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Putting electric start on my Outboard.

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Ok, heres the skinny

I bought this tiller 20 horse outboard (Johnson)

In 1989, still runs like a charm.

I have taken care of this motor.

I hate to sell it and get another motor

you never know what you may get.

So I have been told I could put a starter on it

and I am good to go.

Do I have to put an alternator on as well?

So my friends what do you think.

The reason for electric start is my shoulder get really sore

from pulling the #^&*##@ Rope.

Has any one done this before or did they

just buy another motor?

like to hear your thoughts


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You don't have to put a stator and rectifier on it, but you will have to charge your battery after every or every other outing, depending on how many times you start your motor.


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Is it a big hassle to put the stator and rectifier on it?

Whats the cost to make my motor electric start?

Not really into lugging my battery around either.

Thanks for the quik response

much appriciated


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If my memory serves me correctly, you're looking at about $450 for the kit. Then you still need cables, harness, battery, stator, rectifier.

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My Mercury has electric start and no alternator. I bought an onboard charger and just plug it in after every trip. Not sure about installing the starter though.

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