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    First Ride on SLX is complete!.... and almost completely successful.

    So apparently jet skis are like life.... full of lessons. I learned:
    1) make sure the drain plug is in BEFORE you go in the lake! (hey at least the bilge pumps works!)
    2) just because it says it has a 370lb capacity doesn't mean you want to put that much weight on the ski (darn thing was sooo unstable with 340lbs on it between me and my wife)
    3) tighten the battery terminals down good! (stranded in middle of lake for a bit until she fired back up)
    4) make sure the compartment with your keys in it is latched all the way! (lost our keys after my wife turned us over)
    5) all loose items better be cheap to replace!
    6) This baby will fly! 60 mph with a little chop? No problem. Just pretend its a horse trying to buck you off.

    Just have a couple issues that I need help/advice with.
    1) Ski had issues with idle speed. Ski would start at 1300-1500 rpm and slowly bog down and die. I had to keep my hand on throttle and keep the engine at around 2200 rpm to keep stable. I am going to adjust the low speed screw to see if this takes care of the idle issues. Just wish that you could easily access the screw! Engine compartment is soo cramped.
    2) Once the ski was in open water she rode beautifully with the trim adjusted. However when slowing down and the ski came off plane, there was a 3-5 second time span where the ski wouldn't respond to throttle adjustments. After the 3-5 seconds of slowing down, everything returned to normal. Anyone have any clue what would cause this or is it normal?
    3) I'm constantly thinking and dreaming about jet skis now... Therapy?


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    Click avatar for tech links/info, donation request K447's Avatar
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    Ti: Put keys WITH a floatie attached inside a small waterproof pouch. The pouch holds some extra air to aid buoyancy, and it can be easier to see and retrieve a floating pouch that just the keys alone.

    Test your floating keys in the sink before going out

    I have been using Dry Pak, but there are lots of others.

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    Think of the SL as really a one person hull.

    Two full size people is for entertainment (of those watching)

    Reboarding two people onto a SL in deep water can be, um, challenging...

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Think of the SL as really a one person hull.

    Two full size people is for entertainment (of those watching)

    Reboarding two people onto a SL in deep water can be, um, challenging...
    Challenging is a good way of putting it. Pretty sure there were some great views of my wife as she was trying to get back on as I'm leaning over the front trying to counterweight and balance the ski.

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    Any of the 3 person models are more stable and comfortable with two people, especially the Virage and other more recent models/years.

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    Make sure all of you exhaust hoses are well connected, clamps tight, no holes or leaks. If they leak, the exhaust build up in the ski at idle will slowly drop RPM until it appears to bog down and die. At speed, the intake "scoop" in the front of the ski displaces the exhaust with fresh air. You may notice decreased performance at speed, but it will still go.......

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    So I pull out the maintenance guide and it says to check the thermostat if low end performance is poor. So I take out the screws and to my amazement... the whole compartment was empty. Is this an issue?

    I havn't noticed any exhaust leaking into the ski so I dont think that is the issue however I will double check exhaust lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasTech1018 View Post
    2) just because it says it has a 370lb capacity doesn't mean you want to put that much weight on the ski
    That can be solved by buying a second ski. Or in my case, buying a second, third, fourth, lol.

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