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    Help with buying a sea doo GTI SE!

    Okay so I know someone selling a sea doo GTI SE and I believe it's the 130 engine. They're asking 5600 and it is a 2013 and comes with a 2013 load rite trailer. It has around 65 hours on it. Here's my questions

    Is the 130 engine a good, reliable engine? And what troubles could I run into with 65 hours on it, and how long can I expect it to Run trouble free.

    Also the deal in general, is it a good deal for 5600 bucks?

    Lastly, I'm no jet ski pro, I've road my friends every day for years but mechanically I'm not sure what to look for when buying one. Are there any signs of a engine not taken care of?

    Thanks!!


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    Also I've looked a lot at getting a spark and tuning it cause I'm more of a wave jumper than a speed person. Any thought on which is better? I'd tune the spark either to 90 or 110

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mhammond35 View Post
    ... a 2013 load rite trailer ...
    Consider 2017 to be the last year for using those trailer tires. For 2018 plan to buy a new set of trailer tires regardless of how 'good' they look.

    Beyond five years old is getting sketchy for tire reliability, per my experience with sudden failure of trailer tires. Absolute limit is seven years, per trailer tire industry guidelines.

    Trailer maintenance is a thing, hub greasing, general all around inspections, etc.

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    I do expect to have to do maintnancr obviously that's of no issue. Especially for a trailer cause I do have experience with many a trailers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mhammond35 View Post
    Is the 130 engine a good, reliable engine?
    Rock solid. I've spoken to SeaDoo test "pilots" and was told you can easily expect over 500 hours if properly maintained. I saw a video recently where the ski had over 700. In general PWC's don't like sitting around not being ridden.

    65 hours on a 2013 is a good indicator it hasn't been sitting in a garage, but it hasn't been ridden excessively either.

    I just passed 200 hours on my GTI130SE. I change the oil and spark plugs every 50 hours. The only real problems I've had was a fuel level indicator went bad and a recently discovered cracked stick coil. I had the dealer fix the fuel level indicator and I replaced the stick coil.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhammond35 View Post
    And what troubles could I run into with 65 hours on it, and how long can I expect it to Run trouble free.
    If it was properly maintained, it's doubtful there should be any problems.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhammond35 View Post
    Also the deal in general, is it a good deal for 5600 bucks?
    That's a very good price especially if it includes the trailer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhammond35 View Post
    Are there any signs of a engine not taken care of?
    In my experience, if they didn't maintain the exterior, they didn't maintain the interior / engine. Inspect the overall exterior condition to include body, pump area and drive shaft. Take the seat off and check out the engine bay. There should be no corrosion and very little "dirt".

    Turn the handlebars back and forth to make sure the cable has no problems.

    Squeeze the throttle and IBR triggers to ensure they snap back and are not "sticky"

    Check the fluid levels and see if they have maintenance records (although with 65 hours, there shouldn't be much).

    Ideally, you should test ride it. It should be able to reach 50-53 mph as a top speed.

    Make sure the IBR works properly, too. This can be done by starting the engine, connecting a flush hose (if not in the water) and squeezing the IBR lever; it should indicate on the dash R for reverse. Releasing the lever should put it in N for neutral and a slight squeeze on the throttle should put it in F for forward.



    If it has the original battery, that will probably need to be replaced. Expect $100-$150 for that.

    This thread has relevant information: http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=257925

    Since you state you're not sure what to look for when buying used, I'd recommend spending the $50-100 to have a PWC mechanic (preferably a SeaDoo specialist) to give it a look.

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