: Yes, I'm stupid: What does ELPTO mean?

06-14-2002, 04:13 PM
Sorry for the ignorance, but what the heck is ELPTO? Thanks!

06-14-2002, 04:16 PM
electric start and power trim

06-14-2002, 04:32 PM
Thanks. Now, if I only knew the difference between a Mercury outboard motor and a Tracker outboard by Mercury. Thanks in advance!

06-14-2002, 05:02 PM
The only difference is the decals.

06-14-2002, 05:43 PM
Looked it up once, This is from memory:

E - electric start
L - long shaft
PT - power trim
O - oil injection

I thought the tracker motors were Force. To me all that means is you might have to mix oil in the gas. Someone has one and will let us know (I hope).


Marble Eyes
06-14-2002, 05:47 PM
Tracker has been using Mercury engines for a while now.

06-14-2002, 06:16 PM
merc. is 25% owner of tracker.you cannot order from factory anything but a merc. but you can buy a tracker without any motor on one and have dealer rig the motor that you want.

06-14-2002, 06:24 PM
No you do not have to mix oil with the gas!!!!!!!!!

06-14-2002, 06:42 PM
Wow! Who's in bed with whom? Doing all this research into buying a new boat, between Genmar and Tracker/Marine Group there are about 25 makes, and you let me know that Merc owns 25% of Tracker...it almost seems like you're buying everything from the small handful of companies. Is anyone independent out there?

06-14-2002, 07:12 PM
Alumacraft and Smoker are the only two independants out there worth a hoot.

Hawg Tracker
06-14-2002, 07:18 PM
Alumacraft and Smoker may still be independant but they haven't made a boat as revolutionary as the Tundra....sorry!

Mr T
06-14-2002, 09:10 PM
ELPTO means all the things said above and that the motor is oil injected. So you fill the oil reservoir on the motor and the VRO mixes it as needed. There are still some engines out there that are ELPT, such as the Force engines made by Merc until 1999 when they were discontinued due to EPA regulations. Too bad as they were a heck of a good budget engine. However, ELPT means that you pre mix the oil and gas, when you fill the fuel tank as the engine does not have a VRO to do it for you. Now as for 4 strokes I'm not sure if they refer to them as ELPT or not. All DFI engines would be ELPTO. How's that for a bunch of acronyms?

Minnow Masher
06-15-2002, 06:16 AM
Hawg Tracker just wait and see!!!!!