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    winterize a not running ski

    does anyone know how I can winterize a ski that's not running.i don't want to fix it till spring.


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    That would depend on what ski....

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    What model and year?

    When did it last run on water?

    Does the engine crank or start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    What model and year?

    When did it last run on water?

    Does the engine crank or start?
    ran a month ago---engine cranks,no spark--2000 virage 1 twin cyl Polaris-thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by xltier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    What model and year?

    When did it last run on water?

    Does the engine crank or start?
    ran a month ago---engine cranks,no spark--2000 virage 1 twin cyl Polaris-thanks
    Carburetor or fuel injected engine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by xltier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    What model and year?

    When did it last run on water?

    Does the engine crank or start?
    ran a month ago---engine cranks,no spark--2000 virage 1 twin cyl Polaris-thanks
    Carburetor or fuel injected engine?
    carbureted.i didn't know Polaris made a virage 1 with fuel injection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xltier View Post
    ... I didn't know Polaris made a virage 1 with fuel injection.
    Polaris did not make a Virage 1

    The models were;
    Virage (no suffix, just Virage) - Two cylinder carburetor engine
    Virage i (small letter i ​suffix)- Two cylinder fuel injected engine

    Virage TX - Three cylinder carburetor engine *
    Virage TXi - Three cylinder fuel injected engine

    * Confusingly, for 2000 (and 2001?) Polaris also used the Virage TX decals on the TXi fuel injected model

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    i will save that info---thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by xltier View Post
    ... I didn't know Polaris made a virage 1 with fuel injection.
    Polaris did not make a Virage 1

    The models were;
    Virage (no suffix, just Virage) - Two cylinder carburetor engine
    Virage i (small letter i ​suffix)- Two cylinder fuel injected engine

    Virage TX - Three cylinder carburetor engine *
    Virage TXi - Three cylinder fuel injected engine

    * Confusingly, for 2000 (and 2001?) Polaris also used the Virage TX decals on the TXi fuel injected model
    i don't know where i got the 1 from,its a virage

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    Quote Originally Posted by xltier View Post
    ... how I can winterize a ski that's not running?

    I don't want to fix it till spring.
    This should be enough to protect the carburetor engine until springtime.

    Turn off fuel selector valve.
    Note: If the fuel valve has been previously removed, this becomes a safety issue.

    Remove spark plugs.

    Place shop cloth over spark plugs holes to limit fogging oil spew.

    Disconnect the stator cable connector, located outside but near the electrical box. This will prevent the ignition from firing.

    Remove flame arrestor cover from air intake.

    Use a good quality spray type engine fogging oil.

    Install a strong, fully charged battery. Do NOT connect a battery charger or 'booster' to crank the engine.

    Spray a stream of fogging oil down each carb intake while holding the throttle wide open and cranking the engine. Alternating with maybe 10 seconds spray per intake, directing the stream towards one cylinder intake then the other. Repeat this cycle several times. You don not need to 'fill' the engine with fogging oil, just enough to fully coat the internal moving parts inside the crankcase.

    Stop cranking. Spray about ten seconds of fogging oil into each spark plug hole. Bump the starter a couple of times to spread the oil around.

    Reinstall and tighten the spark plugs. Reinstall the flame arrestor cover.

    Disconnect battery negative cable. If you want to store the battery indoors for the winter, remove it now.

    Reconnect the stator cable connector.

    There may be water trapped inside the exhaust water box. A little water is normal, a lot of water might be worrisome. You can remove the large rubber hoses from the water box and use a wet/dry shop vacuum to suck out most of the water. A little water left inside is not a problem.

    Purchase a marine grade fuel stabilizer. Read the label, then add a double dose to the gasoline in the fuel tank.

    The alternative (which is actually preferred with ethanol blended gasoline) is to fully drain the fuel tank. If you can get it mopped out, clean and dry inside, that is optimal. Often there is some dirt and sometimes water hiding in the bottom of the fuel tank which you don't notice until you get in there.

    Remove the hull drain plugs.

    Tilt the front of the trailer up as high as you can get it. Let it drain for a while. This will also drain any water hiding in the factory cooling system. The cooling system is designed to be self draining but a nose high angle helps.

    If the hull interior needs a cleaning, now might be a good time while the hull is tilted upwards.

    That is the basic process.
    Last edited by K447; 09-25-2014 at 05:42 PM.

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