WARNING! Please read this manual as it contains important safety

WARNING! Please read this manual as it contains important safety
WARNING! Please read this manual as it
contains important safety and operating
information.
Never allow anyone under 16 years old to ride
this amphibian.
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Owner’s Manual
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Preface
Welcome to our Amphibious Family
Preface
At Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc (GIBBS), we
strive to provide the world’s best High Speed
Amphibians (HSAs) for recreational and firstresponder use. A HSA is defined as a motor
vehicle able to travel under its own power on
both land and water at a speed of 15 mph
(24 km/h) or more with the transition between
land and water taking only a few seconds. We’ve
invested years of hard work and research to
create a new product that offers you awardwinning engineering, design and development of
an amphibian.
Our dedication to innovation and manufacturing
related to HSA technology provides an
incomparable high-performance machine for
consumer freedom and adventure.
Before using your Quadski (referred to as the
amphibian in this Owner’s Manual), please take
the time to get acquainted with your multi-use
personal sports amphibian. There is no other
product on the market like it today, so it’s
important to protect yourself and your
investment by following the instructions and
recommendations outlined in this Owner’s
Manual.
We recommend that you read this Owner’s
Manual before you ride your Quadski. This
Manual is full of facts and a detailed list of topics
that will give you an understanding of how to take
care of and safely ride a Quadski.
In order to maintain your Quadski, we urge you to
take responsibility for performing all pre-ride
inspections and other periodic checks outlined in
this Manual. This Manual contains instructions
for minor maintenance. However, it is imperative
that any major service, maintenance and
warranty items related to your amphibian be
performed at a GIBBS certified facility or your
point of sale dealership.
Preface
The Owner’s Manual should be considered a
permanent part of your amphibian and should
remain with the Quadski at all times (even when
sold). Please make sure to report any change of
address or ownership to GIBBS. This will allow
GIBBS to contact the current owner concerning
important product information and updates.
Because GIBBS strives to produce and
manufacture only high quality products, some
amphibians may not be the exact design as
described in this Owner’s Manual. Specifications
are subject to change without notice.
At GIBBS, we’ve taken great strides to insure
that you receive one of the first HSA technology
products that provides ultimate flexibility
between land and water. While operating your
Quadski it is essential to always wear required
safety equipment, stay on prepared trails and
respect all marine and wild life.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of the GIBBS
family; gear up and prepare for a redefined land
and water experience.
If you have any questions about safety
equipment, operation or maintenance of your
amphibian, please contact a GIBBS authorized
dealer or visit our website at:
www.gibbssports.com.
Wherever Adventure takes you, Think Safe and
Ride Responsibly
GIBBS
Contents
INTRODUCTION
Pre-ride Inspection
About This Owner’s Manual ........................ 3
Pre-ride Inspection .................................... 32
Safe Operation on Land
OPERATION
Rider Qualifications
Operator Training.........................................
Operator Age and Ability .............................
No Alcohol or Drugs ....................................
No Passengers ............................................
4
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5
5
Important Safety Information
Avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning..... 6
Accessories and Modifications.................... 6
California Proposition 65 ............................. 6
Safety Labels
Warning Labels Affixed to the Amphibian ... 7
Fueling
Fuel Safety................................................. 12
Fuel Specification ...................................... 12
Fueling Procedure ..................................... 13
Controls
Overview....................................................
Steering .....................................................
Ignition Switch ...........................................
Starting the Engine ....................................
Engine Stop/Cut-off...................................
Throttle Lever.............................................
Selecting a Gear ........................................
Braking (Land Mode Only) .........................
Parking Brake (Land Mode only) ...............
Instrument Cluster .....................................
Suspension Retract/Deploy Switch...........
Headlights..................................................
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Equipment
Storage Compartments .............................
Fire Extinguisher ........................................
Flag Mount.................................................
Front Eyelet................................................
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New Amphibian Break-In
New Amphibian Break-In........................... 27
Planning a Safe Trip
Plan Your Trip ............................................
Trips On Water...........................................
Trips On Land ............................................
What to Wear and Bring ............................
Operating in Cold Weather ........................
Cargo and Load Limits ..............................
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31
Riding Locations and Surfaces..................
Speed.........................................................
Riding Position...........................................
Braking.......................................................
Turning .......................................................
Slopes ........................................................
Obstacles and Rough Terrain ....................
Reverse Operation .....................................
No Stunts ...................................................
No Towing Other Vehicles .........................
Parking.......................................................
Recovering the Amphibian on Land ..........
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42
Entering And Exiting The Water
Choosing Water Entry and Exit Sites......... 43
Entering the Water ..................................... 44
Exiting the Water........................................ 45
Safe Operation on Water
Important ...................................................
Learn About On-water Safety and
Waterway Rules .........................................
Avoid Hazards While Engine is Running....
Riding Position...........................................
Turning .......................................................
Marine Enhanced Steering.........................
Stopping ....................................................
Avoiding a Collision ...................................
Reverse Operation .....................................
Water conditions........................................
Crossing Waves and Wakes ......................
Shallow water ............................................
Boarding the Amphibian in Deep Water ....
No Offshore Operation...............................
No Nighttime Operation .............................
No Anchoring .............................................
No Towing..................................................
Practice Exercises .....................................
Mooring/Docking .......................................
Beaching ...................................................
Recovering the Amphibian on Water .........
Righting a Capsized Amphibian.................
Navigation Rules ........................................
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After Your Ride
Post-operation ........................................... 56
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Contents
MAINTENANCE
Maintenance Requirements
General Information ................................... 57
Scheduled Servicing .................................. 57
Owner Maintenance ................................... 57
Maintenance Safety ................................... 58
Fuel and Emission Systems Components . 58
Maintenance Schedule .............................. 59
Owner Maintenance
Component Locations................................ 60
Air Filter ...................................................... 61
Engine Oil ................................................... 63
Engine Coolant........................................... 64
Brake Fluid ................................................. 65
Seat ............................................................ 66
Upper Body Panel...................................... 67
Spark Plugs................................................ 68
Exhaust Spark Arrestor .............................. 69
Battery........................................................ 72
Fuses.......................................................... 73
Water Intake and Jet Impeller Cleaning ..... 75
Hull Drain Plugs.......................................... 75
Wheels and Tires........................................ 76
Cleaning ..................................................... 77
Storage....................................................... 78
Removing Raw Water From The Quadski.. 79
Transporting............................................... 80
SPECIFICATIONS
Identification Numbers
Amphibian Identification Numbers............. 81
Engine Identification Number (EIN) ............ 81
Emissions Control Information................... 82
Technical Data
Dimensions - On Land ............................... 83
Dimensions - On Water.............................. 84
Engine ........................................................ 85
Engine Management System ..................... 85
Transmission .............................................. 86
Jet Thrust Drive .......................................... 86
Electrical..................................................... 86
Wheels and Tires........................................ 87
Weights ...................................................... 87
Fluids And Capacities
Approved Fluids and Capacities ................ 88
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Contents
Introduction
About This Owner’s Manual
Status at time of printing
This Owner’s Manual contains a great deal of
information about your amphibian. We advise
you to read it carefully and familiarize yourself
with the controls before riding.
All specifications and descriptions are accurate
at the time of printing. Gibbs Sports Amphibians
Inc operates a policy of continuous product
development and improvement and reserves the
right to change specifications without notice.
Introduction
For your own safety, follow the instructions and
warnings contained in this Manual. Ignoring
them could result in damage to the amphibian or
personal injury to you or others. Damage caused
by failure to follow instructions is not covered by
the Limited Warranty.
This Manual is printed on waterproof paper so
that it can be stored in the front storage box of
the amphibian and be available for reference if
required. Should you resell your amphibian,
remember to pass on this Manual to the next
owner.
Copyright © 2014 Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc.
No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a data processing or retrieval system, or
transmitted in any form by electronic,
mechanical or other means, or recorded,
translated, expanded, edited or abridged without
the prior written permission of the copyright
holder.
Signal words and symbols used in this
manual
The following signal words and symbols are used
in this Manual to designate safety messages and
other important information.
WARNING! Indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could
result in serious injury or death.
CAUTION! Indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could
result in minor or moderate injury.
NOTICE Used to address practices or situations
not related to physical injury, or to prevent
possible damage to the amphibian.
This symbol identifies instructions that
should be observed in order to minimize
damage to the environment.
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Rider Qualifications
Operator Training
Rider Qualifications
OPERATION
WARNING! The amphibian is not a toy
and can be hazardous to operate.
Disregarding any of the safety
precautions and instructions contained
in this Owner’s Manual or on the safety
labels attached to the amphibian could
cause injury including the possibility of
death!
Please read this Owner’s Manual and familiarize
yourself with the amphibian before operating.
This manual has sections regarding:
 Planning a Safe Trip, page 28
 Pre-ride Inspection, page 32
 Safe Operation on Land, page 35
 Entering And Exiting The Water, page 43
 Safe Operation on Water, page 46
Observe the instructions on all safety labels.
They are there to help you safely enjoy the use of
your amphibian.
The handling characteristics and performance of
the amphibian on land and water may be
different than other ATVs and watercraft you have
used. Please take the time to practice maneuvers
in a safe environment even if you consider
yourself as an experienced rider.
Never use the amphibian unless you have
received proper training or instruction. Gibbs
Sports Amphibians Inc highly recommends that
you take an ATV rider safety course and a safe
boating course. Please check with a Gibbs
Sports Amphibians dealer or local authorities for
availability in your area. Call 1-800-887-2887 to
find out about an ATV training course near to you.
