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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hasn't Run for Two Years - Any Words of Advice?

My generous brother-n-law gave me his 1998 Kawasaki STX 1100. It was been sitting in a garage for the past two years with out it ever being started. He did put sta-bil in the fuel prior to storing. It is extremely clean and ran great before it went into storage. He said all it needs is a new battery, which I have just ordered from amazon.

My question is, prior to me attempting to start it for the first time in two years, is there anything I need to do? I'm afraid to do any damage to the motor since it has been running for such a long period of time. I want to keep it in great shape.

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Prob. should rebuild the carbs., but at least look at the oil injection lines. They should pliable and secure. I would premix about two gallons of fuel to equal 32:1 total. The injection system mixes at 50:1, so you just need the difference. I think it's like 1 1/2 onces per gallon, but double check it. Crank it in short 3-5 sec intervals to get fuel to the carbs. No more than 10 sec, then rest. Pull the plugs and put a tablespoon of oil in each cyl and turn the engine by hand with the drive shaft. I would get a couple sets of plugs. One for now and one for later. Don't let it run more that 10 sec with no water, and be very carefull if you run it on the hose as the front cyl will get hot in a hurry.
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Some amateur advice here. Having the Sta-bil in the fuel is great and I do the same but I would remove the fuel and put in fresh fuel.

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More amateur thoughts. Getting a bit of lubrication on the cylinder walls will not hurt a thing

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Thank you for the quick reply and good advise. Do I need to add grease to anything?
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I took the cover off last night and snapped a few pics of the engine compartment. I thought I'd share for fun / comments.
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That thing looks immaculate !!!! I think you need to donate it !!!!!!
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Does your Ebox sit dead center of the Driveshaft or is it more toward the battery? My fiberglass has pre-drilled holes, but if I mount using the holes, my positive cable from the Ebox will not reach positive post of my battery.
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That thing looks immaculate !!!! I think you need to donate it !!!!!!
What's up Lee ? Haven't seen you in a while.
Hahaha! Yes, it is in great shape. He always takes good care of this things.
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Does your Ebox sit dead center of the Driveshaft or is it more toward the battery? My fiberglass has pre-drilled holes, but if I mount using the holes, my positive cable from the Ebox will not reach positive post of my battery.
I'm assuming Ebox means electrical box. Are your referring to the silver box in this pic? As you can tell, I don't know a lot about these things. I can take another look at it to properly answer your question. However, I do believe it sits dead center of the driveshaft, right behind the motor. I'm pretty sure there hasn't been any modifications made to the Jet Ski. So, i'm sure this is how it was manufactured.
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