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    Carbon seal signs of being bad***

    whats going on all , just wondering as the season is getting close to a start for me, im wondering what are some signs the carbon seal is bad or good ? i have 45 hours on the ski and im thinking of getting it done because id rather be safe then sorry being on the water, but whats your take on signs to look for?
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    Obvious signs would be feeling like the skis has lost some hole shot and maybe some cavitation while pulling most of the trigger on take off. You can also looking into the pump area using a good flash light looking for signs of wear, cuts or gouges possible from sand, debris or floating rocks as they would say. Usually all from possibly riding in shallow area or during startup after leaving a beach area. I’m not sure on your model how to get the IBR to raise for you check if from rear of the ski (I’m sure others that do will chime in to help) but you can check it from the front laying under the ski and trailer if your ski is on a trailer or sling. PS: With those low hours shouldn’t be a issue to start off with, or less you have sucked up debris. I have had several stock wear rings last me 200+ hrs. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4-keeps View Post
    I have had several stick wear rings last me 200+ hrs.
    300 hours on my original stock wear ring.

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    300 hours on my original stock wear ring.

    your 100% stock? any mods or anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemikidd View Post
    your 100% stock? any mods or anything?
    100% stock. Had a pump rebuild at 200 hours, but there was no mention of a new wear ring.

    Still getting about 53-55 top speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xspook View Post
    100% stock. Had a pump rebuild at 200 hours, but there was no mention of a new wear ring.

    Still getting about 53-55 top speed.
    If you can slide a business card between the impeller and wear ring at any point then it needs replacement.
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    i meant carbon seal!!!! omfg im an idiot sorry guys lol....

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    Carbon seals, basically, do not wear out unless there's engine alignment issue. They fail if they get overheated by running on the hose too long.

    Your hours is nothing, they will last hundreds and hundreds of hours. Lifetime of the ski is not out of the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemikidd View Post
    i meant carbon seal!!!! omfg im an idiot sorry guys lol....
    lol, well with that being said. I have the same carbon seal in my 08 RXP-X modified with (373hrs). Others Seadoo’s I have owned with the same 300+. I did have my 05 RXP start having a very little bit of cavitation around 200 hrs from a worn carbon seal. Good luck


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    Quote Originally Posted by hemikidd View Post
    what are some signs the carbon seal is bad or good ?
    Don't worry too much-I have gone through two of them on my '17 RXT but I have bad luck. The symptoms were cavitation on take offs and unexpected water in the bilge.

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