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1997 SPX Restoration Build

ColtWood

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1997 Seadoo SPX
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I picked up this 1997 Seadoo SPX over summer, it didn't run when I bought it. Wouldn't crank changed the battery and still had nothing so I figured id switch the computer from the 96 xp that I bought recently that needs rebuilt and now it turns over and everything checks out good compression (160psi each cylinder) and spark. I am in the middle rebuilding the carbs and removing the paint and rubber coating they covered over the old traction mat holes. After that I will be wet sanding and buffing the whole hull due to it starting to yellow, I have already removed all of the decals from the top part of the hull.
Plans for the ski:
-Wet sand and buff
-New traction mats
-Jettrim seat cover with hump seat
-Beachouse or work sponsons
-extended rear tabs only the sides
-umi steering with bars and finger throttle
As of right now going to be keeping the engine stock and only doing the handling mods for now, next winter I plan on striping the hull down and painting it when I start to do performance parts
Also started a build series on youtube subscribe if you want to keep updated I will post on here and have videos on there with updates
 


Matt Braley

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I can't keep up with it anymore. I've got some really cool skis!!
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Nice! I just bought a couple 97SPX's this week. Sounds like you have a solid plan for yours.

Please consider my billet trim tabs..... $107 shipped IMG_0163.jpg
 

riffe723

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(2) SeaDoo SPX - 1997 (sold)
SeaDoo Speedster SK - 1999
(2) SeaDoo Spark 90hp - 2016
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Better get you some @racerxxx sponsons too. Pretty much the same performance as worx at half the price. 20181226_124445.jpeg
 

riffe723

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(2) SeaDoo SPX - 1997 (sold)
SeaDoo Speedster SK - 1999
(2) SeaDoo Spark 90hp - 2016
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Matt's trim tabs are sweet. I have yet to use them on the water but they look awesome 20181231_141429.jpeg
 

Matt Braley

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I can't keep up with it anymore. I've got some really cool skis!!
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They help the boat jump up and plane out faster but more importantly they help keep it from porpoising so much. Those short hulls try to jump everything and sometimes want to bounce on smoother water too. Most of the time you want to cruise without the nose of the thing flying up all the time.
 

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