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Old 01-05-2009, 12:08 PM
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Was looking for info from some seasoned boaters who can give me the general hrs you can expect form Mercury's 525 efi before an overhaul. Well maintained of course
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Do the valvetrain around 200-250 hours,then rebuild the whole thing at 500-600.That is the way I would do it. I know others would not go that long and most will just run it till it blows. I run my stuff hard but I don't try to kill it. I have seen 500efi's go over 1000 hours with nothing but oil changes but I would never push them that long.
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The 525 is a great motor.
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Thanks...Just weighing my options...496 HO or 525 efi's in a 370ss.
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Thanks...Just weighing my options...496 HO or 525 efi's in a 370ss.
The 100 less hp feels like alot more, because it is, the 525 will have closer to 550 hp the 496 Mag Ho. has a lot less grunt in the midrange, I would go 525.
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Yea...100hp x 2 is alot... I kinda figured that... but I wasn't sure what the difference was as far as wear and tare. But you gotta pay if you wanna play!!!
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Do the valvetrain around 200-250 hours,then rebuild the whole thing at 500-600.That is the way I would do it. I know others would not go that long and most will just run it till it blows. I run my stuff hard but I don't try to kill it. I have seen 500efi's go over 1000 hours with nothing but oil changes but I would never push them that long.
This is exactly what I have been told. I have been doing ALOT of research on buying HP525's. That is Mercury Racing's opinion too. If you're interested I have a pair of 496HO's with 50 hours on them for sale. Not the same, but just to let you know. They're alot less money.
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Really depends on how it is treated. We have seen 500efi and Hp500 go 600-1000 hours before rebuild. However with any racing motor plan on replacing the springs about 250 hours, valves/springs 500 hours youget the idea.

So the 525efi is a better motor, so I would expect the same if not better.

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Well I'll be heading to the New Orleans Boat show this weekend so I'll get some input form the dealers and maybe the Merc guys will be there too so I can see what they have to say...but real world advice and experience is more important than a sales pitch to me...Thanks for all the info
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Well I'll be heading to the New Orleans Boat show this weekend so I'll get some input form the dealers and maybe the Merc guys will be there too so I can see what they have to say...but real world advice and experience is more important than a sales pitch to me...Thanks for all the info

496HO is the way to go, but you should buy the 400SS not the 370SS.....

and looky here I just happen to know where there is one for sale!!!!!

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...POWER-92784080

I repowered this past summer with 496HO's 425HP and the complete cockpit is at the uphostery shop as we speak getting redone....
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