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Old 10-19-2019, 11:17 PM
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Default 9.9 vs 15 vs 20 kicker 692 ranger.

Hey guys just bought a new to me ranger 692 and I need some advise. Boat came from Minnesota so it doesn't have a kicker on it. I have to add one and needed some advice. 1 of my local lakes has a 20 hp motor restriction and I'm trying to determine if I should go 20 hp on my kicker or if the added cost makes it not worth it do to the hull design and the weight of the boat. If I don't go 20 hp is the efi of the 15 worth the added cost of just adding a regular 9.9 kicker? The boat has a 2012 175 optimax on it now so I'd like to add a Merc kicker but I would go Suzuki 9.9 due to the EFI. Or any other if the right deal is available. Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:52 AM
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assuming your transom can handle it, I have a 2019 MErc 15 EFI prokicker on 621 and love it. 6.5 mph at full throttle.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:45 AM
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I have a 9.9 Pro Kicker and if they don't come out with a 9.9 EFI Pro Kicker soon, I'm going to trade for a 15 EFI. The 15 EFI Pro Kicker would definitely be my choice, I've read nothing but good reviews.
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:36 PM
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I went with the 15 cause of the EFI and I thought it might not run as hard and be a bit quieter on that boat, little extra oomph if I had problem with big motor...don't know of any of that is true, but def like the 15 EFI.

don't know about the 20..with older boats you have to pay attention to those boats not being engineered for todays motors. my dad has a 1996 stratos 285 pro xl. if we repowered it with a motor today, the 4 stroke weighs more so wed have to drop down considerably in horsepower to hit the weight maximum(below its HP minimum). maybe the 692 transom can handle a 20, maybe it can't weight wise? I don't know

congrats on your new boat!
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:29 PM
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I researched a lot in the spring and ended up with the Merc 15 EFI kicker and have no regrets. I don't remember all the numbers but the 15 EFI was only about 20 lbs heavier than the 10 HP Merc and the EFI is the way to go. It also has a bigger alternator for charging the batteries when running. The Suzuki 10 HP EFI was another good option but weighs about the same as the Merc 15 HP EFI and you get more power. IMO the only reason to consider the Suzuki would be if your local lake had a 10 HP restriction. I ordered mine from onlineooutboards.com and also saved money on taxes and had free shipping to my door. On a side note, my brother has a 1994 Ranger 692 with a Honda 150 and a Honda 10 HP kicker and it's a little too much weight back there so has difficulty getting up on plane. Congrats, you got a great fishing boat
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:20 AM
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I ran a 1998 692 for several years with a 175 Rude and 9.9 pro kicker and personally wt not cost would be my main concern in which one I choose on that boat. The 692 is a little narrower then newer Rangers made after 2000 like the 619 620 or 621 so you must be careful of wt not to cause the boat to lean to much or and especially not to have the rear end sit too low in the water. Likely a guy with a 620 or 621 and a 15 hp kicker motor will be very comparable to a guy with a 692 and a 9.9 simply because of the wt and size difference between the 2 boats (WT to HP ratio).

The 692 is a great boat enjoy

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FYI While a EFI motor is sweet a properly running carbed prokicker should not be an issue ever to start once you learn proper start procedures
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:43 PM
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The 15 EFI is only 14# heavier than the 9.9 and its alternator puts out twice the amps. I'd definitely go with the 15 myself.
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