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Broke one Thursday just to to break another on Friday. Anyone found steel or metal rings that work.. Love spark so far and convince of them but the plastic wear ring is fragile. My 12 and 13 yr. old ride these mostly and I'm sure me replacing wear ring is going to be a normal thing with these plastic ones.
 

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Riva, Skat-Trak and R&D all offer a stainless steel wear ring. Riva's is the cheapest at $179.95.

You shouldn't be breaking plastic wear rings unless you have rocks, sand and/or debris going through the pump. SEA-DOO has been using plastic wear rings for over 20 years. I'd recommend having a little talk with your kids to make sure they know the minimum water depth your Sparks should be operated in. 3 feet is supposed to be the minimum between the intake grate and bottom of the lake.
 

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Today I made sure every time they came towards shore I met them waist deep in water I'm 6'6 so it was every bit of 3 feet. Turned the ski off then walk them into the beach. Could sand from beach be still sitting in there possibly after walking it out to waist level again? We blew another ring today. I figured it would wash out after walking out. These are our 1st seadoo skis. But have had seadoo and Yamaha jet boats and Yamaha skis and never had this issue before. Actually in 6 years we have only blew 1 ring on Yamaha jet boat.
 

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I make sure I just stay at idle speed around shore. I plan to purchase a spare ring to carry with me. Along with screw driver and 1/2 inch socket to remove the pump. That way if one breaks I can drag on shore and replace pretty quickly.
 

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I make sure I just stay at idle speed around shore. I plan to purchase a spare ring to carry with me. Along with screw driver and 1/2 inch socket to remove the pump. That way if one breaks I can drag on shore and replace pretty quickly.
thats probably the best thing to do
 

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I destroyed the wear ring after first use, also. Dealer said I sucked up some debris. It was shallow by the boat ramp when we launched but didn't have any problems until around 45 minutes later, then the Spark lost all thrust. It seems the Sparks wear ring is very fragile. The amount of mud and sand I would have sucked into the impeller was minimal to destroy it so quickly.
 

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I have 10 hours of hard riding on both my units, River, ICW, and Ocean.

I friend sucked up a rope on one of my sparks which broke the intake grate and went to the impeller. The wear ring did not break.

Maybe there is a bad batch of wear rings.
 

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Woosab and RandyTX. Have a lot of wear ring problems. Must be stuff in the water since your both from texas
 

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Is there a metal version of the SeaDoo Spark wear ring? If so and anyone finds it please post a link of where to get it here. Thanks!
 

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"HARD WATER" in Texas...oh well, realize imanual states there should be a minimum 3ft from bottom of Spark/the intake grate - of water required to run it safely, ...so I use 4ft~ which is about the "water line" of the boat. and under 5ft, I idle speedish only. Less than, shut her down, jump in and tow with the mooring line.

Try to stay uaway from just churned water, other "wakes" in shallow depths etc.,

I've has no problem in just 5 hours with my machine but, a co rider was in 30+ feet of almost clean river water/center channel and got a bark chip, size of a quarter in his and lost his ring completely. I gotta believe it's a weak spot.
 
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