Thread: 2008 RXTX buy or skip?
04-30-2014, 08:02 PM #1
2008 RXTX buy or skip?
I am looking at a 2008 RXTX that is for sale at a dealer. Price $5,500
It has 18 hours on the ski….the owner left on a lift and the sun ruined the gauge so its been replaced
along with new seats. Dealer says they can show the real hours on the motor are only 18.
Besides some bad oxidation on gelcoat the ski looks in good shape I don't see much signs of rust being
near salt water.
I checked the inside of jet pump near scoop grate and I see no signs of cracks or spiderwebbing…I can't see pump tunnel inside engine compartment with all the exhaust hoses. The mechanic at the dealer says he never heard of the pump tunnel cracking and has worked with many RXTX. The mechanic recently replaced oil and filter and did water test and it ran fine.
Should I pay to have the mechanics to remove hoses to make sure no cracking of pump tunnel ?
Anything else I need to consider? The dealer wont' allow a water test due to insurance issues.
Sound like something I should walk away from?
Sorry for all the questions.
04-30-2014, 08:28 PM #2
Wow! Nice find at that price. If its legit I'd be all over it.
04-30-2014, 08:32 PM #3
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Great price if it all checks out.
I'd ask if they could do a compression test and maybe see what kind of deal they'd give you on a supercharger rebuild as part of the deal.
04-30-2014, 08:35 PM #4
any pictures of it? Is the bottom in good shape?
U should have them do a compression test for u.
Do all the cables work?
04-30-2014, 08:44 PM #5
Yeah I checked the reverse it moved well up and down the steering made no weird noises either.
Bottom of hull looked pretty clean also.
Yeah I can have them do a compression check. I was going to go back tomorrow with some stuff to see
if I can remove the oxidation if so I am thinking this is a possible steal.
What other things would you guys suggest to get replaced to get it back in good operating form?
Should the supercharger be ok with such little use?
04-30-2014, 08:48 PM #6
04-30-2014, 09:20 PM #7
Supercharger Bearings need to be replaced every 2 years or 100 hours.
04-30-2014, 09:26 PM #8
04-30-2014, 09:31 PM #9
Read this thread: http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=90784 especially post #23.
I had a 2008 RXT-X tunnel failed at 5 hour point then again around 28 hours. AFter 2nd fiberglass repair job, my dealer took the ski back and sold it and I got my 2010 T-X.
You need to look underneath the ski with a good flashlight into the pump tunnel and look for stress cracks, NOT inside the ski tunnel area you won't see anything there. In 2008-2009 there were over 25-30 guys on the Hulk bitching about the same problem. There was a string of VIN's that were problem tunnels and many others with no problems at all.
That is a great ski and several guys have it running 82-83 mph with great performance. My brother in law, 1tommygunner1927 probably has the most knowledge about it and has over 230 hours on his ski!
If you can't work something out to water test it I would walk away, that is pure BS! Since it has sat most of its 6 years it needs to be looked over very carefully.
Tunnel needs very close inspection underneath, SC needs to be pulled and slip checked, oil & filter, plugs, coolant changed, etc, etc.
Be very cautious!!
04-30-2014, 09:39 PM #10
Yeah I agree not getting a water test sucks….I can only take the mechanics word the ski runs good.
That and compression test.
I will need to put some money into it for sure...
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