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    DAGO RACING CREW 97GPSLEEPER's Avatar
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    Retiring The Sleeper

    After this summer I am planning on retiring my 97 GP1200. It has been a good 10 years but it is time to move on to something else, most likely a GPR. I don't plan on selling it because it is worth more to me than somebody would be willing to give me for it.

    I am going to pour oil down the cylinders and intake manifold, spin it over a few times, and drain the gas out of the carbs, and possibly the gas tank. I want to do everything possible to protect the engine from rust and any other parts from deteriorating. What is your opinion on the gas tank? If I drain it, moisture will form. If I fill it up, over time condensation will still form and of course the gas will go bad. My goal here is to do everything I can to insure that if one day I decide to drag him out of the garage and fire him up, problems will be minimal. I have heard about some kind of plugs that screw into spark plug holes to prevent moisture or corrosion from forming, anybody know about these?

    I am going to have my dad make me a custom stand and just display the ski on it, proudly in my garage (I know, I am ate up with it).


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    Unhappy No more sleeper

    I am opposed to parking her forever how about bringing it out once or twice a year.
    Might be able to make a blader to fill the tank.
    Install it then inflate it.
    Scott........

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    At this moment in time you think you will be retiring her forever.
    I'll tell you something for free- ITWON'T HAPPEN!
    Did the same thing a couple of years back. Bought a new 04 gpr and modded it highly. Sold it and bought a new 05 cause it was bound to be better- what with no powervalves, re mapped efi, ho pump etc.
    I have now sold the 05 (Nothing to do with money), bought a 99 gp, and I can't stop grinning every time I get on her. If youre really big and fat and don't have a clue how to ride, or just want to go really fast in a straight line the gpr is better.
    But for out and out grunt, turn on a dime handling, and playfullness, and wave jumping there not a better ski out there!-Well actually there is- it's the blaster 701, but that's a very specialist ski.
    Put her to bed, but don't be suprised how soon youll be knocking on her door!

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    What I would do-

    drain the gas, blow out all the fuel and cooling lines with compressed air, pull and drain the waterbox, and leave the gas tank open so that all the gas can evaporate and no moisture can be trapped. Then yank the carbs, blow them out with compressed air too. Make sure that the exhaust is bone dry and then put it all back together. Add alot of oil to the intake side, like enough to fill the cases, and fog the top end with spray. Just make sure you don't hit the start button afterwards.

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    dennis kirk sells the spark plug moisture collectors

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    Thanks for all the advise guys. If I keep riding it, eventually I am going to have to rebuild it and spend money on it. I want it to go out on top (running strong).

    Mongoose, I agree, the GP is one of the most fun ski's to ride, they are nimble, quick and turn hard. At the same time, the GPR is one of the only ski's, if not the only ski that can go 70 without any motor mods. My motor is ported, heads milled and I am still not at 70, which is O.K. with me, but I am getting bored. If you get a chance to ride a GPR that does close to 80mph, you need to do it. The feeling can't be described.

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    My goal is to get a GPR and gp faster myself,I truly love the GP1200 there are just to many faster skis out there right now.
    Fun factor is a 10 on these old GP1200s
    SD

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97GPSLEEPER View Post
    Thanks for all the advise guys. If I keep riding it, eventually I am going to have to rebuild it and spend money on it. I want it to go out on top (running strong).

    Mongoose, I agree, the GP is one of the most fun ski's to ride, they are nimble, quick and turn hard. At the same time, the GPR is one of the only ski's, if not the only ski that can go 70 without any motor mods. My motor is ported, heads milled and I am still not at 70, which is O.K. with me, but I am getting bored. If you get a chance to ride a GPR that does close to 80mph, you need to do it. The feeling can't be described.
    I do know what you mean.
    I am lucky at the moment. Most of the skiing is done in the sea, and I am skiing with a Blaster1, Hx and aXp800, so I am the quickest and don't get left behind. If it were a river or lake, and everybody else was on a1300r, then yes,I do understand your dilema.

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    I rode my GP1200 for the first time a couple of weeks ago. With the sound it makes with The TDR water box installed, I can tell you how much I grinned. I have owned lots of ski's. This one definitly made me grin . You WILL ride it again, trust me. For me it is the opposite. I have had GPR1300 since they have came out (had a 03 also). The funny thing is I am more excited about this stupid GP1200 than anything right now because I got bored with GPR. With all the newer boats these days being mostly over weight hogs. The GP is definitly fun.

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