To find a safe boating course near you, visit:
www.uscgboating.org/
In certain areas, an operator competency card is
mandatory to operate the amphibian on water.
Completion of an ATV rider safety course is also
mandatory before operation in some areas.
Ensure that you are familiar with local and federal
laws and regulations concerning the off-road
riding areas and waterways that you are
intending to use.
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Rider Qualifications
Operator Age and Ability
Never allow anyone under the age of 16 to
operate the amphibian.
Laws regarding the minimum age and licensing
requirements of operators may vary from one
area to another. Be sure to contact the local
authorities for information regarding the legal
operation of the amphibian for your area.
Do not allow a person to operate the amphibian
if they have an impairment that may prevent them
operating it safely (for example, impaired
judgment, vision, reaction time or the ability to
operate the controls). This includes temporary
impairments such as fatigue.
Only attempt maneuvers and ride in situations
that are suitable for your level of riding ability and
experience. Maneuvers or situations that are too
challenging increase the risk of an accident.
Rider Qualifications
No Alcohol or Drugs
No Passengers
Never operate your amphibian under the
influence of alcohol or drugs, including
medications that affect your ability to operate
motor vehicles.
Never carry passengers. The amphibian is
designed for use by the rider only.
Like driving a car, driving the amphibian requires
the rider to be sober, attentive and alert.
Operating the amphibian while intoxicated or
under the influence of drugs is not only
dangerous, but also illegal.
The additional weight of a passenger will affect
the amphibian’s stability and maneuverability
which will increase the chance of you losing
control.
Note: The long seat is designed to allow the rider
to change body positions while riding.
The use of drugs and alcohol decreases reaction
time, impedes judgment, impairs vision, affects
balance and perception which could inhibit your
ability to safely operate the amphibian.
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Important Safety Information
Important Safety Information
Avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Poisoning
Important Safety Information
Engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide,
a deadly gas. Breathing carbon monoxide can
cause headaches, dizziness, drowsiness,
nausea, confusion and eventually death.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless,
tasteless gas that may be present even if you do
not see or smell any engine exhaust. Deadly
levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly,
and you can quickly be overcome and unable to
save yourself. Also, deadly levels of carbon
monoxide can linger for hours or days in
enclosed or poorly ventilated areas. If you
experience any symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning, leave the area immediately, get fresh
air and seek medical treatment.
To prevent serious injury or death from carbon
monoxide:
 Never run the vehicle in poorly ventilated or
partially enclosed areas such as garages,
carports or barns. Even if you try to ventilate
engine exhaust fumes with fans or open
windows and doors, carbon monoxide can
rapidly reach dangerous levels.
 Never run the vehicle outdoors where engine
exhaust fumes can be drawn into a nearby
building through openings such as windows
and doors.
 Never stand behind the amphibian while the
engine is running. A person standing behind
a running amphibian may inhale high
concentrations of exhaust fumes.
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Accessories and Modifications
The installation of non-approved parts and
accessories, or any non-approved modification
to your amphibian, may be dangerous and could
affect the handling of the amphibian and the
safety of the rider. It may also invalidate the terms
and conditions of the Limited Warranty.
It is extremely hazardous to fit parts or
accessories where installation requires the
dismantling of, or addition to, either the electrical
or fuel systems.
Consult a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer
before installing any parts or accessories and
before making any modification to the
amphibian.
California Proposition 65
WARNING! Certain components used in
the amphibian contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause
cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. In addition, certain
fluids contained in the amphibian and
certain products of component wear
contain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Safety Labels
Warning Labels Affixed to the Amphibian
Safety Labels
The following illustration show the locations of all the safety labels located on your amphibian. Read all
safety labels before operating and always observe all instructions on the labels. If any label is missing
or damaged, please contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer to have the label replaced.
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Safety Labels
Safety Labels
Label 4
Label 1
Label 5
Label 2
Label 6
Label 7 (US and Canada)
Label 3
8
Safety Labels
Label 10
Label 7 (Europe)
Label 8
Label 11
Label 12
Label 9
Label 13
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Safety Labels
Safety Labels
Label 14
Label 15
Label 16
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Safety Labels
Label 17
Label 18
Label 19
Label 20
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Fueling
Fuel Safety
Fueling
Fueling
Fuel Specification
WARNING! Gasoline vapors are highly
flammable, have a low flash point and are
explosive, especially in confined spaces.
Avoid exposing the vapors to any
potential sources of ignition as the
resulting fire and explosion may cause
serious injuries and/or death.
NOTICE Do not use non-recommended fuels,
leaded fuels, lead substitutes or fuel additives these can cause damage to the engine, fuel and
emission control systems. In addition:
WARNING! Switch off the engine when
refueling, as it is both a source of
extreme temperatures and electrical
sparks. Failure to do so may cause a fire
or explosion.
 If the fuel tank is filled with the wrong type of
fuel, do not start the engine. It is essential
that you seek qualified assistance. Running
the engine can cause serious engine and fuel
system damage.
WARNING! Do not smoke, use an open
flame or cause sparks while refueling.
The resulting fire and/or explosion may
cause serious injury or death.
 Never use fuel containing more than 10%
ethanol or methanol. The use of a
non-recommended fuel can result in
decreased engine performance and damage
to critical parts in the fuel system and engine.
WARNING! Only use containers
specifically designed for carrying fuel,
failure to do so may result in spillage and
cause a fire.
WARNING! Do not overfill the fuel tank.
Overfilling may cause spillage when the
amphibian is driven. Spillage may also
occur if the fuel expands in high ambient
temperatures.
WARNING! Do not start the amphibian if
spilled gasoline or gasoline vapor is
present.
 Fuel system cleaning agents should not be
used as they may be harmful to fuel system
components on your vehicle.
 Only use a Premium unleaded fuel, see
Engine, page 85.
Note: Even a very small quantity of leaded
fuel will damage your vehicle's emission
control system and could invalidate the
emissions warranty.
Fuel tank capacity
NOTICE Avoid running out of fuel. Doing so can
cause damage to the vehicle’s engine, fuel pump
and emission control systems.
Total tank capacity
15 U.S. gallons
(56.5 liters)
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Fueling
Fueling Procedure
WARNING! In warm temperatures the
fuel tank may be pressurized, take care
when removing the filler cap as fuel
vapors may be released.
NOTICE Refueling on water is not
recommended; if possible always refuel on land.
Emergency refueling
WARNING! It is possible to overfill the
tank if a fuel dispensing pump is not used
(e.g. portable fuel containers).
If, in an emergency, you have to refuel the
amphibian from a source other than a filling
station, check the specification of the fuel before
refueling, and be careful not to overfill.
If you do have to refuel while on water,
make every effort to avoid fuel spillage.
Fuel can be very damaging to a marine
environment.
With the amphibian stationary and the engine off,
slowly unscrew the fuel filler cap and allow the
vapors to vent.
Note: A chain secures the fuel filler cap to the
amphibian to prevent loss.
The filler tube accepts a narrow filler nozzle of the
type found on pumps that deliver unleaded fuel.
Fill the tank slowly until the filler nozzle cuts off
the fuel supply. Do not attempt to fill the tank
beyond this point, or spillage could result due to
expansion of the fuel.
When replacing the fuel filler cap, insert the
retaining chain into the filler neck and tighten the
cap until it clicks three times.
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Controls
Controls
Overview
Controls
1. Brake lever (Land mode only)
Rear brake lever - European spec Quadski
7. Front brake lever - European spec Quadski
8. Engine stop/safety cut-off button
2. Reverse button (Land mode only)
9. Reverse lever (Marine mode only)
3. Gear selection (Land mode only)
10. Headlight switch (Land mode only)
4. Engine start button
11. Ignition switch
5. Instrument cluster
12. Suspension Deploy/Retract switch
6. Throttle lever
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Controls
Steering
WARNING! To avoid pinching body parts,
never turn the handlebars while someone
is near the jet thrust nozzle.
The handlebars control the direction of the
amphibian when it is being operated on Land and
Water.
Ignition Switch
WARNING! Do not turn the ignition
switch to the ‘Lock’ position while the
amphibian is in motion - the steering lock
will engage, making it impossible to steer
the amphibian.
 Lock
Turn the handlebars all the way to the left or
right then turn the key counterclockwise to
engage the steering head lock. No electrical
circuits function.
 Off
No electrical circuits function.
 On
Turn the key fully clockwise to the ‘On’
position. The amphibian powers up and the
instrument cluster illuminates.
On land, the handlebars turn the front wheels for
direction required.
Note: The key can be removed in both the ‘Lock’
and ‘Off’ positions.
Note: The jet nozzle also moves (in the opposite
direction to the wheels) when turning on land.
Note: An audible tone (three beeps) will sound
shortly after the engine has stopped if the key has
not been removed.
On water, the handlebars move the jet thrust
nozzle to direct the water output in the direction
you want to turn the amphibian.
Note: When operating in reverse, you will need to
turn the handlebars in the opposite direction to
the direction you want to travel.
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Controls
Controls
Starting the Engine
WARNING! Never start or leave the
engine running in an unventilated
building - exhaust gases contain carbon
monoxide, which can cause
unconsciousness and may even be fatal.
WARNING! Gasoline vapors can
explode. Before starting the engine,
operate the ventilation blower for 4
minutes by turning the ignition key to the
ON position. Remove the seat and check
the engine compartment for gasoline
vapors.
