'86 Switzer

Hi   I have an 86 Switzer, 86 175 Merc, 2" up on transom, running 28" Hooter 3 blade and running 68mph with unsafe up trim causing lower gearcase blowout. I am considering either raising the motor up a hole at a time seeing what happens or buying a Hydraulic jackplate. What do you think the right setback would be for the jackplate?

Thanks    Dave



Based on your description I think going up will make it worse not better. I'd try a 24 or 26 pitch chopper because the 28 at 68mph has to be slipping like nuts. A good 24 at 6000 rpm should run there. It's possible the prop is not a good combo for your hull. By trying a different prop we could verify this. If you use less trim, turn less pitch but go faster then we have found the problem. If it still won't run better, then next I'd go lower or back on the transom. Try the prop switch first as it's the easiest. 




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