I set my 2013 2.0 ltg up bone stock. I even left the catalytic convertor on it in an effort to keep it bone stock, emissions legal and as quiet as possible. Shane built a direct fit gearbox for it so that I now thankfully don't have any issues because of jerry rigging a spacer plate. I now have around a hundred hours of mostly easy running in the flying eagle
. The ltg motors with their twin scroll turbo have instant throttle response and max torque at only 1700 rpm. I put this motor on a 12 foot Marty bray with a front driver setup. So far I couldn't be happier with the setup. Drives like a porche. I get just shy of 8 miles to the gallon as well. My good friend blew his water thunder motor up with just shy of 500 hours on it. He took the motor to him for a rebuild and it sat in his shop for 2 and a half months without being touched. He actually had to go get the motor and take it to another builder. He still doesn't have it back. Soooo... these are airboats guys and very often things go wrong it's all a learning process, but I believe that the way my Ecotec was setup it will be running strong well beyond 500 hrs. JMHO.
Jeff, I think you misunderstood me the other day on the phone when we talked. I don't want anybody getting their business reputation hurt because of inaccurate facts. So here are the facts. My WT motor didn't blow up. It had 540 hours on it and was turning as much prop on hour 540 as it was on hour 1. I started seeing metal shavings on the oil drain plug and lost a little oil pressure. I pulled the motor and took it to Dave. He warned me up front that he was backlogged. I decided to still let him look at the motor because he does such a great job. It took him about 3 weeks to tear the motor apart in his spare time. He found that both tabs on the oil pickup had broke. Metal flakes were circulating through out the motor and caused major wear on the bearings, cam, etc. Dave and I talked about what to do and how long it would take. He said he was still backed up. I decided to take the motor to somebody else to rebuild. Dave didn't charge me a single penny for tearing the motor apart.
The motor has been at the other engine builder for 9 weeks and is close to being finished. I am not going to name the engine builder because he does a great job and I don't want him getting a bad reputation on SA. Bottom line is that good engine builders are swamped right now and you have to be patient to get quality work.
As for the EcoTurds, they have 2 primary advantages that I see. The first is that they are good on gas. The second is that once you have the wiring properly installed, the motors are cheap to replace. You can easily find them at the junkyard with less than 20,000 miles for under $1,500. So when you blow one
, you can throw another one on for $1,500 or less. The primary issue that is preventing the EcoTurds from catching on more in the airboat industry is the expense for the initial investment for the properly wired motor.
As for the longevity of the EcoTurds, I personally think the motors will hold up as long as you keep them close to stock power levels. If you want a 600 HP motor, get a WT or some other LS. If you want 300 HP, get an EcoTurd. This is what Dave Simpson is saying above.
So I have a question for all of the EcoTurd owners. When you break down (especially on the hill), would you rather have an EcoTurd or LS boat offering to pull you back to the ramp?