Thread: fzs sho....how bad?
04-02-2014, 02:22 PM #1
fzs sho....how bad?
dont want to ruffle any feathers but a friend of mine just talked me out of a 2010 fzs...he told me they have bad supercharges on them...not worth the risk...I'm curious how many blow up? is there anything to look for before this happens? Is this one of those reputations that are unfounded and blow out of proportion? I was really wanting an FX as I've heard they are better in rougher water but was getting what I thought to be a very good deal on the fzs...7k for it with 100 hrs....thanks for any help!!
04-02-2014, 03:04 PM #2
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- May 2013
The supercharger is not the issue. It's the supercharger clutch. They are known to go bad depending on how you ride. Upgrade to the 2013 clutch and you'll have no issues.
If you like to ride the limiter and stay full throttle when jumping out of the water then you may encounter issues. But that's pretty much the only problem an FZR had prior to 2013. Sea Doos live in the dealer, ask any service rep, Kawasaki has a few known issues as well.
If you get a VXR you'll never encounter an issue. Change the oil and you good.
04-02-2014, 04:12 PM #3
Most of the supercharger issues are due to modified skis that are moving faster than the speed the manufacturer intended. Don't get me wrong, they can fail/wear like any clutch, but they don't "blow up" and it's usually not a major event. Here's one with 500 hours in the ocean and zero issues; can you find any stock PWC supercharger by ANY manufacturer that beats this anywhere on the forum?
Last edited by YoYamma; 04-02-2014 at 08:01 PM.
04-02-2014, 08:57 PM #4
Any supercharged ski you find is going to come with it's own set of problems, you wont avoid that. I hate these gear driven superchargers but they are a small risk when the reliability of the engine is tippy top..
04-03-2014, 06:22 AM #5
04-03-2014, 07:46 AM #6
My uncle's 2010 FZS supercharged has 250 hours on it....stage 1 running strong with no issues.
04-03-2014, 07:49 AM #7
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- Jul 2008
The 2012s had rough go. Yamaha upgraded the spragg bearing in the clutch and they started sheering the teeth off instead of slipping the spragg. 2013 they sorted the teeth out and the spragg is the weak link. However they have had much better results with the 2013 clutch set up then both the 2009 and 2012 versions.
My 2009 clutched lasted just over 50 hours each and caused no engine damage. I ride hard in mostly choppy ovean waters. I then installed a 2012 and a gear dampener and had terrible results. No problems with the 2013 gear set.
If upgrading you must also replace the idler gear as the tooth count has changed to allow bigger teeth. Jerry has kits in his store for $649.
Trying to get you a link to it but having issues on my phone.
04-03-2014, 08:27 AM #8
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- Siesta Key, Fl
04-03-2014, 09:10 AM #9
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- Aug 2012
I'm at 70 hours of variable riding conditions with no issues.
I'd take a Yamaha Supercharger over seadoo any day.
Yes they wear out, but if you are riding in rough conditions try to either keep the ass end hooked in the water or if you get airborne let off the throttle.
That is a fair price, just make sure you go over everything like any other ski.
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