How Do I Find the Right Motor? (The Perfect Guide)

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The Suzuki motors can be easily identified by their model numbers
and additional letters that provide information about the motor's features and

1. "DF" indicates the motor is part of Suzuki's four stroke series.
2. The number series following "DF represents the motor's horsepower rating.
3. Model Abbreviations provide further information about the motor:

  • S  - stands for Short Shaft (15" inch), suitable for boats with a shallow transom.
  • L  - means Long Shaft (20" inch), designed for boats with a deeper transom.
  •  - signifies Extra Long Shaft (25" inch), perfect for boats with a very deep transom. see our guide on how to find the correct shaft length
  • H  - refers to a model with a Tiller Handle, for steering and throttle control.
  • T  - indicates Power Tilt and Trim, for easy motor adjustments.
  • E  - signifies Electric Start, allowing for easy ignition with the push of a button.
  • W  - means the motor is available in White, for a sleek and stylish look.
  • A  - represents the 2nd Generation 4-stroke engine, with improved technology.
  • B  - signifies the 3rd Generation 4-stroke engine, with even more advanced features.


*For example, a Suzuki DF9.9BTXW5 would be a 9.9 horsepower extra-long shaft (25" inch) motor from their 3rd generation four-stroke series, featuring power tilt and trim, electric start, and a white finish. These portable outboards offer a wide range of power options, user-friendly features, and easy transport for boating enthusiasts on the go.


  • Suzuki's advanced technology ensures that their engines deliver reliable performance, fuel efficiency, and low emissions.
  • With proper maintenance, your Suzuki outboard motor's engine will serve you well for years to come.


Selecting the right Suzuki outboard motor for your watercraft is crucial for optimal performance and enjoyment on the water.


Here's an expanded list of factors to consider when making your choice:

  1. Boat size and type: Larger boats require more power, while smaller boats need lighter, more compact motors. Consider your boat's hull shape, weight, and intended use to find the best match.
  2. Horsepower requirements: Consult your boat manufacturer's recommendations and match the motor's horsepower to your boat's design and performance needs. Remember, underpowered boats can strain the engine, while overpowering may cause instability.
  3. Fuel efficiency: Suzuki's 4-stroke engines are known for their efficiency and lower emissions. Weigh the benefits of fuel savings against your budget and usage patterns.
  4. Reliability and maintenance: Choose a motor with a proven track record and easy access to parts and service. Regular maintenance is essential to prolong the life of your outboard.
  5. Budget: Determine a budget that balances performance, features, and affordability. Don't forget to factor in the costs of maintenance, fuel, and insurance.
  6. Shaft length: Select the appropriate shaft length (Short, Long, or Extra Long) based on your boat's transom height to ensure optimal performance and handling.
  7. Control options: Consider whether you prefer a tiller handle for direct control or remote steering for a more comfortable boating experience.
  8. Electric vs. manual start: Decide whether the convenience of electric start is worth the additional investment, or if a manual pull-start is sufficient for your needs.
  9. Power tilt and trim: Assess if the added functionality of power tilt and trim is necessary for your boating activities, such as navigating shallow waters or adjusting motor angle for optimal performance.
  10. Color and aesthetics: While performance should be the primary consideration, you may want to choose a motor that complements the look of your boat, such as Suzuki's white finish option.

By thoroughly evaluating these factors, you can find the perfect Suzuki outboard motor to power your adventures on the water.