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#408110 - 05/23/08 09:10 PM 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell
tanjacap Offline
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Registered: 07/15/06
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Loc: Wyoming MI
I just bought a dinghy. It has a 2001 15 hp Johnson model j15rsib. How do I tell if it is 2 stroke or 4?

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#408204 - 05/24/08 09:01 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: tanjacap]
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Get the model and serial number off the engine and call one of the outboard dealers in Detroit along the river. They'll be able to tell you.
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#408206 - 05/24/08 09:04 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: GoFirstClass]
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GFC, Wyoming is on the good side of MI, it's outside of Grand Rapids.
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#408263 - 05/24/08 02:11 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: jtheile]
Al Offline
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Look for a oil filler cap. If it exists, its likely a 4 stroke. However, many 2 stroke engines also have oil injection for their larger engines - whether or not it includes 15hp or not, I am not sure. For many of the smaller 2 stroke engines, you still have to mix oil yourself (I have to with my 2004 Mercury 5hp dinghy motor)

I am going to guess though that it is a 2 stroke, as I don't think Johnson makes any small 4 stroke engines.

But I don't know for sure, so best thing is to look up the model number on-line or consult a dealer.
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#408265 - 05/24/08 02:19 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: Al]
Al Offline
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Look here:

http://www.usboatsupply.com/pdf/EJ/ModelNumberRefGuid2005.pdf

Apparently, a 4 stroke would have a 4 in the model number.
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2004 Mercury 270 Dinghy.
2016 Grand Design Reflection 29RS 5th Wheel
2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT 6.6L Diesel

previous boats:
1995 Carver 325
1999 Four Winns 268
1999 Four Winns 225
1996 Rinker 180

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#408404 - 05/25/08 03:25 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: Al]
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Use your nose when its running.
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#408414 - 05/25/08 05:59 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: deepv]
seabuddy Offline
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See if you can lift the engine without trouble.

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#408428 - 05/25/08 08:15 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: seabuddy]
Al Offline
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Loc: Vagabond Wanderer from Mich.
Also on a 2 stroke, there should be somewhere inicating to mix oil 50:1 in the gas, or some other ratio.
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2004 Mercury 270 Dinghy.
2016 Grand Design Reflection 29RS 5th Wheel
2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT 6.6L Diesel

previous boats:
1995 Carver 325
1999 Four Winns 268
1999 Four Winns 225
1996 Rinker 180

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#408443 - 05/25/08 09:42 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke - how do I tell [Re: Al]
Tanja Offline
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 16
Loc: Michigan
Thanks for all input, after much looking around, (tanjacap is my husband) he was able to verify it is a two stroke. Working great.

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