Thread: Working on bottom of hull...
09-13-2010, 11:43 PM #1
Working on bottom of hull...
It may have been covered before, but I couldn't find a thread on the topic, so.....
How do you work on the bottom of your hull? Do you flip the ski upside down? If so, how do you avoid damaging the top side while working on the bottom? Do you remove the engine, oil, and gas tanks? Remove the hood, steering pod, and seat?
I need to gain access to the bottom of my SL to fix a few gouges and figured I would do it while I have no engine in it. Right now I am almost down to a bare hull inside. I thought about removing the hood, handlebars and pod, and seat, then setting it upside down on a couple heavy duty sawhorses with foam on the top to avoid scratching the topside.
09-14-2010, 08:33 PM #2
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- Oct 2006
- Cleveland OH
You have the best plan. Do it that way.
09-14-2010, 09:35 PM #3
Anyone know how much a bare hull would weigh? The service manual states the '94 SL is just under 500 lbs. Without a motor, fuel tank, jet pump, electrics, steering pod, hood, seat, and anything else that comes off, how much weight is left?
09-15-2010, 03:24 PM #4
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- Jul 2007
- Cedar Rapids,Iowa
With the MSX gutted,I was able to flip it myself over on the grass,you should have no problem with 2 guys. I'd guess under 200#
09-15-2010, 05:20 PM #5
couldn't you position your saw hourses so that they are running in the footwells ?? no foam needed , and support over at least 3 to 4 feet ?? just thinking ?? might not need to take off hood and steering either .
09-15-2010, 07:54 PM #6
I already took off the hood, steering pod, seat, rear handle, and all inside things. It definately is a lot lighter than I had expected. Two of us can flip it pretty easy at this point. I will try the sawhorses in both directions to see what is more stable.
10-08-2010, 06:41 AM #7
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- Sep 2010
There's a video on Youtube were a guy built a rotisserie to flip his ski over so that he could repair the hull
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