Johnson 85 will not Idle

I have a 1974, 85 hp Johnson outboard that I canít seem to get to idle. It will run a few seconds and die, sometimes longer. It also will cut out occasionally at higher rpms, but not too noticeable. I have completely rebuilt both carbs, all the electrical, even tore down the power head and replaced all the gaskets and seals. I checked the reed block assembly, replaced the fuel pump, changed coils, spark plugs. During the tear down I found
the lower crank bearing was bad and replaced it. I also inspected the seal rings on the crank and found them ok. I ran a compression check on each cylinder and found them
all equal, I donít recall the readings. If anybody can help me turn over a stone that I havenít thought of, I would appreciate it. 



Since you checked almost everything possible, I would look at the power pack. It is possible you have a cylinder or two being dropped. It is the only thing you did not list.




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