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GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 12:53 PM

Opinions on 1989 bravo one
Looking at buying a 1989 bravo one came with 454/330 (7.4/v8 bravo on air cleaner) is there any problems with an early bravo?
Anything to be aware of or look out for? Pros/cons? All opinions welcome.
Thanks in advance

GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 02:26 PM

Ok let's re-word, are there any differences in bravo 1's as related to production dates?

BUP 10-13-2014 02:51 PM

If I recall the bullet shape was somewhat different and said not to be as hydrodynamically efficient as the newer style. It was reported the first 4 or 5 years of the Bravo's to market seemed to work better with a good nose cone added, if I recall correctly.

Also the older Bravo units seemed to hold up a lot better against higher hp engine apps than the current ones. The past 10 - 15 year old Bravo's surely have been weaker internally. Somewhere in that timeframe they just do not hold up as well as the older units.

GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 03:00 PM

Bup, thank you for sharing your knowledge, i am looking at acquiring a donner boat 1989 with 454/330 bravo 1.
I need to replace my 454/330 alpha. I know about the short commings of the engine, and did not want to get a drive that again will not hold up to power. My near term goal is to put about 500 hp in front of it. Again any info greatly appericiated.

phragle 10-13-2014 03:04 PM

The older bravos do not have the bilge mounted rive oil rez. either

GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 03:10 PM

I was told the oil line from the drive to inside of the boat has a leak (corroded-weathered) and the alarm will go off after a short time. Does this indicate a bilge mounted reservoir?

BUP 10-13-2014 04:55 PM

Are U sure this is a 1989 Bravo set with the Res and Alarm. I want to say that came into play around 1991 or 92.

GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 04:58 PM

Used boat owner has no real idea about boats, don't really know. How would i tell short of s/n?

GLENAMY 242SS 10-13-2014 05:01 PM

I looked on for 1989 bravo exploded parts diagram and they show the bravo for that year comes with either round or square rez??

BUP 10-13-2014 05:06 PM

I think it was for an add on kit for the balck production engines until 1991 it became standard equipment. As I said I do not think the alarm was there in 1989 but came around in 91 or 92.

Year - get the last 4 of the HIN of the hull and the serial # for engine and drive. Just in case something was changed out thru the years.

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