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    260 on a bass mid will break and ive seen more than a few.
    watched a good friend dive for his new sporty after one weekend on the lake .....never found it....
    if your real easy it might last a while but who is easy on a 260 with a lead flip flop? 350 hp fugetaboutit!
    if you are that serious that 20lbs is a factor then 15" ros or drag mid is the way to go, otherwise the 280 os mid is what i would use with
    pump in the boat vs 3ram bass is not a big deal .

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    I hope like Hxll y'all ain't jinxin'me reading all this.
    My current mid came on my '95 260 Bass and never had a problem.....and as stated earlier, I've ran the carp out'a this style mid from a '78 175 to a '84 HiPerf efi Bass, to a Bridgeport and then this 260.
    I've ran over everything imaginable from stumps to an ice bag which wrapped around my lower and took out 2 cyls on the '84 and back when I was younger I only knew idle and WOT!!!
    Maybe I should drill some holes and install a couple'a safety straps to save my sporty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazymaan View Post
    ...If your not building a boat to go beating across the rough ocean and circuit racing. Is there any benefit to even own an offshore midsection?...
    ...No...

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    if you run'em real hard with twins and too much chop........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazymaan View Post
    I have regular mids, bass mids, a ridge back and a 280 offshore and a custom made lightweight offshore mid. I was just thinking about how many times i've heard of a regular mid break apart upon regular/heavy use. None really that i know of. Not including home made bass holes, drilled mid's, add a snout mids or any other home brewed slice or drilled into mids. Those are alll susceptible of failure for obvious reasons. Thats why i'm not really interested in those ones and thats why i am interested in peoples experiences with regular mids and did you ever break one.
    I can tell you that you will not break an OS mid. Unless you are considered reckless abandonment!!! I haven't weighed them, but I bet my 20" OS mid weighs as much as a V6 consumer 20" with the integral trim. So then add the pump, etc. If you are racing smooth water, I would stick with the light stuff. Cory is right. They sound awesome even with the restricter plates!
    Paul Harrop

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    TBH if I were you, and this is just my opinion, I would not worry too much with the 260 vs 280 mid issue. Any smoothback will be a huge jump from a bass mid. You do get the raised snout for better idle on the 280 mid and you do get the updated stronger 4 hole mounting for the adapter plate. (I'm not sure if there's any other changes) but I don't think those are necessary to pass up a good 260 smoothback for.

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