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Yamaha FX ho 2008 (aka fx 160) or 2009 Fx Ho 1800 ??? Is there that much difference?

Post  z_halen on Sun Feb 07 2010, 04:15

Hey Guys,

I know most of you guys have either owned or ridden both of these ski's, so I'd really appreciate your input.

Is there that much difference between the FX 160 2008 model featuring the nano tech hull, and the 2009 fx ho which has the 1800 motor in it.

I'd love to know how much difference there is in power and whether the 160 has got enough anyway. I plan to mix it up between tow surfing, fishing and spearing + dragging the missus and kid out.


What about fuel economy, is the 160 better than the new 1800 and by how much?

I think i recall Andrew having both these ski's, with a SHO thrown in between..

Look forward to your thoughts

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Re: Yamaha FX ho 2008 (aka fx 160) or 2009 Fx Ho 1800 ??? Is there that much difference?

Post  Jetskifishing on Mon Feb 08 2010, 03:32

Yes, I have owned all three,

starting with a 2006 Yamaha FX HO, great ski handled well and very economical, had a great resale value, I completed 130 trouble free hours on it...

next ski was a 2008 Yamaha SHO (1812cc Super Charged) heaps of fun, more power than I needed and was thirsty on open throttle, did complete a Half Moon bay to Port Jackson trip, had to watch fuel as it was not as economical, I completed 128 hours on that ski trouble free.

next ski was a 2009 Yamaha FX HO ( Non Supercharged) awesome ski, more stable than the 2006 hull, plenty of torque and not far off the performance of the SHO, only missing the acceleration in the top third of speed range as the supercharger had. Heaps of range, completing plenty of long range trips without additional fuel top ups. Also raced this ski in the Winter seies Naturally Aspirated class and came 2nd in its class at the end of the rounds. Great resale and awesome all rounder, I completed 90 hours on that ski trouble free.

current ski is the 2010 Yamaha FX HO, looks sharper with the new colour scheme, otherwise the same as the 2009 model. Loving every minute on it and have done 45 hours to date in 3 months...

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Re: Yamaha FX ho 2008 (aka fx 160) or 2009 Fx Ho 1800 ??? Is there that much difference?

Post  z_halen on Mon Feb 08 2010, 08:24

Wow, i never realised that you chewed through your ski's that quick, but you're definitely the man to ask about them.

So yeah, there is a bit of difference in the hull shape between the 160 and the new fx ho. I think i'll have to see if i can take one for a test ride and work out the differences.

Thanks very much..

Plus - I'm open to any one else's comments also..

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Post  z_halen on Mon Feb 08 2010, 08:42

Sorry Andrew, One last question

What do you think the range of the SHO would be??

I've got to travel around a maximum of 25' round trip how would it go ??

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Post  Jetskifishing on Mon Feb 08 2010, 08:52

I think at least 80 miles depending on speed, you would be safe at about 75kph, hope this helps.

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Post  swasy on Mon Feb 08 2010, 12:11

Hi My 2 cents worth...

The FX160HO will probably give you better fuel consumption but they only have a max speed of 97-100 km per hr fully loaded. Which from all accounts is maybe 10km under the SHO also the SHO will get out of the hole better.

But I can leave from Takapuna ramp and hoon around Rakino on the way out to Onetangi (for breakfast) on Waiheke then go wide around Waiheke then over to Maraetai beach then back to the ramp. I have done that on 4-5ths of a tank (70 litre tank). I do carry a spare 10 litres in the front just in case. Laughing

I'm very happy with it, they have proven reliable in hire situations, Matt - Soft-(often wet)-baiter was telling me that he has heard "reliably" that they have been running our (he has FX140HO) models for 4,000 plus hours and all they replace (apart from oil and filters) is the wear rings.

You'd probably get a nice FX160HO second hand for between 13-16

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Boats-marine/Jetskis/Yamaha/auction-270648336.htm


Anyhow I don;t believe you can go to wrong with a Yamaha. The seadoos are also popular but I have a bias. Rolling Eyes
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Post  softbaiter on Tue Feb 09 2010, 04:27

swasy wrote:
Matt - Soft-(often wet)-baiter was telling me that he has heard "reliably" that they have been running our (he has FX140HO) models for 4,000 plus hours and all they replace (apart from oil and filters) is the wear rings.


apart from that, Sam reckons just the odd impellor and bearings when tourists run over something.
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Re: Yamaha FX ho 2008 (aka fx 160) or 2009 Fx Ho 1800 ??? Is there that much difference?

Post  z_halen on Wed Feb 10 2010, 00:01

Cheers thanks guys, Sounds like the Yammie's are reasonably bullet proof, especially if they're hiring them out with no drama's

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