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    What to look for when buying a used GPR?

    Last week I convinced a local seller to wait until this weekend for the weather to break here in WI so I could test ride the GPR he is selling. Well, it doesn't look like the weather is going to get much better (45 for a high on Sat and 38 and snow on Sunday). I don't want to put it off anymore because I don't want to make him inpatient with me and sell to some one else. The ski looks in decent shape but I haven't heard it run yet. If I can't ride it what are some of the things to look for on this ski? Can I hook it up to a hose to at least hear it run? One more thing, when I went to look at it and I first took off the seat I could smell gas. There weren't any puddles in the bilge but the gas smell was evident. He had it winterized and didn't take it out at all last summer so would this be normal if it has been sitting for a while?

    Sorry for all the questions but I don't want to make a mistake on my first ski.


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    Yes run it on the hose. Have him do a compression check with you watching, you are looking for them to be close to the same around 120 psi. Look underneath for signs of abuse. Look at the prop the best you can for any damage. Verify the hours when he starts it. Ask if it has any upgrades he is aware of. Mine always smells like fuel when I open the seat.

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    +1 on what Bill has said!I bought my ski just over a year ago,it was my first ski,i took it out on the water and thought it was great,till everyone came past me!!Turned out to have a broken powervalve but i wouldnt have know any different.The chances of you leaving it standard if you're posting on GH are pretty slim,trust me,you'll have that ski in pieces in no time wanting to do mods.Good luck if you buy it.

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    what part of WI?

    i could drive up to look at it.

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    How exactly would you run it on a hose, just aim it into the intake grate or is there an adapter like you'd use for testing an outboard boat motor?

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    There is an adapter that plugs into the ski for flushing on the hose.

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    What to look for when buying a used GPR

    crawl under the hull and make sure there is no damage

    test all the cables

    a flashlight would help for inspecting the impeller area (as best you can) - from both the rear and from under the ski

    make sure you hear the power valves cycle after you try and start the motor

    If you buy the ski there are several must do modifications you should plan on doing

    1) waveeter clips (don't do the ciouplers) for the power valves www.waveeater.com

    2) add an electric bilge pump if it doesn't have one

    3) replace the catalytic converter with a D plate and chip

    If it still has the original battery I would replace it with a good Gel battery I use the one from www.jetworks.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by philip_gpr View Post
    What to look for when buying a used GPR

    crawl under the hull and make sure there is no damage

    test all the cables

    a flashlight would help for inspecting the impeller area (as best you can) - from both the rear and from under the ski

    make sure you hear the power valves cycle after you try and start the motor

    If you buy the ski there are several must do modifications you should plan on doing

    1) waveeter clips (don't do the ciouplers) for the power valves www.waveeater.com

    2) add an electric bilge pump if it doesn't have one

    3) replace the catalytic converter with a D plate and chip

    If it still has the original battery I would replace it with a good Gel battery I use the one from www.jetworks.com

    +1 and a Pump Tunnel Reinforcement Kit.

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    with a 2003 GPR you need to ensure the pump shoe insert recall was done

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    2006-2007 also make sure the throttle cable recall was done also.

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