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Old 04-13-2010, 05:25 PM
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How much is EFI worth??

Hi,

I've struck out on trying to buy a few TriStars lately and now have decided to pay a bit more to get a ProStar 205 that's in better condition.

I'm looking at a few 205's in the 1992/93 range and a few more that are 1994/95. In general it looks like the 1994/95's are running about 3k more. I know starting in 1994 the boats came with EFI, but are there any other improvements?

If it just comes down to EFI, how much do you figure it's worth? All things being equal (boat condition, hours etc.).

Also would you take a 92/93 351 with PoweSlot over a 94/94 EFI without PowerSlot.

Thanks in advance for your input

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Old 04-13-2010, 05:31 PM
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Efi

I prefer EFI over carb'd anyday of the week. Easier to tune, easier to maintain etc.

My first boat was a 93 Prostar 205, no powerslot. My friend had the 93 PS190 with a slot. You could tell it had a bit more low end, but honestly we did not need it. These boats pull like a John Deer anyway.

When we shopped for our second boat the benchmark was EFI. I only looked at injected boats. So to me it was wrth the extra cash.

just my .02.

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Old 04-13-2010, 05:41 PM
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I had a 93 205 and now have a boat with multiport efi and gear reduction. Both are fantastic improvements. The horsepower rating (assuming the efi engine is not the LT-1) is about 10 hp lower for the tbi motor. If the carb'd 205 has the 4160, I'd say it's a little more tempting because the carb is reliable.

For what it's worth, once I had the 4160 on my 205, it started with just a touch of a key (April through October). It also pulled like crazy and had some nice bolt on power increases.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:42 PM
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I'm leaning towards EFI as well, thanks for the input!

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Old 04-13-2010, 05:44 PM
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Sorry east tx skier, I must have been posting my reply to GoFast when you were typing.

What is the 4160? Is that a replacement Holly Carb?

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Sorry east tx skier, I must have been posting my reply to GoFast when you were typing.

What is the 4160? Is that a replacement Holly Carb?

Dave
No, it it not a replacement, but the Holley model number for the Holleys used on most 351's 240 hp except the 351HO's which had a 4010 and the 4160 looks like this,
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:58 PM
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Everything I've read and everyone that has posted has said the 4160 is far superior in every aspect over the factory 4010s.

I don't have a 4160 and after the boat sits for couple hours I have to pump the gas to get it to fire and work the gas to keep it from dying for the first couple of minutes of cold usage.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:00 PM
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Hi,

I've struck out on trying to buy a few TriStars lately and now have decided to pay a bit more to get a ProStar 205 that's in better condition.

I'm looking at a few 205's in the 1992/93 range and a few more that are 1994/95. In general it looks like the 1994/95's are running about 3k more. I know starting in 1994 the boats came with EFI, but are there any other improvements?

If it just comes down to EFI, how much do you figure it's worth? All things being equal (boat condition, hours etc.).

Also would you take a 92/93 351 with PoweSlot over a 94/94 EFI without PowerSlot.

Thanks in advance for your input

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I own a 94 205. Frankly, my opinion. TBI not a big improvement over a decent carb. The LT-1 direct port,might be a different story.

92/93 had Ford 351 (5.8) HO engine. Chevy TBI was an option on 93. (They have about the same HP rating.) 94-95 205 was Chevy only. Both pretty basic engines, easy to maintain. LT-1 option 94-up, as few more quirks, about 20 more hp.

I have no experience, with powerslots.

Really, it would come down, to condition of boat. All boats have demons. (trade-0ffs)

One question, that comes to my mind. Is there a weight difference? (engine)
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:28 PM
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I had a 351 ford in a Tri Strr that was really cold blooded and could be tricky to start. Once it warmed up it was very smooth. I did play with the choke some but it began to be too much of a hassel very year messing with it. I'll take EFI any day. Turn the key and go. Not saying I wouldn't own a carb engine, just would prefer EFI and would pay extra for it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:56 PM
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EFI is great for sure. LT-1 engine really rips, very smooth, etc, etc.
Between a 351 with a 4160 carb and a 350 with TBI, same hrs and condition, I wouldn't give much more for the TBI engine. I would pay extra for a LT-1, however if problems do occur, the carbed engine is likely easier to diagnose and cheaper to fix than an EFI engine, so budgetary concerns if you're looking at higher hour boats, may be cheaper for you to get a carb.
PS, they both feel and sound the same from the rope handle!
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