Not happy with V-King

Randy, I am working on a 1984 vking, I installed a (new to the boat) 1989 Merc Black max 175hp long shaft. At what height should the motor be mounted? It is currently one bolt hole down from the highest, that puts the cavitation plate about 3/4' above the pad, it is mounted directly to the transom. The prop is a 25" michigan wheel raptor. I am not happy with this set up at all, what is wrong? Do I need a jack plate?
Help. I have a lot of work invested in this floor and transom...much like the "saved from the junkpile" article, I used the pourable worked great.



Run the engine mounted 2 up on the transom. This is the 4th hole from the top if the transom was drilled correctly. We always ran a 14 x 26 chopper at that setting and you would have a nice 75+ mph boat straight out.




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Mark C.


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