RESTO 1996 GSX complete restore and re gelcoat

GGuillot

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1996 GSX
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I picked up this one a while back, just getting around to finishing stripping it down and getting ready to build it back up. It was in rough shape when I bought it, minus the trailer for say $250, I paid $190 for the ski, it changed hands a few times but never got completed and on the water, registration shows 2014. Missing a battery, but everything is there, well almost everything, it was missing the rear trim insert piece and I had the PO knock another $60 off because of it. Which I was about right, I ended up paying $70 for this piece.

The hull is in fair shape, serious weathering, the seat wasn't salvageable, the top is badly yellowed and banged up in the foot wells. The rails were badly burned from the sun, black and chalky. Before I take them off I spent some time sanding and polishing them, they came out nice. Jet pump is locked, I haven't torn it apart yet. The engine looks original, but appears to need a rebuild. RV cover out of spec, .020 clearance so I'll need to get that machined. The LCD gauge was totally cooked, black, I removed it and repaired the face with an LCD film kit off ebay.

Few parts I picked up, a seat for $80 shipped, got lucky, great shape, came off a 99' gsxl. Also, picked up a speedometer sensor, compass, and ambient air temp, all hook right up to the info gauge. VTS looks ok, but I have no way of checking it at the moment. Fuel pick up is trashed, float doesn't float, I tried to fix it thinking an F1 problem, but no, it has a break in continuity on one of the poles, I've hacked it in 3 places and now I'm throwing in the towel. I need a another one.

I cut the mats out and die grinded the rivets down, cleaned with acetone, then filled with marine tex. Once I sand then apply gelcoat it'll be completely unnoticeable. I've got the first layer of grime out the bottom of the ski, once I roughly prep the top I'll flip it and focus on the bottom. Shouldn't be bad on the bottom, I'm not changing colors like the GTX, just smoothing / polishing and maybe re gelcoating down the keel area. The top will definitely get fresh white gelcoat, it needs it after 22 years.
 

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I’m in the same boat as you with the new 96 gsx, just paid more with less problems. Definitely subscribed
 
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I have the same model. Can you tell me what part numbers for the speedometer sensor, ambient air temp, and compass. Also, do you have a pic of how/where you mounted the speedometer sensor?
 

GGuillot

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I have the same model. Can you tell me what part numbers for the speedometer sensor, ambient air temp, and compass. Also, do you have a pic of how/where you mounted the speedometer sensor?
You'll need to remove that dummy plate in the rear, the speed sensor drops right in. I'm a longs ways off to installing/wiring it in, but it plugs in at the info gauge and there's a red/blk wire you ground off the gauge in the mpem to activate it.

I don't have part numbers, I bought everything off ebay. Search the 96' and up GTX's, you're looking for the 3 wire speed sensor. People are proud of them, used it is tough to find one under $50, even broken, but be patience and a good one will eventually show up for the right price. Get one with the plug and hull nut to make it easy. You'll pick up lake temp also on the 3 wire sensor, that's the 3rd wire.

The compass and ambient temp plug right in, each less than $10 shipped all day on ebay, again, 96' and up GTX.

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GGuillot

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Update: Got it completely stripped except the ride plate, hull plate and drain plugs. Rub rails are removed now that I restored them to like new and ready to re install when the time comes, lots of sanding and polishing. I did a 3rd cleaning of the inside the hull, it was pretty nasty.

I die grinded all the rivets in the foot wells, filled with marine tex and did a rough sanding of the top side and smoothed everything out. I'm ready to flip it and work on the bottom, the keel area will probably get some new blue gelcoat.

My patience payed off, found a seat from a 99 GSXL for $80 shipped, in surprisingly excellent shape.
 

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Good so far. Keep it up!
 
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It's a shame people don't take care of their jetskis... this one looks really abused (nice project tho').. My '96 GTX still looks new. I know it's not on your next to-do list but I replaced all my worn out mats with ones from Hydro Turf... very happy with them... made the ski look showroom condition. Good luck woth your project... will be following your posts.
 

GGuillot

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It's a shame people don't take care of their jetskis... this one looks really abused (nice project tho').. My '96 GTX still looks new. I know it's not on your next to-do list but I replaced all my worn out mats with ones from Hydro Turf... very happy with them... made the ski look showroom condition. Good luck woth your project... will be following your posts.
Hydro Turf mats are on the agenda, I put them on my 97' GTX project and love them. I'm picky about the appearance and focus a lot of attention in that area. I'm prepping the bottom for gelcoat at the moment, updated pics coming soon. Not as much work as the GTX, but still a lot of work on this one.

I wish Hyro Turf still carried the blue/wht two tone, but I'm looking at the blue camo. I went with the blk/gray two tone on the GTX, goal on that one was to get away from green anywhere on the ski. On the GSX, it'll be getting away from the yellow.
 

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