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    97 SLT 700 Project IN - First PWC

    Good day all on the Hulk! This is my first PWC and respectfully first PWC project. Thusly I am looking for hints, tips, and any and all tricks. And thanks to (Troy Boy) for selling me some much needed parts right off the start. But it seems I am still missing a few, any and all thoughts are appreciated.

    A few notes, It's a 1997 Polaris SLT700, the engine is coming off a fresh rebuild, and I have a rebuild kit for the drive shaft. I would like some pointers on cleaning up and repairing the gel coat as it is quite oxidized and water stains in the foot area of the hull from sitting in the weather.

    There is one spot on the rear that has a chip in the fiberglass, and one scratch that will require a gel coat repair kit, everything else looks sandable and buffable, minus the stickers, I want to remove them and get new decals later after everything's fixed and up and running.

    The grip pads are all needing to be replaced and the foam as well as it is all dry rotted, the seat cover is ripped and the foam is hard.

    I'm missing the lanyard for the kill switch and it needs new grips.

    I can't think of anything else at the moment but I DO have a manual for it.
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    Pretty sure thats a 96 not a 97.

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    All the more info the better, i am/was going off of what the previous owner told me. If you may, how are you telling that based off the images? I will look at the numbers tomorrow when there is better lighting.

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    The 97 looks completely different from the 96

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    K596 is the last four of the hull vin so you are undeed right. It is a 96, so now that I am corrected there I can look for the correct parts but the 96 and 97 seem so close per the manual.

    I have got the jet drive almost rebuilt. I meed to grab an o-ring and a impeller boot for the shaft and some oil for the cone.

    Anyone got any tips on removing the foot grips? I've got 3M adhesive remover and it is sort of doing the job but it's slow going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpayne View Post
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    I have got the jet drive almost rebuilt. I meed to grab an o-ring and a impeller boot for the shaft and some oil for the cone.
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    This is not a Seadoo.

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    No oil needed for the cone. The rear bearing is sealed. Some choose to apply a coat of grease to the rear bearing to assist in the fight against moisture. When properly installed and seated, the tail cone should not leak.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dpayne View Post
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    I have got the jet drive almost rebuilt. I meed to grab an o-ring and a impeller boot for the shaft and some oil for the cone.
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    This is not a Seadoo.
    Thank God

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    Thank you for the explanation BlueFishCrisis. I took my drive to a local shop to assist replacing the bearings (as i am not 100% tooled up yet, almost there) and it was mentioned to use a small expensive bottle of Seadoo oil in the cone rather than grease, they did not mention anything about the bearings being sealed and not needing it. So a little grease for moisture protection and then button er back up, got it.

    Now that I am to that point I need to replace some missing hoses and then clean up the gel coat and the water stains. Of which, any one got any tips on cleaning up the brown water stains from water sitting way to long?

    Also found that I am missing the wear cylinder on my jet drive and then the steering nozzle and some hardware with that, so still some shopping left to do.

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