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    2012 Sea-Doo Supercharger Reliability

    My family is looking into purchasing our first PWC. We are comparing the Sea-Doo GTX 215 and the Yamaha FX HO. Now the GTX 215 has more features and is a full grand cheaper than the FX HO. My father though is hesitant about purchasing the GTX 215 because it has a supercharger. The Yamaha does not have a supercharger and that is appealing to him. He says that if anything is to go wrong, it would be the supercharger. I know that a Sea-Doo supercharger should be rebuilt after 100 hours. However it is now being said that in the 2012 models, they can last to 200 hours.

    We have a family friend that has worked on PWCs and has many friends that own Sea-Doos. He says that he hasn't heard a single problem with the superchargers and a majority of the PWCs are way over 150 hours without a rebuild.

    Are Sea-Doo superchargers very reliable? Is Sea-Doo a reliable PWC in general?


    Thanks!


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    Bump...
    I'm looking into getting a 14 PX. Are the improved 200 hour parts in the S/C's holding up better than the older models?

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    Play it safe and rebuild the s/c every 2 years or 100 hrs. Complete rebuild including bearings and clutch washers. Jerry on this site does a great job rebuilding them.

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    The 200 hours number is just a marketing gimmick. There are no new things starting in 2012 that make them any more reliable, BRP was likely worried about lost sales, so they changed the number.

    You are best following the 100 hour, 2 year rule.

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    Ive seen 200 hrs on a s/c but it was ridden by a retired person and he rides 100+Hrs a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    Ive seen 200 hrs on a s/c but it was ridden by a retired person and he rides 100+Hrs a year.
    I did 120+ on the 100 hour kit..
    the local dealer that rebuilt it said it would have gone to 200 without any issue..

    its how you ride your ski.. my ski is on the 200 hour kit.. has a total of 60 hours on it, out of the 180 hours on my ski 100+ hours of it is idling through no wake zones.. ( idle -2500rpms hours 102 when it was hooked to buds)
    if the ski comes unhooked let off the gas..
    staying on the throttle while the pump is out of the water is very bad for the charger when it loads back up..

    if your racing across open ocean in heavy chop then ya rebuilds are going to be more sooner than later..

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    Have personaly seen many of the (02) grey washer 2012 kit do 200 hrs.
    Ill have one this week I can check the slip on. Its up at 180hrs.
    I how ever would not run it for 200hrs in a pre 08 ski due to the oiling change made in 08

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    I did 193hours... I had issues with boost at the end of the summer... Next rebuild... Max...150... Anyway, that's some winter talk... I'll probably upgrade my supercharger next year... Lol So, I'll end up rebuilding at 100h... But still no weird issue at 193h except less boosts...

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    Good to hear. When I do get one 150 hours is probably the max I will do between rebuilds. I have heard some horror stories about S/C bearings failing ,and taking the engine with it so I am a little paranoid about it , but I'm probably going to take a chance ,and just get one.

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    So if you do go 160hrs on a stock ski and it takes out the motor wouldn't it be under warranty as it's under the 200hr service

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