WARNING! Never operate the amphibian
if the battery does not have sufficient
power to start the engine or shows other
signs of decreased power (for example,
long or slow engine cranking). Loss of
battery power when riding could leave
you stranded.
To start the engine:
1. Insert the key in the ignition switch and turn
the key to the On position. A buzzer will
briefly sound to indicate that the ignition is
On.
2. Check that the steering column lock has
disengaged by moving the handlebars from
left to right.
5. When on land, apply and hold the brake
lever(s).
6. Press and hold the engine start button until
the engine is running.
7. Release the start button once the engine has
started.
WARNING! When the engine is started,
gear 1 is automatically selected. Do not
rev the engine when the amphibian is
stationary.
WARNING! The jet impeller runs
whenever the engine speed exceeds
2000 rpm irrespective of whether the
amphibian is on land or water. Keep
others away from the intake grate and jet
nozzle when the engine is running.
Note: In cold conditions, the engine start time will
increase.
3. Make sure the engine safety cut-off is
inserted under the engine off button and that
the lanyard is secured to your wrist or your
personal flotation device (PFD). If the rider
falls off the amphibian the engine will stop
when the safety cut-off is removed.
4. Make sure the throttle lever is not pressed.
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Controls
Engine Stop/Cut-off
Throttle Lever
WARNING! To maintain directional
control on water, the engine must be
running.
The throttle lever on the right handlebar controls
the speed of the amphibian when it is being
operated on both land and water.
To stop the engine, press and hold the engine
stop button or turn the ignition key to the Off
position.
Alternatively, if the engine safety cut-off is pulled
from under the engine stop button, the button
will retract toward the handlebar and the engine
will stop.
 To increase or maintain the speed of the
amphibian, press on the throttle lever with
your thumb.
 To decrease the amphibian’s speed, release
the throttle lever.
Always use smooth transitions between throttle
positions as sudden acceleration and
deceleration may upset the handling of the
amphibian.
Note: The throttle lever is spring loaded and
should return to rest position (engine idle) when
not pressed.
To reinstall the engine safety cut-off, insert the
cut-off between the engine stop button and the
handlebar.
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Controls
Selecting a Gear
The amphibian has a semi-automatic
transmission with five forward gears (1-2-3-4-5).
There is no neutral position. The selected gear is
displayed on the instrument cluster.
The amphibian has an automatic/centrifugal
clutch that relies on engine speed to engage
forward gears.
When the engine is started and the amphibian is
in Land mode, gear 1 is automatically selected.
Controls
When the amphibian is in Marine mode or
transitions to Marine mode, gear 3 is
automatically selected. Gear 3 provides you with
the best performance and response when the
amphibian is used on water.
Note: Operation of the gear selection switch is
inhibited while the amphibian is in Marine mode
or stationary on land.
Selecting reverse on land
At idle and low engine speeds, the clutch will
disengage. Use the throttle lever to increase the
engine speed. The clutch will automatically
engage when the engine speed reaches
approximately 2000 rpm.
With the amphibian stationary and the throttle
lever released, press and hold the reverse button
to engage reverse. The instrument cluster will
display an R to confirm that reverse is selected.
The amphibian will immediately start to move at
low speed as soon as reverse gear is engaged.
Use the gear selector switch to change gear.
 Press and release the upper half of the switch
(UP) to upshift one gear.
Note: There is no need to release the throttle
when changing up a gear.
 Press and release the lower half of the switch
(DN) to downshift one gear.
Always select an appropriate gear, by upshifting
or downshifting, that is suitable for the terrain
you are riding on, and allows you to ride the
amphibian at the desired speed without
over-revving or laboring the engine.
Note: If the throttle lever is released and the
amphibian is slowing, the transmission will
automatically downshift to select a gear
appropriate for the speed.
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Note: To prevent excessive drain on the battery,
operation of reverse motor is limited to intervals
of 10 seconds.
Note: Selection of reverse is inhibited if the
amphibian is moving forward.
Controls
Selecting reverse on water
Braking (Land Mode Only)
Reversing the amphibian on water is different to
reversing the amphibian on land. Because the
amphibian is powered on water by a jet of high
pressure water at the rear, you can’t simply
change the direction of the water impeller to
make the amphibian go in reverse.
Your amphibian is equipped with hydraulically
operated brake calipers and rotors on each
wheel.
To move the amphibian in reverse on water, a
lever is fitted to the amphibian that allows you to
lower a reverse bucket across the water output.
This reverse bucket is shaped to deflect the jet of
high pressure water forward under the hull, which
in turn pushes the amphibian in reverse.
Dependant upon specification, your Quadski, will
either be equipped with a single brake lever that
operates the brakes for all four wheels, or dual
brake levers that operate the brakes for the front
and rear wheels independently.
Apply the brake lever(s) smoothly with increasing
pressure to slow or stop the amphibian.
Note: Remember, the brake lever(s) will only slow
or stop the amphibian when it is being ridden on
land and has no effect when the amphibian is
being used on water.
 Pull the lever towards you to lower the
reverse bucket.
 Push the lever away from you to raise the
reverse bucket.
By adjusting the height of the reverse bucket and
the engine speed you can maneuver the
amphibian at low speeds in reverse.
Note: Too high an engine speed will create water
turbulence and reduce the amount of reverse
thrust.
Note: Remember when operating in reverse, you
will need to turn the handlebars in the opposite
direction to the direction you want to travel.
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Controls
Parking Brake (Land Mode only)
WARNING! Do not ride with the parking
brake applied, or apply the parking brake
while moving; this could result in loss of
control and may damage the brakes.
The brake lever(s) have a parking brake feature
that allows the amphibian to be left unattended
with the brakes applied.
To apply the parking brake:
1. Squeeze the brake lever.
2. Push the parking brake lock into position.
3. Release the brake lever while holding the
lock in position.
4. If your Quadski has dual brake levers, apply
the parking brake on the other brake lever.
NOTICE The position of the parking brake lock
can vary depending on brake pad wear. Make
sure the parking brake is fully applied to secure
the amphibian in place.
To release the parking brake:
1. Squeeze the brake lever(s) and the lock(s)
will automatically release.
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Controls
Controls
Instrument Cluster
Note: As a system test, when the ignition switch
is turned on, the speedometer and fuel gauge
needles will move fully across the range of the
gauges before settling on the actual reading.
4. Operating hours
When the ignition switch is first turned On,
the total number of hours the amphibian has
been operated in both Land and Marine
modes is shown.
After a few seconds, the display will change
to show only the number of hours the
amphibian has been operated in Marine
mode.
Information display - Land mode with
engine running
1. Land mode
2. Gear selected
3. Odometer
1. Speedometer
2. Fuel gauge
3. Indicator lights
4. Engine speed (Revolutions Per Minute)
Information display - Marine mode with
engine running
4. Information display
Information display - Ignition On
1. Marine mode
2. Operating hours in Marine mode
1. Current operating mode (Land/Marine)
3. Engine speed (Revolutions Per Minute)
2. Gear selected (Land mode only)
3. Odometer
Total distance in miles/kilometers that the
amphibian has traveled on land.
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Controls
Indicator lights
The following indicator lights will illuminate briefly
when the ignition is first turned on. They should
then extinguish unless the indicator is applicable
to the current situation.
Note: If an indicator fails to illuminate or
extinguish, contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians
dealer for assistance.
Indicator Description
Battery charge indicator
Illuminates red if the battery charge
level is low or the battery is not
charging. If this light illuminates
while the engine is running, stop as
soon as safety permits and contact
a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer.
Engine oil pressure
Illuminates red when the oil
pressure is low. If this light
illuminates while the engine is
running, stop the engine and check
the oil level. If required, fill-up the
engine oil to the correct level. See
Engine Oil, page 63.
If the light remains illuminated,
contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians
dealer.
High temperature
Illuminates red if the coolant
temperature is too high. Stop the
amphibian and switch off the
engine. Allow the system to cool,
then check the coolant level and
fill-up if necessary.
Flashes red if the differential oil
temperature is too high. Engine
speed will be limited to prevent
damage to the differential. When
safe to do so, stop the amphibian
and switch off the engine to allow
the system to cool.
Wait for the light to extinguish
before riding again. If the light
illuminates again within a short
period of time, contact a Gibbs
Sports Amphibians dealer.
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Controls
Indicator Description
Low fuel warning
Illuminates yellow when the
remaining fuel level reaches the 1/8
level approximately 1.9 gallons
(7.2 liters).
Check engine
Illuminates yellow if an engine
malfunction has been detected.
Cycle the ignition switch Off and
back On. If the light remains
illuminated, contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer.
Service required
Illuminates yellow when the
amphibian requires servicing.
Contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer to arrange a
service.
Reverse indicator
Illuminates yellow when reverse
gear is selected.
Controls
Suspension Retract/Deploy Switch
Suspension fault
NOTICE Repeatedly operating the suspension
switch without the engine running will deplete the
12V battery.
Awaiting Image
If a suspension fault occurs while the suspension
is transitioning between Land and Marine
modes, a warning icon will be displayed in the
instrument cluster accompanied by a RETRACT
FAULT or DEPLOY FAULT message.
Note: Dependent upon the type of fault, an X may
be shown on the icon to denote the wheel that
failed to retract or deploy.
1. Retract suspension - Marine mode
2. Deploy suspension - Land mode
The suspension switch activates an automatic
system which retracts the suspension for Marine
use or deploys them for Land use.
WARNING! Do not deploy the wheels at
planing speed as it will adversely affect
the handling.
