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    Good used 3 seater-which is best

    I am looking for a used 3 seater for the family to tow tubes and site see. I don't care about speed. Reliability is the most important thing. I can only spend around $4300. I already know that Yamaha and Kawasaki are the most reliable but used Yamahas that I was looking at have the power valve, cat converter problems. I was thinking 4 stroke would be more reliable and less maintenance. There are some real cheap polaris too but am scared of them since there aren't many places that will work on them anymore. I know that the Yama xl700 is a good reliable ski but they are a gamble because many of them were rentals and don't have hour meters so they might be worn out and you wouldn't know it. I live in Jacksonville, Fl by the way. If you live in Jax, do you know any good mechanics that could install wave eater clips, couplers, d plate if I decide to get a Yama that needs them?
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    PRT Welcome to the forum

    Cat con and PV issues is a very inexpensive fix. Waveaters $90 through the online store here (email Jerry if they are not on the menu yet I did) and the d-plate and chip to remove the cat con is about another $90 both these using the discount code "GreenHulk" fairly inexpensive upgrades for peace of mind. for pulling tubes I would definitely go with a 1200 I pull tubes and wake boarders with my 4 seater SUV it is a fun family boat no need for speed there.
    I think you will have a hard time finding a decent 4 stroke in your listed budget. The XLT's are nice skis and easy to maintain.

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    Thanks for the welcome Bill

    How much will clips, couplers, D plate and sensor cost to have them installed. I'm not a mechanic so I'll have to bring it to a shop.

    So you think a Yama 1200 would be the best for me in my price range? How many hours is too much? I don't want one that I'll have to be fixing up anytime soon.

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    I believe it is far less maintenance and cost to maintain a 2 stroke waverunner. No oil and filter changes, no water pumps, fuel injectors, electric fuel pumps, complicated electronics requiring dealer help with trouble codes, ect. The list is endless as to how much more complex the 4 strokes are. That said, the XLT's are very well suited to pulling tubes, skiing, and general fun with the family. The powervalve engines are quite a bit more fuel efficient than the older 1200's before them, so I think the easily remedied issues of the cat-con and valve clips are a worthwhile tradeoff. Good luck in your search.

    PS the guiding factor in looking is Condition, Condition, Condition. I've had no issues with anything under 300 hours, that is with ones that I've maintained.

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    What kind of maintenance do you have to do to a 2 stroke ski besides change the plugs and grease the cables? How often do you change or clean the air filters? I am thinking I won't have to winterize it since I live in florida. If I crank it up for five minutes every few days I won't even have to use fuel stabilizer will I?

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    My vote goes to: WaveVenture 1100 or XL1200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prt View Post
    What kind of maintenance do you have to do to a 2 stroke ski besides change the plugs and grease the cables? How often do you change or clean the air filters? I am thinking I won't have to winterize it since I live in florida. If I crank it up for five minutes every few days I won't even have to use fuel stabilizer will I?
    Primarily, clean it up, start and run a minute or so to shake out any extra water in the engine and lines, lube the points listed in the manual, fog the engine by pulling plugs, squirting oil or fogging spray into the cylinders, turn over a few cranks, put plugs back in, stabil in fuel if its gonna be all winter, charge battery every month or so. No air filters to worry about. Change the fuel filter every other year or so, unless you get contaminated fuel.
    Fuel stabil is for gas in a tank that isn't used up over a 3 month or longer time. Starting the engine does nothing to preserve the fuel in the tank. Starting does get fresh fuel to the carbs, but if its bad cause it sat in the tank, same difference.

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    i have a 1996 seadoo gtx 3 seater for $1,800 and a 01 gtx di for $4,000 both nice and run good

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    My vote is for a XLT1200.

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    Wave venture. 1100 have seen them with 300 hours, on them.....
    xl 1200 with the 65u engine.......same as above..

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