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    The rebirth of my 96 sea doo xp

    I own a 1996 sea doo xp 785. I really love this machine and it actually is my longest owned craft. I won't change it for anything in the world not even a rxp.
    But sadly I almost lost my pride and joy because my uncle drove in straight into a bunch of rocks. So we gonna rebuild my baby back like new. First I thought that it couldn't be fixed but after a good friend of mine who can do wonders with fiberglass works said to me that it is salvageable, I started with my project. I live in Aruba so the parts that I need will be triple the price from what they are in the States. Shipping and a 25% import duty is always a issue. So here we go on the journey.Click image for larger version. 

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    The Paint is original in the first pic.

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    This is after it got rocked. The inner part also came loose. I lost the hood and the handlebar which almost snapped in two.

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    These picture are taken after the guy fixed the hull. I dissembled everything in order to do a good job.Click image for larger version. 

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    My craft in primer. Since I lost the hood, I opted to go with a single gauge, mirrorless hood from a SPI, I found it for 20 dollars on ebay
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    my new aluminum handlebar came in yessss
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    Now I have to wait for a space in the bodyshop for paint. I also would like to thank Carlos "pataruco" for a excellent job done on the repairs and also to Bastiaan Bok, THE mechanic on the island

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    Looking good
    Cant someone in the us buy the parts @ us cost and then ship ? Then you would just pay a shipping premium opposed if inflation of parts as well

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    It would cost the same. I buy all my parts in the US at the same price you would. The shipping just kills me. Example a rebuild kit at atlanticjetsports cost 635 dollars. Its going to cost me around 400 dollars to ship it down to Aruba. The moment it reach here I have to pay 25% duty on 1035 dollars. because that's what it cost to bring to Aruba. And some administration and customs fees voilaa the 635 dollar kit cost me 1400 dollars

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    the handlebar cost in the U.S. 25 dollars. It cost for me in Aruba almost 80 dollars. So I hope by next month I got all the parts so I can rebuild my engine. and hmmmm I'm thinkin about an msd enhancer, some flame arrestors, mabey a head, although the fuel at the pump here in Aruba isn't the best quality so I consider the head, and i'm looking for a pipe, either a rosier or a factory pipe spec 1

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    Wow...that's crazy..that xp is gonna be worth like $10k ha


    keep us updated

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