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#12366454 - 07/31/17 04:10 PM RPM's inaccurate
RickS Offline
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Registered: 08/08/13
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Loc: Santa Fe NM
I recently got my charging system working again on my 96 Mercury 150xr6. Got 2 used voltage regulators from ebay. Noticed RPM's are now reading much higher than prior to repairs. I know the tach gets the signal from the lower regulator. What I suspect is that the regulators aren't as universal as most think and they are specific to each motor. Does anyone know if this is the case?

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#12366625 - 07/31/17 05:50 PM Re: RPM's inaccurate [Re: RickS]
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can get signal from either reg gray wire or any of yellow wires... not motor specific... tach settings do that.. how high is it reading?

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#12369467 - 08/02/17 11:04 AM Re: RPM's inaccurate [Re: RickS]
RickS Offline
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Thanks that's good to know. At idle it somewhere over 1000 rpm don't remember exactly. At wot throttle going down lake I'm hitting 7000 RPM. Maybe I'll try hooking up to the other regulator or maybe it's my tach. I'll double check the wiring for the tach first.

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#12374845 - 08/06/17 03:06 PM Re: RPM's inaccurate [Re: RickS]
RickS Offline
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Well I noticed yesterday when motor is off, tach still reads 1000 RPM.I'm still going to make sure the wiring is good to it . Probably will be searching for a tach.

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#12375036 - 08/06/17 06:02 PM Re: RPM's inaccurate [Re: RickS]
T Bird Offline
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Originally Posted By: RickS
Well I noticed yesterday when motor is off, tach still reads 1000 RPM.I'm still going to make sure the wiring is good to it . Probably will be searching for a tach.


Normal operation if tach. go's to 0 with key on.

Might try this. On back of Tach is small rheostat screw that is used to adjust tach. for different cylinder configurations. Sometimes rotating this rheostat screw several times and then returning it back to the 6 cylinder position will fix a malfunctioning tach.

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#12375236 - 08/06/17 08:02 PM Re: RPM's inaccurate [Re: RickS]
Stump jumper Offline
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Originally Posted By: RickS
Well I noticed yesterday when motor is off, tach still reads 1000 RPM.I'm still going to make sure the wiring is good to it . Probably will be searching for a tach.
1000 is high unless it is really idling at 1000. When I turn my key off mine will stay at last position until I turn key again which is normal about 600. My other boat idles at 750 and it will sit there or maybe a little lower. 7000 is definitely too high at WOT

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