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    Going from a 00'GP1200r to a 08'GP1300r... What are the differences?

    I hope in 8 years of R and D that Yamaha finally got it right. I blew the 3rd cylinder in my 2000 GPR and until I fix it, I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a 2008 GPR. From my research, Yamaha fixed some problems like the oil tubes from falling off, fuel injected instead of carbs, etc... Did they fix the fuel flapper? Cavitation problems or do they still need a pump seal kit? Does the cat still break apart in the exhaust? I'm just trying to justify buying another GPR so I don't get all of the same issues as my 2000... Please advise.


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    The price and colors and efi

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    What about the power valves? Did they do away with them or do they have Yamaha's version of wave eaters?

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    No power valves in the late 1300s.

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    Seat widths the same? Catalytic converter still breaks up and blocks exhaust?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post
    Seat widths the same? Catalytic converter still breaks up and blocks exhaust?
    After reading you posts and complaints, why don't you just go 4 stroke (Yamaha or Kawasaki)? While I can't speak for the Yamaha's, consider a Kawi STX-15F, mine has been rock solid after 5-1/2 seasons. I bought this to supplement a 97 GP1200 which is still apart on my work bench after 2 years.

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    I'm trying to keep my expectations in check plus I'm going to be more proactive with some preventative mods. In the later years of my 2000 GPR, it got easier to just gas and go each season so my maintenance slacked off. I also have 2 young teenage boys so I want a pair of skis that can handle the novice drivers without forking out big bucks. I love my GPR, just didn't love the blown 3rd cylinder...

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    Perhaps a better way of handling this is to take your three cylinders, head, and powervalaves and send them off to have them reworked to turn them into a 1300. Lowel Horning, Tim Judge, West Coast Performance are all excellent builders. You can also get a mild port to really wake it up. Rejet the carbs, and you are good to go. I had this done to a 2000 of mine and never looked back. Bottom to top, it just runs better.

    It is much cheaper than buying an 08, and all of the issues that you described have already been delt with in your boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuffBakerGA View Post
    I hope in 8 years of R and D that Yamaha finally got it right. I blew the 3rd cylinder in my 2000 GPR and until I fix it, I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a 2008 GPR. From my research, Yamaha fixed some problems like the oil tubes from falling off, fuel injected instead of carbs, etc... Did they fix the fuel flapper? Cavitation problems or do they still need a pump seal kit? Does the cat still break apart in the exhaust? I'm just trying to justify buying another GPR so I don't get all of the same issues as my 2000... Please advise.
    why not jump into a 4 stroke instead of blowing more money on a 2 stroke?

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    My plan is to pick up a 35 hour 2008 GP1300r under $6k (because I'm familiar with it and it's potential problems) so the family can still ride for the rest of the summer while I rebuild/ship off/replace the engine in the 2000 GP1200r. Then next Spring, I'll have a pair of GPRs and my 2 teenage boys can tear it up...

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