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Got a small problem that could easily become HUGE, for my simple self! just bought a mint 02 f-12, took it out, sucked up the ski rope, No big deal, caught the kill switch at the same time the rope went under the ski. But, there is a small 1\4 sized, grommet at the prop end of the shaft that's half on, half off, the barreled end. Keep in mind this ski has never been touched.I cant get the water inlet grating off, seems to be something else holding it besides the obvious 4 bolts. Maybe silicon? ALSO!! being a newbe too 4 stroke, maybe some of you fine folks could fill me in on the problems i should watch for with this model? ........................THANKS!
 

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Many have used a pry bar after cutting the silicone around the intake grate to pull it off.
I have also head of some using a strap wrench from the grate to the trailer crossbars. When you get the intake grate off, be sure to cut out two of the bars to improve your takeoff and let you get your hand inside to remove debris [or ski ropes]. The rubber cone comes with new impellers or you can order one [#47] from HoET.
Honda East of Toledo's 2002 Honda PWC ARX1200t3 AQUATRAX F-12X Parts List
It takes about a half hour to pull the pump to replace the rubber seal.
 

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My brother in law did the same thing on my 07 honda and after the four bolts and lots of silicone a couple of small pry bars or screwdrivers back and forth and the grate was off. Had to unwind 25 ft of rope but all is well now.
 

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Sucked up ski rope 2003 Honda aquatrax

Thx all you just saved me a trip to the service shop!!!!! :)
Is there any good deals on the spark plugs? $15 each at the auto parts store. Is everyone running sea foam or ethanol stabizer in their gas? What oil is everyone using? I read Amsoil or royal purple is really good
 

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Advance Auto Parts has them for $10-11 each. I add a can of Seafoam a couple of times a year. I have used Rotella T6 oil from Walmart for about 9 years now.
 

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It sounds like you got lucky. My step-brother sucked a rope into a Yamaha that I owned and it ended up costing me (yes me) 700 bucks to get it fixed. Good luck :)
 

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Hello! New to the forum, but I have a Honda Aquatrax...sucked up a ski rope, and called the guys at Jet Ski International. They said it would be easy...but I didn't believe them. It actually was. Disconnected the reverse bucket on either side, disconnected the steering cable, disconnected the rubber vacuum line. After that, unbolted the jet part (not sure what it's called...but there is an outside one (four bolts), and then the main one which slides onto the drive shaft (four bolts). Once all the bolts were off...we had to pry it off...it was stuck. But eventually it gave in. Here's the picture with everything removed...you can see how easy it is now to get the rope off! Other than having to wrestle a small snake that took up residence in there...it was actually pretty easy. The right tools helped. I could probably do it again in under 30 minutes.
 

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One thing to pay attention to when a rope get sucked up is the drive shaft seal. it can offset the drive shaft which can put stress on the seal and hurt it. just watch for water leaking in. Other thing is whenever removing the jet pump, put marine grease on the driveshaft splines to keep it from corroding to the impeller.
 

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Hello! New to the forum, but I have a Honda Aquatrax...sucked up a ski rope, and called the guys at Jet Ski International. They said it would be easy...but I didn't believe them. It actually was. Disconnected the reverse bucket on either side, disconnected the steering cable, disconnected the rubber vacuum line. After that, unbolted the jet part (not sure what it's called...but there is an outside one (four bolts), and then the main one which slides onto the drive shaft (four bolts). Once all the bolts were off...we had to pry it off...it was stuck. But eventually it gave in. Here's the picture with everything removed...you can see how easy it is now to get the rope off! Other than having to wrestle a small snake that took up residence in there...it was actually pretty easy. The right tools helped. I could probably do it again in under 30 minutes.
If you can fix it in 30 minutes..Do you by chance live in Tennessee? My nephew sucked a rope up in my Aquatrax yesterday!
 
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