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    2013 RXT vs. 2011 RXT

    Aside from the color differences, are there any meaningful differences between a 2013 RXT and a 2011? I prefer the yellow hull to the black and found a dealer that has a left over 2011 and if it's priced right I will get it. Any reliability issues with the 2011s?


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    The old ones had the pump mounted to the ride plate...Not a great design..It only lasted 2 years..The 2013's have gone back to the pump mounted to the ski...

    The ones mounted to the ride plate had a few issues where the pump bolts would loosen/back out from the heat of the ride plate and cause driveshaft and prop problems.

    If fixed properly, then you have no issues...

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    The old ones had the pump mounted to the ride plate...Not a great design..It only lasted 2 years..The 2013's have gone back to the pump mounted to the ski...

    The ones mounted to the ride plate had a few issues where the pump bolts would loosen/back out from the heat of the ride plate and cause driveshaft and prop problems.

    If fixed properly, then you have no issues...
    I'm new to PWC's and wanted to know if you would get a 2011 RXT 260 despite this issue. Is it something you would fix/change proactively?

    Thanks a bunch!

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    Those of us that have our pumps mounted to the ride plate have figured out how to do deal with these issues. When they came from the factory they used bolts that were too short and not torqued properly. This caused several pump, drive shaft and impeller spline failures, until it was figured out what the problem was. With PROPER bolts, torque, Loctite 242, and maintaining your equipment, all of this is NOT a problem! There are several of us with near or over 100 hours on these model ski's - going well over 80mph.

    ANY pwc not maintained or monitored properly can and will have problems.

    The #1 problem with the 2011 RXT's is the InterCooler. It was redesigned and not for the better, it is smaller and of poor quality and prone to leaking into the TB, intake manifold, and ultimately the cylinders. Discuss this subject with the dealer and they will tell you of numerous IC failures and TSB addressing the IC problem. This to is an easy fix.

    If you can get a great deal - go for it -----but maintain it properly and it will last a long time!

    Good Luck

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    Depends a lot upon the savings for buying a 2011 or 2013.
    Like tiny said they are the same ski other than the pump bolt placement.

    Hit the dealership up for more of a warranty on the
    2011..

    Good luck!

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