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Midway through summer I began to notice my spark did not jump out of the water from a dead stop like usual so I installed a wear ring I bought last year just in case. It was a gravy 5 minute job to replace. Thrust was again restored . On the second ride we were playing with fire and running up a very,very shallow river when I turned around to go back sure enough I sucked up a rock at idle and popped a quarter sized hole in the wear ring. I cleaned out the rocks and the ski would take a minute at partial throttle to get back up on plane then once going would still almost go as fast as normal. So she made it back the 5 miles to the boat landing no problem.
Kind of bummed I ordered a second ring off of ebay which was the white one in the pic. What do you know first ride I was following my wife way to close near the edge of the river to go around some canoe and few into her open wake which revealed a gravel bar about 6 inches below the water line and bam the whole wear ring exploded . Luckily we were only a couple hundred yards from the boat landing and I put putted at a walking speed in.
 

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Well anyway I will post pics when I figure it out. I bought a plastic welding kit from harbor freight a while ago to repair atv plastic so I gave it a try on the wear ring. First melted in the stainless steel screen over the hole and layered in about a quarter inch of plastic filler rod for for several inches on each side of the hole. I filed down the filler rod that stuck out into the impellar part of the hole and reinstalled into the machine. I thrashed it for 3 hours yesterday and am happy to report it held up . Since the hull is made of the same stuff I feel confident I could repair pretty much any damage that could occur as long as you still have most of the pieces. It sure beats fiberglass repair I had to do on the hull of my last ski.
 

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Ive been riding the same river/lake for years and it was just recently the water level dropped about a foot due to the dry summer. About a foot to much Id say. I now carry th eoriginal wear ring and the tools to replace it right on the machine. Yesterday we just got dumped on so the water levels should be good to go for the rest of the season.
 

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Riding in water under three feet, especially at speed, is just that. In either case, glad you had good luck fixing the plastic.



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