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Old 09-04-2018, 01:06 PM
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1996 Prostar 205 - Refresh and Maintenance

Thread for my newly purchased 1996 Prostar 205.
Bought it in McCall, ID from the second owner with 361 hours.
He had owned it since 2009. Bought new in Boise. The trip home was likely the first time out of Idaho.
All records from 2009 on. Needs a few cosmetic things, but it runs great.
I got a quick ski in Sunday morning and this thing pulled me out of the water really quick.
This boat is replacing a 1986 Supra Sunsport with a 240hp Ford. The Sunsport didn't feel slow before, but there is a noticeable difference.

Only mods done on this are Perfect Pass, dual battery set up and the stereo.

The family came down and we made a long weekend of it. Spent Sunday on Payette Lake in McCall. Crowded on the holiday weekend but fun. McCall is a nice town.

Just bought.



Payette Lake, ID



Home in the shop.




















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Old 09-04-2018, 01:15 PM
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Couple issues to clean up. Any help with parts or repairs is welcome.

Need gas struts for dog house and observer seat. Both are tired.

Will need decals. Are these beige/tan or ivory? I'm missing a few on the transom. There are shadows where to small decals were at the top center.







Spare is a 15" the other 4 are 14". The 15" spare just touches the hull. Can I buy a matching 14" wheel?



Missing one Bearing Buddy axle cap.



Throttle safety switch is loose.



Need trailer grip tape.



Two upholstery issues. The doghouse I think I'll leave for now. The bow cushion I may try to get replaced over the winter.

Dog house.



Front bow cushion.



Glove box hinges are broken.



Need gas cap key.

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Old 09-04-2018, 02:03 PM
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I replaced all my gas struts last winter. Mcpartsdepot was the best place I found back then price-wise. Also, spend $99 free shipping. I went higher on the pressure for my observer seat and dog house. I also had to get the glove box and sun deck / trunk struts as well. They will have the gas key as well.

If you are going to redo your teak platform, there are really good threads on teak vs. linseed oil. I have only used the 3 step system, never linseed, but the threads are great reads. Congrats on the purchase.
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:50 PM
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You can get struts at napa for way less than mc parts depot. Hardware store will have spring to fix throttle.. i did mine years ago.

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Old 09-04-2018, 04:55 PM
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You can get struts at napa for way less than mc parts depot. Hardware store will have spring to fix throttle.. i did mine years ago.

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On this one the collar for the throttle safety is loose. It still works fine.
Does the spring fix that? I was thinking the collar had loosened up over the years.

Ordered the struts from Waterskis.com. They were the only place I could find the glove box hinges. Added the struts ($60 for 4) to get free shipping.

I've never had a trailer with guide poles before. Should these have padding on them?
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:56 PM
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Yes.. take throttle handle off.. tap pin out to work on it

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Old 09-04-2018, 04:58 PM
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Yes.. take throttle handle off.. tap pin out to work on it

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Nice, will take a look.
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:42 AM
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Ordered a matching 14" wheel for the spare. Ordered a key for the gas cap.

Buffed out the water line discoloration and some dock marks.
Cleaned the rub rail with brake cleaner. Boat really pops now.
I'm taking it for the first outing on our local lake this evening. Will get some pics in the sun.

Few spots need a bit more buffing. Plan to do that this winter, will replace the decals at the same time.

Looking at this set of complete replacement decals off Ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Color-Mas...s/312119524249


Tentative project list.

Fall:
Replace gas struts
Replace glove box hinges
Mount matching tire on new spare wheel - Anyone need the 15"?
Winterize
Change oil/ATF

Winter:
Refinish swim platform
Replace decals
Buff/Wax
Replace throttle safety spring
Repair fuel gauge sending unit
Replace rudder stuffing with fuel tank out - Maybe
Replace bow seat bottom upholstery.
Repack wheel bearings - Replace missing Bearing Buddy cover
Replace trailer grip tape
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:40 PM
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The old Supra as a point of reference.






Interesting comparing the two.


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Old 09-06-2018, 07:29 PM
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Just got these for my 94 engine lid....

JR Products GSNI-5300-30 Gas Spring (Quantity 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0SGNB5..._lGBKBbHY9BVPS
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