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    Thinking og buying 97 xp need advice

    Hey guys,
    thinking of buying a 97 xp. Excellent shape, but motor seized, price 800.00. Being a Polaris guy, have 3 Pro 785's. no nothing about seadoo's. Is price about right ? Fun ski to ride ? Looking for something to rec ride as my 785's are race boats. Any suggested mods ?


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    It's a fun ski to ride. A bit heavy hull for a 800 engine. Only had the 800 in it for one year. Rest of the time it included a 951 engine. It then comes alive. Comparing it to your 785, I dont think you would be too happy. However, seadoo's engine is reliable and many mods are available. Just my .02 cents. Price varies with location. I I wouldn't pay $800 here on the gulf coast. Depending on what is wrong with it, you could have $300 to $900 in repairs. Not sure where you are.

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    i wouldn't pay $800 for one with a bad motor. i just sold one with a good motor for $1000 and it ran 100%. i agree with Mighty Mouse, the hull is a little heavy for that motor. "the 951 motor wasn't ready when the hull was introduced in 97" but the heavy weight only effects the out of the hole performance, the top speed was faster than the 96 model with a lighter hull. i had both. if you like cruising slow and/or like to take a passenger with you than that ski is not for you. that hull handles like no other hull i ever had, at speed it is one of the "if not the most" best handling hulls out there. but be ready when you slow down to 5mph or less with a passenger or just ruff water or it will try to roll over. the only mod i made was a sd-sc-xo solas impeller which i believe is 17-23 pitch. this did give the same acceleration but a higher top speed. it ran between 56 and 59mph.

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    Thanks the info. After seeing it and the price now 500.00 had to buy it. Pulled the jet pump and yes, motor is locked, but for the shape ( mint ), and price think I got a good deal.

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