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    Question Waveraider 1100 went down hard! What next?

    Maybe someone can help me out. I have a 1995 waveraider 1100 that died this past weekend and I'm now contemplating what I should do next. I'm not exactly sure what happened just yet as I haven't had a chance to take it apart, but it appears that the engine slung a rod on cyl #2 and poked a hole in the case. Also, the starter looks like it was knocked off in the process.

    So, given the age of the craft and assuming I have a dead engine (which would be a good assumption at this point). What should I do? I'm assuming my options are: rebuild the bottom end, do an engine swap, or just simply part it out and buy a replacement ski. The original engine had just 100 hours on it.

    To be honest, I loved the waveraider, so I'm not necessarily looking to upgrade. I really wish I could just have my old ski back, but my primary concern is simply getting something running that's just as much fun. Most importantly, since I wasn't really planning on my ski dieing this weekend, I'd like to not have to spend a fortune in the process.

    If cost is the primary concern, what should I do? Rebuild the bottom end, swap the engine, or scrap it and buy a replacement ski?

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    I am in the same boat as you (no pun intended). My Raider engine froze up for no apparent reason. I should have known it was comming because I had already sheared 2 woodruff keys. Anyhow, I bought a parts ski that has everything but a good engine. Now I have all kinds of parts, but no running ski.

    Since I also love my Raider, and can take it apart with my eyes closed now that I have worked on it so much, my plan is to find another Raider that "is now running". Then I will have enough parts to last me for years.

    I figure that if I am patient, I can find a Raider with a good motor for about the same cost of a rebuilt motor. Of course there is the concern that the replacement may also crater - after all, we are dealing with a 15 year old piece of equipment. The advantage being that it is a lot easier to work on than the new skis.

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    Bettendorf, Iowa
    Wow. I'm in this lousy club too. I was due for it. My 94 has been running hard for years and I knew it would eventually have a piston failure. At least we have simple watercraft to work on. I'll retire from PWC life before I go to a 4-stroke super couch.

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