V-King/Merc 175 Potential
appreciate your advice in prior emails!
trying to get everything organized and together for my V-King, I
thought it would be a good idea to check out whether or not my insurance
company will insure this boat after I get it all put together. Good
thing I checked because while they have no concern about the boat's
eventual top speed, they won't insure this boat if the motors rated HP
exceeds the nameplate max HP rating on the hull. I wanted to
put a 200 on it, but it looks like I will have to lower my sights to a 175 or
150 unless I want the difficult task of finding coverage
through another insurance company (and paying much higher
premiums). So if I get an early to mid 90's Merc 175, is there a
model year or something I should be looking for in particular?
Are there certain years in which the 175 had more
displacement than others? My insurance company has no written
restrictions on mechanical modifications to the motor, so I figure there
is a chance I can get a 150 or 175 and quietly modify it to
deliver 200+ HP without spending a bomb on it as long as I buy
the right motor now. Am I dreaming??
I used to own a V-King with a 175. It would run 82 to 84 mph. I had a
jackplate nosecone, and ran a 26 pitch Hoss Hyperdrive propeller. These
props tend to act big, but the performance was really good. Any good 2.5
litre, 150 or 175, can easily be made into a 200. The carb motors are
cheaper to modify as you do not need to mess with the ECU. The Merc XR6 is
my favorite candidate. Slight porting cylinder heads and exhaust tuner,
and you have a motor that will outrun most 200's. These mods are very
easily done and we do about 10 a year at our shop. Make sure you run solid
mounts, and even without a nosecone and all, it will run in the mid to
high 70's. Hope this helps in your quest.
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