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    sl 1050
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    new member & ski owner

    I am a new member to this forum. I have also purchased a 97 SL1050. I would like a little input regarding this ski. I gave $3000 for the ski & trailer. It has an aftermarket pipe & a trigger type throttle. It had 123 hrs on it when i bought it. Do you feel like this was a descent price? I have put about 10 hrs on it & it runs very well. Last weekend I had it topped out at 69mph. It has a slight hesitation on takeoff when the engine is still cold I assume this is normal? Would also like to know if there is anything to watch out for and possible preventive maintenance to that pertains to this ski. Your input will be greatly appreciated.


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    Can we see pics of this aftermarket pipe???????

    I have always thought three grand was a fair price for a 97 to 2000 ski that is in good condition. Good condition meaning, buy it and go, you shouldnt have to put much work into it...sounds like that was the case with you.

    Some things at 120 hours you may want to consider looking into if they have never been done:

    Inspect the pump and check the seals and bearings. Blowing a shaft stub because of bad bearings is not fun, and you ruin your impeller and wear ring.

    Make sure your fuel lines are good. If they have gotten brittle or worn down you should replace the bad ones.

    Give the oil injection system a quick run through, check the hoses.

    Also, the MFD's are pretty off when they get into the high sixties. Your boat probably tops out between 59 and 62

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    Welcome to the forum !

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    sl 1050
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    What I was calling the pipe is actually the exhaust silencer. It appears to me that the expansion chamber (thats what I call It) is still original it is painted the same red as the engine. I do know that the ski is pretty loud.

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    ahhhh yes, probably a hot seat or a TDR waterbox.

    yeah they make the things loud as hell (read awesome sounding)

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    I'd also like to say WELCOME MO!!!
    www.nada.com If the seller and yourself are happy with the dollar amount then it's a good deal.
    Remove the carbs and check those internal filters, they may be a cause to your hesitation.

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    ya i would call it a little high on the price ,

    take the air cleaner off remove the 6 bolts and inspect the carbs they might even be makeing it run a little lean and when there a little lean they run pretty good till they melt the pistons that is .

    if its really clean i would have done it .

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