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    Howdy!

    Been lurking around for a few days, seems like the place to be for hooking up with people.

    Just was given an 88 Eliminator Mojave from my Uncle, 454 mercruiser w/bravo 1...yea..I'm pretty stoked!

    It's been sitting in his garage for several years so I need to run through it real quick before a few shakedown runs, anyone have experience with one of these? Anything I should be aware of for the first gen bravo 1?

    How can I get myself a spec sheet for it? I am a mechanic, own my own shop but this will be my first boat, do they make repair manuals for boats?

    Edit: Ohh yea, I live in Santa Barbara btw ! Pyru still good for test runs? I've used it several times for friends boats, but have not been there in 5 years or so, my buddys, even with my help, have a hard time affordin a floating moneysink...haha

    I've tried to look up specs on the web, but not much out there on an 88 Elim Mojave.

    Anyhow, nice to be here, looking forward to meeting you guys when I get it dialed in!

    I'll send some pics when I bring her home, going to get it in 2 weeks! (unc is out of town)
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    Just a quick question....

    What do you think it will take to get to 80mph in it?

    I know the HP to speed conversions for hotrods...boats are something else entirely tho, anyone got a clue?

    For reference a friend has a 80 Spectra 24' and with his speed prop it will do 56 MPH on GPS with the 400HP 454 he has in it.

    I'm thinking 600hp.
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    Default 89 Tahoe = Mohave bottom

    Welcome to the board. I'm a bit of a lurker myself.

    I have an 89 Eliminator Tahoe which is the same hull with a different top deck on it. I've got the 7.4 LX. The motor was rated 335HP at the prop. I was getting high 50's out of it. I've put headers, intake, carb, water bypass, MSD ignition and just about any other "bolt on" that you can think of on it. I'm probably right around 385 HP. I've seen 65 MPH a couple of times but the boat had to be trimmed way out to do it. Normal top speed is in the low 60's. The nice thing about this boat is you can put 6-8 people in it without any major performance impact.

    I'm not too sure that I would like the boat at 80 mph. This hull is a nice solid hull but it is not the most efficient. It also rides rougher than you would expect when the water gets rough. You're looking at major horsepower to get an 88 Mohave up to 80 mph. I've been told that 650 HP in mine will get me over 70 MPH. That's my plan to convert it to a roller motor in the future. I'm talking change crank to a forged 496 crank, new pistons, Aluminum heads, etc.

    Most of the time I enjoy cruising at 40 MPH to 50 MPH with some quick bursts into the high 50's and low 60's. It's a good day!

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    Thanks 892,

    I appriciate the input, and was thinking the same thing, it will def benefit from a revamp, carb, headers w/through transom exhaust, MSD etc.

    Hmm, that does not add up to me very well, 265+ hp for 7-8 MPH?

    If you are seeing 65 trimmed out (and light I assume) I would imagine you would see more than that with a 265 HP bump. But really is it not about getting RPMs up? Roller cam motor good for 6700-7k should be good for at least 20mph?

    Maybe the formula for drag has a much steeper curve for boats than cars rofl

    Thanks again for the reply, can ya post your parts (headers etc) so I can get an idea for what fits and cost?

    Again any info you can give me about the boat would be greatly appreciated! Is it a gen IV 454? etc.
    Thanks!

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    That hull was not designed for 80+...enjoy it for what it gives you, a great ride and room for all the family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shueman View Post
    That hull was not designed for 80+...enjoy it for what it gives you, a great ride and room for all the family.
    Ahh what do you know... j/k listen to him he knows Eliminators.
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    Seems you are in the Know Shueman, guess I'll settle for mid 70's and be happy then, alot cheaper anyhow

    Since you work for Eliminator perhaps you can hook me up with some information on it?

    I'd love a factory service manual and owners manual, willing to pay.

    Thanks

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    Well damn,

    Just got off the phone with Eliminator, no factory books exist.

    I was told welcome to the world of custom boats!

    Screw it, guess that gives me license to do whatever the hell I want to it then

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    Maybe this will cheer you up.
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    Awesome!
    Thanks H20, you made my day

    Man I'm getting fired up! Can't wait to get her home and rip into it

    EM

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    Hey there Eliminator Mojave,

    Hot boats are definitely about break out another thousand. Here are a couple of pics of my engine before and after. I did this about 4 years ago.






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    Bitchen Boat 892!

    Thanks a ton for the pics, great motivation!

    The plan so far is to tear it down and go through everything, service it all to get it up to date, add headers and through transom exhaust, then run it till winter.

    I'll use the dead months to customize it to my specs, no sense in wasting the last few months of good weather starting a project, I'd rather be out in it!

    EM

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    BTW, did your boat come with through transom exhaust? Was it an option?

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    I've got a 1985 21' Mohave. They are not built for speed, but make a great lake boat with lots of room. Mine has a merc 260 with Alpha drive. Both drive and engine have never been rebuilt (700hours). I took my boat back to eliminator for a new original interior, floors, kick panels, etc in late 2005, and picked it up 2 months later. Looks and runs like new.

    I would suggest not running it too hard, as the boat was built as a day cruiser, and you will spend more time fixing things than you will using it.

    If your looking for speed, its ok to own two boats Buy a 21' Eliminator daytona.
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