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    1984 JS550 - I came into the Kawasaki world.

    Coming from polaris, getting that ski running 2 weeks ago, i have now came into the Kawasaki world with a standup.

    I purchased a 1984 JS550 yesterday for 260, no title. Before i even went and looked at it, i called my title office/ watercraft office and had the last registration numbers and HIN ran for a title. Nothing in the system besides it was last registered in 1998. Before the title law went into effect in 2000 in ohio.

    Good deal to me. Needs brushes for the starter.

    Now the fun begins. I took the motor out yesterday, but i do need to know where the s/n is for the motor. I need to take that to the title office to file for the court order to get the title on Wednesday. Upon inspection, looks like who ever owned it raced it back in the day. And i guess replaced the stater due to them hacking the wiring up for it. Everything else looks stock besides the hydroturf. I will take more pictures tonight and post them up with the progress of restoring this baby.


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    You do know the words "just needs ......." Usually means the engine is gone, hull cracked and mice living in the water box.
    Don't waste time on title if it turns out to be a basket case. See if it runs first.

    Good luck and welcome to the Kawasaki side.

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    Good luck with it!

    Is that a watercraft salvage yard in the background?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Good luck with it!

    Is that a watercraft salvage yard in the background?
    Pretty much. He had about 4 js550's, couple of polaris, seadoo's, yamaha's etc.

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    Just ordered a OEM starter off of ebay today. We will see what it does when i recieve it in the mail. This ski had a chinese starter from ebay. Here is the pictures i promised. Excuse my mess you see in my garage.

    Where do you guys get the carb rebuild kits at? And what 2 cycle oil do you run? Need to buy some. I read 40 to 1 is this correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    Just ordered a OEM starter off of ebay today. We will see what it does when i recieve it in the mail. This ski had a chinese starter from ebay. Here is the pictures i promised. Excuse my mess you see in my garage.

    Where do you guys get the carb rebuild kits at? And what 2 cycle oil do you run? Need to buy some. I read 40 to 1 is this correct?
    Yes, I think 40 to 1 is correct.

    Does the crank rotate smoothly by hand, can you feel compression?
    Depends on what carb it has for rebuild kits.
    Don't spend a ton of money until you know you have something that's good enough to run. If the crank and cylinders and carb are all toast, its just not worth it.

    Now trying to disappoint you, just be sure its a salvageable machine as parts are getting scarce for those.

    Garage, a mess, sigh of work in progress!!

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    Yes the motor has compression.
    turns over very smoothly
    Has the Mikuni carb on it, don't know what size. I'm a tillison guy...
    As i said i just ordered the starter. What i will do is just put some oil in the cyl, and spray my mixed gas into the carb and see if it will fire. if it does im on a good track.

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    yeah anywhere from 40:1 to 50:1 is a good ratio. when i ordered my mikuni rebuild kit it was good for a few different sizes. the mikuni carbs for these skis came in the sbn or bn models, look on the side of your carb. if its a square shape its and sbn if its a circle shape its a bn.

    or just take a picture and post it.

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    Run it 40-1. I use Maxima Gold. Use what ever you like. I use Maxima because it's easy to get and I just buy it by the gallon.
    I imagine you took the motor out to change the starter. When you get one and have the motor back in put some oil in the holes and turn it over with the throttle wide open and do compression and leak down test. I would go thru fuel system good and change hoses, etc.
    Carb you have is a BN. Kits cheap on E-Bay and such,. I have manifold and head gasket if needed PM me an address I'll send you one ea.
    These ski's are fun and I like them. A challenge to ride. I have done well over 100 miles in a day on mine. Just fun.
    Cheap to keep running, loads of parts around, and easy.
    The BN carb has 3 circuits. Idle, mid, and high speed. Easy to tune on a trailer or even with a friend or 2 holding in the water.

    Mine has milled head, bored 1mm over, ride plate, choke plate removed, good prop, 5 gal. tank, and goes 40+. Lotsa fun.
    Good luck.

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    I will take some more pictures tomorrow of what is going on, house is first, gotta make the wife happy. ( she was not too happy when i bought this toy, until i let her buy new couches... ) I went to walmart and bought some oil. Once i get the starter i will get the compression tested. The carb is the round style. Everything looks stock as i can tell. I will get more detailed pictures with the wifes slr camera tomorrow and post them up. Along with any progress i happen to make.

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