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    1984 JS550 Opinions

    Hey guys my name is Mark Iíve been a long time follower of these forums but never really posted much. Iím trying to get myself into a stand up so my buddyís and I can go out and have some fun on it lol. I live in south Florida and thereís not many of these for sale, theyíre hard to come by.
    I found this 1984 JS550 for sale near me and I wanted to try to get a few knowledgeable opinions on it if possible. The guys says it has straight bars with a riva throttle, a later model js550 intake for a 44mm carb with the spacer to fit a new SBN44 square pump carb with a primer instead of a choke, a kerker exhaust pipe, a jet dynamic scooped intake grate, an ocean pro extended ride plate, new throttle and steering cables, the compression is 150 psi on both cylinders. He sent me videos of it running and him riding it, looks like it runs great. The ski looks pretty mint, garage kept, it includes the aluminum beach cart, and it has a clean Florida title. The guys asking 1800 which I know is a lot, too much. My question is if I could get the ski for around 1400 or 1500 is it worth it? Or is that still paying too much? I figure the beach cart is worth a couple hundred bucks or so. They rarely come up for sale around here so itís hard for me to compare the price to others. It looks like a great ski to me but Iíd like to see if anyone has any input. Thanks in advance guys, stay safe!
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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    This sounds Identical to my first ski, except it's a 1984. I got mine off ebay in 2004 for $725. This one is all waxed up and shiny, mine was pretty beat. This includes the beach cart, which is worth 200-300 alone.

    Today that ski would go for around 750-1000 in Wisconsin. Add the beach cart and you're at 1000-1300 area. Talk him down to $1400 or get him to throw in a new battery at $1500
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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    I saw that listing on craigslist too lol, looks like a decent deal to me. I'd go for it. You'll spend more on parts if you get one that doesn't already have all the good stuff, that thing is ready to go man.

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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Thanks guys! I appreciate the info. I'm gonna run up there to take a look and hopefully bring it home tomorrow evening. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks

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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Here I am looking at a new motor for js440 conversion to js550... $795 not including stator or flywheel.... before USD > CAD conversion and tax lol

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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Hey guys. I ended up buying the ski and I got a good deal on it. I ran it yesterday and I love it! It rides and runs great. Turns out it has the SBN 44 carb on it and it was all jetted properly. He gave me a whole bag of jets he went through trying to get it jetted right. He also gave me a high compression head and an aftermarket impeller for it. The impeller is a Solas KBSC-A 13/18 stainless impeller. I know its still got the stock aluminum impeller in it now. Would this impeller help it or hurt it? How much would the 13/18 pitch impeller affect it? Do you guys think its worth putting in or to just stick with the stock impeller for right now? Thanks, Mark

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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Cool deal carb tuning on the water sucks, and u got a stainless wheel, what a deal. 13/18 or 15 straight sounds about perfect to me unless you only care about top speed. The stock wheel is crummy youl see when you take it out. its worth changing.
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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Awesome Bobby thanks. Hereís a picture of the wheel. image.jpg
    I noticed while looking online that the impeller should have what looks to be a rubber nose cone or seal on the front of it. I donít have this, should I be worried about that. Iím assuming it reduces drag but at what degree? I donít know if I should put it in there without it or not. I canít seem to find anywhere I could buy just that piece. Thanks, Mark
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    Re: 1984 JS550 Opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by JRMech133 View Post
    Awesome Bobby thanks. Here’s a picture of the wheel. image.jpg
    I noticed while looking online that the impeller should have what looks to be a rubber nose cone or seal on the front of it. I don’t have this, should I be worried about that. I’m assuming it reduces drag but at what degree? I don’t know if I should put it in there without it or not. I can’t seem to find anywhere I could buy just that piece. Thanks, Mark
    That looks like a 440 Pump Impeller. Check if your ski has a 440 pump in it, not a 550. This was a common mod/swap.
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