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    Optimax 200 vs. EFI 200
from Tom Wilkinson (208.133.52.229)  
1/18/1999 9:49:00 AM

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 I am ordering a new Ranger and need to power it with a 200. The Optimax cost about $1400.00 more than the EFI but gets better fuel economy, but has more moving parts(compressor) and the cost of extended warranty is more. Also the Mercury home page says: "Complies with EPA regulations TO the year 2006". I thought that the Optimax was compliant past 2006. The 200 EFI uses more fuel but weighs 100 pounds less and is simpler in design, so I was leaning toward the EFI. I am planning on keeping this boat for a while, can anyone convince me I should get the Optimax. Tom W.


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   Optimax 200 vs. EFI 200 from Jim Bailey (208.245.25.55)  1/18/1999 3:35:00 PM
 Tom hope I don't get killed here but I ordered a 200 Optimax on a new 99 Triton...A friend of mine who had a 98 Ranger 518 with a 200 efi came by the day I got my boat and had a fit. He went out two days later and ordered a new 99 Ranger with the 200 Optimax on it. The motor is sweet. Don't worry about the extra 100 lbs. It will tote the bacon. P.S. I haven't had ANY TROUBLE with the motor ( 94 hours )
   EFI vs Opti from Mike Whitten (207.15.163.107)  1/18/1999 5:01:00 PM
 Tom, I've run both and have the Optimax on my Pantera III. You are correct, it is a different motor than the EFI, but it is sweet. The fuel and oil economy is great! You may find that it takes one pitch smaller prop than the EFI, and I personally think it is 1-2 mph slower than the EFI. But, overall, I think it is a fine choice. Mike Whitten/Memphis
   Yr 2006 compliance from gates (134.163.253.9)  1/19/1999 11:52:00 AM
 Referring to your comment about being EPA compliant to the year 2006... Think I read somewhere that beginning that year, manufactures will not be able to build 2 stroke engines.?? The current 2 strokes (Opti Max, Fitch) meet the 2002 standards. I'm sure someone out there is more familiar with the specifics of the law.

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