New motor decision.....which direction to go???

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New motor decision.....which direction to go???

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Well it has been several months since my boat has ran and I am ready for a complete new package.........New stand motor and prop......possibly a box too! I have a 12x7 Thurman copy with a 220 now that is ready for some real spunk......my main objective is to find the most HP out of the lightest motor that is going to be the best on fuel....preferably regular pump gas! Everyone says to get an eco-tech. ......I would really appreciate anyone's input.......I have already spoken to several local airboating buddies and have had mixed thoughts.......I have been trying to post this thread for a week now and I have literally been too damn busy.......I'm looking to do this real soon.......if any builders want to contact me that would be great....elevatorandelectricmotorservice@yahoo.com would be the best way.........and also I'm not going to take anything personal.......I want as much information possible for a serious investment like this.......I have toyed with possibly a conversion. ......A strong 180 or 200......A 520 or a 540........then the eco-tech........

I want to say thanks in advance for whatever you may have to offer!!!!!!

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Spacer Jug 540!!!

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Just don't forget how convenient it is to swing by the Sunoco on your way to Lox and fill up with Rec 90. I think that will answer your question right there. 8) Oh yeah; 350 HP and only 280 lbs. 90 lbs for a box. What package can you buy that delivers that kind of performance that only weighs 370 lbs and runs on pump gas. Just saying.
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im a beleiver in the ecotec call airboat pros 8)

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And just to note.......digginfool and blackwater airboats have been a big eco-tech supporter.........and also I have been wanting to make this move for some time but I have had a ball and chain preventing that so guess what........I have decided that the chain needs to be cut and be a free bird again....... 8)

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Yes plum.......my son lives very close to them and I can kill 2 birds with one round picking him up for the summer and dropping the boat off.......plus Jason @ Blackwater talked him up pretty damn high last night at Old Glory.........may have been the blue cans though........ :lol: :lol: :lol:

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When it's time for me to repower I will definitely entertain the idea of an ecotec.


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Don't count out the Ford 2.0 and 3.5 EcoBoost with 50lb gearbox :stirpot: :stirpot: :D :D
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Hey Shane........nothing against a Ford product, I have owned several and they have all been a nightmare......and I ended it all with my 07 F550 6 liter.......and little birddog.....at the rate you use your boat, you won't have to worry about repowering, you will have to simply get a barge to haul your growing family around :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Well ya can't count the 6.0 and 6.4 LOL, those things were nothing but problems!
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MILSAR wrote:Don't count out the Ford 2.0 and 3.5 EcoBoost with 50lb gearbox :stirpot: :stirpot: :D :D
He could go with gear drive but I was thinking more along the lines of a belt drive.
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ecotech is appealing! think I read one of chuck's posts that stated weight for everything was around 480#s when you add
motor, box, prop, radiator, etc (he can chime in)

but a lyc 540 built right will give you years of service if taken care of!!

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digginfool wrote:
MILSAR wrote:Don't count out the Ford 2.0 and 3.5 EcoBoost with 50lb gearbox :stirpot: :stirpot: :D :D
He could go with gear drive but I was thinking more along the lines of a belt drive.
Who makes a belt drive for the new 2.0 EcoBoost?

I know both belt and box exist for EcoTec but not EcoBoost.
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520 or a 540 no way I would go with a ecotech
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Call Russell Knapp and let him do a 520 conversion you will not be disappointed

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Call Russell Knapp and let him do a 520 conversion you will not be disappointed

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Do a 4g63 or a 2jz

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For the size of the boat, I would use a Chevy Cruze 1.4L Turbo. It would take you where you want to go. Simple belt drive. 3 blade 68 inch cypress, 20 gal tank. Cruze and get aprox 12 miles per gal.
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shakyrick wrote:Do a 4g63 or a 2jz
Could you please decode this for us dummies. :lol: :rebel:

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4G63 is a Mitsubishi inline 4cyl and the 2JZ is a Toyota inline 6cyl. Both can make impressive power.

I think the 4G63 came in eclipse and talons while the 2JZ could be found in the Supras. A buddy if mine had a nasty Supra that made 600+hp and straight got it done on the street. Another great engine was the twin turbo Mazda RX7's, had one of those that made a legit 500+hp and was a straight rocket.
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Thanks Shane, ya learn somethin new every day. :salute: :rebel:

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chuckitt@earthlink.net wrote:For the size of the boat, I would use a Chevy Cruze 1.4L Turbo. It would take you where you want to go. Simple belt drive. 3 blade 68 inch cypress, 20 gal tank. Cruze and get aprox 12 miles per gal.
Thanks, Chuck
He's looking to build a rocket as well as something that can cruise economically. Something along the lines of a built 2.4 turbo is what he's got his eyes on.
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We have some of the Eco boost fords at work and found out last week that they r trading them in early be cuz of fire hazards. Apparently some of these have had fires Andy cpany is getting rid of them. Anybody heard anything about this?
As far as if it were me I'd prolly go Eco tec!
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I have toyed with the idea and am getting ready to go diesel with eco tec cruise gm or audi both 2.0 both 280 lbs and can easly get 400 ft pound tourge at 1800 thur 3200 rpm sippin oil can be good or for bigger boats their are several v-6 to look a with small block weights and big block tourge best of all no gear box check out the new dodge half ton diesel v-6 vm- motorrari it will easily lay down 500 to 600 ft pounds with just tuning banks has alredy made big power with one had it at sema showing off

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The ecotec will tote the mail and sip fuel. No way would I use an aircraft and burn all that fuel. Thats just my opinion.
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