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    1997 Gp1200

    Hey,
    Im new to the forum, and im looking to purchase my first jet ski. Being 17 and dealing with a very limited budget limits my choices to older models. My top choice right now is a completely stock 1997 GP1200 with about 200 hours on it. It looks mint, with no problems (aside from a partialy seized cable that contols the trim, should be an easy fix). Is it a good deal if i could get it for $2000 with a trailer?? i do plan on performing basic mod's with some bolt on's in the future. I just want something that would be reliable, fast, and agile. I am an experienced rider, but do not know much about ski's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jack


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    1997 Gp1200

    Im located like 5 minutes south of Syracuse NY.. I would ride in all surrounding lakes and inlets..

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    nice 57 mile an hour ski! easy to work on' that might be getting up there in hours were I would go thru the carbs and reseal the lower (ie crank seals) for peace of mind and I would consider running premix or throughly check the oiling system Z

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    So if i cleaned up and tuned the carbs, got fresh seals for the crank and checked up on the injection system, you think there would be enough life in it for a couple more years of hard riding?

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    no guarantees on longevity but if you can get it for that price I would do it ! Z

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    On an oem motor that is well maintained, 300 hours is easily expected. I have well over 200 on my raider, most of it at WOT, and compression is still perfect. there are a few areas of concern on the hull of the 97's, but overall thay are a great quick, agile ski. Pretty cumfy too. DO a search and read up. Tons of info.

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    Addicted would u suggest crank seals?

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    I wouldn't tear down a running motor to replace anything, just because it hit 200 hours, with the exception of a carb cleaning/rebuild but that's just me.

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    Its funny.. I dont really think of the gp's as older models.. modern styling and good power keep them somewhat up to date in my book. All my friends love riding mine '99..

    I would do a compression test on that ski. And correct me if I am wrong but I remember reading carbs need to be rebuilt at 80-90hrs on the gp's?

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