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New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby Mr2mallards » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:07 pm

Just took delivery of my Interceptor last THU. 2003 232BR that was very clean and ran perfectly. Been wanting one since I first saw one in 2003. Has the 5.7 GL VP with SX-M drive, 1.51 ratio gears. Ran it with a 14.25x21P 3B aluminum prop and got 57 mph speedo (no gps) with salesman, wife, me (250 lbs) and 1/2 tank of fuel by gauge. Have a 14.5x21P Solas SS 3B on the way, recommended by their prop shop guy. Ready to run it and see if he knows his business. Have the corsa CC thru hull exhaust, stock 5.7GL (2 bbl). Was about to pull the trigger on a 2005 Cobalt 250 with the 8.1 VP and DP when I saw the 232. 1/2 the money, and faster! And wife much more comfortable with the size of the 232! She loves it, but is afraid ofwhat I might have in mind for upgrades! I have been working thru the forums for info on this year model and engine setup and finding almost no references to this combination. Anyone have this setup? Any issues with it? Anyone done any mods to the 5.7 GL to get performance closer to the fuel injection models (300 hp)? Wife says it's fast enough for her as it is. That just confirms to me it's not fast enough! I've read a lot of good information here. Glad to have finally been allowed to post. Pics when I can. Purple/yellow/ black finish line graphics.

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2003 232BR Interceptor, VP 5.7 GL, SX-M, Solas 14.5 X 21 3B SS Corsa Captain's Call, purple, yellow, and black black finish line graphics
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby jfair32 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:42 am

HP is the guy to talk to. Hes running blowers,nitrous, super props big cams maybe even double cams or triple double cams :worship: he's like the interceptor God!
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby Mr2mallards » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:05 am

Yes, been reading the forums and HP's posts are always interesting. Nothing too wild here, but 65-70 mph is reasonable enough for me! And a lot more affordable! But boys will be boys, so you never know where it will end! :beer:
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Greers Ferry Lake, AR
2003 War Eagle 1548, Yamaha 40 HP, tiller
White River, AR
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby buyfire » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:23 am

57 on the speedo means you're actually doing somewhere between 53 and 60 GPS. My guess is you're probably at 55-56 MPH. My 232 was good for 67 on GPS. But that was with a 496. Just a cam and prop upgrade isn't going to get you there. The cheapest way to get your setup into the mid 60's will be with a Procharger. You'll definitely need to re-prop and possibly change the gear ratio in your lower unit.
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby Mr2mallards » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:57 pm

Thanks for the insights buyfire. Figured there would be plenty of appropriate bolt-on HP options for a 350 sbc. Can always put the bigger engine in when this one goes, if it goes. :beer:
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Greers Ferry Lake, AR
2003 War Eagle 1548, Yamaha 40 HP, tiller
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby HOT PURSUIT » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:17 am

Welcome to the CLUB Mr2mallards! Sweet ride, can't wait 2 C the pics! CONGRATS and now drive her like you stole her :mrgreen: I try to help folks out here based mostly on experience and it just makes me SMILE to see new folks! There are many knowledgeable folks here and always willing to help. Prochargers are great but eat engines if you do it your self. My best boating partner done sold his :cry: But, he put the charger on and we had that engine out 4 times :evil: As I tell EVERYONE that asks, Merc ENERTIA is the BEST in my humble opinion.
Thank you jfair for the complements but guys like BUYFIRE are GREAT :worship: I am just a guy that likes to mess with things and LOVE speed! Many things I learned are from the school of hard knocks and observing others. My engine mods are not drastic but put HOT PURSUIT in the 65+ range and she lives on! 608 hours on that heart beat :) Have a BLAST :beer:

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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby buyfire » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:11 am

Thanks, Ray. You're not so bad yourself.
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby Mr2mallards » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:27 am

Posted this summary of today's run in the show your boat forum.

First trip out today. Put 5 1/2 hrs on her, wot to 900 rpm low riding. Never missed a beat, no stumbling, quick to plane and 56.3 mph GPS @4500 RPM, me the wife and 20 gallons of fuel at the time. Fuel economy was very good, too, considering...
Think I'll keep the Solas 14.5 X 21P 3B SS prop. Jumped out of the hole just fine with a full tank. Didn't pull anything, but I don't anticipate any issues, given how quick it got out of the hole today. I did notice some significant vibration at low speed (1200 RPM and lower) on full starboard turns. Possible engine alignment issues or a bad gimble bearing? Any thoughts? Other than that everything worked as new on a windy day with lots of traffic and a pretty good chop. Wife stuck it on the trailer with her first stab at it, too! She's a keeper, and the wife is, too! :D

Any thoughts on that vibe? No noise just the vibe.
2003 232BR Interceptor, VP 5.7 GL, SX-M, Solas 14.5 X 21 3B SS Corsa Captain's Call, purple, yellow, and black black finish line graphics
Greers Ferry Lake, AR
2003 War Eagle 1548, Yamaha 40 HP, tiller
White River, AR
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Re: New to me 2003 BR Interceptor

Postby AndrewT » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:25 am

Most likely gimbal bearing,need one of these to remove it:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boat-Alpha-Bravo-Omc-Gimbal-Bearing-Puller-Remover-/270696993312
Please send a PM to me with your email address ,I'll send a SX workshop manual.Had mine done done about 5 years ago together with the uni joint,some one before me left the clamp at the bellows loose and it let the water in.
It was a reasonably expensive job here in OZ.
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