Note: Operating the switch will not retract the
suspension unless the amphibian is in water.
Try to lower or raise the suspension back to the
position it was in prior to the mode selection
request.
If the suspension failed to deploy, move the
amphibian to deeper water and the repeat the
process.
If the suspension still fails to retract or deploy,
remove the engine safety cut-off and check for
any trapped debris around the suspension
WARNING! Remove the engine safety
cut-off to prevent the engine from
running. If the engine is running and the
throttle is applied, the wheels and drive
train may rotate and items such as long
hair, loose clothing, ropes or PFD straps
could become entangled or be drawn
into the intake grate.
If the suspension fails to fully deploy, do not
attempt to ride the amphibian out of the water. If
possible, beach the amphibian and contact a
Gibbs Sports Amphibian dealer for assistance.
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Controls
Headlights
Press the switch to turn the headlights On or Off.
Note: The headlight, tail lights, and brake lights
do not operate when the amphibian is in Marine
mode. If the amphibian changes to Marine mode
when the lights are On, they will automatically be
switched Off.
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Controls
Equipment
Storage Compartments
Equipment
Fire Extinguisher
Note: Although your amphibian has two storage
compartments for storing personal items, these
areas are not water tight. We recommend you
store your items within a dry bag inside these
areas.
Front storage compartment
To ensure that your amphibian meets the
requirements for operating on water, a fire
extinguisher is located in the rear storage
compartment.
Lift the release ring and pull up to open the
storage compartment.
Note: The storage compartment can be locked
using the key to secure the release ring.
Rear storage compartment
The fire extinguisher supplied with the amphibian
is a dry chemical fire extinguisher is designed for
marine environments and is U.S.C.G approved.
The extinguisher is designed for one use only
and is effective on electrical, gas, oil and grease
fires. Replacement fire extinguishers are
available from your Gibbs Sports Amphibians
dealer.
Push button, lift the latch and pull up to open the
storage compartment.
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Equipment
Flag Mount
Equipment
Front Eyelet
Note: Dependent upon local rules, you may be
required to install a highly visible red or orange
flag when operating the amphibian on sand or
other off-road areas.
Only use the front eyelet for recovering the
amphibian or securing to a trailer.
The bracket located at the rear of the amphibian
is for mounting a flag only.
WARNING! Do not use the flag mounting
bracket for towing or mooring the
amphibian. Excessive force on the
bracket could cause it to fail or break free
from the hull, potentially striking
bystanders.
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WARNING! Excessive force on the eyelet
could cause it to fail and break free from
the hull, potentially striking bystanders.
New Amphibian Break-In
New Amphibian Break-In
New Amphibian Break-In
NOTICE Your Quadski will perform better in the
long run if you perform the following guidelines:
1. Start the amphibian and let the engine warm
up at idle for approximately 5-10 minutes.
2. Throttle at a moderate to fast idle below
2000 RPM for 10 minutes.
3. Ride the amphibian using various engine
speeds, see below.
Engine running procedure (first 10
hours)
 Do not exceed 50% sustained throttle
opening for the first five hours of engine
running, and 75% throttle opening for next
five hours.
 Vary engine speed regularly during this time,
and brief 5-10 second periods of
acceleration are permitted for getting on
plane and to change speed.
 Do not labor or overload engine.
 Include at least two hours water running in
this 10 hours.
Note: After the first 10 hours of running, the air
cleaner should be checked and the oil filter
replaced. See Maintenance Requirements,
page 57.
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Planning a Safe Trip
Plan Your Trip
Planning a Safe Trip
WARNING! Failure to plan ahead before
departing on a trip, as discussed in this
section, can increase your risk of
damaging the amphibian, becoming
stranded, or having an accident that can
result in severe injury or death.
Before departing, be sure to plan ahead and be
prepared for situations you might encounter on
your outing.
Planning a Safe Trip
Trips On Land
Avoid extreme conditions (for example deep
mud, rugged terrain) and make sure your route is
on prepared trails that are wide enough for you to
safely ride the amphibian. See Dimensions - On
Land, page 83.
Note: The amphibian is wider than typical ATVs.
Pavement
Plan your route before you go. Only operate
where permitted by local authorities.
Avoid riding your amphibian on paved surfaces,
including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots or
streets (except for traversing as permitted by
law).
Avoid routes which involve crossing frozen
bodes of water unless you have confirmed that
the ice can support the weight of amphibian, you,
and your cargo.
If it is necessary to ride on or across a paved
surface, proceed slowly and with caution.
Tell someone where you plan to go (leave a float
plan for water outings). Take maps and charts for
the areas where you will operate.
Never operate the amphibian on any public
street, road or highway, including dirt and gravel
roads.
Ensure there is enough fuel in the tank for the
planned trip.
In many states it's unlawful to operate ATVs on
public streets, roads and highways.
Check the weather before departing, and be
aware of changing conditions. Be prepared for
cold, heat or precipitation, depending on the
forecast.
Trips On Water
Make sure that there are suitable entry and exit
points to and from the water. See Entering And
Exiting The Water, page 43.
Always stay within sight of shore; the amphibian
is not intended or equipped for operating off
shore.
Avoid rough water.
Make sure that you can complete your trip during
day light. The amphibian is not equipped for
nighttime operation on water. The amphibian's
lights operate only on land.
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Public roads
Planning a Safe Trip
What to Wear and Bring
Required protective gear
1. Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
When using the amphibian on water, the
rider must always wear a US Coast Guard
approved PFD that is suitable for personal
watercraft (PWC) use. Ensure that the PFD
meets all the local regulations for watercraft
use.
Local, state, and federal regulations requires
various gear when operating on land and on
water. Check with your local officials to
determine what gear you are required to wear
and to bring on your ride.
Before each ride, determine what gear is needed
for the environments you may encounter, and
dress appropriately. Considerations include such
things as:
 Temperature, weather, and riding
environment. For example, your choice of
gloves may depend on temperature and
riding environment. See Operating in Cold
Weather, page 31.
 Type of trails you'll be on. For example, if
there will be overhanging branches, you may
want heavier protective gear than if you are
riding on open trails and water.
 Mode(s) - land only, water only, or both. For
example, if you will be primarily riding on
water, a wet suit bottom would be a good
choice. If you will be riding on both land and
water and do not plan to get in the water,
thick tightly woven jeans may be appropriate.
Never wear loose clothing such as a long scarf
that may get entangled in the vehicle or on
objects such as tree branches.
When deciding what to bring and how to carry
your equipment, keep cargo and load limits in
mind. See Cargo and Load Limits, page 31.
Note: Items that cannot be securely stowed in
either of the storage compartments, should be
carried in a backpack on the riders back.
A PFD provides buoyancy to help keep the
head and face above the water, and to help
maintain a satisfactory body position while in
the water. Body weight and age should be
considered when selecting a PFD. The
buoyancy provided by the PFD should
support your weight in water. The size of the
PFD should be appropriate for the wearer.
Body weight and chest size are common
methods used to size PFDs.
2. Helmet
When riding the amphibian on land, the rider
must always wear an approved motorcycle
helmet that fits properly. Operating on land
without an approved helmet increases your
chances of a severe head injury or death.
In most motorized sports, the benefits of
wearing a helmet clearly outweigh the
drawbacks. However, in the case of
motorized watersports such as riding
personal watercraft, this is not necessarily
true as there are some particular risks
associated with the water.
 In some situations when falling off personal
watercraft, helmets have a tendency to
catch the water, like a ‘bucket’ and put
severe stresses on the neck or spine. This
could result in severe or permanent neck or
spine injury or death.
 Helmets may interfere with peripheral
vision and hearing, or increase fatigue
which could increase the risk of a collision.
When deciding whether to wear a helmet on
water, consider factors such as the riding
environment, the traffic and water
conditions, your riding ability and the type of
riding you plan to do.
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Planning a Safe Trip
3. The rider should also have ready access to
shatterproof glasses. Wind, water spray and
speed may cause a person's eyes to water
and create blurred vision. Eye wear helps
protect eyes from debris or other objects,
wind, or water spray that might injure the
eyes or impede vision, potentially resulting in
an accident.
Recommended protective gear
When using the amphibian, the following
protective gear is also recommended in addition
to the required safety equipment:
On water:
 Wear a wet suit bottom, or thick tightly
woven and snug fitting clothing that provides
equivalent protection, such as sturdy jeans
or thick off-road motorsport pants. Severe
internal injuries can occur if water is forced
into body cavities as a result of falling into
water or being near the jet thrust nozzle.
Normal swim wear and other thin fabrics do
not adequately protect against forceful water
entry into rectum or vagina.
 Footwear, gloves, and goggles or
shatterproof glasses are also recommended.
Wind, water spray and speed may cause a
person's eyes to water and create blurred
vision.
On land:
 Eye protection, if not using a full face helmet.
Riding without eye protection can result in an
accident and increases your chances of a
severe injury in the event of an accident.
 Gloves to protect your hands
 Motorcycle boots to protect your feet and
lower legs.
 Full length pants
 A long sleeved shirt or jacket
Protective clothing can reduce your risk of injury
in an accident and provide protection from the
elements, debris or contact with objects such as
branches.
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Planning a Safe Trip
Required safety equipment
In addition to your personal protective
equipment (for example, PFD), you must carry
some specific safety equipment when riding on
water.
As the owner of the amphibian, you are
responsible for assuring that all required safety
equipment is aboard. Check state and local
regulations about required safety equipment.
