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    115 Optimax Pro XS vs 115 or 125 Optimax?

    What is the difference between the Optimax and the Pro XS, I searched for it and seemed to get conflicting answers. Also how would the 2 115's compared to each other? And would the 125 be a better choice over the 115 Pro XS or standard Optimax? Thank you in advance.

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    The Pro XS is a more refined motor and generally has more prop shaft HP than a standard Opti in the same hp class. If I were you, I'd get the 115 Pro XS, it will outperform either of the other two.
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    All 3 motors are very similar just the pro xs has more porting and head work and more calibrated for performance giving it about a 1-2 mph edge over the standard 115 opti. The pro xs makes around 123 propshaft hp although i believe the 125 has a torque edge over both and makes just over 130 hp. What boat are you planning on hanging the motor on? Either way any of the 3 will be great running motor. I have the standard 115 and its a screamer. Only reason didnt get the pro xs was because im in CA.
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    Was thinking about getting a Bass Cat Margay, and was seeing which of these would be a better fit. I know they can go to a 150 but I've had 2 different dealers tell me there is no point and don't go with the 150. They both said a 115 one said at most a 125. Besides I save a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostone View Post
    Was thinking about getting a Bass Cat Margay, and was seeing which of these would be a better fit. I know they can go to a 150 but I've had 2 different dealers tell me there is no point and don't go with the 150. They both said a 115 one said at most a 125. Besides I save a little.
    Wonder why they would tell you no point in going with a 150? If speed is important the. Their is a big point in why you should. Big difference in top speed and overall performance from a 1.5l opti to a 2.5l v6 opti. I mean night and day difference. If you can afford to get the 150 that would be my choice that boat will flat haul with a 150 pro xs on it. The margay is a nice little rig. If your set on a 115 hp range then the pro xs will be the best performer in that application IMO.
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    I honestly think if you do not go 150 you will always wonder how much more the hull was capable of.

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    I know I would always wonder. But then again im a speed demon anyways. A 150 on a 17.5 footer would flat out scoot.
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    I'm also interested in a 115 Opti. Right now I have a Merc 90 ELPTO, do you guys think it would be worthwhile in going to a 115? There's nothing at all wrong with my motor Id just like to have a little more power. What does the 115 Opti weigh? My motor weight now is 305, didn't know if there was much difference.

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    Do the 115hp Pro XS have Low water pickups?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reel2rifle View Post
    Do the 115hp Pro XS have Low water pickups?
    No its is the same gearcase as the standard 115 opti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylewhitmer83 View Post
    I'm also interested in a 115 Opti. Right now I have a Merc 90 ELPTO, do you guys think it would be worthwhile in going to a 115? There's nothing at all wrong with my motor Id just like to have a little more power. What does the 115 Opti weigh? My motor weight now is 305, didn't know if there was much difference.
    The 1.5L opti is 375 pounds. No question the 115 opti will outperform the 90 carb motor by ALOT. These optis make alot of power. I have a 115 opti on my tracker and I love it. Super quick and efficient little motor. Fuel economy is unbelievably good and very stingy on oil.
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    I would definitely recommend powering the boat with the maximum (allowable) horsepower. MUCH lest costly to add the horsepower at time of original purchase (as compared to financing the 25hp itch later).


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