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    All hail the Chief! fullboogie's Avatar
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    Just wasn't my day...

    Went to Freeport to ride with the gang. Everything going fine and riding through a creek. Let off the 2/3 to full throttle I'd been riding at, ski dies and won't restart - won't even turn over. Heart sank, because I knew what it was:









    This is the #3 piston. Aluminum wiped up and down all four corners and gouges in the nicasil. Piston edges are missing around various places. And look at the color - zero piston wash. What little color you see is the coating, most of which is burned off.

    So, it runs great during break in. It runs perfect for 4 days at MB with me beating on it. And today it decides to grenade.

    Only changes - Advent crapped out so I ran my stock CDI today. Advent is more aggressive on the bottom and tapers timing off from 5k on up, particularly on #3. I can't believe timing caused this.

    Then I cut the shit out of my hand taking the heads off. And to top it all off? I stepped in a sticky rat trap on my garage floor. My left foot is coated with some kind of sticky shit that brake cleaner and acetone won't remove. Honestly, I feel like sitting in my driveway and crying. Oh yeah. 12 hours on the new engine.

    Fuck it. I'm tired of dumping money into this pit.


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    Sorry to here that Dave, Need more fuel lean as hell.

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    Gotta be an air leak or some trash in the fuel system, Jim. I've put 12 hours on this thing with no problems. And this suddenly pops up???

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    Sorry to hear about your engine!!


    What do the other 2 look like David?? Kinda looks like water intrusion to me.

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    Other two look fine, Duke. Nice wash, compression ok.

    Water intrusion is an idea. Top of No. 3 looks bead blasted. Perfectly clean with a little of the piston coating left. Didn't see any tell-tale signs on the head gasket.

    Sigh. I hate this ski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    Other two look fine, Duke. Nice wash, compression ok.

    Water intrusion is an idea. Top of No. 3 looks bead blasted. Perfectly clean with a little of the piston coating left. Didn't see any tell-tale signs on the head gasket.

    Sigh. I hate this ski.
    Usually the piston gets really black when it gets hot and wash dissappears, that looks like water to me. IMO.

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    I'm with ya....replaced everything in my junk and it caught a ring today during the break in. Had about 1 hour on it and was doing the 1/4-1/2 throttle and she died. $1270 down the drain....Notice the piston wash on mine...it ran perfect for an hour then ....well ya know. I'm done...going to part mine out !
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    i'll give ya 50 bux for the whole thing

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    Sorry to hear this news David. Take a little breather bro and get it back together.

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    Sorry to hear what happend. Take some time away from the ski (a few days). Then come back and look things over again. You will be back on the water soon.

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