I just became the owner of a 1996 Kawasaki 1100 ZXi. This is the first time I have owned any kind of PWC. The guy I got it from couldn't get it running; he said it ran great last year but he couldn't get it started this season. I checked the compression and it looked great, had spark, but the gas smelled awful! It has a 2003 trailer with brand new tires and a new battery.
I brought her home, siphoned off the old, very stale gas, put in some fresh gas, topped off the oil resevoir, cleaned the carbs with some deep creep, put in a new set of plugs, hooked up the hose then cranked the starter and it hit a couple of licks!! Cranked it again and she fired up, was running rough at first but started to smooth out after a minute. It still is a little rough at idle, and sometimes I have to "pump" the throttle to take off from idle, but once she takes off, it's flying in seconds!
The motor has an aftermarket head on it from Ocean Pro as well as 3 "vortex" carbs from Ocean Pro as well. Does anyone know anything about the Ocean Pro stuff? On the head it is stamped "Use 92 octane fuel minimum" I assume these are performance upgrade parts, the ski will peg the 70MPH speedo, and holy crap is that fast being that close to the water!!!
Any information you guys could give me on this ski would be greatly appreciated; I haven't located a manual for it yet, and know little about the jet skis.