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    I'D RATHER SWEAT THAN SHIVER hyoctane23's Avatar
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    A few Pro 785 questions...

    Hey there, I have a few questions regarding the Pro 785. I've spent an hour or so searching through threads but can't really find the info I want.

    What were the differences through the years as far as performance, handling, ect? I prefer the red/black models, but I'm not sure what year that is (the later of the two).

    I currently own a 96 SL780 and I love that thing, but I want to step up to a race boat for myself. I will keep the other for friends to ride, but I want a hotrod How is the maintence on the Pro? A lot of problems with them?

    I apprecaite any help!


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    the red &black skis came out in 99 if had one since 98 my wife has rode it since then ive rode an 01 pro 1200 there both for sale also there in so calif

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    I've now officially owned each model year of the Pro 785. Supposedly, the 97s were lighter and more fragile, but faster that the later models. I can't really tell much of a difference between the wieght and construction of my 97 and my 98.

    It could be the different set ups, but it is my opinion that the 97 and 98s that I have do not handle nearly as well as the 99 and 00 that I had. The 99 and 00 models just seemed more agressive and responsive.

    I think there were a few tweaks to the engines along the way, but I'll let the experts handle that part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer114 View Post
    I've now officially owned each model year of the Pro 785. Supposedly, the 97s were lighter and more fragile, but faster that the later models. I can't really tell much of a difference between the wieght and construction of my 97 and my 98.

    It could be the different set ups, but it is my opinion that the 97 and 98s that I have do not handle nearly as well as the 99 and 00 that I had. The 99 and 00 models just seemed more agressive and responsive.

    I think there were a few tweaks to the engines along the way, but I'll let the experts handle that part.
    i agree..i had a brand new 97 pro back in 97..and now i have a 99...and my 99 feels faster and more aggressive.....weird..who knows.

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    I wrote this a while ago, in response to a question about the 97's in comparison to older SL craft, not comparing different year Pros. Borderline amusing, but a fun read....

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    Wolf in sheep’s clothing... How else could you have described this craft in 1997 when, from outward appearances, it looked just like the bouncy fun 1996 and earlier SL line of watercraft with BNGs. I wonder how many XP owners got their proverbial "seats" handed to them by this Havasu Red, White and Black Monster?

    One ride and everything became clear. Just feel the "hit" when the pipe and power valves came on, and it was instant addiction. But it didn't stop at just the 785 Fuji engine and Factory Pipe exhaust system. The hull was super aggressive and was stuck to the water...quite the departure from the SL line as well.

    On the down side, quality control was at an all time low with this craft. Most came with the wrong bonding epoxy between the top and lower deck...and leaked like crazy. The 97 also had a SUPER thin hull, making it the lightest...and most fragile of the Pro785 line. The stock spray deflector did work...until it ripped off the boat. But you dare not race this craft without one. In one word...BLINDING. Surprisingly, some 97 pro785's came with the aluminum stator section, and some came with SST. Possibly this was another quality issue.

    One ride and none of the sloppy quality control really matters. This craft was a thinly veiled race craft. Since it's introduction was during the rise of the 1050/1200cc machines, this craft went mainly unnoticed by the muscle craft crowd. If you can, get a ride on one. Otherwise you’ve missed one of the classic muscle craft of our time.

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    I'D RATHER SWEAT THAN SHIVER hyoctane23's Avatar
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    Thanks for the responses! So it seems that either a 99 or 00 would be the best bet (I really like that model's design)? Is there really any difference between the 99 and 00?

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    The only difference between the 99 and 00 was graphics. The 00s were actually holdover 99s.

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