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    Poor Design? Access to Rear of GPR

    Hey Guys... I just took out my battery tray to check if by some miracle the previous owner did the pump tunnel reinf (he didn't ) and I had discovered something a little unsettling.

    Salt crust, corrosion, sitting water and rusty hose clamps. Now, this ski is a mint 2006 and the rest of the engine bay can be eaten off of. But the rear portion blocked by the battery can't be reached with water for rinsing nor lube for corrosion control.

    Yes, the GPR is sexy with those lines and that long rear deck but it SUCKS for getting in there to do any work or maintenance.

    What do you guys do about this? Just leave it salty and nasty? Any secrets to get in there besides moving the battery tray and electrical box?

    Anyone ever install a deck plate (access hatch) on the rear of their GPR on that flat tombstone shaped-portion of the deck below the grab rail? Would make rinsing, lubing, and drying that area a breeze...



    Anybody ever do anything about this? How do you rinse and lube that area?


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    There arent really a lot of options. You either have to relocate the battery, fire ext, and electrical box, or remove the battery tray. I have thought about putting an access hole in the rear of the ski but drilling a hole that big is scary. On my wifes old Kawi, there was a hole in the rear of it about 8" in diameter that had a screw on cap that was the fire ext compartment. You could use something like that if you are brave enough to cut a hole that big in your ski.

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    LOL well it doesn't have to be so big... Really a 3 or 4 inch hole should be enough... Something big enough to fit your hand and a can of lube...

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    Unless you reroute the sound suppression and exhaust hoses I don't think there will be room even from the back deck. I have thought about this too.

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    So do you guys rinse back there at all? Or just leave it crusty?

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    I dont ride in salt and my ski doesnt take on any water, so I really dont have to worry about it. Hell, I NEVER even take the drain plugs out of my ski. I do have a minor water leak on the wifes 06 but I will find it so that the inside stays dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleanSC View Post
    So do you guys rinse back there at all? Or just leave it crusty?
    I check everything back there about once a month and clean it then.

    AN option would be to relocate the battery to the bottom inside of the hull and cut a large access area in the box.

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    I need one of those in the right foot-well to access the carb screws!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    I need one of those in the right foot-well to access the carb screws!!
    If you move the black box back like I did it only takes about 5 seconds to adjust the carbs. Front one still has to accessed thru the top but not bad.

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    Hmmm... Maybe I can install a mini sprinkler system back there. 1 or 2 small nozzles and just hook the Salt-Away mixer up to it after every flush.

    lol I know, I know. I'm just like that.

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