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    thinking about getting a 3rd ski

    I took my mom and sis out on the skis yesterday, and they both loved it. both of them hated driving the raider, it seems i am the only one who enjoys the raider, and can drive it fast. so my mom is like i want to buy another big 3 seater, she loved driving the venture, i had to basically pull her off it yesterday, because it was getting dark out. so should i look for another venture 1100, or should i go with a 1200 xl or 1200 xlt? whats the diference between the xl and xlt? does the 1200 smoke as bad as the venture 1100, when using oil injection? any other skis i should look for?


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    The XL1200 smokes as much as an 1100 I would guess, but the XLT 1200 has a cat. converter so it probably smokes less. The hulls are different and the motors are as well. The XL1200 is 1131 CC (135hp) with better bottom end power than the XLT1200. The XLT1200 is 1176 CC (155hp) with a better topspeed (2-3mph). The XL1200 has a very reliable motor and its much simpler. It does not have powervalves like the XLT or a cat. converter.

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    what do these skis top out at on a gps? im hitting 53 gps'd on my venture, only mod is a top loader, which probably takes a few mph off. i guess ill stay away from the XLT, i really hate powervalves, i have dealt with them on dirtbikes, and they are a PITA.

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    The XL tops out around 56, the XLT 59.

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    i looked at an xl1200, and it is definetly the ski i want. im a bit confused about which skis have powervalves and which dont. i looked up on SBT under the 1200 non PV motor, and this is the compatibility list:
    1997-1999 GP 1200
    1998 XL 1200
    1999-2004 SUV
    1998-1999 Exciter SE
    1998-1999 Exciter 270 TE
    1999-2002 LS 2000
    2002 Runner XLT 1200
    2002 Runner SUV 1200
    2002 LX 2000
    2003-2005AR 210
    2003-2005 LX 210
    2003-2004 LS 210

    i for sure want a 1200 non pv, so it looks like my choices are a 98 XL 1200, or a 2002 XLT1200. seems weird to me that only those 2 years have non PV, is that right? the 98 XL looks a lot like my venture hull, with a newer looking top slapped on. im going to look for the 02 XLT, i want the newer design!

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    If you want the newer design you will get the Pv the 2002 has them it is the same as my 2004 xlt stock the 1200 xlt will run 55-56 on gps I had the venture before it was a great ski plenty of power and a cooler for beer built in the front of the hull under the front bucket kind of hidden from veiw, the xlt is a great 3 seater with lots of storage and very stable with 2 or 3 on it just get the waveeater clips for 60, intake grate and either premix or clamp the oil lines on they are know to fall off and seize a piston and you are set unless you want a little more speed mine runs 70+ now. Ron

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    have you had any problems with the PVs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by official_style View Post
    have you had any problems with the PVs?
    No just make sure you get the waveater clips you dont need the couplers just get the clips for 60. Ron WaveEater Powervalve Kits Designed as an added measure of security when retaining the OEM Powervalves in Yamaha engines. Fitted clip prevents pin for moving and valve from dropping to low into valve guide. Special couplers better synchronize valve actuation through tighter tolerances and improved design

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