Suzuki DF9.9B Review 2017

The author reviews the portable outboard he chose for his ultimate jon boat.

As far as I am concerned, Suzuki nailed it with their DF9.9BEL portable saltwater-rated gas motor. While often used as a trolling motor or kicker, it has power enough to turn any mid- to large-sized jonboat into an effective fishing platform. I proved just that by using it to power my Starcraft 1440 jonboat.


Suzuki 9.9
The author chose this Suzuki 9.9 hp outboard motor as primary power for his jon boat project. Featuring electric start, lean burn technology and battery-less electronic fuel injection, Schlichter reports reliable use and great economy. It retails for $3,396 as of publication date. Learn more about this outboard engine at Suzuki Marine

This four-stroke electric start model features two cylinders, power tilt, plus a tiller handle. It also sports a 20-inch shaft, the shortest my transom accommodates. Weighing 108 lbs., it displaces 20.0 cubic inches and maxes out at 6,000 rpm. Warning lights ensure you’ll know if low oil, over-heat or over-rev thresholds are surpassed – and when it’s time for an oil change. For models without electric start, the battery-less EFI fuel delivery is a blessing and delivers smooth power and great economy.


A great choice for this makeover, the Suzuki 9.9 starts without hesitation and runs exceptionally quiet. Fuel injection means no choke to mess with – a big plus in my book. Although it takes roughly 15 seconds to achieve top speed (it is pushing a heavy load) acceleration is steady and the three-gallon tank supplied gets me anywhere without worry. From trolling speeds to wide open, vibration is less than expected.

Price on date of publication: $3,396

Key Specs


Shaft Lengths: 20″ (L) & 25″ (X)

Weight (lb): L: 108/ X:120

Configuration: 2 cylinder; SOHC 4 valves


Fuel Delivery: Electronic Fuel Injection with Lean Burn

Starting: Electric

Trim/ Tilt: 5 Tilt Pin Positions and 2 Shallow Water Drive Settings / Optional Power Tilt model


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