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I bought 2 spark 3ups brand new from dealership. On my first use my unit sucked in debris. The very next time i took my other unit out it sucked debris. I took them both to the dealer and the dealer contacted bombardier and the manfacture said they would not pay to have them fix because stuff happens. One unit had three hours and the other had four hours. If you go to www.brbspark.com and click on specs and scroll down to features and it states closed loop cooling system to keep out saltwater and debris.wow
 

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That for the cooling system. I think the owners manual tells you about depth of water to run in and how to clear the jet unit from debris, common sense really
 

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I bought 2 spark 3ups brand new from dealership. On my first use my unit sucked in debris. The very next time i took my other unit out it sucked debris. I took them both to the dealer and the dealer contacted bombardier and the manfacture said they would not pay to have them fix because stuff happens. One unit had three hours and the other had four hours. If you go to www.brbspark.com and click on specs and scroll down to features and it states closed loop cooling system to keep out saltwater and debris.wow
It's bad luck, but it's not a warranty issue. You have to make sure you operate your ski in deep enough water. Even then you could suck up debris like a woodchip or something.
 

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It's the wear rings, they are made from a brittle plastic material. Let's hope someone makes an improved, stronger one or we will all have to plan on getting an aftermarket stainless steel wear ring.
 

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I too have experienced this bad luck. Busted my wear ring within the first hour of the maiden voyage. I was furious but came to reality that I rode my Spark in shallow water (<2ft) and this is when the damage must have occurred. Specifically, I was approaching the bank and used the IBR and didn't realize the downward thrust of water could stir up debris from the river bottom and cause the intake to suck sticks and rocks into the impeller area. I personally think that Seadoo got a bad batch of OEM wear rings that are weaker and less pliable that other models. I have really enjoyed my Spark after the initial mishap and have found the forums to be an invaluable tool to educate myself and learn from other misfortunes. Good Luck and welcome to the Spark family.
 

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We also had a busted wear ring within the first hour. I understand things happen, and we apparently sucked up a small wood chip, but I am still not happy that I paid $6000 for something that can be torn up so easily. Any body of water that you ride in is going to have some type of debris. We are taking it back out this weekend, but I am starting to wonder if "you get what you pay for". With the handle bar issues, cracked hulls, and blown fuses, I am really considering selling our Spark and cutting our loses. I'm just not sure I feel safe putting my kids on this thing.
 

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If you gotta sell it, sell it. I myself wouldn't be comfortable going out on a single ski or any PWC with or without kids. My family always pairs up with our two Sparks. You never know what will happen no matter what you pay for it. Your kids go out by themselves?
 

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No way! I do have a son who will be able to drive in a couple of years, so we were hoping the Spark could be his at that point. And we have two skis. An older 99 GTI that we haven't had a bit of trouble out of ever ( other than routine) and a new 60 hp Spark. We've had the spark out twice, for a total of two and half hours. The first time, we ended up with a busted wear ring and the second time blew a spark plug. The area we ride in is pretty clean, and the piece of bark that supposedly shredded our wear ring was just bigger than a quarter. I'm just not sure I want to be out on something that I have to "baby" and always be worried about something tearing up. I love my Spark, ordered it months ahead of time, and was so excited to start riding. I just want BRP to make this right. Even though it's the cheapest ski on the market, it was still a pretty big investment for some of us!
 

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We also had a busted wear ring within the first hour. I understand things happen, and we apparently sucked up a small wood chip, but I am still not happy that I paid $6000 for something that can be torn up so easily. Any body of water that you ride in is going to have some type of debris. We are taking it back out this weekend, but I am starting to wonder if "you get what you pay for". With the handle bar issues, cracked hulls, and blown fuses, I am really considering selling our Spark and cutting our loses. I'm just not sure I feel safe putting my kids on this thing.
If you sell your spark because of a broken wear ring, please PM me. I'll buy it, straight up cash, for half what you paid (because it is obviously flawed) :rolleyes:
 

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Wow, and I thought I had a smart mouth. I don't know about you guys but having a brand new ski, (which we bought to avoid issues with a used model) and having it tear up the first two times on the water has been pretty frustrating. Thankfully we took it out again this weekend and maybe the third time is a charm. Finally finished the break in period with no additional issues, so maybe all the kinks have been worked out.
 

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Sucking up debri and replacing a wear ring wouldnt constitue and issue. Just happens to be a lot of debri were you ride. Sucks it happened but, its not the skis fault or brp.
Don't take it personal, people on here are just being goofs. :rolleyes:
 

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I realize sucking up debris isn't a issue, but we have ridden a 99 Gti in the same area for years with no wear ring problems. The piece of bark was a tiny, skinny piece no bigger than a quarter, so I'm hoping its not a consistent issue. I'm hoping for the theory that there was a bad batch of wear rings, and all is well now!
 

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Well one of the 2 3ups we bought first of june is in the shop for warranty......apparently they over tightned a clamp and water pours in the the hull while its sitting still......never tried to start engine when it was flooded......but dealer still thinks it will have to be gone thru......sooooo.......started off with 2 sparks ordered june 1......finally came in......june 19......had less then 1 hour on each and now the middle of August we MIGHT have 2 again.....thinking BRP should step up and do something
 

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every jet drive pwc or boat is prone to that happening, its kinda like running over a nail with your car tire, not the tire or the cars fault for getting a flat, just bad luck! not specific to a spark! only nice thing about happening on a spark is its pretty easy to change, you don't even have to disassemble the pump any more or cut the old one out or press the new one in, just pull the pump off and pop a new one in and put the pump back on, yep, doesn't have to be a very big piece either! you could put in a stainless wear ring in, the only thing I don't like about them is when you get something a little bigger in the pump were a plastic wear ring would "give" a little and maybe break the stainless wouldn't allow that "give" and would possibly bend the impeller, an impeller is more money than a wear ring!
 

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I have had no problems with mine at all. I ride mine in salt water. My only compliant is when you go to shut it off it does not cut off right away you have to hold it for a second. So if you ride over somthing I have to get use to pulling the lanyard to cut it off.
 

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I had to get my engine replaced, and BRP had it to the dealer in days. Totally new engine, and drive shaft, from breaking to having it back in the water in under a week. Not bad I would say. I can`t get my tires changed that quick.
 

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I had to get my engine replaced, and BRP had it to the dealer in days. Totally new engine, and drive shaft, from breaking to having it back in the water in under a week. Not bad I would say. I can`t get my tires changed that quick.
Should have requested that they build the internals for you to be stronger :D

It would make for a good reason to throw on a turbo and to turn it to a higher PSI range.
 
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