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    Should I Buy a GP1300R?

    I am considering purchasing a GP1300R as a second watercraft and wanted to get some opinions of those who already own one. Iíll have to tell you, I am beginning to question myself if it is a good idea.. I keep reading about the power valves falling into the cylinders and the catalytic converter breaking up and getting sucked into the exhaust box. I know there are fixes like the Riva D Plate and the Waveater clips, but it seems like these machines are trouble prone. I just found some safety recall about the throttle cable needing to be replaced as well. Do these machines really have all these problems? Are there certain years to avoid?
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    Hell Yea!!

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    Welcome to the Hulk..
    The only year 1300 with PV's is 2003..

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    Welcome to the Hulk..
    The only year 1300 with PV's is 2003..
    and 2004

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    Good call Nate thanks...Its hard to keep track on all the year changes age is creeping in.. LOL
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    and 2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw View Post
    I am considering purchasing a GP1300R as a second watercraft and wanted to get some opinions of those who already own one. I’ll have to tell you, I am beginning to question myself if it is a good idea.. I keep reading about the power valves falling into the cylinders and the catalytic converter breaking up and getting sucked into the exhaust box. I know there are fixes like the Riva D Plate and the Waveater clips, but it seems like these machines are trouble prone. I just found some safety recall about the throttle cable needing to be replaced as well. Do these machines really have all these problems? Are there certain years to avoid?
    Thanks
    Jon
    the 03-04 GPR 1300 did not have issues with the power valves the early 1200 did. I had 600 hours on my 03 with the stock power valves. The throttle cable was recalled that was no big deal. And the cat convertors use to go out and replaced with a $85 D plate and $20 chip.
    The GPR 1300 is a awesome ski.

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    compared to the skis of today, the GP1300R is an excellent choice when you look at how reliable they are, how much they cost to run and how easy they are to fix yourself.

    thats before you even investigate how fast you can get them to run with a little magic sauce.

    a dplate costs 60 odd dollars and wave eaters, if required, cost about the same.

    i love my GPR and always will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmg97gp View Post
    Hell Yea!!

    X2 Love this machine. A little high maintenance? Perhaps but it's well worth it. It's the perfect size in my opinion not to small not to large. Great rough water ride, powerful and fast.

    If you want bullet proof very low maintenance ski look for a 97-99 GP1200. They don't have cats or powervalves and some things are actually better on it than the GPR. Like the gauge cluster and 2 storage bins rather than 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIM'S PERFORMANCE View Post
    the 03-04 GPR 1300 did not have issues with the power valves the early 1200 did. I had 600 hours on my 03 with the stock power valves. The throttle cable was recalled that was no big deal. And the cat convertors use to go out and replaced with a $85 D plate and $20 chip.
    The GPR 1300 is a awesome ski.
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    Run premix and keep the engine stock, you will have no issues.

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    I had an 82 MPH RXT and after selling it and having a boat I decided I needed a ski and went with the GPR. I have to say I love it for everything it is! You can throw it around in turns, you can jump it with no problems, and easy to work on. Well worth it. Throw a few mods on it and youll be running 75 and remain reliable! GO FOR IT!!

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