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    2012 gti se 155 vs. 2012 gtx s 155

    I am currently in the market to purchase my first Ski . For my use I have narrowed it down to two skis. Either the Sea-Doo GTI SE 155 or the Sea-Doo GTX S 155, please no reference to yamies, kawies, hondas, or any other. I have literally just narrowed it down to only these two, with the exception of the GTX 155 if the suspension is proven as a negative investment. I like the N/A motor with better fuel efficiency. My main use is for just cruising around to local islands and spending the day at the beach, with the occasional tubing/wake boarding.

    Do any of you guys have any input on pros and cons for both skis. Color is not an issue to me. Below is what I can see from the get-go. But since I have never ridden either ski I can't directly compare.

    Pros

    GTI SE 155...............................................GTX S 155

    More storage space....................................Larger gas tank
    Lighter vessel weight..................................Suspension
    Less moving parts (No Suspension)................S3 Hull


    Cons

    GTI SE 155...............................................GTX S 155

    GTI Hull.............................................. ......Less storage space
    No Suspension........................................ ...More moving parts (suspension)
    Smaller Gas Tank.......................................Heavier vessel weight


    All in all, I guess my main comparative questions are:
    1. Is the S3 hull a dramatic difference vs the GTI hull?
    2. Is the suspension worth the extra $1,000 (GTX 155 vs. GTX S 155)?
    3. Does the lack of cargo space hinder anyone from a great day on the water?
    4. Is the suspension reliable - is it prone to breaks, is there known issues?
    Any help is greatly appreciated!


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    I would test drive them first, which might sway your decision right off the bat.

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    The suspension is a manual one and you can only adjust the preload....

    The GTX is a longer hull and will handle the rough better..

    But the GTX is heavier so the n/a 155 in the bigger boat may be a little sluggish compared to the GTI
    Last edited by Tiny; 08-13-2012 at 12:04 PM. Reason: more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by carguy89 View Post
    I would test drive them first, which might sway your decision right off the bat.
    Will most dealers let me test ride down to the model? A couple dealers that I have called were only letting me test out dealer skis that had the same hull, and I was only able to test out one ski on a given day.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    The suspension is a manual one and you can only adjust the preload....

    The GTX is a longer hull and will handle the rough better..

    But the GTX is heavier so the n/a 155 in the bigger boat may be a little sluggish compared to the GTI
    Is there a major noticeable difference between the actualy function of suspension in relation to S, iS, and aS though? I understand the GTX S 155 is preloaded and I will need to adjust it depending on the riding weight. But suspension vs. no suspension, is it worth the price?

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    If you plan on purchasing either one after the ride, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to. Suspension being worth the price is a matter of opinion, which is why I said to ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carguy89 View Post
    If you plan on purchasing either one after the ride, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to. Suspension being worth the price is a matter of opinion, which is why I said to ride it.
    I understand, but I guess my main point is that, even in a test ride, I don't have much to any experience with the Suspension system. I rode a RXT iS 260 the other day at a test drive, but I don't have a comparative advantage to other riders.

    I didn't get the chance to ride it in flat water, rough water, and other possible scenarios all on the same day to decide if it was worth it or not. Just had what was handed to me that day by mother nature in the short ten minutes I got.

    To that point I guess I need to rephrase my question then:

    For those that have suspension on their skis, is the suspension worth it in all condition that you have encountered? Are their any known issues/defect in regards to said suspension? When compared to non-suspension sea-doos with the same hull do you feel it is worth the investment you made?

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    VERY FEW dealers will allow test drives...It is an insurance nightmare!!!!

    That is why BRP does the demo rides.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    VERY FEW dealers will allow test drives...It is an insurance nightmare!!!!

    That is why BRP does the demo rides.....
    That is the unfortunate part.. and to make it worse I started really getting the itch to get a PWC the week after Sea-Doo demo rides was in town!

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    I haven't had issues with test rides at the dealer I went to, and I was 21 at the time.

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    The S3 hull is awesome. If you are cruising a lot that would be my recommendation.

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