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  1. MLars

    deciding between sportster vs speedster

    So far great! I don't use the boat much, but it hasn't faded or chipped at all since last spring when I did it.
  2. MLars

    deciding between sportster vs speedster

    My speedsters hood was extremely faded (take a look at my build thread from last year). I've heard you can buff them out, but instead I repainted it with krylon fusion spray paint. I was extremely happy with the finished product.
  3. MLars

    deciding between sportster vs speedster

    Yup both have the big cylinders on em. If I load it with enough weight to get both exhaust outlets in the water it's actually pretty quiet. I did some research and it looks like the challenger and sportster 1800s come with a curved tube that sticks out of the hull and directs the exhaust down...
  4. MLars

    deciding between sportster vs speedster

    Can you turn a wrench? If so the 2 stroke might be a good choice. However, they are very loud. Like borderline impossible to have a conversation at idle (twin engine speedster). There's another one on my lake that's a 4 stroke 155. The newer 4 strokes are extremely quiet and very refined...
  5. MLars

    1996 speedster w/ couple problems

    The green arrow one is technically a fuel filter and water separator combined into one. The red arrow one is aftermarket. Someone else must have installed that. I would check both and make sure neither are clogged.
  6. MLars

    RESTO Just picked up 1996 Challenger

    Also just noticed the entire control handle assembly is in backwards. Spin it around and reconnect the cables. You should be able to trace the throttle cable back to the engine. The other cables should be pretty easy to distinguish too.
  7. MLars

    RESTO Just picked up 1996 Challenger

    Wow what a clusterf***. PO really screwed this thing up. In regards to the reverse bucket. The light grey rectangle looking piece is the part that keeps the bucket locked in forward. By pulling on the black "triangle" that the shifter cable is connected to you should be able to release this...
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    RESTO Just picked up 1996 Challenger

    On the reverse bucket there is a small locking mechanism that "locks" the gate in forward. Sometimes it get stuck so check that. Should be on the left side of the gate right where the cable connects to the bucket. Not sure why seadoo ever even put those tabs on, I shaved mine off because they...
  9. MLars

    New owner and need simple answer

    Haha don't be fooled it will empty it quickly!
  10. MLars

    New owner and need simple answer

    If it's the single engine I'm pretty sure it's 27 gallons plus whatever the reserve is
  11. MLars

    Speed of 96 Speedster

    Should be right around low 50s
  12. MLars

    1998 Sea Doo Sportster with a single 85 hp pulling an adult tuber

    Twin engines aren't that expensive to maintain if you do the work yourself (which isn't hard). These are about as simple as they get, just a basic twin cylinder carbureted motor. You don't want to buy the single engine and regret it a year later wishing you bought a twin. Can't say I've ever...
  13. MLars

    New to the Speedster. Need the list of "to-do's".

    New to the Speedster. Need the list of "to-do's". - run the correct type of oil - grease the carrier seal on the driveshaft often The rest is just basic maintenance. Change the pump oil at the end of the season and spark plugs occasionally along with all filters. Inspect the small...
  14. MLars

    Rain and water in engine bay

    It could be coming in anywhere. From the footwells to air vents. A little bit of water is normal. It's never gonna be bone dry in a bilge.
  15. MLars

    Oil

    Agreed with above. Only xps 2 stroke synthetic is run through my motors
  16. MLars

    97 GTX can't get over 5k rpm

    Quick update, compression tested good. Around 140 psi in each cylinder
  17. MLars

    97 GTX can't get over 5k rpm

    Yup it runs great up to 5k rpm
  18. MLars

    1995 seadoo sportster 80hp

    I'm pretty sure there's a company that makes engine mounts that converts a 717 mount into a Kawasaki triple mount
  19. MLars

    1995 seadoo sportster 80hp

    It's possible, but will be a LONG and expensive job. Someone here recently converted a 787 single engine challenger to a supercharged 4 tec. But the engine mounts and pump were so different he actually just grafted the pump area of the ski into the boat. Much easier to just sell what you have...
  20. MLars

    97 GTX can't get over 5k rpm

    Let me preface this by saying when we launched the ski, the exhaust hose had come off and leaked lots of water (up to the carbs) into the hull. I saw air bubbles rising from the oil filter, but didn't think much of it because that should be sealed. After we got the water out of the hull I drove...