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    96 SLT 780 Restoration

    I have been posting a lot in the General Discussion Forum but I figured since what I am doing is a Polaris Project I will share on this thread. I don't want to back up the other forum with any questions I may have or miss any tips I could benefit from the experts here during this project.

    She is running pretty good now so I will post the before pictures here today (some already posted in the GD Forum) and I will try and update as I progress further into the restoration.

    Many of you guys have been very helpful so far and I would like to thank you in advance for sharing your time and knowledge.
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    Progress Report

    Well I thought I would share some of my progress with you guys. I am not all the way there yet but more than half way. I wish I could just paint the whole thing but I just don't think I have it in me so I am touching up. Please keep in mind that this ski did not run at all when I started on it and it is the first one I have ever worked on. You can compare with the photos above.
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    Looking good.

    You're cleaning it up nice.

    Seat cover looks good, and is the Hydroturf new?

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    looks like it , atleast most 97s dont have the diamonds

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    Yes, the Hydroturf is new. I thought the diamonds looked better. I am going to buff it out during the week and get it out next weekend.

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I appreciate it. I am enjoying this little project. I may even go check out another SLT 780 in PA later this week for my son. The guy is asking $1400.00 w/trailer and claims it only has 24 hours on it. If it runs good and I can get him down to $1000.00?

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    Your ski looks super clean inside! nice job getting it the way you want. painting or gelcoating the entire ski would be a big project.. upwards of 500.00 to do it right. plus of course. 30 hours to 60 hours of work too.

    what other plans do you have for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowsniper View Post
    Your ski looks super clean inside! nice job getting it the way you want. painting or gelcoating the entire ski would be a big project.. upwards of 500.00 to do it right. plus of course. 30 hours to 60 hours of work too.

    what other plans do you have for it?
    As you have pointed out, I just don't have it in me to do a complete paint job. I am going to try and touch up the little nics here and there and then see if I can get some luster on it with a wheel. I have purchased the supplies and used your tips on the painting thread. I got some 3M and some glass fibers and I will fill and sand the little scratches on the bottom of the hull and match the paint as close as I can.

    The Polaris Decals are pretty whipped on it, but I left them on because I can't get any distributor to show me actual pics of what they are selling. From what I understand these decals came in two different colors and styles. I don't want to shell out about $300.00 and then they don't match and I get stuck with return shipping and restocking fees.

    I would really like to get it as close to original as I can. That is why I took it on in the first place. It is impossible for me to get it perfect with my limited abilities with as far as painting goes anyway, but I will be happy with getting close.

    I am sure once I start getting further into this whole thing I will want to modify some of the engine. (It is just the way I am. I used to tweak by dirt bikes even when they didn't need it. ) My son will be 18 in July and has finally shown some interest in this stuff even though I tried when he was younger. (Damn video games) I actually just sold his starter bike and the bike I was riding this morning. He had less than 10 hours on the thing and now he wanted to keep it. Too late.

    Anyway, I am rambling like a little kid. I appreciate you guys giving me your input and expertise on this stuff and I will keep you posted as I progress. I am sure I will be safer on the water than I was on the dirt track. Maybe?

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    Nice looking 780 dude, i know what u mean about keeping it stock, although i do highly recormend a finger throttle the ski is so much better with it

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    i would recommend useing a heat gun an just taking off the stockers ,

    if people are qouting you 300 bones for after market graphics , run , run for your life

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post
    Nice looking 780 dude, i know what u mean about keeping it stock, although i do highly recormend a finger throttle the ski is so much better with it
    i thought your best recommendation was a op plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone1050 View Post
    i thought your best recommendation was a op plate
    Bone im breaking him in slowly finger throttle, intake and then ride plate, then new impeller and wear ring

    Come on dude u know how these things happen

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