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    Year(?) Polaris Virge TX...help..

    my dad got this ski for free when he purchased an old seadoo. it has been siting on the ground at my lake house for about 2 years. the buy we got it from said he thinks the engine through a rod. when i connect a bat. to the wires, everything comes on and when i dit the start button, it just makes a click sound like the engine is sezed up. i have been slowly taking it apart and came into some snags...like the intake under the carbs wont come off after takeing out the 12 screws, i tried prying it off but i just seemed to start bending the mettale between each intake...and cant remove last bolt on stinger right beside edge of fiberglass: its geting stuck under it and cant pullit completely out.
    i am also currious on if this ski is worth fixing and where can i find what year it is.
    help is much appreciated...if you dnt mind send some input to my PM box...not familiar with this site yet...thanks


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    there are 18bolts holding the intake on

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    Welcome

    Click below for lots of useful info.

    The last two digits on the HIN number plate on the rear deck are the model year.

    Does the engine have two cylinders or three?

    Does it have Ficht fuel injection, or carburetors?

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    three cylinders, carburated...and i just realized about the other 4 bolts inbetween the intakes...haha...pulling the engine today to see how it loks underneath...reeds are fine but have some type of rust color stuff on them...how would i go about cleaning them?

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    it is a 2002 model...
    just tooke engine out last night and looked into intake ports
    bad news...
    i can see the bottom of all three pistons...there not off set
    and in the middle cylinder, there is chunk of metal just siting beside the rode but the rode isn't centered...its off to the side of the cylinder wall
    gonna take it apart and really see what the damage is.
    this will be my first time acutally takeing apart and engine
    anything i should watch out for when taking it apart?
    any pointers on this engine would be much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAboy1989 View Post
    it is a 2002 model...

    ...gonna take it apart and really see what the damage is.

    this will be my first time actually taking apart an engine


    anything i should watch out for when taking it apart?

    any pointers on this engine would be much appreciated
    Do you have the service manual for it?

    Take some time to research and read up. There is a lot of good information available.

    Do you have a budget for this repair?

    The crankshaft will need to be professionally rebuilt, with new bearings, seals, and at least one new rod.

    The cylinders are liable to need reboring, or at least honing. If rebored, new pistons and rings will be needed to fit the now larger cylinders.

    New gaskets will be needed, of course.

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    Welcome to the hulk you have come to the right place for information on Polaris jet skis. The guys on hear can talk you through about every problem you could ever encounter on your Polaris jet ski.

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    thank you very much...and yes...i have a manual for it
    ive looked all through the site and learned alot about his ski.
    Sorry havent goten pics yet. gota find the camera.lol
    last night me and my friend tried taking the cylinder walls off the block.
    come to find out that the pistons are rusted to the walls.
    there is also alot of white powder where the water runs through the motor.especially in the grouves ontop the engine. its kinda stuck to the metal. im guessing just water sat for a while in the motor.

    do yall think it would be better to clean what is salvagable on this block and part it out and just buy a block in good condition?
    or would it be just as expensive to fix this one?

    and my budject is flexable, just wanna find the cheapest way to fix it.
    but we got the ski for free, so as long as i dont go over what buying another ski would cost.

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    You are looking at a complete engine rebuild.

    You can rebuild the engine yourself.

    The crankshaft would need rebuilding at a shop, and the cylinders bored to the next size up in pistons (typically 0.25mm oversize).

    There are several crank rebuilders that are well regarded on the forum.
    Polaris PWC Repair Services

    You can clean up the rest of the engine yourself, then re-assemble.

    OR you can have a shop do the complete engine rebuild for you. Costs more, but you will receive a properly rebuilt, ready to install engine.
    Sharps Marine, and Randy at Watcon come to mind.

    With a shop rebuild, you have the opportunity to have the engine rebuilt to a higher state of tune. Increased compression and cylinder porting can deliver more power and more speed, but you may need to run premium grade gasoline.

    Another option is to send your damaged engine as a core, and purchase a production rebuilt engine from SBT. SBT doesn't have a stellar reputation around here, but it is an option.

    Depending on the engine, SBT may rebuild it to a different specification than OEM. Sometimes compression is reduced, and engine power is a little less than OEM spec.

    Don't get too excited about the SBT warranty. If your rebuilt engine fails within the warranty period, they do send a replacement. But that is also the end of that warranty, and you still have to remove the engine and install the replacement.

    Last option is to find and purchase a used, running condition engine. This is something of a gamble, unless you really know the seller and the condition of the engine.

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    thanks for the info. sence i have never rebuilt and engine before, i belive my best bet would be to send it off...which i might just do that. give myself more time to learn more about rebuilding an engine. thank you very much...ill def. consider one of the techs from the forum.

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