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    2000 GP 1200R pro or con?

    Hello everyone,
    I have a buyer for my 2002 Polaris TXI 1200 ski's and I'm looking at a couple of 2000 GP 1200R ski's to replace them. You may ask why I'm selling my 2002 for 2000 models however I feel Yamaha is a better machine and Polaris parts are getting hard to come by. Are the GP 1200R a reliable machine and what are the pros and cons of this ski? Thanks for your input.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wipeout View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I have a buyer for my 2002 Polaris TXI 1200 ski's and I'm looking at a couple of 2000 GP 1200R ski's to replace them. You may ask why I'm selling my 2002 for 2000 models however I feel Yamaha is a better machine and Polaris parts are getting hard to come by. Are the GP 1200R a reliable machine and what are the pros and cons of this ski? Thanks for your input.
    I've been running a Y2K GP1200R PV for several years. On my second rebuilt engine. If you do choose the GP1200R, do the following first:

    1. Pull the plugs and look for a lean condition on the rear jug (or any jug)
    2. Look for abnormalities (leaks) around the rear crank seal.
    3 Look for oil in the bilge (or a dirty bilge that has been cleaned up)
    4. Ask about mods (RIVA Stage-1 or 2)
    5. Ask if engine is original or has it been replaced.
    6. Turn the crank and listen for any grinding sounds.
    7. Dry start it & run for 1 minute & listen.
    8. Run it in the water. WOT & listen.
    9. Check the pissers for output.
    10. Check for broken engine mounts.

    After you buy it (if so). Be ready to replace or rebuild the engine eventually. Rear cylinder has known burn-out issues. Eliminate the
    oil pump and go with a pre-mix (around 35:1), rebuild carbs and replace reeds. Keep a close eye on the condition of the plugs. Keep the
    intermediate shaft bearings well greased. Stay out of the sand!

    It's an easy machine to work on. SBT.com has good parts & service.

    Pros: Easy to work on.
    FAST!
    Easy to upgrade/mod.
    Great wake jumper

    Cons: 2-stroke (EPA doesn't like us)
    2-seater (no towing anything)
    problem with rear cylinder burn-out (IMHO)
    there are faster skis out there

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    One more "Before u buy" check.

    Do an "informal" compression check by pulling the plugs. Put you thumb over a plug hole and crank the engine. There should be enough pressure
    inside the cylinder to force your thumb off.

    One more con: Yes, the are easy to work on...only AFTER you remove the massive exhaust system which takes time, patience...and a blood sacrafice.

    If I had the money, I would go for a newer 4-stroke, unless you're into building a 2-stroke monster then you've got the right platform.

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    I would just invest in a compression gauge and test the cylinders beore you buy,I'd also throw a set of wave eater clips in there and convert to premix.a pump plug kit is also another must have mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvercrxsir View Post
    I would just invest in a compression gauge and test the cylinders beore you buy,I'd also throw a set of wave eater clips in there and convert to premix.a pump plug kit is also another must have mod.
    +1 and don't forget the D plate and chip get rid of the converter ASAP. It sounds like your on the wright track and you couldn't have chosen a more fun to ride 2 stroke ski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvercrxsir View Post
    I would just invest in a compression gauge and test the cylinders beore you buy,I'd also throw a set of wave eater clips in there and convert to premix.a pump plug kit is also another must have mod.
    One nice thing about SBT rebuilts is they include the PV Pin protector.

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    Thanks for the input.

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    Dont forget the pump tunnel reinforcement. Safety 1st.

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    as aswesome as the gp1200r are, they are not as reliable as they sound. they have a small tolerence to imperfections, tuning, carbs, fuel, etc. and to get them fully reliable it costs a bit. i would opt for a 4 stroke or go for an older gp1200 97-99.

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    [QUOTE=SMLaker;2020230]One more "Before u buy" check.

    One more con: Yes, the are easy to work on...only AFTER you remove the massive exhaust system which takes time, patience...and a blood sacrafice.

    Funny. I have a major oil leak some where. I'm talking a quart an hour. I pulled over a gallon of oil from the hull! So yesterday I had to remove all that to look at the oil pump. Both hands were bleeding by the time I was done...LMAO.

    P.S. What do I need to do to convert to premix?

    P.S.S Some cussing is required.

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