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    What older XP is the best choice for fun and reliability?

    What old school model XP do you guys recommend for just pure, inexpensive fun? I've sold my big Polaris and Yamaha 3 seaters, and I would like to pick up something small and light just for fun. I don't really care about top speed so much as I do acceleration and turning ability. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jersey785 View Post
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    This or a 97-99 SPX, same machine.

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    +3 on the X4 hull

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    Thanks guys. So I'll be looking for a 96 XP or 97-99 SPX. Anything I should be paying particular attention to when looking at use examples?

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    try to take a compression test and ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpt50 View Post
    Thanks guys. So I'll be looking for a 96 XP or 97-99 SPX. Anything I should be paying particular attention to when looking at use examples?
    frankly if your looking for a 96 xp, a decision I approve of, try to find one that maybe had some minor after market parts put on, maybe one with a single gauge hood, flame arrestors or aftermarket prop, to help get GOOD value on a purchase. Many xp owners dropped a lot of bling into steering, prop, etc and you can get some of those mods for penny's on the dollar as part of a package. Also, Look for a clean hull (minor stuff can be wet sanded out) with no Major dings or nicks, look for a clean inside not full of oil and junk, a clean inside indicates a better chance at a clean engine.

    if you just plan on buying and riding and not tearing it down, good luck, anything can and probably will go wrong. I know for a fact that the 96 xp I bought in december had good compression but we tore it down anyway, and it was FULL of dirty nasty gritty oil and stuff, it wouldn't have lasted 20 minutes on the water, and it looked pretty good on the outside. Two weekends and a set of gaskets later i've been riding all summer without a hiccup.

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    Check the fuel lines. If they are grey, they will need to be replaced and the carb filters cleaned before you ride it.

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    You will know if the motor has been apart if there is no paint on the head bolts. The cleaner the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FAT BOY View Post
    You will know if the motor has been apart if there is no paint on the head bolts. The cleaner the better.
    ^ this

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