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Not sure about the year of your outboard motor? The serial number can help you determine the year of your engine.




Your serial number or model number can be found on the engine's mid-section. Often this plate is also marked with the engine's year too.

Select your engine make:

Chrysler | Force | Honda | Johnson | Evinrude
Mercury Mariner | Suzuki | Yamaha




Johnson Serial Number Year Lookup

Johnson Serial Numbers
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.

1980-Present
Engines since 1980 use a two letter code at the end of the model number based on the following key :

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

For example the 'CE' at the end of 100STLCE indicate that the engine is from '89'.
If your are still unsure of your engine year, search for your model number on the Johnson 1980-later serial number year chart located here.

1969-1979
The actual year is found in the model number, not the serial number.
For example, 150TXL78 is a 150hp engine from 1978. 65ESLR72 would be from 1972.

Pre 1969
For engines prior to 1969 refer the the Johnson 1960-1979 serial number year chart located here.

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



Evinrude Serial Number Year Lookup

Evinrude Serial Numbers
Evinrude changed how they indicate year in the model number in 1980. Depending on the whether your engine is from before or after that year determins how you will find your Evinrude engine year information.

1980-Present
Engines since 1980 use a two letter code at the end of the model number based on the following key :

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

For example the 'ED' at the end of VE70TLED indicate that the engine is from '96'.
If your are still unsure of your engine year, search for your model number on the Evinrude 1980-later serial number year chart located here.

Pre 1980
For engines prior to 1980 refer the the Evinrude 1950-1979 serial number year chart located here.

Commercial
If you have a commercial model refer to the Evinrude commercial serial number year chart located here.



Honda Serial Number Year Lookup

Honda Serial Numbers
Honda outboard model numbers are set up in the following formats:

Find the model year code in your model number and determine the year using the key below.

Year
Serial ID
2007 & Later
DK
AK
2006
D6
A6
2005
D5
A5
2004
D4
A4
2003
D3
A3
2002
D2
A2
2001
D1
A1
2000
DY
AY
1999
DX
AX
1998
DW
AW
1997
DM
DT
AM
AT
Pre 1997
Other Letter Codes



Yamaha Serial Number Year Lookup

Yamaha Serial Numbers
With Yamaha model numbers, the last letter indicates the year.

N
1984
P
1991
W
1998
K
1985
Q
1992
X
1999
J
1986
R
1993
Y
2000
H
1986
S
1994
Z
2001
G
1988
T
1995
A
2002
F
1989
U
1996
B
2003
D
1990
V
1997
C
2004

For example, in SX150TLRY1 the 'Y' tells you the model year is 2000.

Note: Begining in 2005 Yamaha stopped including the year information in the model number. The production date can be found on the transom bracket of post 2004 motors.



Suzuki Serial Number Year Lookup

Suzuki Serial Numbers
With Suzuki model numbers, the last letter indicates the year.

D
1983
M
1991
X
1999
E
1984
N
1992
Y
2000
F
1985
P
1993
K1
2001
G
1986
R
1994
K2
2002
H
1987
S
1995
K3
2003
J
1988
T
1996
K4
2004
K
1989
V
1997
 
 
L
1990
W
1998
 
 

For example, in DT40CRSN the 'N' tells you the model year is 1992.



Chrysler Serial Number Year Lookup

Chrysler Serial Numbers
Nothing in the Chrysler Outboard engine model numbers or serial numbers provides year information.

Refer to the Chrysler serial number year chart located here.
Search for your serial number by pressing CTRL+F to find the corresponding year.



Force Serial Number Year Lookup

Force Serial Numbers
Nothing in the Force Outboard engine model numbers or serial numbers provides year information.

Refer to the Force serial number year chart located here.
Search for your serial number by pressing CTRL+F to find the corresponding year.



Mercury Serial Number Year Lookup

Mercury Mariner Serial Numbers
Nothing in the Mercury Mariner Outboard engine model numbers or serial numbers provides year information directly.

The first serial number sold in a year becomes the beginning serial number. Serial numbers between that year's beginning serial number and the next fall into the same year. Search for your engine horsepower on the Mercury Mariner serial number year chart located here to find the beginning serial number for the range that includes your engine.


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