Minimum requirements for use on water include
the additional following equipment:
 A sound producing device (for example, a
whistle or air horn)
 A fire extinguisher - available from your
Gibbs dealer. See Fire Extinguisher, page 25.
Additional recommended safety
equipment
It is recommended that you consider carrying
additional equipment for safe, enjoyable use of
your amphibian. This list, which is not all
inclusive, includes items you should consider
acquiring.
 Small tool kit
 First aid kit
 Recovery rope
 Flares
 A watertight flashlight
A cellular telephone in a waterproof bag or
container may also be beneficial if you get into
difficulty or just for contacting someone.
Planning a Safe Trip
Operating in Cold Weather
Cargo and Load Limits
Exposure to cold
Overloading can affect maneuverability, stability
and performance that could lead to an accident.
The maximum weight of the operator and any
cargo must not exceed 264 lbs (120 kg). Refer to
the tire pressure label for more information. See
Safety Labels, page 7.
Dress appropriately for cold weather and take
measures to avoid hypothermia, frost bite, and
other cold-related injuries.
Factors which increase your chance of a cold
injury include:
 using the amphibian in cold air or water
 windchill factor due to riding speed - even
moderate speed can result in colder windchill
 riding in areas where rescue may be delayed
 getting wet or falling in the water
 being unable to get on top of a capsized
amphibian
Plan your rides and your gear accordingly. Be
prepared for bad weather and breakdowns. If
you will be riding on the water, consider a thick
wetsuit, a drysuit, or other gear that will help you
stay warm and/or dry, or items such as a coat or
jacket style PFD that will cover more body area
and provide more insulation than a vest style
PFD. Keep in mind that getting wet and falling in
is always a possibility when riding on water. If you
do fall in, reboard the amphibian as soon as
possible.
Items that cannot be securely stowed in either of
the storage compartments, should be carried in
a backpack on the rider’s back.
Straps should not be used to secure items to the
amphibian's body, as they may unexpectedly
shift while the amphibian is in motion. The
sudden redistribution of weight could cause you
to lose control of the amphibian.
The only places designed to carry items on the
amphibian are the front and rear storage
compartments. Make sure that the storage
compartments are closed securely before
starting your ride
NOTICE Do not allow people to climb on the front
or rear body panels at any time. They are not
designed to support a person’s weight.
Operating on land
The Quadski uses raw water heat exchangers to
cool the engine oil and coolant when operating in
marine mode. If you are planning to use the
Quadski on land and the ambient air temperature
is likely to fall below 0°C (32°F), the Quadski must
be emptied of raw water to prevent damage to
the cooling system. See Removing Raw Water
From The Quadski, page 79.
Operating on frozen bodies of water
Never operate on a frozen body of water unless
you are sure the ice is thick enough to support
the weight and moving force of the amphibian,
you, and your cargo.
Even though the amphibian can float, it may
become stuck if it falls through the ice.
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Pre-ride Inspection
Pre-ride Inspection
Pre-ride Inspection
Pre-ride Inspection
WARNING! Always perform a pre-ride inspection before each use to make sure the amphibian
is in a safe operating condition. The pre-ride inspection can also help you monitor wear and
deterioration before they become a problem as well as identify and correct any problems that
could make the amphibian hazardous to operate (for example, debris or ice interfering with
operation of controls). Before riding, correct any problems that you discover to reduce the risk
of a breakdown or crash. Contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer as necessary.
Note: Start the pre-ride inspection with the amphibian on Land, the engine off and engine safety
cut-off removed.
Engine compartment
WARNING! Gasoline vapors can explode. If a fuel
leak or gasoline vapor is present, do not start the
engine. Contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians
dealer before use.
Before starting the engine, operate the ventilation blower
for 4 minutes by turning ignition switch to the ON position.
Remove the seat (see Seat, page 66) and check the engine
compartment for fuel leaks or gasoline vapors.
Engine coolant
WARNING! Do not remove the coolant reservoir
cap when the engine is hot – escaping steam or
water could cause serious injury.
Check the engine coolant level is correct. See Engine
Coolant, page 64.
Tires
Use a gauge and check the pressure of each tire and
adjust as necessary. Check the condition of each tire for
signs of damage or excessive wear and replace if required.
See Wheels and Tires, page 76.
Lights
Make sure the headlights, brake light and tail lights are
operating correctly.
Visual inspection - Leaks, loose
parts or hull damage
Visually inspect the amphibian for signs of any fluid leaks,
components that may have come loose, hull cracks or
other damage.
Exhaust system
WARNING! Take care when working around
exhaust system components as they may still be
hot even when the engine is not running.
Inspect the end of the muffler to ensure that there is no
ingress of foreign material that could start a fire.
Hull drain plugs
Make sure both hull drain plugs are securely fitted. See
Hull Drain Plugs, page 75.
NOTICE If drain plugs are not fitted, water could enter the
hull impacting performance and cause possible engine
damage.
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Pre-ride Inspection
Underbody, Jet thrust water intake
WARNING! Make sure the engine is not running
and the engine safety cut-off is removed. The jet
impeller runs whenever the engine speed exceeds
2000 rpm in both Land and Marine modes. Items
such as long hair, loose clothing ropes or PFD
straps can be drawn into the intake grate and
become entangled in moving parts.
1. Water intake
2. Ride plate
Check and remove any dirt, vegetation, stones, or other
debris that could interfere with the operation of the
amphibian, restrict the flow of water into the jet thrust
water intake, or damage the propulsion unit.
Clean as necessary. If any obstruction cannot be removed,
contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer.
Check the ride plate for signs of damage.
Steering system and reverse lever/
bucket
WARNING! To avoid pinching body parts, never
turn the handlebars while someone is near the jet
thrust nozzle.
With the handlebars in the horizontal position, the jet thrust
nozzle should be in the straight position.
Make sure the jet thrust nozzle pivots in the same direction
as the handlebars (e.g. when the handlebars are turned to
the left, the nozzle opening must point towards the left side
of amphibian).
Check to see that the reverse lever lowers and raises the
reverse bucket across the jet thrust nozzle.
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Pre-ride Inspection
Brake lever(s)
Pre-ride Inspection
Check the brake lever(s) for travel and firmness. When
squeezed, the brake lever should feel firm. If the brake
lever feels spongy, there may be a fluid leak or a low fluid
level in the master cylinder. Check the brake fluid levels
(see Brake Fluid, page 65) and contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer if necessary.
When you begin your ride, start at low speed and test
brake response. Listen for any unusual noises and verify
that the brakes securely hold the amphibian.
In below freezing temperatures, reduced brake response
during this check may indicate frozen brakes. If brakes are
frozen, stop riding and move the amphibian to a warmer
area to allow brakes to thaw, then dry the thawed brakes
by applying them several times while riding slowly.
Throttle lever
Before starting the engine, check that the throttle lever
operates smoothly and returns to the idle position
immediately after it is released.
If the throttle lever sticks or doesn’t return to the idle
position when released, contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer.
Engine safety cut-off switch and
Start button
With the ignition switch in the ‘On’ position, and with the
engine safety cut-off not installed, apply the brakes and
press the engine start button - the engine should not start.
Install the engine safety cut-off, apply the brakes and
press the engine start button - the engine should start.
Press the stop button. The engine should stop.
Restart the engine, then pull the engine safety cut-off
strap. The safety cut-off should separate from the stop
button and the engine should stop.
If removing the engine safety cut-off or pressing the stop
button does not stop the engine, contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer.
Safety Equipment
Check you have the required safety equipment and any
additional gear needed for your journey.
Make sure that all lifesaving equipment, including fire
extinguisher, are in safe operating condition and easily
accessible.
Fuel level
Always make sure that you have enough fuel in the
amphibian before using it.
Engine oil
After you have been riding for ten minutes, check that the
engine oil level is between the MIN and the MAX level
indicators on the dipstick. See Engine Oil, page 63.
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Safe Operation on Land
Riding Locations and Surfaces
Safe Operation on Land
Riding on unfamiliar terrain
WARNING! Make sure all operators
follow the rules for safe operation on land
in this section. Failure to do so can
increase the risk of collisions,
overturning, impact injuries, injuries from
moving parts, and other accidents that
can cause severe injury or death.
Learn about off-road safety and laws and
regulations
It is highly recommended that you complete an
ATV rider safety course. Ensure that you are
familiar with local and federal laws and
regulations concerning the riding areas that you
will use.
Be qualified
Be sure all operators are qualified to operate this
amphibian on land. See Rider Qualifications,
page 4.
Plan your ride
Use caution and reduce your speed when riding
on unfamiliar terrain. Driving too fast for the
terrain could result in you losing control of the
amphibian, overturning or damage to the hull.
Always be alert to changing terrain conditions
and stay focused upon the terrain ahead as you
could come across hidden rocks, holes or other
obstacles without enough time to react.
Before you go, plan ahead for where you will be
riding, what to wear, and what to bring. See
Planning a Safe Trip, page 28.
Prepared trails
On land, the amphibian should be operated on
prepared trails only. Avoid extreme conditions
such as deep mud or rugged terrain.
Your amphibian is rear wheel drive only and will
not have the same level of traction as a four
wheel drive ATV.
Note: When riding off-road, obey local off-road
riding laws and regulations.
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Safe Operation on Land
Slippery or loose surfaces
Terrain surface and speed are the major factors
determining how the amphibian will react in a
turn. Riding on loose, slippery or rough terrain
(for example, snow, ice, mud, or gravel) makes it
more likely for the amphibian to lose traction and
skid or slide. This can result in a collision, or, if
you unexpectedly regain traction, could result in
the amphibian overturning. Stopping distances
can also be longer.
