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    After Riding Maintenence

    I hate to ask this if it has been here before but what do you guys do after riding? It's my first PWC and I want to make sure it stays in good shape. It's only gonna be in fresh water and will be kept in a polebarn after every use. Does it still need to be flushed out after every ride?

    Biggest question is the manuel says to use some type of rust inhibitor like fogging oil if it will sit for more than a week. Is this normal? I haven't seen it with my atv, boat, or snowmobiles before.

    Any other advice or old links you guys could post would be great. My searches didn't turn up much.
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    I don't flush after every ride unless it is saltwater. I blow all the water I can out of it once I get it trailered and I do dry the hull out as much as possible.

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    Make sure and wipe down the exterior very well so you will not get water spots and get ALL of the water out of the foot wells so your mats will last longer. If you are able to keep it in a garage, keep your seat off, storage bucket out, and any lids opened. This will keep all of the seals dry and allow you to air out any moisture in the hull.
    Last edited by KirkF350; 06-29-2008 at 04:35 PM. Reason: spelling

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    welcome to the forum
    here are some links to read on if this is your first PWC

    corrosion inhibitors
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...ion+inhibitors

    trailer maintenance
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...nal+watercraft

    basic rules
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...nal+watercraft

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    What about a using fogging oil or a similar rust inhibitor if it won't be used for over a week? It was in the book that came with it. Seemed kinda excessive if it wasn't going into storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassdocktor View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    What about a using fogging oil or a similar rust inhibitor if it won't be used for over a week? It was in the book that came with it. Seemed kinda excessive if it wasn't going into storage.
    IMO no-go on the fogging, unless its sits for several months at a time. Also a lot of guys spray WD-40 in the engine compartment to help with rust. Good attempt, but WD-40 will attract dirt and dust, and gum up after a while. Use a silicone spray

    Also as stated, remove the seat, but I always stand it up vertical so the water drains out of the foam and fabric. Everyone always wonders why my seats feel so light...

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    Personally, I like to use Startron in the gas tank:

    http://mystarbrite.com/startron/


    After every ride I flush with Salt-Away (I ride in salt water).

    http://www.saltawayproducts.com/


    Fresh water still has salt in it, so it might be a good idea to flush it out every now and then... but it's probably not needed after every ride.


    If it hasn't been mentioned yet:

    DO NOT TURN ON THE HOSE UNLESS THE ENGINE IS RUNNING. Yes, it is OK to have the engine running without water for a few seconds.

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    I tip the trailer back to get all the water out of the footwells, then fire it up for a few seconds to blow the water out of the motor. Roll it into my garage and open everything up to let it ventilate / dry out.

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    Hey guys once again thanks. Was able to put all of that into practice this weekend.

    Something I learned that I thought I'd share. Use a really big sponge if you have any water in the foot wells. Just give it a little squeeze before you put it in and it soaks up most of the water. Just ring it out and you get done really quick.

    Again guys thanks for sharing.

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