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Omc Outboard Motor Parts And Accessories

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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As a popular manufacturer of marine engines, OMC outboard motor parts and accessories have become very widespread throughout the last 50 years. Though now retired from the outboard business, the OMC parent company gave birth to many product lines, including Johnson and Evinrude. They also helped develop many marine products and engine technologies, including Sea Drive, and the OMC Cobra stern drive engine.

During the 1990s, OMC was slowly succumbing to financial problems. In spite of commanding a large part of the market share (as much as 30 percent in the late nineties), OMC declared bankruptcy in December of 2000. Many OMC products are, of course, still in use across the country, and many original OMC outboard motor parts and accessories are still sold through common marine parts dealerships. The sale of the Johnson and Evinrude names to Bombardier Recreational Products in 2001 helped insure the continued development and technological prowess of the Evinrude and Johnson brand names.

Besides producing new products under the Johnson and Evinrude names, Bombardier still produces older versions of some OMC outboard motor parts and accessories as well. Many of the common OMC motor parts such as water pumps and carburetors are now produced by Bombardier, as well as internal engine components such as piston rings and head gaskets. They also continue to make available some older parts books and service manuals.

Retail OMC Motor Parts and Accessories Specialists

Though they have become a bit of a rarity, many retail locations still specialize in dealing genuine OMC outboard motor parts and accessories. These specialist dealerships often stock a large back catalog of parts, and many use Internet-based commerce as well as physical retail. Many times, they accept orders via part number only, so it pays to have the engine's service manual handy.

Another Internet-based tool for locating older genuine OMC outboard motor parts and accessories is online discussion forums for boating enthusiasts. Forums are an invaluable tool for those buying or researching parts and manufacturers, as they usually include many different consumer reviews, rants, and raves. People are also encouraged to post technical questions and responses, the byproduct of which is the spread of general information and awareness about general outboard maintenance, care for the marine environment, and opinions regarding new outboard products.

Internet auction sites are also worth browsing if you are looking for OMC outboard motor parts and accessories. One type of product that has become very popular to trade via auction sites is the vintage OMC service manual. Older service manuals, though primarily used by antique outboard enthusiasts as reference when rebuilding antique engines, have also become popular collector's items in their own right.

Other Parts Compatible with OMC Outboard Motor Parts and Accessories

There are also a wide variety of aftermarket parts and outboard accessories not made by OMC that are compatible with OMC engines. Products that are commonly produced by other marine equipment manufacturers include control cables, remote control systems, and trim and tilt motors. Rapid technological innovation is common in the development of outboard engine parts, since competition is so steep among manufacturers.

Aftermarket parts are OMC outboard motor parts and accessories that are made by alternate producers to the specifications of OMC, the original product manufacturer. Though many aftermarket parts are replacement parts such as carburetor rebuild kits, water pump kits, and head gaskets, aftermarket service manuals are parts lists are also common. Aftermarket service manuals often collect complete diagrams, parts lists, and technical information for multiple OMC engines into a single reference volume.

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