Valves – L
Sources For New Reeds
Inspecting / Servicing Reeds
Myers - “Old Codger New To Old Suzuki _eeps.
Background Information: Apparently the
folks that make Suzuki automobiles have not sold replacement reeds for their L
Backtracking from the information above, it was also determined that Suzuki Marine still sells the original metal reeds for the outboard noted above.
Thus, if new replacement reeds are needed for a L
I installed Boyesen two-stage fiberglass reeds on
“Miss Alice” several months prior to the 2010 Meet in
1. Where to buy.
A. Fiberglass two-stage
reeds (sold in sets of two (2) so you would need to order two sets for one L
Boyesen Part Number 423 - Should be available from any of the sources listed below; Caution – Do not
order Boyesen’s 423P reed as it does not fit the L
(610) 756 6818 or (800) 441 1177
Poynter Marine, 807 Hwy 104,
(870) 247 0798 or
§ Other Boyesen Dealers found locally or on the internet.
metal reeds – Important – These are
sold as singles so you would need to order four (4) for one L
a Suzuki Marine Part Number – 13153-65010 - Should be available from any of the sources listed below.
Unlimited LLC, 8002 West 6th Ave.
§ Other Suzuki Marine Dealers found locally or on the internet.
Suzuki Marine PN 13153-65010
Suzuki Marine PN 13153-65010
2. Inspection – Reeds and Reed Plate
3. Helpful hints – At least they were helpful for me.
A. Digital pictures taken prior to starting work and during disassembly.
B. The reed plate bolts are not identical. Used a bolt sorter made by poking ten holes that made an approximate pattern of the bolt holes in the reed plate into a piece of cardboard and placing the boltes in the holes as they are removed.
C. With the reed plate removed and BEFORE starting to clean up the gasket surface on the crankcase side, it is easy to plug all of the openings into the crankcase with clean rags to prevent gasket debris from dropping into the crankcase.
D. The seat side of the reed plate is coated with a rubber or plastic like substance. Before using any type of solvent to clean the plate, verify it will not harm this surface.
E. If the heads of the Phillips Head screws holding the reeds in place are plugged, using a tiny pick pin to clean the heads helps as does using very small Vice Grip type pliers to loosen the screws.
F. For us with piss (acidic) fingers, spraying a little WD40 on both our fingers and new metal reeds before handleing may help protect the surface of the new reeds.
If you are installing the Boyesen 423 reeds, you will need to reinstall
the original L
H. One additional benefit of replacing the metal reeds with the Boyesen 423 reeds is the difference in the shape of the 423 reeds allows them to seat on a previously unused (less eroded) portion of the reed seat surface.
I. I had fair success in hand resurfacing the seat area of the eroded reed plate pictured in Sect. 2.
· Placed wet/dry sandpaper face up on a very flat, hard surface not affected by water. (My machine shop neighbor let me use his Starrett granite surface plate for the flat surface – picture below)
· Keeping the paper wet (a bottle of water with a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap) hand motion was used to move the eroded surface of the plate over the paper in a circular motion. Try to only have the pressure of the plate and the hand.
· Also, the position of the plate in my hand was rotated approximately 90 degrees on an intermittent basis.
· Started with 320 grit followed by finer grits until finishing with 600 grit or finer. (Note: Boyesen provides similar instructions with their two-stage reeds)
Note: The aluminum blocks were used to help hold the W/OD sandpaper down
Have a good one,