I am a Sea-Doo XP owner from Clearwater Beach, Florida, with a chipped impeller on one of the leading edges of a blade. Unfortunately, I am having trouble finding a dealer that I trust to help me replace it. My Sea-Doo is completely stock, and I exclusively ride it in salt water, typically alone. My goal is to enhance the overall performance of the boat, but I am unsure of what type of impeller would be best for me. Additionally, I am uncertain whether I should replace the wear ring when I replace the impeller, as my boat has never touched sand and seems to be in good shape.
Dear XP Rider
It is important to note that simply changing the impeller to enhance overall performance is almost impossible because Sea-Doo designs the stock impeller to maximize the boat's potential at all rpm levels. However, switching to an aftermarket impeller with a different pitch can yield slight increases in either bottom end or top end speed. Generally, impellers with lower pitches provide more bottom end speed, while those with steeper pitches offer more top end speed.
For Sea-Doo XP, the Skat-Trak 17/23 swirl and the Solas XO (16.5/24) impellers are recommended aftermarket options that work well with the stock XP. The Skat-Trak swirl offers better midrange and rough-water hookup than the stock impeller, while the Solas provides a slightly faster top end.
Regarding the wear ring, if it appears to be in good condition, chances are that it is fine to leave as is. Despite what some dealers may recommend, replacing it may not be necessary if it has not been in contact with sand or other damaging materials.
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