I have a 98 1000Ls. My dad bought it in hopes that my son and I could spend some time together. First, the starter has failed twice the repair bills have been a nightmare. I ride real hard, I burned a hole in the side of a piston and twisted the crankshaft. Repair bill 3800.00, Repaired crank, three new pistons and top end. Ran like a champ for six months. Scary fast, Took off on a long ride late one afternoon raced a Bass Boat for at least two miles at WFO. Beat the boat and ran the oil tank dry. Dumb Ass!!!!! Now I know by the metal shavings I found in the #3 reed cage... crankshaft berrings. It sits out under the carport and waits for another large cash injection and a removal of the Oil Injection system. I ask the repair shop about removing the Injection system after the last rebuild and the Owner Mr Dale Swanson himself of Dales Jet Sports who I've known for over twenty years says "I've never seen one fail on one of these so why don't we leave it"? What he was another Jumbo repair bill. Not this time!!! I will do it myself or stick a match to it before he gets me again. I do like the way it hauls ass, but the repairs are going to kill me.
Let me ask you did the motor seize up or just grenaded? More then likely if it did grenade then yes probably crankshaft and bearings. How are the jugs? While you got it apart throw in some V-Force reeds and cages. They always performed well in my Skidoos.Just for the record I did not spend one dime on the repair bills. I am a Die Hard Kawasaki Fan. My father who bought this allbatros paid the repair bills. Yes it is all the same pocket but I will do the repairs myself this time. Not to say anything Bad about Dales Jet Sports repair work, but the price tag was way out of line. And now I don't have the lower end out of the hull yet, but the carbs and exhaust have been removed and as i said the large metal pieces found in the number three reed cage make me think berring or some piece from the crank.