Thread: n00b in training
04-02-2009, 08:27 AM #1
n00b in training
been lurking for a while and finally decided to say "hi". I don't currently own a PWC (friends all do), but I am on the hunt. Went and looked at a Kaw 900zxi yesterday, actually. Guy said it had a melted piston but ran ok.... When I started to look at it, I could tell one of the rod bearings went out and the cylinder ate it for lunch. Dome was obliterated, piston was MISSING pieces then I found some pieces of the block where there was a hole punched in it... So the search continues.....Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I am learning a whole lot! Thanks for a great place for VERY valuable info!
04-02-2009, 08:33 AM #2
04-02-2009, 08:48 AM #3
04-02-2009, 09:00 AM #4
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
04-02-2009, 10:18 AM #5
I thought about a Seadoo HX, but figured the wife may want to go out with me sometime. She has no desire to drive one, just ride occasionally. Definitely don't want a couch either, just too big for what I need.
All repair work will be done by me and my buddy. As I said above he has gone through his before. We are also big automotive gearheads. My wife drives a semi-modded '07 Trailblazer SS and I'm working on my truck which is getting a 383 and 6-speed trans. I am a mechanical engineer by trade. I have no fears about tearing one down and rebuilding. Especially when I have this forum as a fountain on knowledge!
For inital investment, I would like somethign I can have running for less than $1500 with a trailer. As for mods and maintenance, it definitely won't stay stock, whatever it is (just dont tell my wife ).
I am actually talking to a guy with a 96 XP that was completely torn down to get painted and he doesn't have the time to put it back together. The engine internals are all new (upgraded) and it comes with modded parts (UMI steering, Worx Sponsons, R&D intake grate, yada, yada). That is my current investigation. I made an excel sheet with every single major component I could think of and made sure he has it, so I dont have any surprise parts missing.
04-02-2009, 01:29 PM #6
welcome to the hulk!!!!
04-02-2009, 02:33 PM #7
04-02-2009, 02:43 PM #8
04-02-2009, 03:09 PM #9
you can pick up a very nice 96XP for $1500 with a trailer and minimal work to make it reliable. Ipicked mine up for $1200 with an aluminum trailer and all I had to do was change the fuel lines out and clean the carbs...good as new!
04-02-2009, 03:33 PM #10
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