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    Saltwater corrosion on 05-07 FXHOs... run away or just minor cleanup?

    I've been shopping around for a used FXHO, and have run into a number which were obviously put away wet.

    In the engine compartment, I'm seeing a lot of rust and other corrosion - first one I saw, I was shocked at all the non-stainless components in there.

    My big question though is, aside from being a general indicator of lack of maintenance, what is there under the seat that is going to be damaged? For instance, one FX I looked at, the whole engine showed signs of salt exposure, but I popped off the air cleaner cover and everything under there looked pristine.

    I keep stumbling into good deals, but don't want to get myself into a rustbucket. Some of these were kept on floats in the water etc and I assume not flushed often.

    I'm surprised at this because I've owned a number of 10, 12, 15 year old skis and never had this much rust show up on any of them, but I was always religious about flushing and WD-40.

    Comments? Am I overreacting to cosmetics, or what problems can I expect from saltwater soaked skis of this generation? What are some specific examples of problems I can check for or might expect?


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    It's even on the newer yamahas if there not cleaned and maintained correctly.

    Ive seen it on 2010&2011 FZS fzr skis that have been lift kept over salt water and the only time the seat comes off is for a oil change at the dealership.
    1 owner said he couldn't believe the rust on his own ski.
    He also had never had the seat off in 65 hrs on a 2010 FZS.
    Some people have no clue how to care for there skis.

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    Potential problems are clamp failures.

    Other problems are crappy resale value..

    Other than that some of these units are nearly bullet proof.

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    I got a salt water GPR. I wouldn't buy a salt water ski again. All the bolts are corroded in, making it hard to work on. My metal components that were in the water are probably garbage, I have to replace them for hopefully low hour fresh water components. I would pay more and get fresh water. Salt water may be cheaper, but fresh water will give you a much cleaner ski. That being said some people do keep good care of there salt water machines.

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    Hi, here are some pics of a 2010 FX HO with low-hours (~20)... is this something I can correct/stop myself or nothing to worry about?Click image for larger version. 

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    Please advise and thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Barry

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    Is the the correct thread to post this inquiry on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blong123 View Post
    Hi, here are some pics of a 2010 FX HO with low-hours (~20)... is this something I can correct/stop myself or nothing to worry about?Click image for larger version. 

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    Please advise and thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Barry
    Barry, that doesn't look too bad to me.
    There are products that will help protect your ski; look into products such as Fluid Film or Salt Away, also BRP makes a spray called XP-S which is the best I have ever used, it actually dissolves away rust and I have used it for years...

    http://store.can-am.brp.com/product/...016/_/XPS_Lube

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    crc656 in a zep spray bottle works wonders! I spray my trailer leaf springs and hardware after each ride, 4 yrs old the springs have no rust and original paint on them is still perfect. Always in the salt no fresh water here!

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    Thanks for the feedback...

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