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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home Minnetonka4me's Avatar
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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    Typical SBT stuff...not the least bit surprised. I just took apart a seadoo 4 tec that had a 4 year old SBT motor that dropped their crap valves with less than 100 hrs on it. Upon taking it apart, under one of the main bolt ports on the bottom of the motor....There was still a socket stuck to the bolt.

    SBT used to build a decent motor, but the have year after year found a cheaper chinese producer for their parts and when customers call them out on it, they stick their head in the sand.

    The "other guys" doing reman motors....mostly on ebay....suck the big one too.
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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    I have used a lot of their parts through the years without issues. I have also pulled end bearings off of a few brand new cranks because they were crap. I've also seen some questionable rebuild jobs of theirs that I've torn down. All of this is why I choose to rebuild the engines right here for my customers. That way I know exactly how it went together and I can be confident giving it back to them.
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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    install over 30 motors from them never a problem

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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    I am happy for all of you that have had good luck with SBT.

    I wish I could say the same thing. I was happy with their prompt delivery and the parts that I purchased from them for another engine that I assembled myself.

    However if you really know anything about engines, and you read the description of what happened to my engine, there is no disputing that they installed and incorrect bearing in the engine they sold me. The improper bearing prevented the crankcase from pulling together properly. They then sealed the crankcase with copious amounts if sealant rather that finding out WHY the case would not pull together properly. This lead to the failure.

    I admit it was out of warranty when the bearing failed. However they would not even discuss the issue with me. Their response in regard to the quality control procedures they use never addressed the issue that I had.

    Perhaps they build more common types of engines with correct parts. I am telling you they did NOT build my TS 77O engine properly.

    Buyer beware,

    John
    2, 1998 TS 770 L, restored and running great. (Except for the one with engine that SBT put the WRONG crankshaft bearing into and is now sitting as I collect repair parts)

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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    Hence why they have a no-fault warranty. There is always going to be a bad egg in the nest here and there.


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    I like eggs. Especially poached! Yummy!

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    Re: SBT Engine Failure, Buyer BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by hemmjo View Post
    I am happy for all of you that have had good luck with SBT.

    I wish I could say the same thing. I was happy with their prompt delivery and the parts that I purchased from them for another engine that I assembled myself.

    However if you really know anything about engines, and you read the description of what happened to my engine, there is no disputing that they installed and incorrect bearing in the engine they sold me. The improper bearing prevented the crankcase from pulling together properly. They then sealed the crankcase with copious amounts if sealant rather that finding out WHY the case would not pull together properly. This lead to the failure.

    I admit it was out of warranty when the bearing failed. However they would not even discuss the issue with me. Their response in regard to the quality control procedures they use never addressed the issue that I had.

    Perhaps they build more common types of engines with correct parts. I am telling you they did NOT build my TS 77O engine properly.

    Buyer beware,

    John
    Just pulled apart an sbt 787; yeah, there was no lack of rvt.
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