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Wiring outboard to ignition and other questions

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Okay, I'm completely lost here. I've got no guide to go with except that maybe the cable colors should match as best as possible.

Second question is testing the outboard. How would I test it to see if it works? I know I need to get a tank and filter and all that other fun stuff. But I'm lost as far as hooking it all up. Anybody know of an excellent, picture/description HSOforum I can look at?

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If you know who makes the motor I would find a dealer that sells that brand and take it there.

They should be able to help you.

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If you want to start and outboars with no harness, just plug in battery cables, then use a thick electrical wire and touch large red positive on solenoid with small yellow or yellow/red on same solenoid.
This bypasses all circuits, but be careful of 2 VERY IMPORTANT things:

1- Motor will start or at least turn over, so keep tools/hands/etc. out of the way.
2- You won't be able to shut it off quickly, best way is to pull choke and/or a spark plug wire off.

Most ouboards are wired "on", to stop them you have to ground ignition, that's what key does.

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Make, year, hp, tiller or remote?
Is the motor mounted on a boat?

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Surface Tension, it's a 40hp Johnson. No clue what the year is. Remote, not tiller.

Where can I find the year? It's in the boat, not on it right now. The boat isn't quite ready to hit water. Still fixing things up.

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Call a dealer and give them the serial number, they'll be able to give you the year. Once you get the year buying a manual is a good investment.

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If it has letters with model number, it's from 1980 and up.
Use last 2 characters and match with word

INTRODUCES

starting 1980 with I

I N T R O D U C E S
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Example: Model 50TLER
use last 2 letters

E 1980
R 3

Year 1983

If it has numbers only check with dealer.

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[This message has been edited by Valv (edited 09-08-2004).]

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Thanks guys! I'll check on that this Friday when I have a chance to get to it.

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