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Hello, I have followed this site for a while now but this is my first post. My girl friend was ridding the spark and when she came up to shore she was in to shallow of water and sucked a rock up and messed a bunch of stuff up. My fault I wasn't paying attention (thanks to a jager bomb). I haven't took it apart yet but i know I need a new wear ring that is broken and probably a impeller i'm sure. So the question is should I go with Solas or Skat-Trak? The OE wear ring seems to work from what I have read and its cheaper than aftermarket. Where is the best place to purchase these items? I have been looking but I wanted to ask the experts. Thanks in advance
 

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Take a flashlight and look into the intake, you will be able to see the impeller and the damage it may have taken. I got better results with the solas 12/17 than with the stock. Difference is minimal though, but i actually think the solas is a tiny bit cheaper than the stock. I haven't tried the skat, so i dont know about that one, but i would certainly recommend the solas;)


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If your stock impeller isn't damaged then the only reason to replace it is to increase performance. The reviews I've read on the Solas and Skat-Track have been mixed for the Spark.
The wear ring is there so that you won't have to replace the impeller when junk is sucked into the intake. With any luck, all you need is a wear ring and you'll be back on the water in no time. The wear ring is so easy to replace on the Spark compared to the older skis I have worked on.
 

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If your stock impeller isn't damaged then the only reason to replace it is to increase performance. The reviews I've read on the Solas and Skat-Track have been mixed for the Spark.
The wear ring is there so that you won't have to replace the impeller when junk is sucked into the intake. With any luck, all you need is a wear ring and you'll be back on the water in no time. The wear ring is so easy to replace on the Spark compared to the older skis I have worked on.
How long do you think it will take a newb to change the wear ring and how technically involved is it?
 

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Thanks guys, There is a pretty good video on you tube of a guy replacing his impeller and wear ring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv0Sl8oFCJM
This is a great video and he also changes the impeller. If you are fairly handy then changing a Spark's wear ring should be a piece of cake. If you can't change your own oil than you'll probably want to have a shop do it.
You might want to make sure you check to see if the impeller is damaged as Patrick suggested earlier.
I can't imagine it taking more than an hour or two (maybe a little more if you have IBR) for someone who has never done one before.

I have a question: What makes you think the impeller and wear ring need to be replaced? Is the ski cavitating (meaning the engine revvs but it doesn't go much) or is something else wrong?

I don't know where to buy the parts but I would personally go for genuine Sea Doo. The aftermarket rings are probably fine too.
SBT sells it for about $53 at http://www.shopsbt.com/sea-2014-spark/sea-doo-wear-ring-spark-267000617.html
 

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The wear ring is broke I could see through it she broke it that bad lol. So she like sucked a rock and then broke the wear ring and then the wear ring went through the impeller. The job was really easy I"m just waiting on new parts and it took me 20 min. to take it apart. I ended up going with OE wear ring and Solas impeller. I'm trying to add the picture hopefully it works and you can see the broken wear ring lol
 

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This is a great video and he also changes the impeller. If you are fairly handy then changing a Spark's wear ring should be a piece of cake. If you can't change your own oil than you'll probably want to have a shop do it.
You might want to make sure you check to see if the impeller is damaged as Patrick suggested earlier.
I can't imagine it taking more than an hour or two (maybe a little more if you have IBR) for someone who has never done one before.

I have a question: What makes you think the impeller and wear ring need to be replaced? Is the ski cavitating (meaning the engine revvs but it doesn't go much) or is something else wrong?

I will have to take pictures of the impeller is bad lol but yes it was cavitating.
 

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This is a great video and he also changes the impeller. If you are fairly handy then changing a Spark's wear ring should be a piece of cake. If you can't change your own oil than you'll probably want to have a shop do it.
You might want to make sure you check to see if the impeller is damaged as Patrick suggested earlier.
I can't imagine it taking more than an hour or two (maybe a little more if you have IBR) for someone who has never done one before.

I have a question: What makes you think the impeller and wear ring need to be replaced? Is the ski cavitating (meaning the engine revvs but it doesn't go much) or is something else wrong?

I will have to take pictures of the impeller is bad lol but yes it was cavitating.

I can't imagine a more obvious case of a broken wear ring than the one in your picture. That must have been a hefty rock! Glad you've found it pretty easy to do. How in the world did that ski move with the wear ring like that? Did you have to tow it back?
 

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I can't imagine a more obvious case of a broken wear ring than the one in your picture. That must have been a hefty rock! Glad you've found it pretty easy to do. How in the world did that ski move with the wear ring like that? Did you have to tow it back?
It didn't move much at all really. So we have these stands that we made outta PVC pipe that we put the skis on. (I will post a picture if anyone is interested about those.) but anyways her dumb ass brother in law was just like drive it up on the stand and she knew better but did it anyways for some reason. Then she reved it up and before you knew it a rock went through and the brother in law reved it up again and i'm sure that was when the wear ring was destroyed and pieces went through the impeller as well. O well cant put a price on a good time and things happened and lessons were learned (the expensive way) and no one got hurt that's all that matters.
 
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