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    SL 1050 1997; What to look for, how fast?

    Hi Lads,

    One of these sl1050 has come up for sale close to me for reasonable money but the guy selling it hasn't much info on it.

    I have a 1992 sl 650 and love it so i am tempted by the extra power?

    What should i be looking out for?

    Can these be converted to premix?

    What is there top speed and what year is this ski.

    Heres a link to the actual ski for sale.

    http://www.donedeal.ie/boats-for-sal...r-sale/5795971

    Thanks again

    Thomas
    Last edited by K447; 10-09-2013 at 05:11 PM.


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    It will be a 1996 to 1999, someone will recognize the exact year from the color scheme.

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    No need to convert to premix, the oil injection system is typically reliable. Just install fresh hoses and oil filter, good clamps. Make sure the check valves at the engine are not stuck closed.

    The 1050 is a nice engine, smooth and quick. Top speed will be somewhere in the high 50mph to perhaps low 60mph range, if everything is in good condition.

    If this is a salt water machine then a careful inspection is necessary. Sometimes the jet pump wear ring sleeve gets corrosion internally and swells inwards, binding against the impeller. Polaris has specific recommendations for salt water riding, including fresh water flush and rinse after every day of riding and fogging the engine each day.

    See my signature links for more info.
    Last edited by K447; 10-09-2013 at 05:10 PM.

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    I believe the sl series went away in 98 being replaced with the slxh then in 99 being the slx. I'm thinking that's a 97

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    It is a 97. There was no sl 1050 in 96 and the slxh was the 2 seater 1050 for 98

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    Yep, Definetly 97, very fast I have one,with a few mods and it keeps up with my 1200's
    does mid 60's.

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    Great info lads,

    i think i might make the purchase if inspection goes well.

    is this the same hull as the sl 650? if it is i'm sold because there great fun

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    Its pretty close to the same. Sponsons and a longer ride plate improve the handling. Its nowhere near a loose in the back end as the 650

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    Quote Originally Posted by bweengmachine View Post



    What should i be looking out for?



    Surprised no one said it already but the electrics are unreliable and they are discontinued from Polaris. Used ones are all that's left.
    I would be very cautious about what I would spend an "I don't know if it runs" 1050 deal. I wouldn't spend more than a few hundred bucks.
    Just my .02

    If it needs work, I have more extra 1050 parts here than I know what to do with and would definitely hook you up. I have extra cyls, carbs, pumps, and electrics. Ive got you covered.

    Ive bought and parted out a bunch of these... and currently own one.
    the electrics seems to be the #1 issue. Ive Seen a bunch with cracked cyls but that may be a winterization issue and Ive seen some with seized pumps. The metal wear ring swells and causes the pump to lock up. Beyond that they are pretty solid skis.
    Very good midrange and top end but don't have a whole lot of snap.
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    the 97 sl 1050 is a AWESOME ski and will run high 50's to low 60's I bought one new an never had a ounce of problems with it and I ran it hard and it still has it's original ignition and fuel lines in it and my buddy bought a 97 sl 900 that has over 400 hrs on it with it's original ignition and fuel lines to so don't let the talk of the ignition systems going bad scare you from buying it ,if it runs you will love it

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    Compared to a 650? You may end up never riding the 650 again! It has a red domestic engine in It also. Not the blue fugi. money items to watch for: wear ring, prop condition, corrosion, possible carb rebuild for reliabilty, a good battery, the jet pump bearings andcondition of the stator vanes. And one more... if the mfd gauge works.

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