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    MSX 140 minor Restoration Project

    Hello, I bought an 2003 MSX 140 about a month ago for $2500 (Good Deal?). It only has 75 hours on it but it had been stored outside its entire life. I will post pictures tonight to show the busted mirror, scratched hull and fadded paint. I was planning to repaint it but the nice folks at RRated Performance were kind enough to sell me every single trim piece off a 2004 MSX 150. As for the rest of the marks I plan to use some Gelcoat paste.

    I have only had one chance to take it out and use it and it was about 45 degrees and raining really good, but it was still a lot of fun. It seemed to run good, though it did cut off twice while it was at idle. I'm guessing/hoping the cut offs are due to old or cheap gas...since I am yet to put any in it myself.

    If anyone has advice on things I should do while I have all the trim off or just general MSX140 info/advice, it would be appreciated. I have been reading the forums and learning a lot, so far I am thinking about getting a spare TPS and set of spark plugs. Anything else I should add to the shopping list?

    Thanks in advance for all the help and advice. I plan to start work tonight!


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    Welcome to the Hulk! Just give it a min here, and the guys will chime in on your question there. I would, But I dont know anything about the Msx's You could message Keddano, he has one! Good luck!

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a good deal.

    K447 Will lead you in the right direction. He has become one of our experts on them. My MSX is only close to the 140 in the long block. Everything else is different.

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    Welcome to the Hulk..

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I am going to go home for lunch and get some hopefully get some pics.

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    Welcome
    Update your Profile with your location, etc.

    If you haven't found it yet, click the link in my signature for lots of useful info.

    Also make good use of the Search function, and just read through the threads in the MSX/Matrix forum.

    The 2003 version of the MSX 140 had several important Service Bulletins and Updates issued by Polaris. Just to be sure, ask the Polaris dealer to check your HIN, and verify that every applicable issue was actually corrected on your machine. Some of the updates were significant (replacement EMM computer, for example).

    The MSX 140 uses the Ficht fuel injection system. You must use the correct spark plugs, and keep them fairly fresh. Other owners have reported that fresh spark plugs have improved engine's operation, even though the old plugs looked OK.

    If the fuel is old or suspect, I suggest draining it out. These high-output 2-stroke engines don't like poor quality fuel, and the risk of engine damage isn't worth trying to 'use up' the old gas. Put it in your lawnmower or snow blower instead

    If there is any signs of water in the bottom of the tank, get it out.

    Check cylinder compression, if you have not already. All spark plugs out, throttle pinned wide open. You want all cylinders to be within 5% of each other.

    I suggest you take the time to go over everything from bow to jet pump. Replace the oil filter, and check every hose connection for leaks or loose clamps. Check every bolt, nut, clamp and hose.

    Make sure the bilge siphon mesh intakes are clear, and the elbows are mounted up high inside the hull.

    Remove and check the exhaust water injection screen and orifice.

    Has this machine been used in salt water?
    If yes, consider rebuilding the through-hull assembly. The bearings and seals should be replaced every 100 hours, but you are better off replacing them before they fail. If you wait too long, the drive shaft can be damaged by the bearing rusting onto the shaft, and an MSX drive shaft is expensive to replace.

    Click here for guidance to help you get your Polaris PWC running properly, and keep it on the water

    Click here for information related to the newer generation models (Virage, Genesis, MSX 140)

    Polaris Ficht Fuel Injected Engines

    Ficht fuel injected engines; fuel hose abrasion at injectors, possible fuel leak
    How to repair, per Service Bulletin PWC-04-01, repair kit 2202878

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    Thanks for all the info. It has been used exclusively in salt water so I will have to look into your suggestions. I have never owned a PWC before so I have a lot to learn. Here are the pictures so that you can see what I am working with.
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    So i started shopping for a compresion testor. Will this do the trick?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mac-C...item4a9cf2c32d

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSX_140 View Post
    So i started shopping for a compresion testor. Will this do the trick?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mac-C...item4a9cf2c32d
    Looks like a nice kit.

    eBay shopping tip;
    BiddingScheduler.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSX_140 View Post
    So i started shopping for a compresion testor. Will this do the trick?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mac-C...item4a9cf2c32d
    Mac Tools are right up there with Snap On in quality. Maybe a little overkill,but will last a lifetime if taken care of.

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