Viper/Merc 115 Setup
I recently joined the IHR, however, I have been reading Tech Talk for
about six months now, and I was hoping that you could help me with my rig.
I have 1981 Viper with a 1984 115 horse Merc. (stock), CMC Power Tilt, and
a stainless 13" prop. Right now the motor is set back 5"
with the tilt, and the propshaft is about 4 1/2 inches below the pad.
With the present set up, I can get up to about 60-62 mph before the boat
starts to chine walk really bad. I realize that 4 1/2 inches is too
low, but without a nose cone how high can I raise the motor and still pick
up enough water to cool the motor? My goal is to go as fast, and stable,
as possible given the limitations of a 115, a small budget, and the need
to be able to water ski from the boat. Would you recommend a new
prop (Hydromotive?), if so
what size? , a Bob's nose cone, dual steering, torque tab, or something
else? I also need to keep the CMC Tilt because my lake has a lot of
shallow areas. Where should I start? I have heard that a Viper
with a 115 will only reach the mid to upper 60's. Is that true?
Thank you for your assistance, and keep up the good work.
Your boat has all the right stuff pretty much already. Dual steering would
help but a nose cone is a big no-no. Your gearcase won't blow out 'till 80
plus mph. Running 4 1/2" propshaft depth is not all bad. If you saw
1/2 of a mph for every inch you went up I'd be surprised. Most props will
work the best at about 3 1/2 to 4"of propshaft depth so you’re not
that far off. A Yamaha drag prop or Merc laser 2 small hub will be good to
start. The problem is nobody makes a decent prop for the inlines and OMC
V4s. Every small non-V6 prop is always full of compromises. Some go fast
but don't get on plane or vice versa. The dual steering will help you get
to speeds you haven't got to yet with the set up you already have. Then
just borrow some props that you find and try every one. The upper 60's are
within your rig.
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