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    Pro 785 questions

    Tell me more!

    I know the '97 models have cracking issues, but what about the other years? Anything to look out for? Any years to avoid? Average price for a mostly stock machine?

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    97's have cracking issues, but you can fix them and then reinforce it. I was able to fix up mine real nice...now I have yet to ride and see if they will re appear, but heck, its kind of fun to fix them anyways.

    The 97 is also lighter than the other years.

    I assume that one on EBAY will end up going for in between 2400 and 2800

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    the 99 and 2000 had better carbs and cdi's in them and they where set up with the jetworks vavles from the factory . but you can't go wrong with any of them . the prices can very from around 1500.00 to 3000.00 for a clean stock one .

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    TRIPLE PIPES ARE 2-STROKE TURBOS allcool's Avatar
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    My 97 never cracked. I raced it for a full season.

    The 97 were the first year out and had some issues. All could be fixed fairly easy.

    Some Head gaskets were installed backward from the factory.

    The bond line was not sealed well on some units causing water leaks.

    The water routing of the triple pipe stingers sucked and needed jet works or fine tuning the restrictors any time the pump water pressure to motor/exhaust was changed from mods. Changing to an o-ring head caused the stinger water pressure to need recalibration for max over-run rpm and possible overheating of the exhaust stinger couplings etc. Get jet works if you buy a 97/98 makes tuning much easier and consistent.

    Thermostat must be removed if you don't want short motor life.

    Iirr the 97 were 60lbs lighter than all the other years.
    It makes a difference.
    Every race I was in with my 97 I took the hole shot. Nice to come up to that first turn buoy… first

    Like 785Lugs said you can’t go wrong with any of them.
    Just don’t count out the 97 because of a few easy fix problems… it’s the best out of all of them.
    Race crews work hard to lighten a boat 60lbs.

    I sold mine on ebay last year for $2950 with most mods taken off.

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    Great info!

    Ok, so they worked the bugs out by the later years, but it also put on weight. What was the last year they were made?

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    Go 97 lighter hull if you ask me and then use some of the later specs for water and tuning. The 97 hull was always the desireable one. At least for racing it was because of the lighter weight.

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    2000 was the last year i think .

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