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Jet ski advice - NOW LOOKING LOCAL

Post by TT540 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:25 pm

Bottom of page two.... looking for local skis.



My brother is looking to buy these. What is your advice or questions to ask?
https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa ... 22519.html

What is the added concern of salt water? Would he be better of buying a set inland near a lake?
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Post by maireeka » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:13 pm

Not many purchases I regret more than the seadoo I bought! Good luck to him
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Post by Bateman » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:51 pm

Those XP’s are slick. Most fun Hull I’ve been on. Check compression before buying. Then do the advised fixes/upgrades after buying and reading up.

They are easy to maintain and run if you are a mechanical minded guy who does some basic research. If you just go throw a wad of cash and ignore all the advice of friends/ forum members you’ll likely be on 1 cylinder chugging back to dock all fucked up and you’ll hate skis for the rest of your life.

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Post by Hodgdon Extreme » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:27 am

Fuck some salt water.

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Post by boatman » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:23 am

Run from saltwater units, FAST!

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Post by SHARK » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:29 am

maireeka wrote:Not many purchases I regret more than the seadoo I bought! Good luck to him
I have nothing to add but I have heard many people echo this exact phrase. Some professional mechanics that could make anything run hated the fuckery that came with them.
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Post by maireeka » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:30 am

Not that I couldn't do the work. Just that the amount of work was disproportionate to the amount of actual fun on the thing. Then when I finally got it right I blew it up
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Post by SHARK » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:32 am

That’s what I was going at. The work/frustration/fun account never balanced even marginally to fun.
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Post by Nemo » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:42 am

Wow not even the boat fanboi's are chiming in.
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Post by Felix » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:04 am

SeaDoos are ok, not great though.

Would stick with Yamaha. Easier to work on and more reliable.
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Post by Bateman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:30 am

Felix wrote:SeaDoos are ok, not great though.

Would stick with Yamaha. Easier to work on and more reliable.
OH REALLY lol

Some are great, like that XP. Or the SPI that Lil Justin gave me that will run literally forever.

Hornbuckle has a blown up Yamaha if I'm not mistaken. I removed and replaced the engine from another Yamaha just like it. Which blew up a second time and was fixed again under warranty. Still doesn't run right.

Both names have some good and bad. Do the research, and turn your own wrenches.

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Post by 66ChevelleTT » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:39 am

Most ski's seems to have some weak point, mechanically. On the Yamaha 2-strokes, it's the hardware that holds the power valve together. If you make the upgrades there, and maintain the oil system properly, they will run and run. Whatever ski you get, study up on it, and keep on top of the necessary maintenance.
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Post by mittens » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:40 am

I am not a seafood guy. Yamahas personally.

They ski that Bateman rebuilt 2 times... I test rode it for a friend, told him buy it, and DO not ride it till we replace oil lines..... what did he do? Went home, took it out to river.... I told him again stop fucking with it, order the 30 buck replacement kit... what did he do, ran it again in driveway just smiling, then took it to river a 3rd time... called me sad and knew he has bad luck it’s not running right..... oil line came off on hole 3.....

Buys new motor, Bateman installs. Motor messed up internally, something was not right wothnrebuild, Bateman’s swaps again. Runs ok but again the owner is not at all mechanical and refuses to get carb right ...

My used triple Yamaha, replaced oil lines day one... they where hard and starting to pull off the nipples... coles dad hasn’t it runs like a top. Again they all have quirks. Read about them address quirks, and they will be reliable.
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Post by Bateman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:50 am

mittens wrote:I am not a seafood guy.
I'm calling bullshit!

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Post by racinfast002 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:11 pm

Coming from a guy that exclusively rides all toys in salt water, it no longer scares me. The key is immediately flushing it every time. The 720 and 800 series seadoo motors are tanks and I’ve put lots of hours on both. I currently have a hx with the 720 and it’s a hella fun ski to ride.

I’m a firm believer in eliminating the oil system and running premix. Spark plugs are cheap compared to top ends. Others will disagree on this.

And finally I will probably buy a second hand ski soon and will most likely be something boosted and 4 stroke. After riding Harley’s new ski I’m hooked on that being the way to go.
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