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Hi,
I started noticing an issue with my 20HP Nissan 4 stroke last time I was on the water. Running anything but WOT, even when on plane it runs smooth as ever. At WOT it will start to "studder" ever so slightly. The first time I noticed it, it kind of felt like I was running into small debris in the water so I pulled over, raised the motor, inspected everything and was back "off to the races", but kept feeling the studder at WOT. I backed off a bit after getting on plane and it ran smooth as ever.

Prop is almost brand new with no nicks or bent blades. Haven't had any collisions. The only thing I can think of is maybe bad gas. I only run non-ethanol gas in it so I have never used a fuel stabilizer or additive. It is a Gheenoe with 20HP 4 stroke so it sips gas. I use a gallon or 2 and then fill it back up after a few trips, but have never really run it to E. Just for kicks I have now dumped all remaining gas into the truck and will fill up with a fresh tank next time out, but I am interested in hearing input on other issues that might cause what I'm talking about and suggestions for things I can check into.

Thanks!
Dave
 

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What is your top rpm per tachometer?
Air bubbles causing prop to burp?
Rev limiter kicking in?
Spark plug misfiring?

http://www.nissanoutboard.com/Nissan-20-hp-outboard-NSF20C1.html
 

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Thanks Brett - that is "almost" my motor...except I have the power tilt version with remote throttle configuration.

As far as I know there are no bubbles...there have been no changes that would effect that since last outing.

I don't have a tach, so I have really no idea what my RPM's are, so can't rule out the rev limiter being an issue.

Spark plug misfire...would that misfire all the time, or just under WOT conditions? I am running like a charm even just a hair below WOT.
 

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I've had plugs that worked great at lower rpms
but misfired at full throttle. Easy fix, new plugs.
 

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After Plugs go Up 1 Pitch on Prop

What Prop are you running Now  ?

Part Number You Want is

3BAB645240

9.25 X 11.5

10 Pitch not enough

Motor is Running better ... Boat is slipprier less wind ...gotta be somthing ...

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Thanks - I will try the plugs and go from there. Been using a stock prop since I bought the boat and never had any issues until now.

Just out of curiosity, how often do you all change your plugs?

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Q: How often should I replace my spark plugs?

A: Unfortunately,there is no single answer to this question. As spark plugs grow older, they lose their sharp edges as material from the center and ground electrodes is slowly eroded away. As the gap between these two points grows, the voltage required to bridge the gap increases proportionately. Even the best ignition systems will be strained to supply enough voltage to completely burn the fuel. It is at this point, when fuel is being left unburned, that the time has come to change spark plugs.

Whenever the engine starts to misfire... ;)
 
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