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When I got my spark I had the dealer install the flush kit now on the back of the spark there's that nipple that sticks out will hose connector right to it or do I have to get a special connector before I flush my unit
Going to take my spark out for the first time on Sunday in saltwater so I want to make sure I flush the exhaust
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That nipple needs to be removed, screws out, while riding. Take the nipple to your local hardware store and buy a female quick connect fitting for garden hose. To flush, screw in the male quick connect, and connect the hose with female quick connect attached. Always start engine first, supply water, flush, turn off water, then shut off engine. Read the manual...

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In another forum, read to never leave the adapter in... maybe flow is comprised??? To tell you the truth, I really don't know. I ride with mine removed.

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or if you have one of the very "felxible hoses" like you see on tv, leave off the adapter and just screw the hose in and flush. I found that same 50 ft hose for $19 and it's prefect to flush/rinse/wash my Spark on the street on the trailer, then just dry and back it into the garage, and the hose packs into a ball, is light and easy to meneuver - all 50 ft! The adapter could vibrate loose while riding and be lost, that's all
 

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It's in the manual, I beleive 90 secs at idle then shut off water and run 5K rpm for 5 secs, probobly shuld rinse out the bilge as well and really wash the outside off as well as trailer EACH time you use it in salt or very dirty fresh water.
 

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Dealer told me to just leave the gray nipple off while riding. That way you don't lose it. Plastic looks soft so I don't want to torque it to keep it from falling off. Bought a female disconnect about $5.50 at true value. Works great with the gray nipple.
 

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What is this nipple you guys speak of? Mine is just a hole with threads. nothing sticks out. LoL. I have IBR and the flush kit installed by dealer and when I went to flush it yesterday for the first time i had a bitch of a time. I called BRP to see how to get the " black thing in the back " to go up so I could access the flush kit hole to hook up the hose. They said it doesnt go up, they kind of thought of that after making it. So basicly i had to crawl up under there and have a bitch of a time screwing the marina hose into this cheap plastic fitting. The salt away mixing thing couldnt even screw in because it would hit the black thing in the back ( i guess that it self is the IBR) sorry new to this... so today im going to home depot to get an adapter ,mini hose, quick connect, something to make things easier. I just wish i could leave something on there that wont stick out too much so i dont have to put it on and off all the time and worry about stripping the threads. Saw this online but again need it today. funny it says " required " in the add. It should have come with the flush kit! Spark Flush Kit Adapter [RS85130] : PWC Performance Parts
 

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It's in the manual, I beleive 90 secs at idle then shut off water and run 5K rpm for 5 secs, probobly shuld rinse out the bilge as well and really wash the outside off as well as trailer EACH time you use it in salt or very dirty fresh water.
Exactly. I'm doing this water flush to start plus within seconds of that repeating the process after turning the attachment on those hose with the Salt Away mixing unit to " salt away " so the cleaner flows out. (however with the salt away you do it for 30 seconds)

I learned you have to be careful about how fast you turn that water on and off. If the engine is on with water flowing back there even for like 15 seconds (tech at dealership agreeed) it can over heat, beep, check engine light goes on. Scary stuff for your first flush after first time riding it. i pulled the key off so quick as I cussed out the flush kit for not knowing i would need a little quick release extension thing so my salt away kit would be able to attach and work.

Sprato - everyone seems to swear by salt away. you can get it along with a mixing unit on amazon.
 

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That "nipple" came with the flush kit. Your dealer must of lost it or forgot to give it to you. You still would have had to buy the female part of the quick connect at the hardware store though.

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If you leave a short hose on the flush outlet with a Home Depot disconnect make sure you use the quick disconnect fitting on the short hose that allows water to flow when disconnected. Otherwise you will have overheating issues . Water is communing out the flush port at a strong volume when the Ski is operating.
 

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Thanks. Ya , by looking at a pic of the flush kit they "neglected my nipple" lol. Oh well . Hopefully i find what i need at home depot, if not west marine is next door.
 

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Yay !!!

I found what I wanted to making flushing at the marina much easier. I need to get a male/female coupling that is metal and see if i can leave it in since I don't trust the plastic threads on the flush kit wont wear out from screwing in and unscrewing a hose all the time.

Makes things easier with the shut off on the salt away and it makes the salt away flush kit extend in front of the black IBR thing that hangs down in the back. I couldn't screw the flush kit on before with it in the way.

 

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^^^ I meant I couldn't screw the Salt Away mixing unit on before.

Okay after some trial and error I think I have the attachments I'm happy with to make flushing my spark easier.

I'm just wondering if the attachment on the left can be left on the ski all the time.


 

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I picked up 1/2" flexible tubing and a plastic female hose end at the local hardware store for about $2.50 to make my "flush kit" it screws right on the Salt Away mixing unit and the tubing slides right on the nipple on the back of the ski.
 

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I picked up 1/2" flexible tubing and a plastic female hose end at the local hardware store for about $2.50 to make my "flush kit" it screws right on the Salt Away mixing unit and the tubing slides right on the nipple on the back of the ski.
Is there any drilling required?
Or is it a simple as putting the tube with hose attachment over the inlet -turn on spark-turn on water-90sec run-shut water off and run spark for a few additional seconds??
 

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The outer diameter of the nipple is 1/2" I believe. The ID of the tubing I purchased was 1/2" and it fits well. No drilling the way I did it. It's very simple and easy.
 

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alright if its as easy as plug and play I am going to copy that DIY kit and head over to the beach after work on friday!.. had only been in the lakes because i was afraid of not being able to easily flush.

On another note .. how do you saltwater spark users go about flushing/cleaning any salt that gets inside the hull. I know i have seen some water filter through the side panels while messing around doing 180's and such in a lake.
 

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I rinse the outside with Salt Away, then use my DIY flush with Salt Away, then if I see droplets of water on the engine when I open the side panel I cover the air intake with a ziploc bag and rubber band and spray the engine with Salt Away. I leave it parked on a slope for a little while to drain them park it in my garage with with the panels left open so I can fully dry. Occasionally spray with a fluid film type lube once it's dry as well.
 
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