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Legality of 2 strokes.

I want to buy a 2 stroke outboard. For me, the benefit of the lighter weight outweighs any of the benefits of the 4 stroke such as efficiency and the convenience of not pre-mixing.

Does anyone know the regulations regarding the sale of new 2 strokes? They can be had on ebay.
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Re: Legality of 2 strokes.

The regulation actually has to do with how environmentally friendly they are which is why some large 2 strokes are still available. But the smaller ones can't be imported new or sold new into the country. If you buy it elsewhere or it's used you can still use it.

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Re: Legality of 2 strokes.

Just out of curiosity, do you have a link to the regulation?

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Re: Legality of 2 strokes.

I don't. The rule was passed in 2004 or thereabouts. If you could find the actual rule it would probably look a lot like a scientific paper on emissions since instead of just outlawing 2 strokes it set emissions requirements for small engines.

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Re: Legality of 2 strokes.

Good find... Of course I have no idea in the world what any of that says... I assume it either has to do with engines or the recipe for peanut butter.

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Re: Legality of 2 strokes.

While older 2-strokes are grandfathered, some specific bodies of water have bans on them (like Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead). Pretty sure on the Great Lakes where it looks like you are, you should be fine.
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I want to buy a 2 stroke outboard. For me, the benefit of the lighter weight outweighs any of the benefits of the 4 stroke such as efficiency and the convenience of not pre-mixing.

Does anyone know the regulations regarding the sale of new 2 strokes? They can be had on ebay.
Evinrude sells a 2-stroke.

http://www.evinrude.com/en-US/extra/data

I'm curious. Why would you have a problem buying one?

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I'm curious. Why would you have a problem buying one?
Finding a vendor that actually carries/sells them.

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OK. Thanks. He mentioned the legality and regulations of buying one. I thought I was missing something.

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