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    Ultra LX pump/ride plate corrosion

    Well I'm excited, I bought a Ultra Lx after a line of 5 Polaris (Polari?) starting with a my first in 1992. I can't wait to get this thing in the water. In all my excitement of purchasing this LX it didn't accure to me that unlike all my Polari, this Kawasaki has NO paint or corrison protection on the pump/etc. I leave my watercraft in the water 4 months at a time (freshwater) in the summer and my experiance with painted pumps is that after two/three years I have to repaint them or they get real scary looking. So does this new Lx have a clear coat on the aluminum (it does not really look like it)? Have Kawasaki's always been this way and what should I expect? Trailering it everytime is NOT a option. Should I pull it apart now and zinc cromate primer and paint it like the stern drive on my big boat which has survivied 31 years of being underwater with paint every 4/5 years? Any Ideas (other than putting it on a trailer/ jetdock/etc)? Thanks in advance.


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    Probably OK as is, no corrosion paint comes on it. Best thing
    is to pull it once in a while to get any lake/river scum off it.

    I would just be concerned with electrolisys in your dock. Is it public
    or private? If you have a lot of boats with shore power attached
    there is potential to eat up your aluminum drives. You would need
    to put zinc anodes on the ride plate somewhere to counter act.

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    I have had a long line of Kawis and none had any paint or primer on the pump, grate, rideplate. They must use a good grade of aluminum because other skis with the painted parts seem to corrode more and the finish lifts off with the white corrosion powder under it. I doubt you will have problems in fresh water, other than slime growing on everything.

    Richard

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    Well thanks for the vote of confidence on how I "shouldn't" have too much of a problem. Luckily where I'll keep my Ultra does not have much stray electricity judging by my big boat which gets hauled every 4-5 years (see picture of 4 years of slime). So I guess I'll see what happens, then deal with it if I have to.

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    Wow, didn't mean for that picture to be that big, sorry. Figured it would show up as a small pic at the bottom that you could click on to get big.......guess I need to learn something..............again.

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    Ok, lets see if I can do this......putting the picture down below....Hummm still seems too big........guess I need to start with a smaller pic
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