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Hello everyone i'm a newbie and i want to make some questions.. I'm between these two models. The only experience i have is with my friend's fx cruiser high output 2004 with 160hp. And i can tell i have very good memories!(I rode it in Kefallonia Greece) I know that SHO is faster but i'm afraid of the supercharger. I think it will cause many problems in the future. But am i right? I want to answer me someone who has a SHO 2008-9 with lot of hours of use and tell me if he had any problems so far. I know that yamaha it's famous for its reliability but so many years produced natural aspirated engines. I think the first SHO was introduced in 2008. So does it have any problems? I also don't understand why yamaha don't say the horsepower of these 2 models. Really does anyone know them? I couldn't find any reference. A friend told me that SHO is 210hp but he wasn't sure...
 

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I can not answer the question on how long the super charger works, but I think the FX HO is a better buy for other reasons. One of the major ones is fuel economy. You only give up maybe 2 mph with the FX HO versus the SHO, but the savings in fuel economy is significant. I ride with guy that has an SHO, and I'd say that I can easily ride for an extra hour on a tank of fuel. Of course I have the older version of the FX HO, and the newer 1800 cc engine does not get as good of gas mileage, but it will be significantly better than the SHO. Secondly the SHO will cost you more right out of the door than the FX HO. You get all the same bells and whistles on the FX HO as the SHO, without the potential headaches of the supercharger for less money and less maintence costs. Plus with a few modifications you can have the FX HO going just as fast as a stock SHO.

The guy I ride with has over 150 hours and no problems with his SHO supercharger so far, but he always tells me when we are filling up our machines, that he wished he had gotten the FX HO instead of the SHO.

I don't know why Yamaha quit telling you what the HP is on their engines (I suspect they didn't want to compete with the other manufacturers that have higher output machines), but the best guess that I've seen is around 200-210 for the FX HO and around 210-220 HP for the SHO.

If you do get the SHO, I would seriously consider the extended service plan.
 

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Thank you my friend for your reply, it really helps me!
You are absolutely right about the fuel economy and top speed difference. This information is from boatest.com

FX cruiser HO
Top speed for the Yamaha FX Cruiser HO (2009-10) is 63.3 MPH (101.9 KPH), burning 13.7 gallons per hour (GPH) or 51.85 liters per hour (LPH).

FX cruiser SHO
Top speed for the Yamaha FX SHO (2009-10) is 66.6 MPH (107.2 KPH), burning 18.4 gallons per hour (GPH) or 69.64 liters per hour (LPH).

I think fx cruiser HO will be my final decision. As you say i don't want headaches and i don't want to have maintenance problems. I'm sure that yamaha had made a great job with this supercharger but for me supercharger=problems in few years so 90% i'll buy fx cruiser HO:appl:
 

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You owe it to yourself, Look at the 2011 VXR

Look on Boat Test for the video and ride report on the 2011 VXR. It has the same 1800 engine with no supercharger and runs out at 68 mph. It is quicker also 0-30 1.8 sec
 

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As usual, Ernest has given some very good and accurate information. For what it's worth, I got a great deal and purchased a leftover 2010FX HO in August. I couldn't be happier with it. The performance is excellent with no modifications. The storage space is good enough for me to spend the entire day out on the water. Cleanup is easy and in the 40 or so houses I have logged, I have had no problems at all.
If I can answer any questions about the ski, please feel free to contact me. If you ever make it to NJ, you're welcome to take it for a spin.
 

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As usual, Ernest has given some very good and accurate information. For what it's worth, I got a great deal and purchased a leftover 2010FX HO in August. I couldn't be happier with it. The performance is excellent with no modifications. The storage space is good enough for me to spend the entire day out on the water. Cleanup is easy and in the 40 or so houses I have logged, I have had no problems at all.
If I can answer any questions about the ski, please feel free to contact me. If you ever make it to NJ, you're welcome to take it for a spin.
Thank you my friend :)
If i need anything to know i'll contact you:thumbsup:
 
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