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Old 08-29-2010, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default '96 SeaDoo GSX Info Center & VTS Help

Hey all,

This is my first post here as today I became a SeaDoo Owner!

My wife and I just purchased a '01 SeaDoo GS & a '96 SeaDoo GSX. The GS is in MINT condition and was owned by someone who has a house on the lake and had the thing in a lift. It hasn't gotten a whole lot of use in the 14 years and runs GREAT.

The GSX unfortunitly wasn't as well taken care of and was left out in the sun to bake. It has a few non-mechanical issues that I need to fix to make it more functional.

The Info Center on the GSX is water logged, I'm guessing that the gasket in the gauge dried out in the sun then water got into the gauge. (Water Seems to pool around the gauge cluster, Any ideas for that?)

I can't seem to find a '96 GSX info center and the dealer told me they are no longer available, but I have seen many '97 info centers, and some '98's. Does anyone know if either of these info centers will work with the '96? Or if there is another model of the Info Center Gauge that will work with the '96 GSX?

I am hoping that if I replace the gauge that all the functions on the info center will work, since the current gauge is dead all I can do is assume that the gauge itself is bad and that otherwise all the sensors/computer are functioning normally.

Incase I can't get ahold of an infocenter gauge, is there any other options for a gauge that will display my fuel and oil level's?


Also on the GSX the VTS doesn't work, I don't know if it's the VTS motor, control module, handle bar switch or what? Is there anything I can do to trouble shoot it so that I am not just parts swaping?


Thanks in advance for any/all help, I am happy to be apart of the SeaDoo family!

-TheChad

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't consider myself extremely knowledgeable on these units, but I have a 98 GSX Ltd and can comment a little on the VTS. The bellows for the VTS fails, or the clamps holding it on fail, and water goes up into the VTS motor area, which is the tear drop-shaped box when you look under the seat. Open the box (3 clips on it that must be pressed toward the box) and see how wet it is inside. First thing to do is replace the boot and get the newer design clamps so they don't cut into the boot.
The VTS also fails because the control module, made into the back of the motor box, fails due to the "pot" sealer cracking and allowing water in.
There is an aftermarket VTS controller that may be a better solution for the long term, and it is cheaper than factory parts and should be more reliable since it will be located someplace besides the back of the motor housing.
The motor can be replaced by a mid-90s Nissan passenger window motor, out of a Sentra or 300ZX, I believe. This info is searchable.
Variable Trim System Analysis
http://www.seadoosource.com/vtsbootupgrade.html
Seadoo VTS Trim Fix

Found this thread because I am also looking for answers regarding my multi-function gauge.

Chris
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank's for the info! I will book mark this info for future use.

I ended up replacing my Info Center Gauge with a new (used) unit and I guess got lucky as the VTS started working as soon as I pluged in the new Info Center.

So I guess the VTS system is tied into the Info center Gauge. My old Gauge was water logged and I assume completely fried! I was very happy to see the VTS start working..

I did however open that VTS motor box and there is some corrosion in the box. I looked, and the boot does have the old stainless steel type clamps.

I will be taking it out this weekend, so I will check for water/moisture in the VTS motor box when I'm on the water, It may have leaked before but has since been fixed, or it may be leaking now. So I'll check and if it is leaking now, I'll replace the boot and clamps.


Thanks again for the help.

-TheChad
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