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    Before I ride...should I?

    I recently purchased a used 2000 STX 900.
    It runs fine after it eventually starts up....but before I put her in the water, should I have it looked over by a shop?

    I'm preparing to put SeaFoam in it next weekend and head for Tampa Bay, but didn't know if there were things that needed inspection beforehand....The last thing I want to do is inflict damage the first time out....

    Should I have the compression checked....the engine mounts...and any other thing that you might think of?


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    I would have checked compression and riden it before I bought it. I don't think I would put SeaFoam in it just yet. My experience is that SeaFoam makes it run like crap until it's all burned out.

    Make sure you've got oil in it and the oil lines are secured. Also, inspect them for brittleness and cracks.

    Don't forget to put the drain plug in it. Keep an eye on the pisser to make sure water is spraying out (it will only dribble at idle).

    Always carry a spare set of spark plugs and a wrench to change them, in case you get stuck out on the water.

    I wouldn't wander too far from the dock or other boaters for the first hour or two, just to make sure it will be reliable. Always carry one of those collapseable paddles.

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    after it eventually starts up...

    What do you mean by this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaobin View Post
    after it eventually starts up...

    What do you mean by this?
    It is just a cold natured ski....just takes several stabs before it catches fire.

    This seems to be pretty normal for this make/model/year according to other posts.

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    Save your starter and your battery, install a primer kit.

    If your engine has CV carbs (I can't remember), do NOT remove the chokes to do this.
    Last edited by steve45; 12-17-2009 at 10:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Save your starter and your battery, install a primer kit.

    If your engine has CV carbs (I caon't remember), do NOT remove the chokes to do this.
    According to the specs....my ski has
    Triple CDCV 38s

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    I agree with everyone else on the primer. It makes a HUGE difference on how a ski starts. On a stock ski I'd leave the choke plates in place too.

    Also, as I'm sure you have already found by searching, the 900 kawi motor is known for being "cold blooded"...

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