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    newb from Temple, Tx with 1996 SLX 780

    hey guys newb here not new to forums or engines

    picking up a 96 SLX 780 and a 95 seadoo spx on Saturday morning

    been searching hi and low for the service manual finally found where you guys hide it thanks a ton. I can't wait to get em out on the water, been borrowing a friends 2000 waverunner 800 that cavitates horribly none the less found my long lost love of the water and being out on it i grew up in Tampa Florida and spent most of my time on the bay when i was young.

    After getting out of the army i stayed here in Texas so i'll be eating up some of your guys bandwidth if you don't mind heres some pics of the skis and me at my other hobby/obsession


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    Welcome to the Hulk

    Work through the recommended maintenance and upgrades. Well maintained, these things can be a lot of fun, and reliable.

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    Welcome to the Hulk. You came to the right place.

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    so what would be your guys top o' the list things as far as reliability i'm thinking (from reading through your your awesome forum) carb clean fuel lines replaced, set piston wash, clean and lube everything i'm not out for top speed just reliability my race bike has enough speed for two of us lol

    also how do you guys feel about removing the thermostat on these two ski's???

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    Click on my signature link. That will take you to the info you need

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    ok so fuel lines, autocock, carbs, battery, clean and grease, hell just clean everything, bilge pump ,remove thermostat, seal up foot and grate with silicone, is that about it,

    also does anyone have a good reference of what fuel lines sizes and lengths i will need???
    and as far as fuel lines anyone have a good source i saw the fastflowfuellines.com site if you guys are happy with them i am too

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrosportman View Post
    ... also does anyone have a good reference of what fuel lines sizes and lengths i will need???
    and as far as fuel lines anyone have a good source ...
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Click on my signature link. That will take you to the info you need
    The info you need is there

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrosportman View Post
    ok so fuel lines, autocock, carbs, battery, clean and grease, hell just clean everything, bilge pump ,remove thermostat, seal up foot and grate with silicone, is that about it,

    also does anyone have a good reference of what fuel lines sizes and lengths i will need???
    and as far as fuel lines anyone have a good source i saw the fastflowfuellines.com site if you guys are happy with them i am too
    The '96 780 did not have an autocock and should have come OEM with 35 L/hr 3-outlet fuel pump. So, the general fuel issues that plagued the 750 models should not exist on your ski.

    If it were mine I'd do the following:
    1) Replace Fuel Lines
    2) Run through carbs and install new kits (Contact John Zigler for this)
    3) You may consider a rebuild kit for the fuel pump (about $15)
    4) Check compression
    5) pull pump to check condition of stator veins, stator bearings, and impeller.
    6) Resealing intake and ride plate isn't a bad idea
    7) Check and/or clean electrical connections in Ebox.

    I wouldn't say removing the T-stat is a must. You might want to pull it and ensure it opens in hot water.

    KJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    The info you need is there
    i know i just want to make sure i have a good running list .....see i would have been looking all day for the autocock

    sorry little excited to get my hands dirty on one of these "water motorcycles" as my son calls it

    and im seriously guessing it won't be long till i have some crazy turbocharged nitrous fed monster for my personal pleasure

    oh yeah i'm also a firefighter so once every third day in between saving lives and property you'll have to deal with me for about 24 hours straight i'm sure people are calling my wife right now trying to figure out why i'm not on my motorcycle forum lol they're gonna fire me as a mod if they catch me over here lol

    is that your site k447 if so it's awesome and very well put together

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    got 25' of fuel line make me an offer.

    I'd ditch the stock pump wedge, tail cone extension, and go with a standard 4 wedge and swap out the water supply tube

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