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    Challenger 180 cavitation issue

    Yes the prop is pretty ragged - especially at the 7 o'clock position in the pic. Prop and wear ring change for starters. The more weight your are pulling the more cavitation on start up. I find mine has more cavitation upon acceleration than when new, but once up on plain it performs well. I...
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    Speedster 200 reverse gate adjustment

    My 180SE does move ahead slowly in neutral position. Once I realized this, I like it and find it handy when docking. True neutral is more susceptible to inadvertent boat spinning. Of course you can move the lever slightly towards reverse to full neutral of you wish - no need for adjustments -...
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    195 and 215 Top Speeds?

    Seadoo 180SE 255 HP - 90-95 kph max on the speedo with only me the driver -but GPS says it's slower about 82-85 kph. Pretty zippy though - close to 50 mph
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    Any Scarab 195 feedback?

    I looked at the Scarab 195 at a boat show in 2017 - liked it and the size - however I saw a Chapparal 203 VRXVortex with twin Rotaxs at the show this year (2019) and I like it and some of its' features even better. Pretty pricy though and my 2009 180SE would be a small down payment. Does anyone...
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    Brp to exit sport boat market

    There are now several builders that make jet sport boats with BRP power (same as Sea Doos). Scarab, Glastron, Chaparral. I have reviewed them all at boat shows and I like the layout of the Chaparral the best. 20 ft one with 2 engines - only reason I like 2 engines is to avoid the crippling ride...
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    When should I rebuild my supercharger?

    I had my supercharger in my 2009 180SE rebuilt at 155 hours and 8 years. According to my mechanic who works on a lot of PWCs and the occasional boat, the bearings can go earlier than the 200 hours, especially in the PWCs. It is no longer the washer problem. The old set he took out looked pretty...
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    Seadoo Islandia 2007

    Barley in Australia? We Canajans like our barley here too! That project may eventually drive you to the hard stuff, but be great if you pull it off. The compatibility of the computer and the replacement engine may be crucial - also the whole exhaust cooling plumbing is important - perhaps it is...
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    New boat owner (challenger 180 2012)

    Seems like a fair deal. I have a 2009 180SE appraised at 20K a year ago. Of course this is in Canada in Canadian funds. Say $15000 USD. Mine is the SE with tower.
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    Purchasing a 2009 Challenger 180 se

    By the way, it is best to check it in the water for a day to check for leaks - I had leaks fixed twice under warrantee. It is just all the silicone sealing below the engine and above the jet pump - very time consuming to remove stuff to fix - also Sea Doo mechanic screwed up the steering cable...
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    Purchasing a 2009 Challenger 180 se

    I have the same 2009 boat. True the washers in the SC are OK for 2009, however I have a trusted mechanic who has a lot of experience with the PWCs 4 Tecs and says he has seen many where the SC bearings have flied apart causing havoc. I had him replace the bearings in mine at 140 hours...
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    Rattling Noise 2007 Challenger 180

    If out of the water rattling at the back is normal. Should be on the hose to warm up. However when cranking more to retrieve more oil from the PTO is when you do not want it to start the engine! I am alone when doing it, so just wire the throttle valve wide open. I did start the engine once...
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    Reverse Buckets Question

    Mine does that too. It is handy sometimes when docking. May be an intentional design but the manual does not mention it. Mine is a 2009 180 SE
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    2010 Sea Doo Challenger 180 215hp

    A good deal. It is identical to my 2009. I also can't wait for spring and boating again!
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    Replacement Keys

    Sounds like they are charging an extra 100 or so to program it. The key itself is not that much last time I bought one. Of course it does need to be programmed and I believe they need your boat to copy the correct code from.
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    Is this the 215HP 4tech flush port?

    I use a standard hose disconnect but remove it for boating. My 2009 180 se port is on the port side. It has nothing to do with engine per se cooling as it is a closed antifreeze system. Cycling of the lake water is very very crucial to cooling the exhaust system _ not sure how relevant this...