Well I wasn’t planning on buying another outboard this year but as luck would have it I ended up with a bit of spare cash so bought myself an early birthday present. The Suzuki 6HP 4 Stroke outboard motor or to give it it’s full name the Suzuki DF6A. I’d been looking at this particular model for a while now mainly because of it’s weight. My current Yamaha 9.9 4 stroke was a bit on the heavy side (43kg) and a bit difficult to man handle from my vehicle to the boat and back again. I’m not as young as I used to be and my back certainly feel it when carrying a 40KG plus engine.
The Suzuki 6HP 4 stroke outboard motor, according to the spec sheet weighs in at only 23.5 KG, now that’s more like it. As a boat fishing enthusiast I don’t really need too much speed from an engine. I just need to get to the fishing grounds a mile or so out so a lighter, not so powerful engine should get the job done and not cause back issues. Another interesting feature, according to the Suzuki specification sheet, is that this outboard can be stored in any one of three ways, front, port or starboard sides. So You longer need to remember which way up to store it (obviously not on it’s head).
Anyway I placed my order in with my usual outboard supplier and it arrived a few days later. Here is the unboxing video:
I set up the new Suzuki engine in my usual bin of water and began the running in process. The process is as follows:
- 5 minutes of idling to warm up the engine.
- Idling speed or lowest in-gear speed for 15 minutes.
- Operate in gear up to half throttle for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Next hour up to three quarter throttle (avoiding full throttle).
- Remaining 7 hours any speed but avoid using full throttle for more than 5 minutes at at time.
I carried out steps 1, 2 and 3 in a bin of water before taking it out on the open sea for step 4 (video to follow).
The first start up:
A few pics:
Here are a few specs on the Suzuki DF6A outboard model:
Fresh Water Flushing System
Shallow Water Drive
Offset Driveshaft (Standard)
Shaft Length – S: (15ins) 381mm
Weight – S: 23.5kg
Starting System – Manual
Fuel Delivery System – Carburetor
Engine Type – OHV
Bore x Stroke – 60.4 x 48mm
Piston Displacement – 138cm3
Maximum Output – 4.4kW
Full Throttle Operating System – 4750-5750rpm
Steering – Tiller
Ignition System – Digital CDI
Oil Pan Capacity – 0.7 litres
Propellor – Bushing Type
Trim Method – Manual Trim & Tilt
Gear Shift – F-N-R
Gear Ratio – 1.92:1
Exhaust – Above Prop Hub Exhaust
Propeller Selection (Diameter) – 7.5
Propeller Selection (Pitch) – 6-7 (Alloy)
Fuel Tank Capacity – Integral 1L (remote connection)
Warranty – Limited 5 years for recreational use