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    Just picked up some skis!

    I just got these two 1996 XP 800's for a hell of a deal.

    One is not running and missing a short block but has everything else. Unfortunately it's the better looking one in the foreground. I was thinking of swapping everything from the running ski to the shell and parting out what I don't need. What I want to know is if this would be a fairly complicated task that would involve special tools beyond the average tool box or if it can be done with enough time and attention to detail?

    The ski on the left is also set up to use pre-mix fuel which I don't much like. It sounds like it would make re-fueling a bit of a pain. I did a search to find out how this was done so I could convert it back but I didn't find much. (I'm probably just using the wrong terminology to be honest.)

    I've got a bit of background in automotive and motorcycle repair but this sort of thing is kind of intimidating. These jetskis are much more complicated than I thought they would be.

    Any advice is much appreciated and welcomed.

    Cheers!
    -Chris


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    Welcome to GH!
    THe skis look imaculate!

    it doesnt take much like you said a little time and attention to detail

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    I'm in the same boat. Was a mechanic for years, and got into seadoos. I always figured why pay someone else for what I can do at home. Save the money and spend it on beer. Or parts for that matter.

    Just take your time, and snap a few pics of how things look before you start. Since the skis are old, all your hoses and wires have that "memory" from being so old, so it makes it easier to hook back up. If you can do a motor swap on a car, this is not much different.

    This site is another great resource for all your questions. If you can't figure it out, just ask!

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    Forgot to mention that I have UMI bars for both. They both have aftermarket intake grates. Both have aftermarket impellers and brand new wear rings. And the running one has a finger throttle!

    I can't wait until the water warms up around here!

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    Dude! are you kidding? I would kill for some florida water temps right now...water here is in the upper 30's and dont get warm till end of May.

    If it hasnt been done yet. change out the grey fuel lines and clean your carb filters and selector valve while you have the ski apart. its alot easier/cheaper now then when your motor goes BOOM!

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    [quote=airbornexp;1013185]Dude! are you kidding? I would kill for some florida water temps right now...water here is in the upper 30's and dont get warm till end of May.quote]

    Looks like he's in Lexington, Ky.

    Those are some very nice skis. Congratulations!
    I'm thinking about selling the 60hr 787 out of my XP conversion, if that would help you any...

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    Quote Originally Posted by airbornexp View Post
    Dude! are you kidding? I would kill for some florida water temps right now...water here is in the upper 30's and dont get warm till end of May.quote]

    Looks like he's in Lexington, Ky.

    Those are some very nice skis. Congratulations!
    I'm thinking about selling the 60hr 787 out of my XP conversion, if that would help you any...
    i might have to take that off your hands ziggy if you have the electronics and all.

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    were these the skis that were listed in the classifieds section?

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    welcome to the forum ! nice find

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    what do you call a good deal? i heard the brain in those give a bit of bother, maybe thats whats wrong!

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