I am considering purchasing a 2012 E-tec 200 H.O. with approx 1200 hours on it (65% of running time 0 to 2000 rpms). The dealer indicated it is currently set for XD50 oil. I would assume it has run it for the full life of the motor. I have used XD100 on my other boat and it is great oil consumption and running efficiency. Would it be OK to reprogramm for XD100 and switch it?
My concern is if it is better to continue to run the XD50 because all of the internal bearings and rings have worn in with that grade. Could it have an ill affect or the possiblitiy of premature bearing wear now switching to XD100?
The newer HO models do not have the capability to utilize the XD-100 reduced oil programming due to their being designed for high performance usage.
For the best in engine protection, use the Evinrude XD-100 oil continuously.
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