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Old 05-18-2012, 09:32 AM
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I had the 420/TRS setup for 20 years and loved it. Parts were never a problem because I never needed any. I know the normal gaskets and seals are readily available. They are pretty much bullet-proof and shift nice and smooth. I still can't get used to the clah-clunk of the Bravos when they shift.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:20 AM
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I would go with a 454mag/365 boat.

The 420 loses more power through the tranny and TRS and you really do not gain the 55hp difference any way. The 454 mag is upgradeable to 420hp iwth a cam, carb and exhaust.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:43 AM
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Love my 420 Trs setup ... 69.8 gps anytime. I prefer the TRS but I also like to be different. If I had to do it again I would find a newer stepped hull with xr's. The stock 420 manifolds must be replaced if they are the merc style. They WILL leak, I replaced with imco powerflows with trs specific tails. Some day I will add power so its nice to know that the trs will handle it. I believe the 420 trs setup was Offshore powerboat of the year in 88.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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Personally i would choose the TRS setup....you don't have clutch cones or any shifting mechanisms to worry about in the TRS cause they are in the trans...the TRS can handle more HP then the bravo when compared stock for stock....and hell if the TRS blows up just bolt on some Konrads and then you'd be bulletproof
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.and hell if the TRS blows up just bolt on some Konrads and then you'd be bulletproof
Then add the 420 blowers!!
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:34 PM
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Trs burns more fuel. Had both in a 35 cig.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:51 PM
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I'm a big fan of the trs's too. Smooth shifting, and they rarely break with modest hp.
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:06 AM
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Looked at the trs/420 boat last night. I have to admit, the trs engine compartment vs the bravo simply looks tough. Bigger tails, etc.

I must say, the '87 311 compared to my '88 27/29 fever makes the fountain look like a toy.

If anyone knows of decent boats in the area I'm 5 min from Oneida lake today (sat)
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by prostock85 View Post
Looked at the trs/420 boat last night. I have to admit, the trs engine compartment vs the bravo simply looks tough. Bigger tails, etc.

I must say, the '87 311 compared to my '88 27/29 fever makes the fountain look like a toy.

If anyone knows of decent boats in the area I'm 5 min from Oneida lake today (sat)
Theres. 311 on syr craigslist i assume u looked at the yellow 311 theres also a palm beach edition 311 on craigslist and he needs it gone
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:05 AM
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I ended up with a best of both, 415/bravo combo.
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