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Hey guys/gals. My name is Chad, I'm from Aurora, IL

I just picked up a pair of used Spark's last week. I got them with 18 hours on them. They are still very new IMO.

Mine are the base model, but I was told they have 90hp V-Tech tunes in them. I was originally told they were HO models, but after my first visit to a Sea-Doo dealer I inquired about them and had them do a HIN search. They came back as being base models.

I immediately called the PO and chewed him out and then found out about the "tunes" Pretty crappy IMO. He didn't even mention the tuner or offer it to me! After a conversation with him, I finally got him to send the tuner.....I hope to have it this week.:mad:

They do have a touring and sport mode. Touring mode seems to be a dog out of the hole, decent midrange power and good top end. The sport mode it has tons of power and really surprised me. I also own a pair of 1996 XP's with 110hp motors and the spark will kill it from a dead stop!

I'll try to post up a pic of them later.
 

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Very nice! Congratulations on the Sparks!

Here is a question for everyone out there however....

Look at how the Sparks are attached to the trailer.... The trailers steel hook is not attached to the Spark itself but instead you have used the cloth piece to thread through the Sparks 'tow hook' and then attached it to the trailers steel hook. I am certain this is wrong despite my dealer attaching my Spark the same way. If that flimsy cloth rips on the highway, your Spark is going airborne! I think that cloth piece is designed as a safeguard, not as a way to attach your ski to the trailer! I would love some input from the more seasoned members on this as it is a huge safety issue!

I now attach the trailer hook directly to the spark tow hook and wrap the cloth part around the winching mechanism as a fail-safe.

Thoughts?
 

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Very nice! Congratulations on the Sparks!

Here is a question for everyone out there however....

Look at how the Sparks are attached to the trailer.... The trailers steel hook is not attached to the Spark itself but instead you have used the cloth piece to thread through the Sparks 'tow hook' and then attached it to the trailers steel hook. I am certain this is wrong despite my dealer attaching my Spark the same way. If that flimsy cloth rips on the highway, your Spark is going airborne! I think that cloth piece is designed as a safeguard, not as a way to attach your ski to the trailer! I would love some input from the more seasoned members on this as it is a huge safety issue!

I now attach the trailer hook directly to the spark tow hook and wrap the cloth part around the winching mechanism as a fail-safe.

Thoughts?
IMO I think the strap is pretty strong and didn't put much thought into using it. When I got my 1996's they were hooked up the same way. When I got these, they were hooked up the same way.

I also strap the rear of my machines. Not sure if others do that as well. When I got these, the rear wasn't strapped.
 

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I had the exact same experience. I had to ask my dealer about the back tie-downs and he just gave me a blank stare. I insisted and he put them on, he did it incorrectly of course....

Again, I could be wrong but doesn't it make more sense that the steel hook of the trailer (which is attached to a much more robust material) be what attaches to the Spark? I have had two seasoned boaters tell me that this is the way to go....I've decided to go with their advice until I hear otherwise.
 

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Further to that, the little pin mechanism that locks the winch in place...what happens if it bounces out of the groove? Again, Spark is airborne! That is what I think the thin strap is for....to wrap around the pin itself and hold it in place (only stretches far enough some of the time in my experience) or to wrap it around the front of the winch itself which would not allow the Spark to go anywhere if that pin does come loose.
 
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