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Old 12-11-2019, 08:39 AM
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Default 353/m w/Blue motors have drive issue with non-XRs?

Just curious if anyone has had many drive issues with Bravo 1, X, XZ drive behind their 353?

Upgrading the motors this winter to 500 efis, not sure if I need to goto XRs (don't like that they are 2-3 mph slower and maybe not anymore reliable).

Blew a drive on my stock 502s on an anchor line, so when I buy one an X upper or would need to buy 2 XRs.
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Many that I have discussed this with believe th X to be the better choice. The 1 inch lower shaft may also prevent upper failure in the event of a grounding or crab pot entanglement. My dealer talked me out of buying an XR even though he made less money. I don’t have a 353 unfortunately, so I can’t say how performance will change but I would be surprised if there was much difference.
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There are a pair of BravoX’s in the swap shop that just came up.
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Thx,

Saw the X's. Nice option for sure.

Have lines on fresh, freshwater XR's locally or XZ's out of state too.

I like the idea of the lower being the weak link, I just don't like weak links - lol


Thx for the input, trying to take it all in. Lots of good but different philosophies on how to go


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If you are talking stock 500 efi's or the like, any of the bravo drives are fine, providing you aren't a wild man at the helm.
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Originally Posted by snowrunner View Post
Thx,

Saw the X's. Nice option for sure.

Have lines on fresh, freshwater XR's locally or XZ's out of state too.

I like the idea of the lower being the weak link, I just don't like weak links - lol


Thx for the input, trying to take it all in. Lots of good but different philosophies on how to go
At that power level I would take the XZ's day and night over the XR's.
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Agree with bill930, I think you're way over thinking this, I'm running XR's with way more power than the 500's will produce.....tic tock tic tock........

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Going with XZ's. Wanted to thank everyone for the great input, I know over the years there has always been a great debate - glad its gotten simpler - LOL

BTW: What did 353's ship with prop-wise behind 500 efi's. Currently running Bravo 1 28's
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Originally Posted by snowrunner View Post
BTW: What did 353's ship with prop-wise behind 500 efi's. Currently running Bravo 1 28's
Eric, pretty sure with XZs they came with labbed 30 pitch from the factory. My 05 with XRs came with 26 pitch 5 blades, and I have since switched to standard 30 pitch bravos.

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Originally Posted by Wildman_grafix View Post
At that power level I would take the XZ's day and night over the XR's.
What he said. XZs are the best way for you to go.
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