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Old 09-29-2009, 09:32 AM
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Default Mild 496 vs Stock 502 (what would you do)

If you had the choice of these 2 motors...what would YOU pick and why?

Option 1: built 496 (not too radical) with (I'm guessing) about 430-440 hp. The motor is beautiful, stainless lines, powdercoated covers, etc... Very attractive and would look great in this boat. I'm told it will probably need valve adjustments a couple times per year, and likely need more maintenance than a stock motor.

Option 2: Reman 502 (415 hp - bone stock). Nothing fancy...drop in a 502 and go. Change the oil once per season and be done with it.

Option 2 will probably save me a little $$, but I'm not sure if that really matters that much. I doubt it will be much $$ difference in price.

I'm torn. On one hand...the HP is not that much different between the 2, but on the other the 502 is "stock" and the 496 is not.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:48 AM
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The 502 has stronger internals and is a much better platform for when you get the need for speed. I've got a 502 and wouldn't even consider anything else.

By the way the 496 is dead and Merc is bringing back the 502 for 2010 (albeit with cats). It'll have 430hp.
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Easy choice. 502
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I'm guessing the 496 is a stroked 454?

Either way for the minimal hp difference i'd go 502.
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The new (reman) 502 in stock form is the way I've been leaning when I think logically/sensibly.

But then again...since when is owning one of these freaking boats EVER been considered a logical/sensible decision?
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Why would you want to adjust valves a couple of times a year? Not me, I'd rather be out playing. Boats are enough hassle when everything is working fine, go with the one that is less fuss. Not enough hp to make a difference anyway. 502...no brainer.
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