Thread: To Part or Not To Part...
03-24-2008, 10:08 AM #1
To Part or Not To Part...
My 1996 SLTX mechanically is in great shape but cosmetically is about a 5 on a 10 point scale. I've got it and the two SeaDoo's that are cosmetically 9.5's and mechanically very good too.
The SLTX needs to have the glass repair on the keel redone. My first repair didn't hold well enough and the hull is leaking water. I probably need to pull the gas tank and add some glass on the inside.
I'm also thinking that I simply don't have the time or patience to have 3 skis. All of my skis need some kind of work right now and I don't have a lot of time. Given a choice, I would keep the Sea Doo's over the Polaris simply because of the cosmetic condition as mechanically, they are similar except for the GTX which has a rebuilt motor with 10 hours on it.
Any opinions? I GPS's the SLTX at 53.6 mph and that's with a less than perfect hull and my 250 lb girth sitting on it. That tells me the motor is strong and the jet pump is good. 160 hours on it.
Is having 3 skis worth it in the end? I love the SLTX but I don't love the time overhead of 3 skis....
03-24-2008, 12:10 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
If you do part ways with your Polaris, do keep visiting us around here.
03-24-2008, 12:17 PM #3
It's a toughie to decide BUT I think 3 ski's are a minimum to have.
It seems I'm not happy unless I have 5 or 6 with a few hiding at my friend's houses.
I'm with K, if you check out, be sure to visit.
03-24-2008, 01:40 PM #4
- Join Date
- Oct 2006
- Cleveland OH
I say, get a replacement hull and swap the drive train. There's like a gazillion Polaris being parted down in FLA.
03-24-2008, 01:48 PM #5
03-24-2008, 02:27 PM #6
Great ideas....what I'm afraid of is either having three skis that never are perfect or one or two that are and another uselessly collecting dust...we'll see....i'm might be suffering from depression...I need a cohiba, luckily I have some....lol
03-24-2008, 02:34 PM #7
- Join Date
- Aug 2006
03-24-2008, 03:31 PM #8
03-24-2008, 03:33 PM #9
03-24-2008, 03:57 PM #10
The original glass repair was about 2 inches wide and 15 inches long right down the keel under the gas tank area. The original damage didn't go all the way through the hull but the strength was gone as I could have probably stuck my finger through it. I put 7 layers of glass there and shot it with primer and it was ok for awhile. I haven't inspected it since I pulled it out of the water last time but the glass was soaked and dripping water so I'm assuming the leak is there.
Should I have glassed the inside too? And should I have widen the area of the repair on the outside of the hull for morer strength? I'm new to repairs...
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