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I would like to hear how other peoples wear rings are faring.
I had a wear ring fail after about 36 hours, I think. It wore through on the side opposite the locating tag. It had clearly been vibrating and was fairly loose in the pump. I siliconed the new one in but it was reassembled without silicone in another fix. I have just checked it after another 70 hours and it was about to go it the same place. With almost no wear on the opposite side. My second ski has just done about 32 hours . It was getting a bit slower so I checked that and the same wear pattern.

Now I should say that my dealer has been looking after me and that I am happy to replace wear rings.That's what they are for. Also that most of my use is fairly serious wave jumping so I expect more maintenance.

But I would like to hear how others are getting on. Those with a few hours on the clock. Especially those who ride in the surf. Just trying to work out whats happening. Is the fit too loose and it needs to be siliconed in or is something out of alignment or is the wave jumping flexing the 3 bolt pump?

As I said I'm happy, just trying to figure it out.
 

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your lucky that they replaced them under warranty
Go stainless steel wear ring and forget it last years
Great tip.
I actually feel as if Sea-doo should have gone with a stainless steel wear ring from the start, small cost to them for improved customer experience
 

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your lucky that they replaced them under warranty
Go stainless steel wear ring and forget it last years
Yeah was thinking about going stainless. My concern was that if it's an alignment or flexing issue then the stainless ring will chew out the prop. How many hours have you done on your stainless ring xdrian? You clearly ride fairly hard too. Although all your vids have you land on your nose :) Sounds like it's the go.
 

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I have put on about 100hrs since replaced new stainless steel wear ring no ware marks on it new ring, but I agree it will ware the prop slowly.
I figured that I buy a used stock prop or a stainless prop later on the time you replace the plastic ring 5 times will pay for upgrade


The plastic ones ware out due to flex of hull.












Yeah was thinking about going stainless. My concern was that if it's an alignment or flexing issue then the stainless ring will chew out the prop. How many hours have you done on your stainless ring xdrian? You clearly ride fairly hard too. Although all your vids have you land on your nose :) Sounds like it's the go.
 

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I have put on about 100hrs since replaced new stainless steel wear ring no ware marks on it new ring, but I agree it will ware the prop slowly.
I figured that I buy a used stock prop or a stainless prop later on the time you replace the plastic ring 5 times will pay for upgrade


The plastic ones ware out due to flex of hull.
Thanks Xdrian. A 100hrs on anything is good going. Stainless it is then.
I just looked at another spark. The plastic wear ring was loose so will be vibrating and wearing. For those with a stock wear ring silicone it in.

Another option if the O.D. of the prop wears is to get it built up again and machined to fit.

Just got back in from an awesome ski. 3-4 meter+ waves as clean as.
 

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Just an update on the wear ring situation.

Tried a stainless wear ring. VERY BAD IDEA. It wore a couple of mm off the OD of the prop in no time at all.

So I have used an aftermarket plastic wear ring that is cheaper and seems to last longer. Got 30 hours out of the last one so I am happy with that. A mate who has had the same issue had a later model stock wear ring with two location prongs which has worn well too.
 

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Thats why the WEAR rings are made of plastic. Debris going between the metal blade and a plastic housing with cut into the housing instead of wiping out both parts. By the way I tried the white plastic wear rings off ebay and lasted but a few hours before it shattered into a dozen pieces. The stock ones are more resilient and flex better. I have also heard of some stainless lined wear rings that have a paper thin ring inside a plastic housing which will flex and destroy the prop. I just keep a spare wear ring and the 2 tools needed to replace it on the machine for quick onshore replacement . It just takes a few minutes . I cant control the water levels or debris in the river so its the best option for me.
 

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Mines doing the same, wearing on one side of my wear ring. Tried a SS wear ring, it just shaved my impeller. Have you resolved the problem?
 

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Mines doing the same, wearing on one side of my wear ring. Tried a SS wear ring, it just shaved my impeller. Have you resolved the problem?
Whenever we have a spark pump eating wearings on one side in the workshop's it's because the impeller is unbalanced, if you ride a spark with a balanced prop you instantly can feel its smoother and no more damaged rings.

I personally don't like stainless steel rings some of the damaged genuine wear rings we have changed its clear to see absorbed energy. I would rather the ring take that than the rest of the small driveline. I know many others will disagree though.

Carl Jetskihub UK
 
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