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    Ski sat for long time, what should I do?

    I found an '08 RXT 215 on craigslist for a good price, and it only has 30 hours. Problem is, the guy purchased it in May of '08. If it really only has 30 hours after 3 seasons, then it probably sat unused for long periods of time. Could failing to use fuel stabilizer cause permanent damage? Is there anything else I should inspect before purchasing a ski like this?

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    siphon the old gas and add fresh gas, and install a set of new plugs,
    Adding stabilizer to old gas wont bring it back to life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEngineer View Post
    I found an '08 RXT 215 on craigslist for a good price, and it only has 30 hours. Problem is, the guy purchased it in May of '08. If it really only has 30 hours after 3 seasons, then it probably sat unused for long periods of time. Could failing to use fuel stabilizer cause permanent damage? Is there anything else I should inspect before purchasing a ski like this?

    Thanks!
    Only 30 hrs....?? I bought my ski last August...had 32 hrs on it.. (04 GTX). He was an elderly gent..used it every summer..(not much ,though).When I got it (full history supplied).... pulled the SC ..had the ceramics changed.. ran on the stock numbers just fine...(7650 rpm @ 62-63 mph..GPS)
    As mentioned.. fresh gas...new plugs..should be good to go!

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    When i got my 04 rxp's (49 and 57 hrs respectively) they had sat for a year w/o stablizer...pulled the old gas, a few plugs and ran them for a good part of the season without any issue...they even had the ceramics in them still..

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    Awesome, thanks guys, empty the gas and replace the plugs. Easy enough.

    lol, I can't believe people own these skis and hardly use them. I'm averaging 90 hrs a year on mine.

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    Check out the ski (motor) and should. Be able to tell condition or hints of rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skoepp View Post
    My biggest concern would be how the ski was winterized and stored and was it in humid conditions. Rusty parts on the inside will determine its life potential and not the gas.
    The ski is down here in Florida, stored in a garage. So I doubt if he ever winterized it. As far as the humid conditions, is there something that should be done to protect against this? I ride my RXT about once a month in the winter, and every weekend in the summer. For routine maintenance I just lube the throttle body and spray Bomb lube throughout the engine compartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEngineer View Post
    The ski is down here in Florida, stored in a garage. So I doubt if he ever winterized it. As far as the humid conditions, is there something that should be done to protect against this? I ride my RXT about once a month in the winter, and every weekend in the summer. For routine maintenance I just lube the throttle body and spray Bomb lube throughout the engine compartment.
    Being an 08 in florida should be fine if engine never took on water.
    others might chime in, but I do like you do and run motor ofton and lube some in winter months if not able to ride.

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    Doesnt matter where you live if the skis going to sit for a long time you should fog the motor to keep parts from rusting like skoepp said... Befor you start it pull the valve cover off and have a good look for any rust.

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    I would change the oil and filter before I tried to start it IMO!

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