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    Yamaha artisan Cutlass's Avatar
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    How much would you pay for a not running GP1200?

    I'm gonna go take a look at a '98 GP1200 this week that doesn't run right (or maybe not at all). The owner thinks it seized a piston. How much would you pay for '98 GP1200 that needs work WITHOUT a trailer? I'm assuming everything else on the machine will check out ok visually.


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    I just bought a 97GP1200 with a trailer for $500.00. Check this out. Found the following on it:
    -LOCKED UP MOTOR (I knew this obviously goin in)
    -SOLAS Xi prop
    -R&D AquaVein Intake grate
    -protec FA's
    -protec extended nozzle
    -pump rebuilt year before
    -trim tabs replaced with aluminum
    I WOULD'VE GIVEN $500 for it regardless but what a find!!
    I sold the trailer for $150 - $350 now invested. Gonna have Rich (WFO) build me an Engine

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    Not a whole lot, unless the cosmetics are in excellent shape..projects like this can quickly turn into the PWC version of the oak island treasure hunt.

    what's oak island you say?..gts....fascinating story..which can be applied to lots of life lessons.

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    I know how these things can go for sure. People just don't take care of stuff and it could end up being a huge mess. I don't even wanna say how much I dropped into my '97 GP1200...stuff adds up FAST.
    I bet if I could get it for $500 or less and all it needs is a top end, I could flip it for a profit. As long as it doesn't need a crank, cases, a sleeve or cylinder block, carbs (if they aren't rebuildable for some reason), a pump, or a hull.....

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    Ill chime in,
    I purshased a 97 in excellent cosmetic shape, then I tell u this beleive me I saw a few 2005 that where in worst conditions than this 97, anyway same thing as you it did not turn on so I got it just how the ski looked and trailer I said worst case I sell it and come out even...
    Took it to the mechanic , after a new battery, Starter relay and some screws machine was up and running after 4 years without being used... now I can easily make $1500 profit on this machine but have no intentions to seel it at this time... so with these things you just never know

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    Good point. All I can do is judge it by how it looks...thats it. I can't ride it. I might not even be able to hear it crank or run. We'll see when I get there I guess. This advise is great guys. It's helping me from getting too excited and buying into a money pit. I need to be able to walk away if the deal isn't right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ars2xltraider View Post
    Gonna have Rich (WFO) build me an Engine
    Build you're own. These are the most simple motors on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubspeed View Post
    Build you're own. These are the most simple motors on the planet.
    I dont think he meant assemble the motor, he meant build a motor.

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    I would try to score it for under $400 considering there's no trailer and all your basically stuck with a pump and hull if it becomes too costly.on the lighter side since you have a 97 already,you could use the hull and true it up and paint it up basically restore to a new condition and swap all the 97 stuff into it

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    I like to look it from a parts perspective. Worst case IMO, I see this:
    Seat - $100
    Gauge cluster - $125 (low side)
    Mirrors - $20/ea
    Pump - $150
    Grate - $50
    Plate - $50
    Etc etc etc etc

    And that's just if it's all stock components. Not to mention engine components and CDI
    You can't lose!! Go for it

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