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Is replacing the engine a new life for a Jetski? I am looking at an older one with a newer engine put in it. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Will check the oil pump to make sure that the new one does not die too. Can a new engine ever be as good as the factory installed one? I guess that depends on who puts it in.

And it is cold up here. No test rides any time soon. Anything I should be doing besides running the engine on the hose and a compression check?

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Depends totally on the model engine, who did the rebuild, what quality of parts were used, and how hard its been ridden. If you look around the forums, I think it is safe to say the rebuilt engines are rarely if ever as good as the original. They basically extend the life of a ski, but don't give it a new life........if you know what I mean. Some of the rebuilders use cheap aftermarket parts to cut costs, that don't hold up well for the long term.

I'd be wary of older 2 stroke skis with rebuilt engines. This forum and others are filled with stories that start "I just bought this ski with a rebuilt engine, and it ran great for 2 hours, and now its dead, runs like crap, etc.".
 

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I'm looking at the 1200 suv. I'm talking to someone with a 2001 original engine - private owner and a 2002 with a rebuilt - dealer...

Jh

And your sig is killing me ;-)
The other boat under consideration is a '04 Hurricane 170 w/ 90hp Johnson.
 

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I'm looking at the 1200 suv. I'm talking to someone with a 2001 original engine - private owner and a 2002 with a rebuilt - dealer...

Jh

And your sig is killing me ;-)
The other boat under consideration is a '04 Hurricane 170 w/ 90hp Johnson.

If the rebuild was of high quality the rebuilt motor can be just as good as from the factory. I am actually a big fan of buying PWCs with blown engines for dirt cheap then rebuilding or replacing the motor and essentially having a new watercraft that I know will last many years. VS buying a used one from someone and taking a gamble. It might run great for five seasons or it might blow on you the first time you take it out. You just never know.

In your case I'd check the compression in the unit you're considering buying and asking the owner of the one with the rebuilt engine if he has a recept for the work. If he has the recept and compression is with in spec I'd go for it. :thumbsup:
 
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