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    1997 STX 900- Should I buy it- Bad motor

    Hi everyone, I am considering buying the STX 900 for $600 with trailer. The motor is out and apparently has a bad piston.

    My question is: is this a good buy? How difficult is it to reassemble and install the motor? I would plan on buying a rebuild kit from ebay. Is it necessary to have a engine hoist?

    How deep can I get myself into here? Are there a lot of expensive things that can be wrong with it? The seller indicates that the speedo doesnt work either, is that common problem or expensive?

    The hull is apparently in decent condition, minus some small chips , etc.

    Thanks, and looking forward to being a member of this community


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    Is this your first JetSki? If so, I'd say no. To do a top overhaul, you're looking at about $150 per cylinder for pistons, etc. You don't know the condition of the cylinders, so it may need to be bored, too (about $200). It's very likely that the failure was caused by a plugged carburetor. Add another $150 for carb kits. The speedo sensor is no longer available from Kawasaki, but the gauge is available for $240. I'd be more worried about the electric trim. That is very failure prone and can be expensive to fix. It seems like every time I buy a 'Ski to fix up and sell, it costs me a lot more than I anticipate. The cost estimate assumes that you can do all the work (except boring). If you have to pay someone else to do it, the cost will more than double.

    If you're lucky, and you can do it all yourself, you might end up with a 'Ski that is worth what you spent on it.

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    Awesome, thanks so much for the advice. Should I offer lower than his asking price?

    I'm told that the carb rebuild was already done. I found a few speedo sensors on ebay for $40, and the full rebuild kit with cylinder block already bored out for $400. If I can get it complete and running for $1k or less, would that be worth it?

    Its my first jet ski, but I have owned a jet boat and other boats in the past, and am generally mechanically inclined (do all my own work on motorcycles, cars, etc)

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    Yes, it might be worth it. Don't scrimp on parts, buy quality parts. You don't want SBT parts.

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    How about the procedure? Hand tools quick type of job, or do i need an engine hoist?

    Do you know of a place to get the service manual download?

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    Hand tools, hoist, service manual, LocTite, grease, oil, etc.

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