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Old 06-01-2007, 10:23 AM
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Sold lots of 525's. Never a failure in freshwater.Lots of failures in saltwater. Go figure,saltwater is the enemy,but you would expect good maintenance would help,apparently not with these headers
Freshwater = Flat

Saltwater= Rough

Anyone that has watched the beginning of the Freeze Frame video where the hatch comes off can see how much those headers flex as the boat pounds. It's really no wonder they fail like they do.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:53 AM
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I just lost another motor last week due to the header leaking! Where do you go for different exhaust? I know how CMI stays in business now!
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:13 PM
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Bernie Is Tony is on his fifth set or 3rd?
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:25 PM
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I just lost another motor last week due to the header leaking! Where do you go for different exhaust? I know how CMI stays in business now!
I think that GOODT has an extra set lying around. Give him a call!!!
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:25 PM
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This is kind of amazing. I'm an automobile dealer and if the products I sold failed like this I'd have a line of attorneys around the building to sue me and the manufacturers I represent. There is something called the Magnuson Moss Act and fitness for a particular purpose in the relm of warranty. I'm not an attorney and doubtless someone else on the board is and is more qualified to state an opinion but this is really kind of silly....or am I the only one that thinks so? God knows I'm not one to cry "LAWYER," but there is a time and place for everything.
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This is kind of amazing. I'm an automobile dealer and if the products I sold failed like this I'd have a line of attorneys around the building to sue me and the manufacturers I represent. There is something called the Magnuson Moss Act and fitness for a particular purpose in the relm of warranty. I'm not an attorney and doubtless someone else on the board is and is more qualified to state an opinion but this is really kind of silly....or am I the only one that thinks so? God knows I'm not one to cry "LAWYER," but there is a time and place for everything.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I am also the last person to cry "lawyer", but this issue makes you wonder.....
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:21 PM
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You took the words right out of my mouth. I am also the last person to cry "lawyer", but this issue makes you wonder.....
The problem is, we all buy these systems with NO warranty expressed or implied.... If you buy a new merc package and it happens to have the CMI's then you have a shot, otherwise we're up chits creek without a paddle...

But, what we can do is not buy these products anymore and force them to upgrade quality, along with a comperable warranty like one or two of the other manufacturers have...

It's funny, a while back someone with money said ; "With all the money we spend, go for the bling." But when it breaks the cash register goes "Ka-Ching!"
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I like the Stainless marine Gen III with 5 inch tail pipes. It was these or CMI Big Tubes and they had a higher failure rate.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:23 PM
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The noise gave it away. Pulled the plugs out and water came out the number seven cylinder.

So far, I need:
-1 rocker arm
-new rings, bearings, timing set
-1 valve,
-1 piston
-1 push rod

Hopefully no head damage. Got to love used boats!
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Word to the wise, Drain em down after every run. Also, pull your headers off at the end of every season. Have them pressure checked and heat the inside of the tubes with a torch if you have too....it makes the leaks come out more....

In the past 3 years I've had to fix leaks 2 times of which there were 1-2 leaks in 2 out of 4 headers.

It's a yearly ritual.....
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