The OMC stringer drive had a bad track record for being prone to damage and being tough to repair. It was not that OMC could not construct a good drive, however they did not intend to obtain entailed with patent violation. The sphere gear layout was substandard to the u-joint drive, and also the rounds equipments would break after 200 hrs. OMC dealerships specified where they would not also take in a Stringer drive on a trade in even if they marketed it to the owner. Yet many people that acquired them didn’t understand any much better, OMC had a very good supplier network (a minimum of about right here) and had several faithful customers for their premium outboards.
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After the patents ran out OMC was cost-free to highlight the Cobra drive which to me transcended to the Merc Alpha drive of the era. Regrettably teething troubles with the change wire did not aid things for OMC. The Gears were never ever a trouble despite the fact that they initially declared that a few of the gears were defective.
Most individuals do not intend to get a product of a business that is no longer in organisation, even though there are parts readily available for the Cobra drive. New, utilized, as well as aftermarket. This is not also a factor to consider for me as I can get any type of 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 lots of components NLA as well. Unsure regarding older Merc drives, but I expect the same for them. If I was given a choice in between 2 boats the exact same price, in the same problem one with a Merc and also one with a Cobra I would take the Merc. If the Cobra was in fantastic problem as well as the Merc well utilized I would take the Cobra.