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    Default Best upgrade for Bravo 1 for big HP?

    So I am well on the road to some proper horse power with my 29 Scarab from the single engine twin turbo Mercruiser BBC 502 but in my pursuit I have very quickly overshot the capabilities of my Bravo One and need to make a plan to either rebuild the drive or replace it for something beefier. I have been trawling the forums trying to educate myself but many threads are old and suggested companies which no longer appear to exist and those that everyone raves about that cost $25k (based on the value of my boat) they are out for me.
    So now I am trying to find the balancing point between Power/Drive/Money
    At the minute I can limit the engine to 500 BHP (not really going to happen) and treat my Bravo One like a baby (I'd try). Or there seems to be an upgrade kit for the Bravo One using the XR gears so firstly where would that realistically bring me to power wise? and secondly where do I get the best bang for my buck? and more importantly would that hold 650 bhp? The fact that the horsepower is only a pound or two extra boost will make it only too easy for me to increase power so If I did want to run 750 or even 1000 bhp whats my best course of action from the point of value and also easy installation for the existing transom etc. Ultimately I feel a 75-80 mph boat is where I would be happy.

    Guidance from the knowledgeable greatly appreciated

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    Max machine converted my bravo 1 to accept Xr internals. Maybe give them a shout and see what they have to say. They're very knowledgable in what they do.


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    Thanks guys, having looked into both those options and others I think the way to go would be the Imco SCX upper and lower or SCX with SC lower so if anyone has a nice used one looking to turn into cash let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSL-Jay View Post
    Thanks guys, having looked into both those options and others I think the way to go would be the Imco SCX upper and lower or SCX with SC lower so if anyone has a nice used one looking to turn into cash let me know
    Why not give Mark @ Savage Marine a call he fixed me up with a built drive several years ago and it never failed me.928 680 6202
    Tell him Mike with the Scarab in Vegas told you to call. Mine went 89 gps with xr he built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26daytona View Post
    Why not give Mark @ Savage Marine a call he fixed me up with a built drive several years ago and it never failed me.928 680 6202
    Tell him Mike with the Scarab in Vegas told you to call. Mine went 89 gps with xr he built.

    Hey Mike, thanks for that... you should actually have a PM from me re your prop for sale, did you get it?

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