The OMC stringer drive had a negative reputation for being prone to damage and being difficult to fix. It was not that OMC might not build a good drive, but they did not want to get involved with patent violation. The round equipment layout was substandard to the u-joint drive, as well as the balls equipments would certainly break after 200 hours. OMC dealers got to the point where they would not even absorb a Stringer drive on a sell even if they sold it to the proprietor. However lots of people that got them didn’t understand any type of better, OMC had a great supplier network (a minimum of around below) and had many devoted consumers for their remarkable outboards.
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After the licenses ended OMC was totally free to draw out the Cobra drive which to me transcended to the Merc Alpha drive of the age. Regrettably teething problems with the change cord did not aid things for OMC. The Gears were never an issue although they initially claimed that some of the equipments were defective.
Lots of people do not wish to acquire an item of a business that is no longer in organisation, although there are parts available for the Cobra drive. New, made use of, and aftermarket. This is not also a factor to consider for me as I can obtain any part I require for my drive. My friend has a model-T Ford and also can obtain components for it simple. The Merc 470 has numerous components NLA also. Not exactly sure about older Merc drives, but I expect the exact same for them. If I was offered a selection between 2 boats the exact same rate, in the same problem one with a Merc and one with a Cobra I would take the Merc. If the Cobra remained in fantastic condition as well as the Merc well used I would certainly take the Cobra.