Weel Larry, yeah the synthetic oil is expensive. But, in ETEC, use of the
latest oil cuts comsumption by 50%. Just a guess, but I'll betcha the ETEC
uses less oil than any other 2 stroke.
FYI, specially-indexed spark plugs do not exist AFAIK, and I've been fooling
around with engines since 1954. It's necessary to install the spark plugs
in FICHTs correctly. Many high performance engines require some extra
effort and attention to detail when installing plugs. Indexing of plugs is
simplicity itself. It simply means, in our case, that the electrode gap
should be pointed more or less toward the fuel injector. Pretty difficult,
If you need more info to understand the process, let me know and I'll send
you the directions in an Adobe document.
Four strokes are making great headway and will, at some point, probably
replace two strokes in the marketplace. But, for those of us to whom weight
on the transom and hole shot/acceleration continue to be an issue, two
strokes generally tend to be the answer.
"Larry" wrote in message
> "Butch Davis" wrote in
>> Obviously I have no axe to grind over the final engine choice you
>> make. I own no stock in BRP. You were seeking information and got a
>> what I personally know as a FICHT owner for the past eight years.
>> There are NO out of the ordinary FICHT issues. On the used market
>> there may well be some FICHTs for sale which were not factory updated
>> when that service was offered. I believe the 150 and 175 HP early
>> FICHTs had problems requiring updates and sometimes new power heads.
>> ETECs have been performing more or less faultlessly from day one.
> Horseshit....company horseshit. It STILL requires very expensive lube
> oil and specially-indexed spark plugs to keep the blowtorch injection
> from eating the head off them. It's STILL A FICHT!, no matter who owns
> the company at the moment or what their ad agency contract says.
> (sarcasm ON)
> What surprises me is why Chevy and Ford haven't abandoned 4-stroke
> engines and put Ficht or Optimax engines in the cars! They use less
> fuel, require almost no maintenance and are just wonderful to own! We'll
> probably all be driving Ficht Hondas and Fords by 2010 with such
> wonderful technology....(c;
> (sarchasm OFF)
> Now, let's look at a little reality looking forward from today:
> 1) They're all ABANDONING 2-STROKE ENGINES.
> 2) With the abandonment certain, why would anyone buy a 2-stroker noone
> will admit they ever made, say, 3-5 years from today? Where's the parts
> going to come from, blown powerheads which are abundant?
> I'm with the poster....get the 4-stroker....
> Ficht - a bad patch to a bad idea....
> >> Stay informed about: Is Bombardier selling the Evinrude line off ?