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Johnson Serial Number Year Lookup Outboard Year Help

Johnson has changed how they indicate year in the model number several times. Depending on the year range your motor falls into, you will find your Johnson engine year information differently.

1999 - 2007

From 1999 until 2007 the following logic was embedded in Johnson Model numbers:

Example: J90PLEEB - Johnson, 90 HP, Power Tilt and Trim, 20" Shaft, 1999.
Prefix HP Design Feature Shaft / Engine Year Model Run
Suffix
Example:
J
BJ
RJ
SJ
2
3
3.3
3.5
4
5
6
8
9.9
15
25
30
35
40
50
55
60
70
75
90
100
115
130
135
140
150
175
200
225
250
AP = Advanced Propulsion
B = Blue Paint
C = Counter-Rotation w/Trim & Tilt
D = E-TEC
E = Electric Start w/Remote Steering
F = FICHT Fuel Injection
G = Graphite Paint
H = Lightning Gearcase J = Jet
M = Military Model
P = Power Trim & Tilt
R = Rope Start w/Tiller Steering
S = Saltwater Edition (20" Transom)
T = Tiller Steering
TE = Tiller Electric
W = Commercial Model
Shaft
Blank = 15"
L = 20"
Y = 22.5"
X = 25"
Z = 30"

Engine
4 = Four Stroke
3 = 3-CYL
(25 or 35 HP)
EE = 1999
SS = 2000
SI = 2001
SN = 2002
ST = 2003
SR = 2004
SO = 2005
SD = 2006
SU = 2007

Key:
I = 1
N = 2
T = 3
R = 4
O = 5
D = 6
U = 7
C = 8
E = 9
S = 0

examples:
EE = '99'
(1999)
Example:
Blank
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
M
R
S
V
1980-1998

From 1980 until 1998 the following logic was embedded in Johnson Model numbers:

Example: VJ70TLEDA - Boat Builder Model, Johnson, 70 HP, Tilt and Trim with Electric Start, 20" Shaft, 1996.

Prefix HP Design Feature Shaft / Engine Year* Model Run
Suffix
A = Australia
B = Belgium
C = Canada
H = Hong Kong
S = South Africa
T = Tracker
V = Boat Builder

Style
J = Johnson
C = Commercial
V = Quiet Rider
1.2**
2
2.3
2.5
3
3.3
4
4.5
5
6
7.5
8
9.9
14
15
20
25
28
30
35
40
48
50
55
60
70
75
85
88
90
100
110
112
115
120
130
140
150
175
185
200
225
235
250
275
300
AE = Electric Start - Alaska
AR = Rope Start - Alaska
BA = AC Lighting - Rope Start
BE = Belgium Derated - Electric Start
BF = Belgium Derated - Rope Start
BG = Belgium Derated - Rope Start
BI = Belgium Derated - Rope Start
BR = Euro Rope Start
C = Counter Rotation
CE = Canada Derated - Electric Start
CR = Canada Derated - Rope Start
D = Remote Electricric
DE = Derated - Electric Start
DR = Derated - Rope Start
DT = Derated - Electric Start/Trim & Tilt
E = Electric Start
ER = Electricric Start - Sport Styling
ES = Electricric Start - Special
FA = 4-stroke - Rope Start
FE = 4-stroke - Electricric Start/Remote
FP = Commercial w/Program Tilt
FR = 4-stroke - Rope Start
FRE = 4-stroke - Electricric Start/Remote
FS = FICHT - Trim & Tilt
FT = FICHT - Trim & Tilt/Special Styling
G = Special Styling
H = Less Integral Tank/Hydraulic Steering
I = FICHT Fuel Injection
IE = Italy Electricric Start
IK = Italy Electricric Start
J = Jet Drive
K = 3-CYL 25/35
KC = Kerosene Rope Start
KG = Kerosene/Gasoline
KS = Kerosene Rope Start
M = Manual Tilt - Electricric Start
MS = Manual Tilt - Electricric Start/Special
N = Counter Rotation
P = Power Steering
Q = 3-CYL 25/35 Trim & Tilt
R = Rope Start
RA = Australia Rope Start
RC = Rope Start - Commercial/CD Ignition
RD = Rope Start - Deluxe
RE = Remote Electricric
RP = Commercial w/Program Tilt
RS = Rope Start - Commercial
RW = Commercial w/Program Tilt
S = Sail - Special Styling
SC = Special Styling/Counter Rotation
SE = Electricric Start Non-Tilt Sail
SI = Italy Special Derated
SL = 60 Degree V - Trim & Tilt
SP = Special Styling
SR = Rope Start - Sail - Non-Tilt
ST = Special Styling - Trim & Tilt
T = Trim & Tilt - Electricric Start
TE = Tiller Electricric
TR = Trim & Tilt - Sport styling
TT = Tiller - Trim & Tilt
U = Manual Tilt
V = Special Gearcase
W = 110 Degree Angle Drive - Rope Start
WM = Electricric Commercial - Manual Tilt
WMP = Same as "WM" w/Chrome Pump
WT = Electricric Commercial - Trim & Tilt
WTP = Same as "WT" w/Chrome Pump
Shaft
Blank = 15"
L = 20"
Y = 22.5"
X = 25"
Z = 30"
CS = 1980
CI = 1981
CN = 1982
CT = 1983
CR = 1984
CO = 1985
CD = 1986
CU = 1987
CC = 1988
CE = 1989
ES = 1990
EI = 1991
EN = 1992
ET = 1993
ER = 1994
EO = 1995
ED = 1996
EU = 1997
EC = 1998
A- = 19--*

Key:
I = 1
N = 2
T = 3
R = 4
O = 5
D = 6
U = 7
C = 8
E = 9
S = 0
1st letter*
A = 8 or 9

examples:
EU = '97'
(1997)

AR = '94'
(1994)
Example:
Blank
A
C
E
K
M
R
S
* from 1988 on occasionaly the first letter of the year code (C or E) was changed to an 'A' (most common in 1993 and 1994)

** the 1.2 HP engines made from 1986 - 1990 do not notate the HP in the model number.

If your are still unsure of your engine year, search for your model number on the Johnson 1980-1990 serial number year chart.
1960-1979

In engines made between 1969 - 1979 The year is found in the end of the model number.
Example: 150TXL78 is a 150hp engine from 1978.
Example: 65ESLR72 would be from 1972.

If you have an engine made from 1960 - 1969, or are still unsure of your engine year, search for your model number on the Johnson 1960-1979 serial number year chart.

Commercial

If you have a commercial model refer to the Johnson commercial serial number year chart.

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