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Old 12-14-2014, 02:33 PM
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1992 Mercury XRI

I'm looking at buying a Barefoot 200 with a 1992 Mercury XRI (450 hours). I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with this engine and what are the pros/cons...anything in particular I should be looking for.

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Old 12-14-2014, 03:04 PM
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Typically strong engines that run at 6,000+ RPMs. Not positive about the 1992, but one area of concern is the powerhead on the older outboards. I have a friend with a 1996 200 hp Mercury on his Flightcraft and his powerhead died a few years ago, paid a few $thousand to replace it, and it died again just out of warranty. He finally replaced the entire engine with one from one of the show ski teams. $12,500 is a little high for a 1992, but you will pay a premium for a solid, rare, barefoot boat.

I see that it has a 21 pitch high-five. I believe 19 pitch is more common, but the high-five prop is definitely the way to go.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:50 PM
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I have a 1991 200 XRi on my ProStar200 and as kyfooter responded a strong motor. Easy starts with the EFI. I've had a voltage Regulator and a Switchbox go bad in the 3 years I've owned the boat but they were original to the motor. Definitely recommend a compression check to assure all 6 cylinders are within spec. Verify if the oil injection is still in place or if it has been removed and the fuel has to be pre-mixed if you do buy it. Unless recently changed the fuel lines will likely need replacement. The 10% ethanol eats the insides of the older non-ethanol certified fuel lines.

You should be in good position to negotiate the price given the time of year.
Mike B

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Old 12-14-2014, 05:10 PM
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Great motors overall . Pretty common for the oil injection to be removed if it has been used on a high performance hull like a tunnel or fast bass boat . The only problems I personally have had with them is on two tunnel hulls running them at the surface . They have whats refered to as a pin diddler drive shaft and the top where it enters the power head is prone to breaking . In your application shouldn't be an issue
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:58 PM
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Take a look at the knowledge base on www.screamandfly.com as there are a bunch of hardcore O/B guys on there.
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