about.
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