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    I just bought this 89 eliminator Jet. Never owned one before. it has a 454 Hardin motor and a Berkeley jet mounted outside of the boat. I wondering what the name of this model is and what the performance potential is?
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    Looks like a river cruiser to me...

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    As I recall mine was called an Eliminator Sport cruiser , Very Nice boat congratulations !

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    Good perf hull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    As I recall mine was called an Eliminator Sport cruiser , Very Nice boat congratulations !
    That sounds right to me also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepowerjunkie View Post
    Good perf hull?
    The definition of performance varies greatly. This is a performance boat site and you will find everything from 200+ MPH fuel boats to 12ft mini boats running jet ski engines. What is your definition of performance?

    If its a 50 to 70 MPH family fun boat that can handle the lakes with some chop, pull the tubers/skiers/wakeboard; then yes it will perform quite nicely. If its to run 7 second quarter miles or 100 MPH plus sprints; I'm afraid you will be disappointed. Anything is possible though. All it takes is lots of money, horsepower, work, and more money!
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    Wow, very nice purchase there for your first jet boat. What kind of performance did you have in mind for it? In earlier years they called it a "super sport" cruiser. Not sure if they changed the name in later year models or not but they did move the dash forward giving more cockpit room. My '78' model the cockpit is only 9' long inside, it gets real snug with a rear bench seat style interior arrangement. Your boat will perform very well in most all applications. Busby here on the boards has a very nice one that is said to run well into the mid 80 mph. range with about 700 hp. It appears yours has a set back pump in it (the hand hole cover is outside the transom). If it was done correctly you should be able to put a substantial amount of power to it and obtain very good results. How does the boat perform currently? Does it porpoise (bow bounces) any or does it take a nice stable set and cruise/run out nice and smooth/steady? It sure appears to have been well maintained, looks like you scored.
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    Eliminator called that hull a 20 1/2 Eliminator Mohave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetjunky View Post
    Wow, very nice purchase there for your first jet boat. What kind of performance did you have in mind for it? In earlier years they called it a "super sport" cruiser. Not sure if they changed the name in later year models or not but they did move the dash forward giving more cockpit room. My '78' model the cockpit is only 9' long inside, it gets real snug with a rear bench seat style interior arrangement. Your boat will perform very well in most all applications. Busby here on the boards has a very nice one that is said to run well into the mid 80 mph. range with about 700 hp. It appears yours has a set back pump in it (the hand hole cover is outside the transom). If it was done correctly you should be able to put a substantial amount of power to it and obtain very good results. How does the boat perform currently? Does it porpoise (bow bounces) any or does it take a nice stable set and cruise/run out nice and smooth/steady? It sure appears to have been well maintained, looks like you scored.
    Thanks. I thought it was so nice I didnt want to pass it up. Not really looking for a boat at the time. It is tight inside. It does have the set back pump too. Iam glad the hull is at least one that responds to power well. Mid 80s would be awesome. the guy I bought it from said he GPS'd it at 71. Ive had lots of prop boats, very fast ones at that, and that seems high to me. it ran low 60's with both of us in it but I didnt wring it out. I was a little dissapointed with the midrange punch. the whole experience felt kinda mushy like, unlike the prop boats. Im not sure what kind of 454 is in there. rectangle or oval port, cast pistons and or crank. Was thinking about: A. more inches or B. like a 250 shot. Do lots of fellas run nitrous?

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    I'm going with 20' Sport Cruiser. I had a 1978 model.
    Mohave was a 21 and had a taller deck
    Hallett called there 20' a Super Sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 76 Bonneville View Post
    I'm going with 20' Sport Cruiser. I had a 1978 model.
    Mohave was a 21 and had a taller deck
    Hallett called there 20' a Super Sport.
    I love that van!

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    Remove the rudder and have MPD detail the impeller. Would probably be a good start
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    im sure the rudder is easy. what needs to be done to get the impeller out? What would one expect to gain with the detail job? I love this stuff.
    how much power does it take to gain 10 mph? About like? I know in an I/O I needed 100 hp to get ten

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