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    Help me please i want a ski bad!

    Hey guys,
    Im in Australia and im wanting to get my first ski as i now think i might have enough money to get one. Ive always wanted one since i was a kid when my uncles all had skis and they used to let me spin around in them when i was young.
    I have been doing heaps of research and really dont want to spend more than $7 grand AUD but would love to spend heaps less.
    I have talked to my local jet ski shop and they pretty much said to try and hunt down Yamaha only and a 4 stroke only and FXHO.
    That sort of narrowed things down too much!? Theres only a few locally.
    My uncle loved kawasakis and i was talking to him and he had the zxi's.

    So is it true 2 strokes are a waste of time? I dont mind getting my hands dirty working on it and i have a mate who is a motorbike mech to help with future work.

    I want something quick agile and would like to take a friend every now and then.

    Also is there a list of things somewhere for pre purchase inspections for me to do it myself? ie check for defects in the impeller and other signs of wear and compression.

    Thanks so much in advance,
    Jess


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    Both four strokes and two strokes will require maintenance and care. Both will be reliable if properly cared for, both can cause headaches if improperly cared for.

    Aside from some fuel system issues (caused by bad gas) and electrical bugs (broken wire on a connector), my ZXI 1100 has been pretty trouble free. It has around 200 hours on the original top end and it still has compression within factory spec. All my gauges work properly as well. I wouldn't be afraid to buy another Kawasaki two stroke. IMO, the biggest advantage of a four stroke is fuel economy.

    As far as ride goes, my ZXI is a lot of fun when ridden solo. It handles sharply and has enough power to be fun. No, it won't keep up with the new muscle crafts out there, but it does ok. It kind of sucks when ridden two-up though. It seems no matter how i set the trim, it porpoises with two people on board. It's almost unridable two-up on chop. For that reason alone I'm going to get something different when it comes time to get another ski. I'm thinking an STX-12R or STX-15F will be my next ski.

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    Help me please i want a ski bad!

    Where in Aus are you?

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    I've got an STX-R. They are a great ski but very rare (got the 300x also, but that bitch is just crazy!!)

    See if you can find a 15F. They are the same hull as the STX-R and a very reliable ski if looked after. Just get one that has been ridden and not sitting around.

    This is my check list for buying second hand.

    You need to look out for:
    1. Hull Damage (cracks, even hairline cracks are a problem, look around the pump, and rear of the ski closely)
    2. Paint Fade (it's been left outside)
    3. Rust or salt around the engine (may be a sign of not being flushed and washed correctly)
    4. Compression (depending on the ski, around 110-120+ PSI for a 2 stroke but much higher for a 4 stroke, but come back to us once you know what ski you're looking at)
    5. Steering, make sure it's smooth
    6. Make sure it starts easy, and listen for excessive prop noise (it will rattle, but some are very loud. This may be a sign of wear). Also check around the pump for sand, and maybe even shine a light in the intake and look through the nozzle. You want to see less than a millimetre of gap and even all round between the prop and jet pump
    7. Finally, ask how long they have owned ski's for, and if they have owned the one you're looking at from new.

    Stuff that you'll want (and for towing too):
    1. Finger Throttle
    2. Boarding Step
    3. Mirrors
    4. Tow Hook
    5. Storage Hooks
    6. 130hp+ is nice
    7. Stability
    8. Storage for rope and handles

    Where are you planning on riding (rough water; ocean lakes and bays, or smooth water; rivers)

    Cheers, Mal.

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    I LOVE my Ultra 150 (2-stroke). They all require maintenance.

    Keep in mind that it's not the fact that they're 2-strokes that requires more maintenance, it's the fact that they're a lot older and have (most likely) been abused and/or neglected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justjmfh View Post
    Hey guys,
    Im in Australia and im wanting to get my first ski as i now think i might have enough money to get one. Ive always wanted one since i was a kid when my uncles all had skis and they used to let me spin around in them when i was young.
    I have been doing heaps of research and really dont want to spend more than $7 grand AUD but would love to spend heaps less.
    I have talked to my local jet ski shop and they pretty much said to try and hunt down Yamaha only and a 4 stroke only and FXHO.
    That sort of narrowed things down too much!? Theres only a few locally.
    My uncle loved kawasakis and i was talking to him and he had the zxi's.

    So is it true 2 strokes are a waste of time? I dont mind getting my hands dirty working on it and i have a mate who is a motorbike mech to help with future work.

    I want something quick agile and would like to take a friend every now and then.

    Also is there a list of things somewhere for pre purchase inspections for me to do it myself? ie check for defects in the impeller and other signs of wear and compression.

    Thanks so much in advance,
    Jess

    price might be the problem.
    stx 15f imo is the best N/A ski on the market, and if looked after correctly the engine will outlast the hull.

    0 to 50 is fantastic (and better than most )and great handling and a heap of fun

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    A Kawasaki 15f is your best choice for your price limit.
    Last edited by DH300; 05-10-2013 at 10:46 AM.

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