The OMC stringer drive had a bad online reputation for being prone to damage and also being hard to repair. It was not that OMC might not construct a great drive, however they did not want to obtain involved with patent violation. The ball equipment style was substandard to the u-joint drive, and also the rounds gears would wear after 200 hrs. OMC suppliers got to the point where they would certainly not even absorb a Stringer drive on a trade in even if they sold it to the proprietor. But many people that bought them didn’t understand any kind of far better, OMC had an excellent dealership network (at the very least around here) and also had several faithful clients for their remarkable outboards.

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After the patents ended OMC was cost-free to highlight the Cobra drive which to me transcended to the Merc Alpha drive of the period. Sadly teething problems with the change cable did not assist things for OMC. The Gears were never ever a trouble although they initially asserted that several of the gears were defective.
Many people do not wish to buy an item of a firm that is no more in organisation, even though there are components 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 component I require for my drive. My friend has a model-T Ford and can obtain components for it very easy. The Merc 470 has many parts NLA also. Not exactly sure about older Merc drives, however I anticipate the very same for them. If I was provided a selection in between 2 watercrafts the exact same rate, in the exact same problem one with a Merc as well as one with a Cobra I would take the Merc. If the Cobra was in great problem and also the Merc well used I would take the Cobra.