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Old 03-25-2019, 07:31 PM
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Bought a Baja 29 outlaw as my first boat, and Iíve taken it out today for the first time and man am I excited for summer. It has the 496 Mag, which I have a question about. It has about 145 hours on the motor and while itís really fast I bought this thing for the long run and instead of buying a whole new boat, id like to buy some giddy-up parts for the existing motor. Is it okay to do that? Iím very familiar with car engines but not marine.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:35 PM
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easiest bump would be cam and whipple tune.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:55 PM
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Will it be an issue with the amount of hours on the motor?
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:02 PM
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Just my opinion, but I donít think 145 hrs is anything to worry about unles itís been run full stick all the time, which isnít likely.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:13 PM
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Congrats. Summer can't come soon enough for you I bet!!
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:25 PM
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Welcome to the hot boat club. I have been hooked for 41 years.
what I am going to suggest is from experience.
Build a 540 or larger cube engine and put that into your boat and sell the stock low hour engine that is in there now.
You are going to spend a LOT of money to gain maybe 5 MPH.
Whereas IF you build a 540 for about 700 tp 750 HP and install the right lower on your outdrive for proper prop shaft height you could gain upwards of 10 or more MPH.
Being a 29 Ft. single engine boat you are underpowered to begin with IF you intend to go fast.
I am no expert on the 496 but I don't believe you will be able to create enough HP to make the boat go fast without the potential of bottom end damage. (I never built a 496)
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Drive it and enjoy what you have or ditto what tinkerer said for sure
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:46 PM
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Run the boat a few more times and make sure it performs up to spec for the engine thats in it. You can upgrade your 496 Mag to a 496 Mag H.O. pretty easily, this would get you 50hp. If thats not enough then do as Tinkerer said about building a N/A 502 based drop in engine. You will also need high performance exhaust, drive upgrade, new prop and external steering if going for the N/A engine build.
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Congrats! Welcome to “the hole in the water in which we throw money” club!
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Enjoy the reliability of the 496. Go boating for the season. No reason to upgrade, make sure you have enough time to use the boat and to justify the project and $ it will take to upgrade.. Take out is probably your best bet, but it will be a project, it will cost a bunch and it always takes a bit to get things just right.
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