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#11225633 - 11/15/15 04:43 PM Motor upgrade

Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 479
Loc: Longview,Texas
I currently have a 2011 Yamaha 250 sho and thinking of getting a new Mercury 250 pro xs. Have any of you guys done this and was it a pretty big hassle. I know the controls will have to be changed out, but still lots cheaper than a new rig. I am located in Longview and wondering who you guys recommend? Thanks Michael

#11225694 - 11/15/15 05:19 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
lakeforkfisherman Offline
Elliptical Mechanic

Registered: 08/04/06
Posts: 9233
Loc: Dallas/Quitman
I have never done business with him, but I hear good things about Billy Sartin at Lake Fork. You might also check Jaco's Marine website. They tend to have good Mercury pricing. You can get it shipped and have a local install it.
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#11225715 - 11/15/15 05:35 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
JimmyP Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 806
Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
Jacos Marine in Tennessee is probably going to be the cheapest you will find. Call them and talk to them about it.

#11225724 - 11/15/15 05:43 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
Danny L. Weems Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 1346
Loc: Como, Texas
Going from one brand to another is not a big deal, just change controls and add a smartcraft monitor.
Call Billy Sartin at Sartin Marine 903-383-7726. Open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Billy and his crew are the best in the business.
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

#11225840 - 11/15/15 06:37 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
the skipper Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2946
Loc: nederland, TX
Why not flash the sho to a 300? That's an upgrade you will really feel.

#11225961 - 11/15/15 07:22 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
snickers Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 4170
Ron Lappin at FLW has Merc pro xs 250 for 14,200.

#11226763 - 11/16/15 09:47 AM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
David Burton Online   confused
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1959
Loc: McKinney, TX
Isn't that moving from a four stroke to a two stroke? Do you have a plan for the oil resevoir? I would recommend a remote fill!
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#11226980 - 11/16/15 11:13 AM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 740
Loc: Carrollton, TX USA
My fishing buddy just bought a 200 Mercury from Jacos marine for about $14000.
They shipped it to Service Marine near Fork and they installed it. Chuck & Perry do great work and he had his boat back in less than 2 weeks.

#11227089 - 11/16/15 12:11 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
Mark Perry Online   content

Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51211
Loc: Highway 1
I went from a Etec 250HO to a Merc 250 Pro XS on my boat this past spring. Diamond Sports did the swap. Was not bad at all. Expect to have to buy a few cables and such and you might have to replace some gauges in your dash. Maybe a new throttle cable as well. Just depends on the boat itself. I had the Level 1 Merc Monitor installed.

#11227697 - 11/16/15 05:10 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
rowlettfisherman Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 799
I don't know the answer to this but isn't a new 250 Yamaha an upgrade and you don't have to buy new cables. Is the new mercury that much better than yamaha

#11227832 - 11/16/15 06:27 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: rowlettfisherman]

Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 479
Loc: Longview,Texas
Thanks for the reply guys. I'm not sure if the mercs are any better than the yamahas, just hear a lot less about mercs blowing power heads. I have several dealers giving me a price. I guess if it's more than I want to pay I'll probably sale my rig, which I really like (2011 Stratos 210 Elite). My motor has around 45 hours on a new power head and a year warranty still left. Michael

#11228346 - 11/16/15 09:36 PM Re: Motor upgrade [Re: TODDXDC]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1345
Loc: Lufkin Texas
Did you blow a 2011 sho without the update? Motor should have manufacture date. Have some faith in the yamaha. I see equal problems between the sho and merc.


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