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    1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    I have a pair of Sea-doos that I've had for probably 15-20 years, second owner. They were parked and winterized in 2011 and haven't run since. They were stored outside in the same spot in the sun under some really good covers all this time. They look like new when cleaned up and only have about 120 hours each on them. I do all my maintenance myself and I know I rebuilt the carbs on one ski, but being as they are twins I don't remember which one it was. I noticed the display on one was bad and the other was going bad last time I started them so I need to repair the LCD screens, I have the material and have seen a video or two so that's on the list of to do's. I have one of the machines in my garage on a PWC dolly and plan to siphon the gas then put new gas in and agitate it with a low pressure air hose for a while to clean the tank then siphon it out again. I plan to replace the gray fuel lines and rebuild the carbs and replace the fuel filters. I'll check / replace the spark plugs. I cleaned the rave valves years ago, will check again.

    Anything else I should check? Any advice or good video links to help guide me to getting these things running again?

    Any advice on where to get the fuel lines? I bought what was supposed to be really good translucent blue fuel lines years ago, had 50ft and opened the box the other day and the lines were very sticky on the outside, I tossed them since the inside would probably have been deteriorated as well.


    Thanks for any advice you can provide. Mike

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    Re: 1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    I use Gates Barricade fuel line on all my skis. I wouldn't chance anything: pull all carbs and clean them. Just my $.02, but after sitting that long, it's worth it just for the peace of mind.

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    Re: 1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    You'll also need to pull the pumps to replace wear rings.....they dry rot, and change pump lube. And since they are '96 models, slide under the trailer and unbolt the intake grates. Once out of the way grab the pump shoe and give it a tug. Very common to find them loose. Then you start chasing cavitation issues that will have you pulling out your hair.
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    Re: 1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    I would advise against using an "air jet" to agitate your tank cleaning gas. The air jet may generate enough of a static charge to create a spark, and well, you know what follows. FIRE.

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    Re: 1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    Quote Originally Posted by rdjeep View Post
    I would advise against using an "air jet" to agitate your tank cleaning gas. The air jet may generate enough of a static charge to create a spark, and well, you know what follows. FIRE.
    I am planning to use just a rubber hose with low pressure air, just enough to move the gas a little. I see they have those siphon hoses with brass end for siphoning fuel, I would think shaking that thing would have a better chance of causing a problem... although it's brass which doesn't spark it you strike it.

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    Re: 1996 GTX's haven't run since 2011 - time to ge them running again

    You could just add some fresh gas or acetone or something and go for a 'spirited' drive. Should be enough agitation to get it done.
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