Kawasaki Personal Watercraft Parts
When your Kawasaki SX-R, Ultra, 310R, or other model of watercraft is ready for a tune-up or upgrade, you can find a variety of parts and assemblies to repair and maintain it. Once youve checked your service manual for the parts youll need, you can choose from a number of different part options.What are the differences between OE, OEM, and aftermarket parts?
When choosing your jet ski parts, you can choose from a variety of manufacturing types, such as:
- OE: Original equipment is the equipment initially sold with the jet ski. It will be the complete match for your Ultra, 31-R, SX-R, or other Kawasaki model.
- OEM: Designed to be a complete match, original equipment manufacturer parts are repair parts made by the original manufacturing company, with the original Kawasaki specifications and material.
- Aftermarket: Manufactured by a third party, aftermarket parts and assemblies may not have the same materials or specifications as the manufacturer used.
Kawasaki has a number of personal watercraft models dating back to 1976 when they introduced the JS400. Aftermarket parts are available for all years of watercraft, and Kawasaki makes a number of different parts for many years of machine.What are the basic categories of PWC parts?
All personal watercrafts have the same basic components that can be sorted into a few part categories:
- Engine: Kawasaki PWC engines can come in both two-stroke and four-stroke versions. Two-stroke versions are a simpler engine that requires oil to be added to gasoline. Four-strokes are more complicated engines that have a separate area for oil and that requires oil changes. Different models vary in horsepower.
- Pump and impeller: The pump and impeller combination uses a water jet to move these crafts. This is considered to be the standard in personal watercraft propulsion due to the safety that this method provides.
- Seat and handlebar covers: These waterproof, cushioned sections of the outside of a personal watercraft need to be durable and soft to accommodate a hard day of riding.
- Electrical: A good electrical system for a personal watercraft needs to be responsive in a freshwater or saltwater environment. This means tight, waterproof seals.
- Cables: In addition to electrical cables, Kawasaki personal watercrafts also have safety cables that function as kill switches if someone falls off their PWC. This is a standard safety feature in most PWCs, regardless of brand.
- Hull and body: The hull and body of most watercrafts are made from lightweight but strong fiberglass. It is created in a series of separate panels that can be individually replaced.
- Step and ladder attachments: For riders who like to swim or dive, a step or ladder is a great option to allow you to go in and out of the water.