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    Its better to burn out than fade away christian79's Avatar
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    OEM vs Aftermarket Carbs Kits

    I would like to know what the advantage is to using OEM vs aftermarket kits for my carbs on my 97 SL900. My diaphragms are leaking which is a good indicator that the carbs want some attention. However, oem diaphragms are $30 and aftermarket kits are $38. Please give me your opinion with actual or observed experience as to why one would be better than the other. BTW if I only had one ski to rebuild I would go OEM but with three skis plus a friends (3 x3 + 2 = 11) and at $82 per for OEM that is a big chunk of change. Thanks guys. Also I am pretty new at this so ordering part by part as needed would not be easy for me.


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    The parts needed can be purchased individually versus the entire kit. You can also have Randy rebuild them for 50 bucks a carb plus needed gaskets.
    I've had new aftermarket needle/seats leak, never happened with the OEM/Mikuni stuff. Seal rings not thick enough for a perfect seal and premature wear.

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    That's the whole story and nothing but the truth.

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    My ski's have 11 carbs between them! I won't run anything other than oem! but usually a 13$ diaphragm and a good cleaning is all they need

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    If you are going to rebuild the carbs do it with OEM stuff.

    http://www.parkeryamaha.com/index.as...D&ProdID=18188

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    Its better to burn out than fade away christian79's Avatar
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    Found two new racks for less than the cost of the kits to repair them.

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    But now you have to take the carbs apart and make sure they are good, you'll will probably need gaskets during re-assembly.

    Ahhhhhh, they're new, KILLER deal!!
    Last edited by ph2ocraft; 05-15-2008 at 07:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christian79 View Post
    Found two new racks for less than the cost of the kits to repair them.
    New Racks ???????????????????? Why would anyone have NEW Racks of carbs???
    What jetting is in them??? What is the pop off presure set at??
    Is there a restrictor jet in the rack assembly or not?

    Good luck ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy3 View Post
    New Racks ???????????????????? Why would anyone have NEW Racks of carbs???
    What jetting is in them??? What is the pop off presure set at??
    Is there a restrictor jet in the rack assembly or not?

    Good luck ?
    It's easy to set carbs up to match a current configuration.
    Why would anybody have racks of carbs? Ask any manufacturer or builder why they have carbs...to use and/or sell them.
    As I recall Polaris literally sold hundreds of sets when they got out of the PWC business.

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