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    trashed fx140, worth fixing?

    got an 03 fx140 today for free. dealer says it needs a motor but knowing my dealer that might not be the case. off the bat its missing the throttle body assembly and probably a few stray electronics, nut, bolts etc. hours are unknown and its been sitting on one of those jet dock things since it was new, corrosion seems to be minimal considering the salt water. engine compartment has lite brown oily/watery mix in it. i know nothing about these 4-strokes, and my first time really wrenching on my ski was just this past month (it runs though! ). i think i can tackle the challenge but its it even worth fixing? hull has its fair share of nicks and scratches but as of now ive spent nothing on it. if it needs an engine what do you guys think about sbt 4-strokes, i know the 2-stokes are hit and miss, maybe the 4-stokes are better? ill take some pictures tomorrow before hanna gets here (the surf is awesome) so you pros can give some insight. i dont know the history of the ski so im starting with a blank slate and i didnt take it apart so i have no idea of whats really missing. im thinking fix it and have something to do or cuss at at least for a little while, and have slow, rider friendly cruiser to partner with my 1300.


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    well the first question i guess should be, what is your limit in money that you would consider sinking into it??? I meanyou could get into a few thousand dollars pretty easy, depending on actual needs...

    if you wont mind spending a few thousand, possibly, then go for it...

    if you prefer to keep it much lower, may not be worth it, again will depend on the engine condion.

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    i say free ski go for it
    the oil in the hull may be from an oil filter that is to old (they rust and leak)
    or it may be from a blown motor
    i would be looking at the cost of a motor and missing pieces from a jetski wreckers verses the cost of buying a running ski

    kev

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    i have an idea

    what was the reason for the ski ending its life, head trouble?

    throttlebodys can be expensive if you fail to find second hand, if motor is salvagable, i may have a buyer for you, the hull might make a lovely potplant or even better a floating esky if it comes to that

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    i figure if this ski was in running condition i could probably sell it for $4000 easy so if i could get it running for around $2000 then that would be awesome. i already found 2 nearly complete parts skis that i could pick off of.

    i dont know what happened to the engine, im going to see what the dealer thinks is wrong with it and start from there. i wish i had another running fx 140 so i could look at everything and see where it all goes.

    whats the main reason for these engines to blow?

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    If you decide not to fix it give it to me.....

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    Put the HO engine in instead of the 140 engine. You might wanna see what you can get a SHO motor for.

    I have the throttle bodys if you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakewhornc View Post
    i figure if this ski was in running condition i could probably sell it for $4000 easy so if i could get it running for around $2000 then that would be awesome. i already found 2 nearly complete parts skis that i could pick off of.

    i dont know what happened to the engine, im going to see what the dealer thinks is wrong with it and start from there. i wish i had another running fx 140 so i could look at everything and see where it all goes.

    whats the main reason for these engines to blow?
    I've just recently seen one with its guts lying out on a table..

    It had Dropped a valve..!!!

    Head is a complete disaster...!! knocked the skirt off on one of the pistons.. holed the block..

    I'm sure you get the picture..

    Often when something seems to good to be true.. you know the rest..!!

    But since its free all you would loose is a little bit of time initially..

    It might just be a good winter project for you..??

    Gerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvnspeed View Post
    If you decide not to fix it give it to me.....
    haha, i wouldnt hold my breath



    can anyone snap some pictures of their engine compartment from a few different angles, and inside the airbox. and one of the wiring behind the pannel in the front storage bin? just to give me an idea

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    dealer says it took on water and when they got it the engine was full of water and rusted shut, so im looking at a complete rebuild or a new engine (sbt)

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