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    Gas strut on hood bad

    Hi all,
    My gas strut has become very stiff all of a sudden. I would imagine
    it is corroded or just malfunctioned. I tried to get it handled under
    the extended warranty but first dealer I went to, Pines Kawasaki in
    Pembroke Pines, FL was totally nuts. They wanted to keep the ski, make a warranty claim, and if it processed they would fix it. They wanted it
    there for up to two weeks! When I asked for their Kawa rep so I could talk to him they refused to give me any names or numbers. I then asked if they would give me Kawasaki corporate tel number. He told me to go look it up myself. I told him to go to hell and under no circumstances would I spend a penny there.

    Has anyone replaced this strut yet not using a Kawasaki part?? They want $127 for what is probably a $25/$30 part. Just need dimensions and maybe a source.


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    I'm going to get mine re-gased, its lost its holding power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Hi all,
    My gas strut has become very stiff all of a sudden. I would imagine
    it is corroded or just malfunctioned. I tried to get it handled under
    the extended warranty but first dealer I went to, Pines Kawasaki in
    Pembroke Pines, FL was totally nuts. They wanted to keep the ski, make a warranty claim, and if it processed they would fix it. They wanted it
    there for up to two weeks! When I asked for their Kawa rep so I could talk to him they refused to give me any names or numbers. I then asked if they would give me Kawasaki corporate tel number. He told me to go look it up myself. I told him to go to hell and under no circumstances would I spend a penny there.

    Has anyone replaced this strut yet not using a Kawasaki part?? They want $127 for what is probably a $25/$30 part. Just need dimensions and maybe a source.
    Babbits are $103, sure you can get cheaper aswell
    Good luck

    Waz

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    Kevan got his replace under warranty. You have to bring the ski in so they can see it. Then they let him take it home and come back when it came in.

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    Just like the Saa-Doo strut, I would assume there is a strut at autozone or oreilley that would fit given the length is the same.
    Might be worth going there to match up the cylinder length and ball end size

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    Call Frank at StrutWise in canada. He also has a web site called strutwise. I know its in canada but he is the guru of the strut. He rebuilt my hatch struts on my nsx and was better than new. He is highly recommended.

    David

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    Overton's

    I happen to get an Overton's catalog in the mail and they had a selection of struts in various lengths. The stainless versions were $40 and the power coated were $19.
    So I'll take the one in there out and see if I can match it.
    There's no way Kawasaki had some custom piece done for this Jetski.
    Once I size it I'll post with pix.

    I did talk to another Kawasaki dealer locally and they said it's hard to get it replaced if it shows corrosion. Mine does have brown stains around where it connects to the hull and the rubber boot even looks rusty.......that salt water is heck!
    I just hope the supercharger doesn't lock up someday and they refuse to warranty it even though I have the extended plan.

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    got that gas shock out

    Wow! the hood shock was shot! It looks like a quality piece with
    a very nice rubber boot that fully encased the shock. Slight detail
    is that it didn't work to keep water out.

    It was made by Showa with part number 6J25. This Japanese company
    has 3 mfg sites in the US, with HQ in Sudbury, Ohio. Called them and
    they didn't have a clue. This was made in Japan.

    The black gas cylinder is 6" long. The travel looks to be about 4/5".
    I'm searching the net and not finding much. Overton's has one with
    a compressed length of 7" and extended length of 10" for $40 in stainless
    steel. However the ends are those round ball like gizmos designed for
    boat hatches or deck boxes. This shock has flat ends with holes.

    Anybody have a source other than rip off Kawasaki at $127??
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    I wonder if taking and leaving the boot off with the stock shock would be better for keeping it from corroding and allowing a little protection to be sprayed on occasionally. My hood sticks a little now and then when opening and I'm not exactly sure if it's the shock or the hinge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Wow! the hood shock was shot! It looks like a quality piece with
    a very nice rubber boot that fully encased the shock. Slight detail
    is that it didn't work to keep water out.

    It was made by Showa with part number 6J25. This Japanese company
    has 3 mfg sites in the US, with HQ in Sudbury, Ohio. Called them and
    they didn't have a clue. This was made in Japan.

    The black gas cylinder is 6" long. The travel looks to be about 4/5".
    I'm searching the net and not finding much. Overton's has one with
    a compressed length of 7" and extended length of 10" for $40 in stainless
    steel. However the ends are those round ball like gizmos designed for
    boat hatches or deck boxes. This shock has flat ends with holes.

    Anybody have a source other than rip off Kawasaki at $127??
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showpost...32&postcount=3


    BABBITS again there about 20% cheaper

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