Safe Operation on Land
Public roads
Never ride on a public street, road or highway
(except for traversing as permitted by law). This
includes unpaved dirt or gravel roads.
Operating the amphibian on public streets, roads
or highways could result in a collision with
another vehicle. Drivers of other vehicles may
have difficulty seeing or avoiding you.
In many states it's unlawful to operate ATVs on
public streets, roads and highways.
To reduce your risk:
 avoid these slippery surfaces if possible,
Paved surfaces
 practice maneuvering in slippery terrain in a
controlled situation before going for a ride
where you might encounter such terrain, and
 use caution and go slowly on slippery
surfaces.
Skidding and sliding
To avoid skidding and sliding, reduce the
amphibians speed before commencing the turn.
If the amphibian starts to slide sideways in a turn,
turn the handlebars in the direction of the slide.
Avoid heavy braking or application of the throttle
until you have regained steering control.
Avoid riding on paved surfaces, including
sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and streets.
Your amphibian and the tires installed on it are
designed and manufactured for off-road use
only. Riding on paved surfaces will affect the
handling and control of the amphibian.
If it is necessary to ride on or across a paved
surface, proceed slowly and with caution.
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Safe Operation on Land
Sand dunes and hilly terrains
Riding Position
When riding on terrains where you might not be
easily visible to others, consider installing a flag
(available from a Gibbs Sports Amphibians
dealer) to alert other off-road users to your
presence. See Flag Mount, page 26.
Always straddle the seat with a foot in each
footwell and both hands firmly gripping the
handlebars while riding.
Always be observant for other off-road vehicles.
Note: You may be required to install a flag in
certain riding areas. Check with local authorities.
Crossing shallow water
Your amphibian can cross shallow water in Land
mode. When crossing shallow water, keep in
mind that the jet intake is operating whenever
throttle is applied, and can draw in debris,
weeds, etc.
Before entering the water, choose a crossing
point which has a gentle incline into and out of
the water. Avoid areas which have fast moving
water or a sharp drop off. Avoid rocks or other
obstacles.
Note: Be aware that the amphibian will float if the
water is deep enough, and may be carried in the
direction of the current.
After the amphibian has been ridden through
water, apply the brakes lightly several times while
moving to dry them. Wet brakes will reduce the
stopping ability of the amphibian.
Speed
Riding with one hand or your feet incorrectly
positioned will reduce the amount of control you
have on the amphibian if you need to react to a
situation or could cause you to lose balance and
fall off.
Braking
Applying the brakes too hard may cause the
wheels to lock and slide, reducing control of your
amphibian. If this happens, release the brake
lever(s), steer straight ahead until you regain
control, then reapply the brakes more gently.
Braking in a turn may cause the wheels to slip
and reduce control. Avoid heavy braking while
turning. If possible, reduce your speed or
complete braking before entering a turn.
When riding in wet or rainy conditions, or on
loose surfaces, the ability to maneuver and stop
will be reduced. Rapid acceleration, braking, or
turning may cause loss of control. Exercise
caution when braking, accelerating, or turning.
When descending a long, steep grade,
intermittently apply the brakes. Continuous
brake application can overheat the brakes and
reduce their effectiveness.
Never operate the amphibian at speeds too fast
for your skills or the conditions. Always ride at a
speed that is appropriate for the terrain, visibility,
operating conditions and your experience to
avoid losing control.
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Safe Operation on Land
Safe Operation on Land
Turning
Slopes
Turning the amphibian too sharply, at too high a
speed, or on a slope could cause you to lose
control or overturn.
Always use proper riding techniques to reduce
the risk of losing control or overturning the
amphibian on slopes.
Practice turning the amphibian at low speed and
gradually increase the speed as your ability and
confidence increases.
Excessively steep slopes
Operating on excessively steep slopes can
cause the amphibian to overturn far more easily
than when it is being operated on level ground or
small hills.
Never operate the amphibian on hills too steep
for the amphibian or your abilities. Practice on
smaller hills before attempting larger hills.
Ascending a slope
Never ascend slopes that have an excessively
slippery or loose surface as these can cause the
amphibian to lose traction.
Making a turn on level ground
Turn the handlebars in the direction you want to
turn and lean your body into the turn. Leaning
into the turn helps to balance the amphibian.
Master turning on level ground before attempting
to turn on a slope.
Making a tight turn at low speed
To make a tight turn at low speed, move your
body forward on the seat and then lean your
body into the turn. Moving your body forward on
the seat helps to distribute the weight onto the
front wheels to improve steering and front wheel
traction.
Turning from a stop
When turning from a stop, gently apply the
throttle while leaning into the turn.
Before ascending a slope, slow down or stop to
survey the terrain. When climbing a slope you
must shift your weight toward the front wheels to
help keep them on the ground. Move forward on
the seat and lean forward.
To ascend the slope, approach the slope in an
appropriate gear and speed for the conditions.
Maintain a steady speed as you ascend the
slope. Never open the throttle suddenly or make
sudden gear changes as this could cause you to
lose control of the amphibian or cause the
amphibian to flip over backwards.
Never go over the summit of a hill at high speed
as there could be unforeseen obstacles or
dangers on the other side.
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Safe Operation on Land
Stalling while ascending a slope
Descending a slope
If the amphibian stalls or begins to roll backward
on a slope, it may overturn.
Do not descend a slope at high speed and avoid
sudden braking or steering maneuvers as this
could cause the amphibian to overturn.
If you lose all forward speed or begin rolling
backwards, follow this procedure to help prevent
flipping over backwards:
 Keep your weight uphill
 Do not apply throttle or change gears
suddenly
 Gradually apply the brakes until the
amphibian comes to a complete stop.
 Lock the parking brake and dismount uphill
of the amphibian (or on one side, if pointed
straight uphill).
Seek assistance from another person to help
walk the amphibian back down the slope
When walking the amphibian down a slope:
1. Each person should stand with their body
facing downhill, beside the amphibian
holding the handlebars.
When descending a slope, if the engine speed
falls below 2000 rpm, the automatic clutch will
disengage and engine braking will no longer be
available. Always allow extra distance for braking
and apply the brakes to bring the amphibian to a
complete stop.
Before descending a slope, slow down or stop to
survey the terrain before proceeding.
When descending a slope, it is advisable to
proceed with the amphibian pointing straight
down the slope. Avoid angles that will cause the
amphibian to lean sharply to one side and try to
avoid making turns on slope.
Always ride at low speed down a slope, and shift
your weight as far back as possible.
Make sure you can easily reach and operate
the brake lever.
2. Make sure everyone’s legs are clear of the
wheels and body and that you have a firm
footing.
3. Slowly back the amphibian down the hill
using the brake lever to control its speed.
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Safe Operation on Land
Safe Operation on Land
Traversing across or turning on a slope
Obstacles and Rough Terrain
To maintain balance and stability when riding
across a slope, you need to shift weight to the
uphill side of the amphibian. Move your body
across the seat and lean towards the uphill side.
Always use proper riding techniques to reduce
the risk of losing control or overturning on rough
terrain.
On slippery or loose surfaces you may also need
to steer slightly uphill to maintain a straight
course. Try to avoid crossing slopes that are
excessively steep, slippery or have a rough
terrain.
Before riding in an area, check for obstacles and
potential hazards. For example, watch out for
rocks, tree trunks and pot holes. Snow may
cover ice or obstacles that can cause a loss of
control. Go slowly and carefully on
snow-covered terrain.
Do not attempt to turn the ATV on a slope until
you have mastered the turning technique. Use
caution when turning on any slope.
Be mindful of the ground clearance of the
amphibian. Riding over large obstacles or rough
terrain could cause the amphibian to become
grounded, which may result in damage to the
hull. If in doubt, try to find another way around an
obstacle.
When you approach an obstacle or rough terrain,
slow down and be prepared to stop. Never try to
ride over large obstacles or try to clear an
obstacle at high speed. Riding over obstacles or
rough terrain at too high a speed could cause
you lose control of the amphibian or even cause
it to overturn.
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Safe Operation on Land
Reverse Operation
Parking
Always exercise caution and check behind and
to the sides of the amphibian for pedestrians and
obstacles before reversing.
Park on level ground whenever possible. Come
to a complete stop then apply the parking brake.
Always ensure you have a good view of the
terrain you are reversing over. If in doubt stop and
inspect the area first.
Stop the engine, turn the ignition switch to the
OFF or LOCK position and remove the key to
prevent unauthorized use.
Always use a speed suitable for the terrain. The
maneuverability of the amphibian is different
when reversing and excessive speed may cause
you to lose control or overturn the amphibian.
Use caution when reversing over objects, up
slopes or when turning.
No Stunts
If it is necessary to park on a slope, block all four
wheels to prevent rolling (for example, with
chocks, rocks or logs) and, if possible, park the
amphibian across the slope to prevent it from
rolling.
Never park the amphibian on a slope that is too
steep to walk up easily.
Never attempt stunts like wheelies, or jumps.
This type of riding increases the chance of an
accident including an overturn. It may also cause
damage to the amphibian. Always ride in a safe
and responsible manner.
No Towing Other Vehicles
The amphibian must not be used for towing other
vehicles or pulling objects.
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Safe Operation on Land
Safe Operation on Land
Recovering the Amphibian on Land
NOTICE Towing the amphibian with the wheels
on the ground may cause serious damage to the
amphibians engine and drive train.
