Thread: 1997 Kawasaki 1100 STX - Newbie.
06-07-2010, 04:00 PM #1
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1997 Kawasaki 1100 STX - Newbie.
So I recently bought a 1997 Kawasaki 1100STX. It was in awesome shape, and had 98 hours on it, which seemed great for the year. They kept it in a garage so it was in almost pristine condition. He was asking for $2400, but I got it for $2000.
I have a few questions: I am a complete noob when it comes to jet skis and know absolutely nothing about them. Additionally, I'm not mechanically inclined (but most of my family is).
It runs like a charm, however, and I haven't experienced any problems. The speedometer usually gets to about 52 or 53, it has hit 54 a few times. However, about once a trip (and I've had it three days and taken it out all three days) it will kind of sputter for about 5 or 6 seconds usually after I've ridden it some distance and had it off for a minute or two. This has only happened twice, and they were very minor. Do you know what this could be?
Also, is there anything I need to make sure I keep an eye on with this type of model? How often do the plugs need to be changed, and what should be signs I need to look for to know when something needs to be fixed, other than it completely blowing up or sinking?
Thanks a bunch!
06-07-2010, 04:55 PM #2
kawis are cold natured skis,always warm them up an try changing the plugs,they are cheap.
06-07-2010, 09:52 PM #3
Welcome aboard, Sam!
One thing you really want to do is replace/upgrade the oil lines. They can get brittle with age and crack, resulting in loss of oil and engine seizure. This is not a difficult thing to do, and not very expensive, but it could save you a bunch of money in the future.
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