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    Jared of Oklahoma
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    want to know about a 96 ZX900

    Can anyone tell me the good, bad, and the ugly about a Kawasaki ZX900. I am thinking a buying one from a guy locally. He said it has about 30 to 40 hours on a recent rebuild by a respected shop. It looks great other than the seat which looks like crap. He used the old "My dog ate it" excuse. Please share your wisdom with me oh wise ones of the Kawasaki persuasion.

    Jared of OKC


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    I have a 95 zxi and love it. Its kinda an acquired taste.

    If you are looking for something fast or something stable, keep looking. However, if you like to throw a ski around, and once and a while be thrown around, then they are great.

    They normally will run a tick over 50mph. They purpose pretty bad but a set of aftermarket sponsons will correct this. Although they are rate as a two seater, the weight limit is 330 lbs. So, really it's a one seater.

    Things to check:

    - Compression, should be 100 to 120 psi. the higher the better.
    - Power trim, most don't work and can cost as much as the ski to replace ($400-$600.)
    - Pump, take a peak with a flashlight and check the wear ring an impeller for damage.
    - Spark plugs, reading plugs can be a good indicator of how well it is tuned.

    I am sure that others will chime in with other comments.

    Let us know what you decide

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    How about some pictures of the new ride.

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    Jared of Oklahoma
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    will have by next week, It is getting gel coat applied this week, so it still looks rough. however I will post some of the 750 SS, had the seat redone last week, it turned out sweet. I did a two color scheme of purple and white. The white material has little star shaped perforations in it. very cool looking. I plan to do some porting and polishing soon on the 750SS. I want it to be as fast as the ZX900. I also aquired an X-2 three weeks ago.. So after some tweeking I should have three sweet skis.

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    Looks like you have been bitten by the ski bug.

    Is starts out with one... ...next thing you know, your whole yard is full of them!

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