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    MSX140 vs Pro785

    I have a good friend that is looking for a PWC. He likes my Polaris stuff, and the fact I have a lot of knowledge and spare parts.
    He drove 5 hours last week to go look at an 04 MSX140 for $2k but the compression was 90/111/125, and the lady had no titles for either the ski or the trailer. No fuel pressure either. She wouldn't budge on the price so he left empty handed.

    We also found a Pro785 that looks nice but isn't running (for unknown reasons right now).

    He is looking mostly for acceleration. I *think* the Pro785 would offer better accel VS the MSX.

    I know it's almost an apples to oranges comparison, but could someone offer some insight on a comparison between the two? I've never had an SL hull, or a Pro for that matter.

    He is giving his 08 VX110 to the wife, so he will be riding solo.


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    The 785 would be fun for sure. They do require more attention than a stock ski does. Keep in mind they are a little more money to rebuild than the other Polaris motors, and they do suck a fair amount of fuel. With a 10 gallon tank cruise range isnt the greatest. Great ski for sure, maybe not the best choice for an every day rec rider.

    The Pro 1200 is real similar in performance, without being high strung like the 785s are.

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    $800 a decent price for the 785 with a Triton 1 place trailer?
    (Unknown engine condition other than "not running")

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnityRacing View Post
    $800 a decent price for the 785 with a Triton 1 place trailer?
    (Unknown engine condition other than "not running")
    Can any evaluation of the engine be done? Does it turn over? Does it have spark? Can at least a compression test be done? Does any fuel in the tank smell rotten? $800.00 seems pretty decent but if it needs complete overhaul (crank, top end, possibly fuel system) could get resource-intensive quick.

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    He wants an Octane!!!!!

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    He needs to ride yours before even considering a standup

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    By the way, I thought I was the old friend you were searching for an MSX for

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    That 785 is a STEAL hell the trailer is worth 4-5 trust me I was gonna grab it up it real clean

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    What water do you guys ride mostly? 785 hull doesn't fair well on choppy water. MSX has that advantage.

    785 accel is WAYYYY better than MSX 140 in stock form.

    785 = 63 MPH

    MSX 140 58ish MPH, so not too bad on top speed


    MSX sips fuel and 785 guzzles. You can burn 10 gals in the pro in about 2 HRS. (no chit!!!)

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    My engine for the Octane is still at the builder... My Foot Rocket is operational and would blow away any of these sit downs with bottom end and mid range. Have plenty of friends here with super jets to try, though.
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    He needs to ride yours before even considering a standup

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