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    Thinking of getting a 1200 SLX, anything I should know?

    May be picking up an '01 1200 SLX, any known problems on these? Anything I should be looking for when I go to look at it? Do they respond well to mods?


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    The 1200's are hard to kill and respond VERY well to minor and major mods.
    Is the 01 that all black one??
    A couple things I check with every new ride.
    Damage to hull and/or paint.
    Impeller condition and clearance.
    Crank Index
    Compression
    The rest of the stuff is pretty simple to fix and I find if the few items above are good, the rest of the machine will probably be in the same condition. Well we can only hope......

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    Yeah its the black one, a really good-looking ski IMO. I'm hopefully going to look at it in the next week or so, thanks for the tips.

    Are you familar with the trim setup on these and how it works?

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    I LOVE that ride!!!

    Yeah, I'd say I'm pretty good with trim on these, what you need?

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    How do you check crank index?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    ... A couple things I check with every new ride...
    Crank Index....
    Would you mind reviewing for us newbies how to check crank index, when the motor is in the ski?

    I presume there are differences in checking index between Fuji and domestic, and Fitch injected vs. carb'ed, but I am not sure of the exact process for each type.

    On some hulls, how do you get an eyeball on the timing marks, when the front of the motor is so buried down there?

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    I was looking for specs on it and I thought I had read that it had an auto-trim system. I was wondering if that was the case and how it worked?

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    There's a trim button on the left side of the handle bar (right next to the hand grip) which is used by your thumb. It allows you to move the trim up or down as needed for the riding conditions...very nice feature!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Would you mind reviewing for us newbies how to check crank index, when the motor is in the ski?

    I presume there are differences in checking index between Fuji and domestic, and Fitch injected vs. carb'ed, but I am not sure of the exact process for each type.

    On some hulls, how do you get an eyeball on the timing marks, when the front of the motor is so buried down there?
    There are a couple of ways, but here's a real easy one.

    1) Remove driveshaft coupler cover.

    2) Make a pointer out of mechanics wire, coat hanger, welding rod, whatever... that goes from a cylinder base nut (or any other more convenient spot) to the driveshaft coupler.

    3) Take a dial indicator and find TDC for all three cylinders and mark the coupler where the pointer is for all three respectively. (try doing each one twice just to be sure )

    4) Measure between all three lines on the coupler. The distance should be the same between each one. A soft tape measure can work.

    It's nice with the degree wheel and all that, but this is a nice easy quick check that only requires pulling the spark plugs, driveshaft coupler cover, and 1 nut of your choice and can be done right there in the hull.

    The attached pic is a twin used for reference. Just apply to the triple.
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    Inspected it, test drove it and brought it home. To say you could eat off of this motor is not an exaggeration. Getting a Jettrim seat cover to start with, any other suggestions? Intake grate, ride plate, impeller, flame arrestors, etc., etc.? Sponsons are about 3 times longer than what's on my Seadoo, I thought I had read about someone cutting a section of it off?



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    Beautiful example, what did it set you back?

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