08-04-2011, 01:46 PM #1
Maiden voyage of my project FX140 was great!
Picked up a project FX140 late last year, for free , however I would learn that there is no such thing as a free jetski .
It had sat in salt and needed a little work. By the time I got it the: shaft, impeller housing, impeller, and a bunch of other stuff were missing. Word was it seized up, and they took it to the dealer, didn't like the price and took it home. There it sat for a few yrs until they got tired of looking at it. They ended up just giving it to me.
The kicker, its a 2003 and it had 24 hrs on it when they gave it to me .
I ended up having issues with the ride plate inserts, and had to cut them and all the old glue out. Thanks to several threads and comments on this forum I was able to get the job done. I put in the new style ride plate inserts. I gotta say, I never want to mess with that again, what a PITA.
Anyway, the ski ran great! Handles pretty good, though I need to adjust the rodor whatever for the steering. It turns way better to the right than it does to the left.
Seems quick enough, speedo read about 53-55 as I expected (though it jumps around).
It keeps up with my dad's new Sea-Doo GTIse 130s, but I think mine is a little quicker off the line.
All in all, I really love the ski, its great for just cruising around the lake. I'm not trying to win any races I just want to get out there and have fun
Total investment including the double ski trailer is about $1500 so far. That'll probably go up, as the seat has a few dry rot cracks in it so it'll need to be recovered, and the gellcoat needs to be touched up in a few spots [made the mistake of trying a heat gun when replacing the deck mats ]
thanks to all those who posted up tips and advice
08-04-2011, 08:18 PM #2
Rode around some more this afternoon, still great. Its down just a little on top speed from the Sea-Doos, so they walk away as the speeds get higher. And if you put them in "sport mode" I can't keep up LOL
Now I'm thinking Riva air filter thing and some other bolt on go fast bits to get my speed up a little. I keep saying I just wanna get out there and cruise around, but I can't help myself, I gotta go fast
so what are some easy ways I can get just a little more speed out of my FX140?
08-04-2011, 08:23 PM #3
Congrats! It sounds like your hard work is paying off
08-04-2011, 08:35 PM #4
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