Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Jet Ski Go Faster

by Contributing Writer

Jet skiing is one of the best ways to spend your time on the water. If you’ve already tried this awesome recreational pastime, then you know that one of the best parts of jet skiing is being able to go so fast. Sometimes it even feels like you’re flying across the water. For those of you who have a need for more extreme speed, there are a few ways you can make your jet ski go faster, without having to spend more money on a new or larger jet ski with more horsepower.

Keep the jet ski in good condition. When you have finished using it for the day, place a cover over the top of it to protect from any wind or water damage to the internal engine compartment. Make sure the engine is functioning properly. Like anything else with an engine, jet skis will occasionally require maintenance and repair. Do not operate the jet ski if the engine begins to make unusual noises, or emits a strange odor; these are often signs of small problems which can be fixed easily if you stop riding the jet ski right when you notice them.

Add oil to the jet ski's gas tank. Select one that is appropriate for your jet ski based on make and model type. Use about a cap of oil once every two to three weeks or depending on how often the jet ski is used. Adding oil in this manner helps keep the jet ski’s engine running at optimal capacity, which is important in making the jet ski go faster.

Remove any excess weight from the jet ski. Look in any storage compartments which may contain large, heavy or unnecessary items and remove them. The less the jet ski weighs, the faster it will go.

Sit on the jet ski and place the key in the ignition while you start it up. Next, place both hands firmly on the handlebars and squeeze the gas. This will make the jet ski go faster. If you have squeezed the gas trigger so that it is pressed completely flat against the handlebar and you still want to go faster, try jet skiing when the surface of the water will allow the jet ski to gain more speed. Weather conditions that cause rough water make it difficult to gain and hold a fast speed as the jet ski will slow down when you hit large waves and bumps.