Thread: 2005 Ultra 150 - Buying advice
10-29-2013, 06:41 PM #1
2005 Ultra 150 - Buying advice
I am a current owner of an '08 250x, and am looking to pick up something affordable for the wife. I found a 2005 Ultra w/ 107hrs on it locally in Texas listed for 2800 with a double trailer (not new). I don't know much about this ski and am looking for some advice in general, and also what specifically to look for. Is this still a reliable ski today? What should I be looking for price wise?
If compression is on point and test ride goes ok, I was considering an offer of $2000 cash, but I don't want to offend if this is an unreasonable low ball. Let me know what you guys think!
10-29-2013, 09:34 PM #2
The 150s require some maintenance, but they're more reliable than the 250. And don't be surprised if your wife can just about keep up with you!
Top overhauls are pretty much required before about 200 hours. Do not accept one that has sleeved cylinders, they should be nikasil plated. Inspect the oil lines for brittleness and plan to replace them if they haven't been replaced in recent years. While you're at it, inspect the oil pump cable for fraying (very common). The jet pump bearings fail pretty early, so watch for that. Also, check for water leaking at the driveshaft seal. If you buy it, remove the electronic display and seal the rubber plug on the back with 3M 5200 or it will get water in it if you flip it.
The Ultra 150 is a great, fun 'Ski. Much better if you modify the trim to give more up. Some people adjust/cut the cable end, I made a new bracket for the nozzle.
$2800 for an '05 in good condition is a fair price, especially if it comes with a double trailer.
10-30-2013, 01:44 PM #3
Thanks for the quick response Steve. Changing oil lines and jet pump cable seems like cheap easy preventative maintenance.
Two questions in regards to the cylinders... why would they NOT be nikasil, and is there an easy way to inspect/identify this?
As far as the pump bearings, should these be inspected and changed preventatively? Not sure how easily accessible the pump is to inspect/work on.
Driveshaft seal... should I remove the seat while in the water to check for moisture ingress? How should I check for this?
I'm tearing through the forums to do my homework, but I appreciate any info you can give! What part of Texas are you in?
10-30-2013, 10:23 PM #4
Another very worthwhile mod is a PRIMER. Makes starting instant and saves wear & tear on your starter & battery. However, do NOT remove the chokes from the original carbs. Doing so will make the carbs run uncontrollably lean and cause engine damage.
The Triple Pisser Mod is another very important mod. Allows you to monitor water flow out of each cylinder head.
10-31-2013, 12:05 AM #5
If you do get it, I would change the 90's coming from the heads to straight fittings and finish off with the tripple pisser's as posted above......hope you/she are riding flat water as this isnt a rough water ski....
Heres some old video of my modded 250 running a modded 150...both running a lil over 70 mph .....
11-07-2013, 05:46 PM #6
he has changed his mind on the price... wanting no less than $3900 (per KBB even tho NADA is 2900). I'll be waiting for a more fair price.... thanks for the info guys!
11-07-2013, 08:42 PM #7
Keep his phone number, he won't sell it for that price.
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