If the amphibian has become stranded on an
obstacle or in a ditch, it is permissible to attach a
recovery rope to the following locations to
recovery the amphibian onto level ground.
Rear sponson plates
Front eyelet
WARNING! Excessive force on the eyelet
could cause it to fail and break free from
the hull, potentially striking bystanders.
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NOTICE These are the only approved positions
for attaching a recovery rope to the amphibian.
Attaching ropes to the chassis, suspension or
other parts of the body can damage the
amphibian.
Entering And Exiting The Water
Choosing Water Entry and Exit Sites
Entering And Exiting The Water
To enter the water, it is essential that you locate a
suitable entry site and that you have planned
where the amphibian is to exit the waterway. If
you have any doubts about a chosen access site,
locate an alternative site
Always respect local wildlife and ensure
that using the selected access point will
not have a detrimental effect on the
shoreline/river bank. It is your
responsibility to minimize damage to the
environment.
WARNING! Do not ride down a steep
slope, off an undercut (for example, an
eroded river bank,), a dock or other
drop-off into the water. Ensure there are
no obstacles or hazards at the entry
point.
These could cause a loss of control,
overturning, hull damage, serious injury
or death.
The most suitable and recommended access site
is a hard slipway. If one is not available, then
choose an entry point into the water that has a
firm surface and gradual slope. Be sure that the
waterway has sufficient depth for the draft of the
hull and is free of underwater hazards and
obstacles.
Choose an entry point into the water that has a
gradual slope. This is important because as the
amphibian enters the water, the front will rise as
it starts to float, further reducing the ground
clearance at the rear.
Avoid marshy areas and gravel surfaces. The
amphibian can get stuck in marshy ground. If
gravel surfaces are encountered, reduce speed
to minimize the risk of debris entering the jet
intake.
WARNING! Debris in marshy water or
small stones on gravel surfaces may be
picked up and thrown rearwards by the
jet unit, injuring bystanders and causing
damage to property or jet unit.
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Entering And Exiting The
WaterAnd Exiting The Water
Entering
Entering the Water
WARNING! Keep people away when retracting the wheels as they can cut or crush body parts.
The intake grate, wheels and other drive parts can entangle long hair, body parts, or other
objects (such as ropes, loose clothing, PFD straps). The jet nozzle and rear wheels can throw
debris and water rearward.
NOTICE Make sure the hull drain plugs are
correctly installed before entering the water (see
Hull Drain Plugs, page 75).
1. As you approach the chosen entrance into
the waterway, reduce speed and survey the
area for potential hazards. See Choosing
Water Entry and Exit Sites, page 43
2. Ensure that the water is deep enough (3 ft
[0.9 m] minimum) to allow the suspension to
fully raise to the Marine position and allow
the amphibian to float free of the bottom.
3. Slowly drive into the water at no more than
4 mph (6 km/h). Keep the engine speed low
to prevent water being expelled out of the jet
thrust nozzle onto the shore.
4. When you feel the wheels beginning to float
free from the bottom, squeeze the left brake
lever then press and momentarily hold the
upper half of the suspension switch to
retract the wheels.
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5. An audible tone will sound while the
suspension and wheels move to their Marine
position.
6. When the transition process is
complete, two short beeps will
sound indicating a successful
transition. The Marine mode
icon will be displayed in the
instrument cluster.
7. Confirm that the Marine mode icon is
displayed before using the amphibian on
water.
8. After you transition to Marine mode, verify
that the handlebars turn freely to their full
extent.
Entering And Exiting The Water
Exiting the Water
WARNING! Keep people away when deploying the wheels as they can cut or crush body
parts. The intake grate, wheels and other drive parts can entangle long hair, body parts, or
other objects (such as ropes, loose clothing, PFD straps). The jet nozzle and rear wheels can
throw debris and water rearward.
NOTICE The amphibian requires at least 3 ft
(0.9 m) of water depth to deploy the wheels to
their Land position. If the water is too shallow or
a wheel strikes an underwater obstruction, the
suspension will not deploy fully and an error will
be displayed on the instrument cluster.
1. As the amphibian approaches the chosen
exit from the waterway, reduce speed and
allow the engine to idle.
2. Make sure that the amphibian is floating in
water that is deep enough to allow the
wheels to fully deploy to their Land position.
5. When the transition process is
complete, two short beeps will
sound indicating a successful
transition. The Land mode icon
will be displayed in the
instrument cluster.
6. Confirm that the Land mode icon is
displayed before riding towards the exit from
the waterway.
Note: If the suspension fails to deploy, a
warning message will be display in the
instrument cluster. See Suspension fault,
page 23
7. Exit carefully and under control. Maintain a
speed that will allow the front wheels to ride
far enough up the exit way so the rear wheels
can gain traction, but not too fast that you
compress the suspension and risk damaging
the hull. Your amphibian is rear wheel drive
only.
3. Press and momentarily hold the lower half of
the suspension switch to deploy the wheels.
4. An audible tone will sound while the
suspension and wheels move to their Land
position.
If the amphibian gets stuck, turn the engine
off and remove the engine cut-off before
dismounting or allowing anyone near to help.
8. After exiting the water, drive slowly and
apply the brakes lightly several times to dry.
Test the brakes by quickly squeezing the
lever to check their efficiency.
9. Open the hull drain plugs and allow any
water to drain (see Hull Drain Plugs,
page 75).
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Safe Operation on Water
Important
Safe Operation on Water
WARNING! Make sure all operators
follow the rules for safe operation on
water in this section. Failure to do so can
increase the risk of collisions, impact
injuries, drowning, injuries from moving
parts or jet thrust, and other accidents
that can cause severe injury or death.
Learn About On-water Safety and
Waterway Rules
It is highly recommended that you complete a
boating safety course so you are aware of the
fundamentals of good seamanship and
watercraft safety. Ensure that you are familiar
with local and federal laws and regulations
concerning the waterway that you are intending
to use.
Safe Operation on Water
Riding Position
Always straddle the seat with a foot in each
footwell and both hands firmly gripping the
handlebars while riding.
Riding with one hand or your feet incorrectly
positioned will reduce the amount of control you
have on the amphibian if you need to react to a
situation or could cause you to lose balance and
fall off.
Turning
Do not release the throttle when trying to steer
away from objects – you need thrust to steer.
Maneuverability on water is reduced when the
throttle is released and is completely lost when
the engine is turned off. A collision could result in
severe injury or death.
Always respect the rights of other water users
and the environment. Always obey waterway
warning and information signs, such as 'No
Wake' zones and restricted speed areas. As the
'skipper' of your amphibian, you are responsible
for damage caused by your amphibian's wake.
Avoid Hazards While Engine is
Running
Do not start the engine or operate the amphibian
if anyone is in the water nearby, or near the rear
of the amphibian. To prevent accidental starting,
always remove the engine safety cut-off or key
when boarding the amphibian from the water or
during removal of any weeds or debris from the
intake grate.
 Keep away from the intake grate while the
engine is running. Items such as long hair,
loose clothing, ropes or PFD straps can
become entangled in moving parts.
 Fast moving water expelled from the jet
thrust nozzle can injure people near the rear
of the amphibian. In shallow water, debris
may also be picked up and thrown rearwards
by the jet unit, injuring bystanders and
causing damage to property.
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On-water, your amphibian is propelled and
steered using a water jet. Turning the handlebars
rotates the jet thrust nozzle, controlling the
amphibian’s direction. Steering control on water
depends on the combination of handlebar
rotation and thrust from the nozzle. Unlike a car,
the amphibian requires some throttle to turn
while in Marine mode.
The amount of throttle applied, in addition to
handlebar position, will determine how sharply
the amphibian will turn. The steering efficiency of
the amphibian may also be affected by loading
and wind/wave conditions.
Safe Operation on Water
Marine Enhanced Steering
Your amphibian is equipped with the GIBBS
Marine Enhanced Steering (MES) system which
operates whether or not you release throttle.
The MES operates to provide additional engine
thrust and turning ability, while operating the
amphibian at planing speed, when the rider
provides full (or nearly full) steering, but does not
use a throttle opening sufficient to provide
adequate steering thrust.
More throttle will produce more thrust from the
nozzle and the amphibian will turn more sharply.
While MES provides a reasonable amount of
steering, you can turn the amphibian even more
sharply by applying the hand throttle when
turning the handlebar.
Stopping
On water, your amphibian does not have
brakes. The drag from the water will slow the
watercraft and bring it to a stop when the throttle
is released. The brake lever(s) on the handlebar
are for land use only and will have no effect while
the amphibian is in Marine mode.
Less throttle will produce less thrust from the
nozzle and the amphibian will turn more
gradually.
If the engine is shut off while underway, no thrust
is produced by the nozzle and directional control
is lost. Even with the handlebars fully turned, the
amphibian will continue to travel in a straight
path if the engine is not running.
Do not shut off the engine while slowing down, in
case thrust is needed to steer away from an
obstacle. Do not use the reverse lever to slow the
amphibian on water.
While operating at full speed, the amphibian may
require as much as 250 ft (76 m) to stop after the
throttle is released. Keep in mind that loading
and wind/wave conditions may affect stopping
distance.
Always allow yourself plenty of room to stop by
keeping a safe distance at all times.
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Safe Operation on Water
Safe Operation on Water
Avoiding a Collision
Reverse Operation
Do not release the throttle when attempting to
steer away from an obstacle. Throttle and jet
thrust are required to steer the watercraft. Often
the best way to avoid a collision is to maintain
throttle and maneuver away from a potential
hazard.
