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USMC_ Skeeter
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Outboard rebuild?
Any recommendations as for as who to do the rebuild or worth rebuilding? Ballpark on cost? I was told 9k plus. Motor is a 09 Mercury Pro XS 250. Dropped #6 cyclinder.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Where do you live?


dawg23
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re: Outboard rebuild?
FWIW - Quite a few years ago, over a period of not that many years, I had several engines rebuilt. They never held up (on a bass boat) for me.

Granted, these were 4 cylinder OMCs, not a six cylinder Mercury like yours. And I understand that a NIB 250 Mercury is gonna cost a whole lot more than rebuilding one. But I eventually realized just how deep of a hole I was throwing money into.

I currently have a the same engine you have - just not as old as yours. When I bought it Mercury was offering a 5 year warranty. Only dipped into the warranty once (compressor), but I'm assuming you'll only get a really short (a few months) warranty on a rebuilt power head - and you'll still have a lot of 9 year old components on that engine.


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tigerbass
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re: Outboard rebuild?
If you want it done correctly then D&M block shop in Raceland.


PillageUrVillage
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Doug knows his stuff.


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USMC_ Skeeter
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re: Outboard rebuild?
I'm located in central Louisiana. Sounds if I should buy a new motor.


CHEDBALLZ
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Call Landrys in Des Allemands and see what he'll give you on a trade in, he rebuilds engines and hes a new Mercury dealer.


USMC_ Skeeter
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Yea I'm thinking this is the route I'm looking at.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Nah you'll be fine with an overhaul assuming it's done right. You could buy a reman powerhead from mercury and still come out way ahead if youd prefer to go that route.

New is always a great option if you've got the money to burn but a good properly done rebuild should give you several more years of service. It's important to understand why the engine failed the first time and have it corrected though.


USMC_ Skeeter
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re: Outboard rebuild?
The last couple years I've had coil pack or ignition packs fail numerous times. Just weighing my options.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Well if you dont trust it than get new. If you didnt trust it before it went you wont trust it after an overhaul. It isnt worth running around worrying about your shite dying.

I just had an optimax rebuilt and I'm dealing with cooling issues. Had I been able to afford it I would have gone new no doubt. 3.5k cash is a hell of a lot easier to stomach than 12k cash or another loan though and I'm comfortable enough with the guy who rebuilt it to trust it.

As the old saying goes, all it takes is money. I'm sure there are lots of reputable mechanics out that way. Just dont pay for a hack no-name budget rebuild to save $1000


USMC_ Skeeter
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re: Outboard rebuild?
I've had it looked at already and was quoted 9300. If I'm going that deep, I might as well go new. I think new is going to be my best route.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Yea you sound convinced so if you do get an overhaul and it has any slight little problem you'll be livid. If you got the coin get new.


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KemoSabe65
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Buy new, buy exended warranty, sleep well. Popped my Opti in 15 and spent close to $9k with rebuild and wish I would have bought new now. Spent another $5k playing catch-up with nit picking issues that weren’t addressed with rebuild.


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davidwademarine
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Mercury has brand new Optimax ProXS powerheads available. All Mercury parts and accessories come with a 1 year parts and labor warranty.

They also have complete, ‘bolt on and go’ powerheads available. These use all brand new components (PCM, electrical and fuel system, etc.) installed on a re-manufactured powerhead.

I believe you can purchase 2 more years of extended warranty on either one of those choices.

The new FourStroke V8s are hard to get ahold of. At least 8 month backorder.
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Forgot about those complete assemblies. Those seem like a hell of a good deal. Overhauled block and rotating assembly dont scare me at all and with new accessories attached I'd have full confidence in one of those units.


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USMC_ Skeeter
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re: Outboard rebuild?
I'll have to look in to that.


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KemoSabe65
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re: Outboard rebuild?
Almost forgot, i have a 225 block that can be had cheap. Probably has 300 hours on it tops, it's a reman from Mercury. Might even know someone who can do the work and is merc certified for a flat rate.
Send me a contact and we can talk.


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gplayerjr
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re: Outboard rebuild?
I had same issue back in Dec when I blew my 08 225 Yammy VMax. Was gonna rebuild for 6k ended up finding a 2014 VMax SHO 250 for 12k with only 200 hours on it and included motor swap. Sold old motor for 2k. I think I did pretty well. I agree with other poster in that your components are still almost 10 years old. Be patient and look around, great deals are out there to be had.


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USMC_ Skeeter
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Oakdale
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re: Outboard rebuild?
I've been talking to a few places. I am heavily considering with repowering with an Evinrude G2 250 HO. Boat is paid for and I'm really tired of sinking money into the Mercury. Also comes with a 10yr warranty. Thoughts?


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