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  2. Mountainman

    Mercury Motors

    I disagree. I have owned, worked on & been around both for a long time. The four stroke, especially the Japanese models, are exponentially more reliable. I'd put a 250 SHO up against any other 250 on the market for longevity, reliability, cost of ownership & resale value. Fuel efficiency, which is a big issue, is a mute point. There's virtually zero difference between a 250 pro XS & a SHO. My post above came from a lengthy conversation with the Merc contingent at the classic last month. Everyone from the booth guys to the expo team to the mechanics trailer guys said the Pro XS is on its way out. If....big if.....the emissions laws don't change, they cannot make the pro xs meet epa regs. Yes, they hope to find a way to keep making 2 strokes, but the future of them is indeed at great risk. My opinion is simply that dealers are trying to keep mass hysteria & panic in the loss of 2 strokes from affecting their sales figures. Look at it like this, if you're Merc & Yamaha dealer, you have a lot of available Merc inventory. Yamaha is back ordered for months in advance. If the rumor of no more Merc 2 strokes becomes fact, you'll have a lot of inventory sitting in the store, simply because no one wants a discontinued product. Again, just my opinion....not fact based at all.
  3. 31Airborne

    Mercury Motors

    Ummmm, I got a slightly different story from the folks at Watson's. Yes, Merc is trying to recapture 4-stroke market share but there was a reason they didn't go higher than the 225 on their new model. Their engineers believe the aggregate emissions rating for Merc marine motors will drop low enough w/ the HP ratings they'll offer on the new line to continue making the more powerful 2-strokes w/o EPA penalty. The Pro XS may be replaced at some time but it won't be soon, according to the Watson's staff. Now, if California invades the rest of the country and attempts to overlay its obsessive-compulsive environmental laws on us marine motors will be a thing of the past . . . period.
  4. Jbrown

    Mercury Motors

    I hate that I think the two strokes are better just my opinions
  5. Mountainman

    Mercury Motors

    You hear correct. The Pro XS 2 strokes are being phased out for their new 4 stroke that was unveiled at the Miami boat show earlier this year.
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  7. bronzebackhuntr

    Stratos 295 1998 model

    That’s works man. Glad to hear. When driving a boat. The difference between 50 to 60, and then 60 to 70 are huge differences. I’d get that thing dialed in perfect, better to have it able to run at optimal performance and let off of it some, than to be WOT with it bogged down. Sounds like you’re close.
  8. In case you haven't heard the 2 stroke motor is soon to be a thing of the past. 4 stroke manufacturing only from here on our is what I hear.
  9. whj812

    TNBF #3 South Holston

    Add - whj812 and FishyJoe
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  11. pitchin pigs

    TNBF #3 South Holston

    Put pitchin pigs in for now with partner, won't know till late next week I think I'd make a good seat filler in that thing
  12. Jbrown

    Stratos 295 1998 model

    Raised it 1 3/4 inch got 5600 rpm and 61 so I’m happy said I still got about a inch of wanted it but that fast enough for me
  13. Mountainman

    Welcome hsvangler

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  14. SteveHTN

    Welcome Tinboat

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  15. Hello hsvangler, Welcome to TN Bass Fishing. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. The more you participate, the better your experience here will be. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. hsvangler joined on the 04/21/2018. View Member
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    Welcome Tinboat

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    Welcome ogsticks

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    Welcome Wilfong9

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    Welcome Massey

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    Welcome thejwalker

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  21. Tinboat

    Welcome Tinboat

    Thanks, good to be hear. I hope to learn and share fishing stories and ideas.
  22. Hello Tinboat, Welcome to TN Bass Fishing. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. The more you participate, the better your experience here will be. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Tinboat joined on the 04/21/2018. View Member
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  24. tnsmallmouth

    TNBF #3 South Holston

    Tnsmallmouth - Hdhoppy
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  26. Jbrown

    Stratos 295 1998 model

    No I mis understood the prop part but yes I will let you know how it does tomorrow he said all we need to adjust height is a couple 3/4 wrenches going to try raising it at the lake
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