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    Nw member, new owner!

    Hi, all! New member here! I just picked up a really nice 1997 SPX and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm fairly new to PWC's but I grew up around boats as a kid. After enjoying PWC's for the past few months that my friends own I thought the time for me to own one was now. I feel like I got a decent deal on the thing. Came with a good cover and a new battery. The PO told me the carbs were cleaned recently and though the stickers tell a different story, it was in the water a couple of weeks ago after this. He said it ran great and he seemed like a really honest guy. He did say that the shop that did the carbs said the compression was good. I was unfortunately unable to test it since I left my kit at home, an hour away.

    So far I've read that I need to change those gray fuel lines out. Are the any other precautionary things I should look for before I get to crazy with it?

    Seems like a great forum here and I look forward to joining in the fun!

    Here's pics of the ski













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    Welcome to the Hulk!!!

    Wow that's a very clean machine.

    It's just not advised to ever buy something without riding it 1st.

    Compression check it for a good base line of #s and don't ride too far from shore or ride with friends till your 100% sure its not going to leave you stranded.
    Carry an extra set of new spark plugs and something to change them with AT ALL TIMES WHEN RIDING.
    Good rule of thumb is to change your battery out every 2 year.. after 2 years they have a tendency to crap out at the worst time...

    Doo doughnuts and enjoy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    Doo doughnuts and enjoy!!!
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    Thanks! Do spark plugs really go that fast in these things!?

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    It's hard to say when or how long they will last.
    It just really sucks when your out riding and stop some where and it won't start due to an over oiled or fouled plug..

    Ask me how I know.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    It's hard to say when or how long they will last.
    It just really sucks when your out riding and stop some where and it won't start due to an over oiled or fouled plug..

    Ask me how I know.....
    I can see how that would ruin an afternoon. Thanks for the advice!

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    That's a really fun machine and should give you many hours of doughnuts.

    With all the 2 strokers I've had I always converted them to premix.
    That way you know your ski is getting oil at all times.
    With the oil pump you have to worry about lines coming off or the oil pump dumping out.
    You don't know if a line has come off or the oil pump quits till the motor seizes up.
    It's just a way to insure that motor isn't going to seize from lack of oil.

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    Helmet, it looks like you just bought one awsome little ski.
    -97SPX is the BEST little ski ever made and this one looks perfect.

    DONT RIDE IT !!! yet.

    Look in the seadoo 2 stroke section http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=27314

    If it has the original fuel lines it will likely blow up within three tanks of gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    That's a really fun machine and should give you many hours of doughnuts.

    With all the 2 strokers I've had I always converted them to premix.
    That way you know your ski is getting oil at all times.
    With the oil pump you have to worry about lines coming off or the oil pump dumping out.
    You don't know if a line has come off or the oil pump quits till the motor seizes up.
    It's just a way to insure that motor isn't going to seize from lack of oil.
    Nope. you lost me at buy a new battery every year or two.

    1-This ski is in incredible shape and if the oil pump, cables and lines are not rusted up or broken than do not go premix.
    -this ski requires an oil bath to be maintained in the rotory valve chamber in the case.

    2-This ski is in incredible shape but needs some care before you "do doughnuts".
    -it's 16 years old.

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    and only buy one battery. get a Deka ETX-16l now.
    -it's a little more $$ now but if your still riding in 5 years you will thank me.

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