09-23-2013, 11:07 PM #1
- Join Date
- Sep 2013
- Ottawa, ON
New Seadoo Owner, couple of maintenance questions..
Sorry if these questions have been answered. I have spent a number of hours on this forum and didn't find current answers.
First, I purchased a 2013 GTR215 this summer. It is a blast and so far I am very happy so far. The two questions so far are below. I am up in Canada and getting ready to winterize my ski, unfortunately.
1. I have read that many users are using synthetic oils. The manual clearly states to "NEVER" use a synthetic oil as it may impair the supercharger. Is this the case or do most users switch to full synthetic?
2. The supercharger rebuilds? Most related stickies on the forums seem to be dating back to 2007-2009. Are the new skis still using ceramic washers? I have read and watched on youtube some horror stories but seems to mostly be on older skis, 2003-2006. Is the need to change the washers to steel ones needed or do I just wait for a rebuild at ~200 hours?
I think that is it for now, I have been wanting to join the PWC community for a number of years and finally pulled the trigger. So far no regrets
09-23-2013, 11:16 PM #2
Welcome aboard the Hulk!!!
Valveoline 10/40 motorcycle oil wet clutch formula for s/c doos..
I've used it in 300+ skis 0 motor oil issues.
No ceramics in s/c doos since around 2008.
S/c rebuild is 100% Dooo to how you ride..
Flat water never unhooking you can get 150+ hrs before a complete rebuild of bearing and washers..if you baby it...
If you come unhooked a lot like in the ocean or you ride it like you stole it I'd suggest every 60-75hrs...
Just when you service the s/c ALWAYS DOOO THE CLUTCHES AND BEARINGS...
this is where a lot of people save $$ and change only the clutch washers and then the bearings take a dump and cost them 2k+ in damages..
Great ski you picked.. that's a near bullet proof machine!!!
Last edited by wotxxxsd; 09-24-2013 at 01:08 AM.
09-24-2013, 01:08 AM #3
09-24-2013, 04:26 AM #4
Welcome to the hulk, greetings - I'm from the east coast.
If you jump waves or get air still all, I hear it is best to come off the throttle with a sc ski.
Not sure bout the oil. I usually use brp oil.
09-24-2013, 12:34 PM #5
- Join Date
- Mar 2013
- Appleton, WI
Valvoline 10/40 motorcycle oil is excellent and cheap. I'd replace every 25-30 hours or so. Easy to do yourself in less then 30 minutes.
Your model is 200 hours on the supercharger. Many though won't trust that. If you want to play it safe/smart do it at around 100 hours. If your an easier lake rider I'd say push it to 150 hours. Lots of chop riding is what causes wear(coming unhooked over and over and over). Big issue in the ocean and larger lakes (ie: great lakes). Not so much on your typical lake and rivers.
09-24-2013, 01:13 PM #6
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- Sep 2013
- Ottawa, ON
Great! Thanks for the replies. Mostly I am on small cottage lakes, but we took it out on Lake Ontario once in some good swells. It was a blast! I suspect that will account for a small percentage of my riding. That is again for the info, I know where to come when I have more questions.
09-24-2013, 01:53 PM #7
good to know i put 65 hours on my GTR since the end of May , and i beat on it pretty good lots of choppy riding in the Great lakes , i've noticed my RPM down some days like 7850 or so but then back up to normal on others , maybe due to temps ( cooler ) and currents ? or a slipping SC
09-24-2013, 02:55 PM #8
If you beat on your ski and come unhooked often then I'd suggest a complete s/c rebuild at around 80 hrs max..
I'd rather be safe and know the charger isn't going to break than be sorry once it craps out and does damage to the ski.
That's just my opinion..
09-24-2013, 03:22 PM #9
09-24-2013, 03:40 PM #10
Yes because its good for wet clutches..
All s/c skis need a wet clutch compatible oil...
It ain't rocket science...
In my opinion its just over kill and wasted money when Valveoline 10/40 motorcycle oil wet clutch formula is a lot less $$$ and does the same job...
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