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1989 85hp Mercruiser 3 cylinder 2stroke L-drive

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  • 1989 85hp Mercruiser 3 cylinder 2stroke L-drive

    We have a 1989 Bayliner Capri Bowrider 1880 with a 85 hp Mercruiser 3 cylinder, 2 stroke engine.
    How difficult would it be to replace this engine? Is there an engine that is compatable with the L-drive or is it unique to the engine? How difficult would it be to make it into an outboard engine? The hull is in great shape and everything works on the boat. The engine itself has spurts of running time for 10 minutes and then cuts out. Why do we want to replace the engine? Because a lot of the mechanics that we have spoken to are not sure how to work on a 3 cylinder engine and warn against the L-drive. The fuel ratio says 50:1 and that's what we put in... is this accurate for this model?

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    Re: 1989 85hp Mercruiser 3 cylinder 2stroke L-drive

    Welcome to iboats jk, your setup is not a Mercruiser. It's all Force outboard, just a different way of using it.
    Will move this over to the Force forum when you will find some help.
    Don S.

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