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    Thumbs up Opinions, 97' XP 800 or 96" XP 800!! Want to hear what you guys think I should get!

    So I've finally narrowed it down to a 97' XP or a 96' XP, but want to hear what you guys think about them for the fellas who have them or have ridden them. Is it a good ski to have? which one is better? I dont race, but ride casually around the lake.

    When I was young (6-9 years old) my father and uncle bought brand new seadoo's, a 1995 GTX, and a 1996 GSX, we still have them but now they have over 300 hours on them each (amazing eh?) and they have just become something out of the ordinary (old, brittle, un-reliable).

    I've come a cross a 97' XP 800 with a single trailer, I was going to water test it and do all the checks before purchasing it.
    Mainly the reason im here and starting this thread is to hear what people who have the ski have to say about it, what they like, what they hate?

    It's either a 97' XP 800, or a 96' XP 800!! What do you guys think?

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    The price difference is $0


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    As the former owner of a 97 and owning a 96 now, Personaly I would choose the 96. The 97 is a nice looking craft but is better build for the heavier 951 engine. The center of gravity with the 785 is different and you can feel and notice it. The '96 has an x-4 hull wich is in my opinion the best hull that sea doo ever made. It's a fun hull, very playfull and it turns on a dime. Also I find the '96 easier to mount after a spill than the 97 due that the '97 seat is longer and higher. I would go for the '96.

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    I agree. It depends what you are looking to do with it. The 96 jumps better. The 97 rides real nice. I have owned them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diamondwatercraft View Post
    I agree. It depends what you are looking to do with it. The 96 jumps better. The 97 rides real nice. I have owned them both.
    Diamond, did you really found the 97 to ride nice? I had mine for about 6 months I got rid of it. I found it a little too heavy for the 785 engine. When you ride a 951 it a complet different handling boat. Tes the x4 hull can sometimes be a little twitchy, but I love the X4 hull better then the 97 hull. At least with the 785 engine in it.

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    I've own them both and the fun factor on and X4 is a 10. Love it. My 97 xp gets no use and just collect dust in the back yard. I find it hard to take the 97 to the lake when I have a 99 with the bigger 951.

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    The X4 with some mods is like a shifter kart on the water

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    Both skis are great. I had a 96 xp and it was fun, but gotta say I preferred the 97xp. With some small mods to it, it can be a fun ski to ride. Its a bit top heavy at first, but you get use to it.
    You should ride both of them and see which one you feel more comfortable on. Although I agree with the 951 it is much better.
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    The 97 is a POS. Its way too underpowered. Period. It handles like a turd with pontoons. Even with all the affordable mods you could do to perk it up is still a slow turd that wastes more gas. You put a 951 in the same hull(98 and newer) and ride it blindfolded would swear there is no way it could be the same ski. I also hate the harsh ride of an X4 hull, but would take it in a heartbeat over a 97.

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    I did find the ride nice on the 97. My 03 is really heavy in the front (with good reason) compared to the 97. I am all about light weight and more hp. I just love that XP hull with the spring seat. Just my $.02. I agree about the 96. It is a blast! Especially when you warm it up a bit. Comes out of the water just by hitting the throttle.

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    96 is far far easier to service. that would be my pick

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