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    PWCToday Regular DanSquires's Avatar
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    96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    I never do a thread over here, mainly stay on SD Forum but what the hey.

    I picked up this HX on Saturday, 12/16, in NW Arkansas. I found it on Craigslist, sent the guy an email and he talked back and forth through email a bit. The price was right, and I'd had an itch to buy an HX for a few months.. so, anyways..

    Chatted with him on the phone for about an hour about whatever.. and he talked about how he always wanted to get this ski up and running but never did. Long story short, he bought it broken in 2001, and it's been sitting in his garage ever since.
    SCHWEEEET.
    And, it's really quite nice. The original owner ingested a whole bunch of water into the engine, so it's blown (meh, big deal) and there's some oil in the hull that needs cleaned out, a little staining in the right side footwell but that's pretty much it.
    It came with an Ultrac nozzle, intake grate, and skeggs, rest is all stock.
    Should be a pretty fun little project
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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    So, I stripped everything out of the ski late December, and started cleaning up over new years weekend.
    There is some staining at the bottom that isn't going to come up, but considering there had to be a half a gallon of oil in the bottom of it for the last 17 years, a bit of staining is to be expected.
    I'm merely having to give all of the parts a wipe down before reinstalling.. nothing (other than the engine of course) is going to require a repaint.
    Bottom end is done with a rebuilt crank, and cylinders are being sent off to Fullbore next week.

    And now a few pics.. pics are the most important part.. reading is silly.
    I didn't really take very many because I suck and I get carried away putting things together. But there is now a waterbox and balers back in there. And a fuel tank.
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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Looking good! I'm in the middle of doing the same thing right now

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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Very good condition !!

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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Did the mechanical seal on the driveline have o-ring or a stainless steel c-clip?


    Bill M.

    Probably doesn't matter much, I doubt dealers still sell the o-ring?
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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by wmazz View Post
    Did the mechanical seal on the driveline have o-ring or a stainless steel c-clip?


    Bill M.

    Probably doesn't matter much, I doubt dealers still sell the o-ring?
    Oh how that P____ me off. I pulled mine apart to do some work and thought how stupid is that! I've never seen an O-ring hold anything in place where a snap ring was needed. Ya if this is your first time. Beware!

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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by wmazz View Post
    Did the mechanical seal on the driveline have o-ring or a stainless steel c-clip?


    Bill M.

    Probably doesn't matter much, I doubt dealers still sell the o-ring?

    The C clip is a direct replacement for the O ring..

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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    The oring was used first by Seadoo & for the most part was all right & I still get models in the shop with orings in them.

    The metal C clip was the answer for the problem that some people had when the oring rolled out the ski would sink pretty quickly. LOL

    I had a customer in 1996 that bought a new GSX & went home & I got a call the next day that the ski had sunk....he brought it in & the oring had rolled out so we put a new one in got the ski running for him sent him home called a few hours later & the ski had sunk again !!!

    He brought it back...same thing. We got it running replaced driveshaft,oring,everything. I went to the water & rode it for 1 hour...no issues.

    He picked the ski up,(super nice guy & had been a customer for a long time) then he called me the next morning & the ski had sunk again !!! WTF

    He brought it back,same thing. I had another ski prepped for him & he left with a new ski & that one never had a problem. About 6 months later the metal C clip came out. BRP doesnt move real fast.
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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    Nice one Dan. I swear I'm gonna put my HX back together this year.
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    Re: 96 HX - reviving after 18 years of sitting

    I wished you lived closer I could build your HX & you could fix my tranny in my Xtreme.

    I like working on skis better than trannys.

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