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Old 03-06-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Jetski inspections

Does anyone know someone who will do a "presale" inspection on jetskis to confirm proper operation?

Cost is not a concern if reasonable.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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make sure it doesnt leak and starts up, go for a ride and see if its what u want. otherwise preinspection just like a bike, throttle returns, all moving parts move, nothing loose. look around base and see if crank leaks, look in impeller and shaft make sure impeller is in good shap and shaft is straight and doesnt leak through the hull. should start within 3to 5 seconds if its warm, or around 30 if cold. check the plugs, should be dark brown. dont run engine out of water for more than 30 seconds. the best check is to put it on the water and run it
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theres always more, like leakdown test to get more in depth, but if runs and there isnt anything u feel feels hinky, get it. some shops wiill do a check out for ya
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make sure it doesnt leak and starts up, go for a ride and see if its what u want. otherwise preinspection just like a bike, throttle returns, all moving parts move, nothing loose. look around base and see if crank leaks, look in impeller and shaft make sure impeller is in good shap and shaft is straight and doesnt leak through the hull. should start within 3to 5 seconds if its warm, or around 30 if cold. check the plugs, should be dark brown. dont run engine out of water for more than 30 seconds. the best check is to put it on the water and run it
I'd rather just find a shop that has a test tank and can give it thorough inspection. I know nothing about Jetskis and would have to miss something obvious.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:08 AM   #5
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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30 seconds to start a cold ski? If someone tries to sell me a modern four stroke ski that takes 30 seconds worth of cranking before it fires up I'm going to laugh in their face. My 20 year old 2 stroke skis can sit for months and fire up in 1/2 that time...
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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What side of town? What ski?
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Going to pick up two 2003 Kawi 1100 2 strokes, won't be able to water launch anything else I should look for?
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You can run it on a hose too
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No hose were meeting halfway since he's 5 hours away
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I would find a hose or a body of water for sure
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:09 PM   #12
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yeah if you guys are 5 hours apart from each other then lake conroe or lake houston should be somewhere between yall, or texas city to the south.
guadalupe to the west, brazos river trinity river etc. Theres a lake SOMEWHERE between yall
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I bit the bullet and bought them anyway, one had a complete dead battery and will be a work in progress, the other one will start and rev up with throttle but wont idle at all.

In all I paid 2000$ for a pair of 2003 kawi stx 1100 di's plus a trailer. So I figured it can't be that bad of a deal, but we'll see.

Anyone know someone very good at working on jet skis?
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I know a thing or two about old skis...but your best knowledge base is going to be found over at www.pwctoday.com if you want to learn on your own. You're going to need to rebuild the carbs (likely 3 per ski) and replace all fuel lines before you proceed any further. Get yourself several sets of plugs and keep a spare set with each ski at all times. You might be able to soak each bank of carbs in pine sol and get by without a complete overhaul but I doubt it. I wouldn't turn a single wrench until you get a good compression test. What side of town are you on? I know a few sharp techs that do side work...
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I know a thing or two about old skis...but your best knowledge base is going to be found over at www.pwctoday.com if you want to learn on your own. You're going to need to rebuild the carbs (likely 3 per ski) and replace all fuel lines before you proceed any further. Get yourself several sets of plugs and keep a spare set with each ski at all times. You might be able to soak each bank of carbs in pine sol and get by without a complete overhaul but I doubt it. I wouldn't turn a single wrench until you get a good compression test. What side of town are you on? I know a few sharp techs that do side work...
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i hope it works out for you. the first time i didn't water test a ski before i bought it, it bit me in the . now if i don't water test, i do a compression check of all cylinders and check the wear ring. that one idled and ran fine on the trailer but wouldn't do anything once you add the drag of the water
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