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Old 11-21-2002, 11:21 AM
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Question # of hours out of HP500EFI's before they need rebuilds?

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What is the consensous on how many hours before they need a major or minor rebuild? I know alot depends on how well maintained they are and how they are/were driven, but I just trying to get real life experiences. I have a 1999 HP500 with 120 hours, and it is running like a champ!
Possibly looking a boat with 2000 HP500EFI's with 160 Hrs?
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I didn't know MANATEES came with twins? Whats up Mean Dean?
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Shane,
Very Funny!! So you had a great time sledding I see! I do miss snowmobiling, then coming inside and warming up by the fireplace! Maybe one of these winters....
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You should get 400 hrs out of the motor if you treat it right before a rebuild is needed.
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I've got 300 hours on my 1999 EFI's with ZERO problems.
Still run the same as they did when new, but consume a bit more oil (Mobil 1), but no smoke or soot (unless I stupidly run 93 octane).
Did have a leak in one CMI header, and all 4 of the Silent Choices had to be rebuilt. Oh, and new water pumps (after some time sucking up the bottom of Sarasota Bay).
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I am right at 170hrs on 2001 efi 500. replaced one thermastat. Fires always. runs and idles great.

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Thanks for the replies. Let hear some more!
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Dean,

I had about 240 hours on my 500 EFI's when I added the Whipples. Then put on about another 100 hours before I blew a head gasket on one engine. At that point I did a compression and leak down test and they were still within tolerance. Sold the long blocks less Blowers to 2 guys (OSO members) and I understand they are running fine with over 500 total hours.

So, I can comfortably tell you that 500 hours with proper maintenance isn't a problem. However, the CMI exhaust were in close to failure mode when I pulled the engines. If you've got two years or more on your CMI's (salt water use) it might behoove you to send them to CMI to have them checked out.

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I got just over 500 hours on my motor before I saw a significant loss of compression on one cylinder. The motor had broken valve springs, piston rings, and a bent intake valve. Other than wear, everything else looked good.

Dean-did you have the valve springs replaced already? If not, you're almost due for them.
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A buddy of mine has twin 502s and has close to 600 hrs on them. He did regular maint. and has only replaced the risers. They're on a '99 Baja 38 Special. After putting on the stainless risers, he took a trip over to the Bahamas last month and they ran like champs.
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