07-21-2013, 04:15 PM #1
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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?
07-21-2013, 10:18 PM #2
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.
07-21-2013, 10:21 PM #3
Potential problems are clamp failures.
Other problems are crappy resale value..
Other than that some of these units are nearly bullet proof.
07-21-2013, 10:29 PM #4
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.
04-09-2014, 12:11 PM #5
04-09-2014, 06:12 PM #6
Is the the correct thread to post this inquiry on?
04-13-2014, 06:16 PM #7
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...
04-13-2014, 06:49 PM #8
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!
04-16-2014, 08:33 PM #9
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