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    Question How's the reliability of the GP800R?

    I am looking to get a 2004 GP800R in great condition for my girlfriend, but I don't wanna pick up a ski with known reliability issues. I've heard some people are a little wishy-washy on this ski, so I'd like to gather your opinions.

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    its just a two cyl version of the 1200 isnt it ? I havent read anything particularly bad about them... Its all in the upkeep right! Also i guess people make fun of them for being slower... I guess if your gf doesnt mind having a ski that isnt going to be a race ski you should be fine!

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    There a good ski, been on a few off them, just dont mess with the carb setting and you should be fine

    Its more of a water cruiser than speed machine if you know what i mean

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    Yeah, we just want something that can move (anything will, compared to our past XL700's) and will be reliable. I want her to get a VX, but she likes the look of the GPRs.

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    i have had my 800 for a few years now. i have a 195 hours on it with minor issues. i had to put a new (borrowed from a friend) wear ring becuase my swelled up and stopped the engine from cranking.

    it sank once becuase the coupler for the sound suppression box came apart.

    besides those two incidents i cant recall any other problems i have had with it. it is a little hard starting at times. This ski spent some time in salt water as well. there no speed demons but they aren't slow either. my runs 55-56 all day long it has lost some speed it used to run 57 on half a tank but that was about 70-80 hours ago lol. my one complaint is it has poor acceleration. gets great fuel consumption compared to other skis i have run with. i ran with an utra and rxp and rxt and they all had burned about 3/4 of a tank of fuel i had only burnt about 1/4 of a tank of fuel.

    you could pull some more speed out of them with out much work. im only running a aftermarket ride plate. i heard they respond well to 3 degree key way and shaved heads. i think with that and a machined ride plate you could see 60 with a gp800r. i plan on doing it this winter becuase my 800 is ready for a rebuild.

    edit: also i have the stock oil injection still on the ski. its reliable you just have to keep an eye on the lines. i constantly keep an eye to make sure there is on oil in the bottom of the ski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfear View Post
    Yeah, we just want something that can move (anything will, compared to our past XL700's) and will be reliable. I want her to get a VX, but she likes the look of the GPRs.
    Im picking up my ski on Sat which is a FX HO 160 Cruiser (im well excited)

    The GP is a good ski, one of the lads where i ski has just had a towing eye added to his to pull a ringo and it does a good job

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    thanks for the info, guys

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