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When to Upgrade a Sea Doo Exhaust System

When to Upgrade a Sea Doo Exhaust System

When it comes to your jet ski, you want it to run in peak condition for years of enjoyment. From the speed to ease of taking a turn, every element of the ride should feel like second nature when you are out on the water. If you are experiencing trouble with your ride, it may be an exhaust issue. Let’s take a look at when to upgrade a Sea-Doo exhaust system and a few tips on the matter.

Signs You Need to Upgrade

The matter of when to upgrade a Sea-Doo exhaust system will depend on a few factors. Here are a few signs you need to go ahead and upgrade:

  • Damage to the existing exhaust system. If your existing exhaust system has damage such as rust, holes, or just worn down areas due to age or use, you need to replace the parts promptly. Your exhaust system keeps the jet ski from becoming clogged with burning oil, dirt, and other stuff your engine would rather avoid. Replacing the parts of your jet ski exhaust because of damage allows you to upgrade to something newer and better while maintaining your machine.
  • Looking for more horsepower. When an engine is clogged with pent up exhaust, it makes it harder for the vehicle to achieve its horsepower heights. With a new exhaust system to help the engine perform at its best, you can usually achieve a higher horsepower and a bit more speed. This is actually one of the biggest reasons owners choose to upgrade their exhaust.
  • Want to cut down on noise. The right exhaust can also help cut down on the noise created by the jet ski. While this is important for any ride, it is especially important if you usually ride in residential lakes where noise ordinances are stricter. An exhaust can help minimize some of the noise, but not all, so keep that in mind as you choose a new exhaust.
  • Upgrade over factory issued parts. While Sea-Doo makes every effort to use only high-quality parts in their models, the fact of the matter is that they were trying to save some overall costs on their models when they created them, and the exhaust is one of the easier places to cut costs. If you are looking to upgrade to something newer and maybe a little better in terms of quality, installing an aftermarket exhaust may be the best choice.


Now that you know when to upgrade a Sea-Doo exhaust system, let’s take a look at a few useful tips to make it easier.

  1. Check the owner’s manual before shopping. Before you browse the options for adding a new exhaust to your ride, you should consult the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will contain lots of useful information regarding specs or sizing to ensure you get the choice for your make and model. If there are any restrictions on what type of exhaust your ride can handle, it may even be listed in the owner’s manual.

  2. Know the local laws. While adding certain types of exhaust items can help reduce noise, there are other options that increase sound pollution. If you are riding primarily in residential areas or anywhere with strict noise ordinances, you definitely need to check this aspect before installing anything to your jet ski. If you are adding a new exhaust for the purposes of increasing speed, you should also check with local ordinances to make sure there are no violations there. It doesn’t make sense to make modifications to your jet ski only to find out you are breaking the law and facing hefty fines once you take the ski out on the water.

  3. Decide if you want one new area or a complete system overhaul. When working on the exhaust system, you can easily choose to just upgrade one or two areas or you can do a complete overhaul and replace everything all at once. If you are just looking to upgrade one thing, the muffler is the best bet since it will give you the most return on your investment. The main advantage of doing a complete rebuild of this system is that you will have the peace of mind that all the parts are new and will last for years. The downside to a complete overhaul is the matter of price for those on a budget.

  4. Follow all instructions when installing new parts. When installing any part for the exhaust system, it is crucial that you follow all instructions. Following instructions will ensure a proper installation, the best performance, and the best in part longevity. You take pride in your machine and it shows in how you handle installs and repairs. Even if you have previously installed this type of item, you should still double check the instructions when installing just to be on the safe side. After all, if you install a part wrong and it falls off while riding, it is going to sink, and you aren’t getting it back!