1972 85hp Johnson Model # 85esl72rAnybody know where I can find a good used remote control for this hydroelectric motor? (watching eBay, nothing yet)Also need a replacement tilt pin, if thats what it is called. (the pin that is moveable on the transom bracket to adjust the tilt of the motor while in use)Thanks in advance,George
Dave,Thanks for that idea. I would rather have the correct control though.I have the remote control that came with this motor but the guy that I bought the boat from had disassembled it and I don't know enough about it to reassemble it. I have a factory service manual on order, anybody know if the manual will include information including an exploded view of the controls? Or is there a place that I could send it in to that will rebuild it for me?Also, any thoughts about the tilt adjustment pin?Thanks,George
That (Evinrude) control would be every bit as correct, mechanically, as the Johnson one. What you want is one with a round black (not rectangular, not red, not yellow) plug at the motor end of the wiring harness.
Thanks RPM, I dont currently have the means to email a pic but I will try to find out the part numbers.Thanks for the info ledge. What i meant by "correct" is that I would like the shifting to be controlled by the throttle lever rather than by push buttons. I thought that was how it should work, is this incorrect for 1972?
You've got it right. If you want shifting controlled by the throttle lever, you've got to get the Johnson control. The Evinrude will work with your motor, but as you say it shifts by pushbutton. Be aware that there is a pre-1969 Johnson single lever control that has a rectangular plug and will NOT work with your motor. Again, you want one that has a round, black plug at the motor end of the wiring harness. The pre-1969 lower units default into neutral with no electrical current, while the 1969+ LUs default into forward - that's the difference & that's why the earlier control boxes won't work with your motor.Finding one is a question of how patient you can be - easy to find inexpensively if you're not in a hurry. EBay is a good place to look. In a pinch you can wire up your own.
... and you can make your own 'tilt pin' from stock mild steel rod. Cut to length, peen one end in a vise until it's swollen, and drill a hole through the other end. Fix to transom with a washer either side. Not quite as easy to adjust as the real thing, but how often do you do it?Rust? Yep - a bit - but the one's I see are nearly always coated in grease or oil, and last forever.Ciao