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Old 02-07-2016, 05:18 AM
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Thumbs up Buying a used X45 - any significant changes between year models to be aware of?

I am in the hunt for a used X45 - I was curious if there were any major/significant changes over the years to be aware of? I'm looking at boats with the 6.0 liter and the 8.1 liter motors as I think the MCV will be underpowered even though I'm at sea level.

I'm currently looking at a 2005 and have the following questions, but would like as much info as possible about the line as 2005 - 2010 are all within my price range:
  1. I saw where someone mentioned there was a change to the hull between 2005 and 2006 and that as a result the newer X45's throw a better wake - any truth to that?
  2. How's the 2005 tower compared to the later ZFt2 (late 2006 to 2010) etc?
  3. How'd the 8.1 perform with the rudder upgrade, did it fix any handling issues?

Thanks in advance for everyone's help! I look forward to joining the Mastercraft family soon!
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:55 AM
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I'm not positive, but I don't think there were any changes in the hull. Which 2005 tower? There were 2. The one used in '06 which was offered in '05 is rock solid from what I've heard.

I'd be looking for the 8.1 if possible.
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:12 AM
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No hull change in the 45's production history.

What rudder upgrade are you referring to, and what handling issues? I have an '08, and am not aware if any rudder upgrade. Handling is fine at speed, but marina maneuvering certainly takes an experienced touch.
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:17 AM
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I honestly think the 6.0 is a great motor for the 45. I run very heavy ballast for surfing, we don't wakeboard, and its never struggled at all. I actually propped it down and ended up coming back up to closer to stock. I can actually barefoot behind it. Scary as it takes time to get there, but it will. But obviously there is no replacement for displacement.
I have never heard about a change in hull, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Post a pic of the one your looking at and we could identify the tower and may help with evaluation.
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No hull change in the 45's production history.

What rudder upgrade are you referring to, and what handling issues? I have an '08, and am not aware if any rudder upgrade. Handling is fine at speed, but marina maneuvering certainly takes an experienced touch.
There was a change in rudder in '06 at MC. It makes a huge difference on some boats. My '05 197 had the '06 rudder upgrade when I bought it in '07. However I'm not sure if that change was throughout the entire lineup - I'm not sure what rudders the others came with. I've really only heard the upgrade discussed with the 190/197.
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There was a change in rudder in '06 at MC. It makes a huge difference on some boats. My '05 197 had the '06 rudder upgrade when I bought it in '07. However I'm not sure if that change was throughout the entire lineup - I'm not sure what rudders the others came with. I've really only heard the upgrade discussed with the 190/197.



I do remember they were shaving the rudders too on some boats, can't remember why..
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I do remember they were shaving the rudders too on some boats, can't remember why..
Let's not get that SH!T started again!!!
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What sh!t?
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Was it like the Amsoil debate...
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