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    Virage Rebuild Question

    Hi Guys,

    Just bought my '02 Virage 700 last June, and doubled the number of hours on it within a few months (now at about 90). I'm planning for another year of hard riding (maybe 80 hours) this season, and am wondering about my pump. It's mostly stock, although the previous owner did have a stainless stator and an Adjust-A-Thrust installed on it, but I'm wondering whether I should replace the bearings and impeller this month as preventative maintenance. When out of the water, it seems like the pump rattles a little, and visually it looks like there's a little bit of a gap between impeller and housing.

    In the water, it performs flawlessly, but I just want to make sure that I'm not on a road trip this summer, and have my bearings fail me and lock up. What do you guys think? Is the process easy enough to swap bearings and seals that it's worth the work, or are these bearings usually solid enough that I shouldn't worry about it?

    Any reply and help is appreciated,



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    ph2ocraft's Avatar
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    Campbell, Ca.
    Chris, WELCOME to the Green Hulk Forums!!!!

    It's normal for the driveline to rattle out of the water a little bit.
    I usually don't change the bearings until they start feeling a little rough but there's nothing wrong with replacing them before it gets to that point.

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    Perth Australia
    200 hrs change them

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    Thanks Al,

    How do I tell when the bearings begin to get rough, will I notice a drop in power, or hear substantially more rattling? What preventative maintenance do you recommend that I do this month to guarantee that my 90 hour ski will make it to 180 by the end of the summer?



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