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We have very little reverse any thing above idle the prop just seams to slip 76 johnson 85 hp outboard thanks Ben

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There are two things to look for. With the motor off disconnect the shift cable. Pull the boots off the plugs so the engine can't kick back. Grab the shift lever directly on the motor and pull it in the direction reverse is. Turn the prop and you should be able to feel reverse click in. If you just barely feel it "tick" the gears, the shift rod inside the housing is not adjusted. If the reverse "bites" into place as good as forward then leave it is that position. Next, line up the shift cable but DO NOT connect the end with the shift lever. Put the cable in reverse and you will see a gap from the old setting to the where it has to be to work correctly. Then its as simply as adjusting the shift cable to match the lever.
The second possibility is the rubber hub in the prop. It could be slipping. But usually its gone in both directions when this part breaks.

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Check the adjustment on the gear cable as it sounds like not selecting fully ! or the clutch selector or the gear could be worn , which you can have recut by a machine shop saving you buying a set of gears !!

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It is a hydro shift ..therefor you will not find reverse by turning the prop at all!!!!!! The engine has to run to build fluid pressure to shift into reverse ,like a car automatic transmission.

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