235 on a V-King

Hi Randy. I am going to be replacing the current 120 OMC Looper on my V-King with an 81 Johnson 235. It had been previously rigged with a Merc 200 so it already has dual steering, foot throttle, trim on the wheel. I know on heavier engines you have been warning against set back. What is a good all around set up for this combination? I have a 28P butterfly cut chopper left over from my Merc days and will start there, but I'm open to any suggestions. I'm not expecting to be "King of the Lake" with this, but am hoping for a reasonably safe 80mph ride.  

Chris Lacey



The 235 on the V-King will be a good ride. My reference to "heavier" motors refers to the new loop charged motors. You could run a 5" - 6" jackplate and put the prop shaft 1 1/4" below the pad to start. The 28 Chopper will be a good start and should run in excess of 80. You may have to drill some of the splines out in the prop hub to fit the OMC. All in all, I think you will like the rig. 




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Mark C.


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