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    2008 RXP 215 or 2008 RXP-X

    Hi guys, my names Nick and I'm new to the forums. I have been reading up on all the latest posts for about a week or so and decided to join in on the fun. So my question is "2008 RXP 215 or 2008 RXP-X. I'm turning 16 on the 10th and so my parents have thought about getting a few jet ski's. I'm really looking into a 2-seater and I have narrowed it down. A few days ago I went down to Bert's Mega Mall in Covina, Ca to look at some sea-doos. We found an 08' RXP 215 for $8,000 out the door and an 08' RXP-X just under $10,000. I'm not sure which one is best for me. I'm looking for great acceleration, top speed, and reliability. I have been told by a few of the workers at Bert's, that the X ski isn't any better than the 215. They said that the 40 extra horses it has is for acceleration and mid-range, but top end is the same, ranging anywhere from 67-70 mph. I'm guessing the 215 might be a little bit more reliable because there isn't so much pressure being put on the engine but that's just my guess. I would really appreciate your guys' help on this decision. Both ski's are real nice but I'm not sure which is the better out of the two.

    Thanks,
    Nick


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    Quote Originally Posted by AthleticKid818 View Post
    They said that the 40 extra horses it has is for acceleration and mid-range, but top end is the same
    That might be true but who doesn't want better acceleration ?

    I reckon they are trying to sell you the 215 because they know the 255 will sell easer.

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    The X handles far better. The larger pump inlet keeps the rear-end planted much better and as a result it tracks much better in rough water. The RXP isn't as planted and likes to nose hunt and dart off left or right.

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    Ah ok, well last night my mom said she put a deposit on the rxp 215 for $8,000 out the door and an 02' yamaha fx-140 for $3500, with a new zeimen trailer. I'm satisfied.

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    must be nice to get a high performance ski at 16. lucky!!! actually, they say the true horsepower of the x is 233. so its only 18 more, for a few thousand more. but i went with the t-x myself and love it. took most of the decals off right away and it looks sick! welcome

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    I can't wait to pick them up next Thursday on my birthday.

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    Sweet T-X, I originally was getting the RXP-X until one of the mechanics said, "listen, the RXP-X is a very powerful machine. I have been racing for 5 years and have been thrown off it many times." That was all my mom had to hear. The we asked about the RXP 215 and he said that was a great machine and we would probably have less problems in the long run because it has a smaller supercharger. I think we got a great deal as well. Plus the fuel economy on the 215 is a bonus.

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    nick, i was thinking the same thing. the x machines are definately a reason to wear good riding gloves. didnt want to say anything about your ridin ability, as i didnt know your experience. but i was thinking the x machines may be a bit much for a newcomer. but either way enjoy your new whip and be safe. bri

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    Thanks bro, If I really needed to, saving that $3,000 can be used for mods if I really needed to. I'm real excited and can't wait to ride the 215. One question I have is how should I break it in for the 10 hour period and where should the trim be. Thanks!

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    Trim positions really don't matter as far as break in.

    General rule of thump on the trim -
    Down is great for tight turns and getting acceleration in the hole shot. (Just trim up as you get up to speed)
    All the way up is when you want to catch some air jumpping.
    Best speed in flat water is usually 1 or 2 notches above neutral.
    If it is choppy - best speed is neutral or 1 below to keep the pump in the water.

    - have fun with your new ski!

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