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wakecumberland
05-19-2011, 12:37 PM
I am looking at an 03 X2 powered by the Indmar Predator TBI 310HP. Are there any issues or problems I should be aware of before taking the plunge? Propped correctly, will it still give me all I need for the weighted 205V hull?

CardenFam
05-19-2011, 01:21 PM
Not sure about the 205V but I had the 310 in my 02 197 and it did great. Sure you can always use more power, but I was very happy with the fuel economy as well as the speed. I never had any mechanical issues with it either. I bought it with 250 hrs and sold it to a friend with 350 hrs and don't expect them to have any issues.

mccobmd
05-19-2011, 02:43 PM
I have the x1 with the RTP 310hp. It will do all you want. Even with 2000lbs ballast and standard prop it is as fast as I need it to be. More power is overkill for this hull unless you want to barefoot and need the top end in which case that may not be the boat for you.

J NORRIS
05-19-2011, 03:47 PM
I have the Predator Motor in a 2001 PS209, 1:1 tranny, and it does great. It has plenty of power. I did have a loss of power last year and was wondering ***. Turned out to be the fuel pump. Still running like the first day I took her out. Solid motor.

davidstan
05-19-2011, 05:57 PM
Had this motor on my 99 maristar 210 and was bullet proof. Excellent power/reliablility but have no experience with it weighted.

wheelerd
05-20-2011, 03:26 AM
Powers my 01 X5. Plenty of power for deepwater slalom starts -- will pull your arms out if the driver hammers it. Top end in the mid 40's with 1:1 tranny and stock prop.

It's based on the best selling and most reliable engine in history -- the Chevy small block. Any problems are usually owner-related.

Thrall
05-20-2011, 11:24 AM
Assuming your old boat had a MCX (one of my favorite X2's btw, very clean look) the Predator is the same engine without the fancy intake and port injection.
Torque curves are essentially identical to the MCX, Predator may have a touch more torque down low rpms iirc. It only gives up a few hp on top end to the MCX.

beef
05-20-2011, 12:36 PM
Got almost 1200 skiing hours on mine and it still runs virtually like it was just broken in. Mostly course skiing, but have pulled barefooters, weighted for boarding, and many other toys. Never had a problem, just change the oil and drive it.

wakecumberland
05-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Thanks everyone! Looks like I have a deal and I'm going to pick it up on the 31st!

Thrall, thanks for the compliment! I really miss that boat and regret selling it. You are right I had the MCX in that boat. Good to know that this is just as dependable.

sully
05-20-2011, 08:07 PM
Had this motor on my 99 maristar 210 and was bullet proof. Excellent power/reliablility but have no experience with it weighted.

So we had the same boat and engine combo and it was bullet proof.

JimN
05-20-2011, 09:25 PM
I am looking at an 03 X2 powered by the Indmar Predator TBI 310HP. Are there any issues or problems I should be aware of before taking the plunge? Propped correctly, will it still give me all I need for the weighted 205V hull?

Since you're going to run it with more load than a slalom boat, the TBI is a good choice because it has a bump in the low-end of the torque curve and that's where you'll usually have the throttle. It does fine at higher speeds but it's not made to go really fast. Great motor and it was used in millions of GM trucks, too.