On-water, the amphibian can be operated in
reverse when the reverse bucket is lowered over
the jet nozzle. The reverse bucket is lowered by
pulling on the Marine reverse lever on the left side
of the steering column. When the bucket is
lowered and throttle is applied, the bucket
re-directs the jet thrust forward moving your
amphibian in reverse. The reverse bucket is for
low-speed maneuvering only.
Always keep a constant lookout for people,
objects, and other watercraft on the water,
especially before turning the amphibian. Be alert
for conditions that may limit your visibility or
block your vision of others.
Do not wake or wave jump, ride the surf line or
attempt to spray or splash others with your
amphibian. Such actions may cause you to lose
control of your amphibian causing a collision or
you may misjudge the capabilities of the
watercraft and your own riding skills and strike
another watercraft, fixed object, or swimmer.
Your amphibian is capable of sharp turns and
aggressive maneuvers. Unless it is an
emergency, do not attempt such maneuvers with
other watercraft nearby, as it will make it hard for
others to predict where you are going and may
increase the risk of collision.
Even if you have the “right-of-way” according to
the Navigation Rules, all operators must take
positive action and alter course if a risk of
collision exists. Whenever possible, take early
and effective action and always operate your
amphibian at a safe speed and keep a safe
distance away from people, objects, and other
watercraft. Avoid areas with submerged objects
or shallow water. Do not follow directly behind
PWCs or other boats. Remember, generally
PWCs and other boats do not have brakes.
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Pulling the Marine reverse lever while moving
forward can cause abrupt deceleration, which
can result in severe injury, death, or amphibian
damage. Never attempt to deploy the reverse
bucket while traveling at planing speed, or to
deploy the reverse bucket as a brake to
decelerate the amphibian more quickly.
To shift back to forward operation, simply push
the reverse lever forward.
Water conditions
Know the waters in which the amphibian is to be
operated. Currents, tides, rapids, submerged
obstacles, wakes and waves etc., can affect the
safe operation of the amphibian.
It is not advisable to operate in rough water or
inclement weather. Try to avoid using the
amphibian in these conditions. If you must do so,
proceed with caution using minimum speed.
Crossing Waves and Wakes
Do not attempt to jump waves or wakes.
Jumping or operating in very choppy water, may
cause you to lose control of your amphibian and
cause a collision and can increase the risk of
striking the handlebar and injuries such as
broken bones and back/spinal injuries
(paralysis).
When crossing wakes or waves, you should
reduce speed as much as possible to reduce
jarring. Always be prepared to steer (with throttle)
and shift your body weight to maintain balance
as necessary. You may want to “post” to absorb
any shock with your legs rather than your
buttocks and back. “Posting” is a semi-standing
posture, commonly used by PWC riders, where
Safe Operation on Water
your weight is placed on your feet and your
knees slightly bent. Always keep a safe distance
from other watercraft ahead of you.
No Offshore Operation
Do not operate beyond sight of shore. The
amphibian is not intended or equipped for
operating off shore.
Shallow water
Do not operate in shallow water (less than 2 feet
of depth). Debris can be thrown rearward by the
jet, injuring people or damaging property. Debris
can also damage the jet thrust system.
Grounding or impacts with underwater
obstructions may cause the amphibian to stop
abruptly which could result in personal injury
and/or damage to the amphibian. When
operating in or near shallow waters, proceed with
caution at very low speeds.
Boarding the Amphibian in Deep
Water
Ensure that the engine is stopped and the engine
safety cut-off is removed before boarding the
amphibian from the water.
No Nighttime Operation
Never operate on water after dark. The
amphibian is not equipped with lighting for
nighttime operation on water.
Personal watercraft are typically not permitted to
operate at night.
No Anchoring
The amphibian is not designed to be anchored
on the water. Do not attempt to anchor the
amphibian. Simply drive out of the water and
park on land.
No Towing
Do not tow anything with the amphibian. It is not
equipped to tow anything, including another
vehicle/watercraft, or for watersports (for
example, water skiers, wake boarders, tubers).
Approach the amphibian from either side and
grab the handle below the seat.
Using a combination of pulling on the handle and
pushing down on the inside edge of the footwell
with your free hand, slide your body up onto the
amphibians foot board.
Do not use the wheels to help yourself board.
They will spin freely and you could fall or be
pinched between the wheel and the amphibian’s
body.
Do not climb onto the front or rear body panels.
They are not designed to support a person’s
weight.
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Safe Operation on Water
Safe Operation on Water
Practice Exercises
Stopping
The first time a person operates the amphibian
on water, they should practice and get familiar
with all controls, functions and handling
characteristics in a safe area.
Practice stopping the amphibian in a straight line
at different speeds.
Fully familiarize yourself with the controls (and
their operation) required for Marine operation
(see Controls, page 14).
Where to practice
Find a suitable area to practice the exercises.
Ensure the area meets the following
requirements:
 No traffic
 No obstacles
 No swimmers
 No current
 Plenty of space to maneuver
 Adequate water depth
Speeds
As you perform the exercises below, you will
operate at increasing speeds. At very low, or
"trolling" speeds, the amphibian sits low in the
water and produces no wake. At medium, or
"sub-planing" speeds, the nose begins to rise
and a wake is produced. At higher "planing"
speeds, the amphibian will ride higher and more
level, skimming the top of the water and
producing a wake.
As you increase speed in the turning, stopping
and obstacle avoidance exercises, notice how
the amphibian rides and performs in each speed
range.
Turning
Practice turning in circles in both directions at
slow speed. When comfortable with the exercise,
increase difficulty by making some figure 8’s.
When this is mastered, repeat the above
exercises but at increased speed.
Remember, the amphibian has no brake on
water. Water drag is the main factor that reduces
the watercraft speed and thus the stopping
distance.
The brake lever does not stop the amphibian on
water. Try applying the brake lever while moving
and notice that it does not provide any braking.
Practice stopping the amphibian by turning
sharply and applying throttle. Start with slower
speeds and gradually increase speed as you get
more comfortable with these maneuvers. You will
notice that you can stop your forward travel more
quickly and in a shorter distance than simply
releasing throttle and coasting to a stop in a
straight line.
Note: The amphibian’s speed, load, current and
wind also play an important role in affecting
stopping distances.
Reverse
Practice reverse operation. Notice how the
amphibian operates in reverse and reacts with
steering inputs.
Note: Always perform this exercise at slow
speeds.
Avoiding an obstacle
Practice avoiding an imaginary obstacle (choose
a virtual point on the water) by steering the
watercraft and maintaining throttle. Try this first
below planing speed, then increase speed.
Repeat exercise at various speeds, but this time,
release throttle while turning. You will notice that
steering is reduced with the throttle released. If
you provide a full steer input, you will notice the
MES system automatically increase engine
speed and provide a controlled amount of thrust
and steering ability as the amphibian
decelerates.
Note: With this exercise, you will learn that you
need throttle to steer the watercraft in a different
direction.
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Safe Operation on Water
Deep water boarding
Mooring/Docking
Before practicing, make sure help is available in
case you can’t re-board in deep water. In calm,
chest deep water, bring the amphibian to a stop
and remove the engine safety cut-off. Get into
the water, then practice climbing back on board.
Approach the amphibian from the side and use
the handle near the seat.
CAUTION: Always allow plenty of
distance for the amphibian to slow down
as you approach your mooring location.
Remember the stopping distance will
vary depending on speed, water surface
condition, presence and direction of
wind and current.
If you are not capable of re-boarding from deep
water, you are more likely to be stranded in the
water. Plan your rides accordingly, to avoid being
stranded.
CAUTION: Take care to position mooring
points and lines so they are not a hazard
to dock users. If possible, make them
conspicuous with a marker or cover.
Things to notice as you begin to ride
As you ride your amphibian in different situations,
notice how the following conditions affect how
your amphibian behaves and responds:
 Loads
 Currents
 Wind
Release the throttle as you approach your
mooring point and allow the amphibian to slow
down. Use small amounts of throttle to maneuver
into final position.
If available, suspend boat fenders over the side
of the amphibian closest to the dock to prevent
damage.
 Water conditions
Make sure to be alert to these conditions, and
adapt accordingly.
The amphibian has a mooring point located on
each side.
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Safe Operation on Water
Beaching
NOTICE It is not recommended to run the
amphibian onto a beach or bank with the wheels
raised. Serious damage to the hull and/or jet may
result, which will not be covered by the limited
warranty.
If it becomes necessary to beach the amphibian,
for example if the wheels cannot be deployed,
drive slowly towards the beach and shut off the
engine before the water is less than 2 ft (0.6 m)
deep under the lowest portion of the hull.
NOTICE Always shut off the engine before the
water is less than 2 ft (0.6 m) deep to prevent
debris being drawn into the jet water intake, and
never use the reverse lever.
Pull the amphibian on to the beach.
NOTICE Do not attempt to deploy wheels when
beached. The wheels cannot fully deploy when
beached. The deployment mechanism can be
damaged. To deploy wheels, push the amphibian
back into at least 3 ft (0.9 m) of water first.
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Recovering the Amphibian on Water
WARNING! Do not ride on the amphibian
while it is being towed.
If for any reason it becomes necessary to recover
your amphibian from the water by towing, attach
a tow rope to the front recovery eye. It may be
necessary to enter the water to attach the tow
rope, or to have the crew of the rescue boat
make the connection.
NOTICE A tow rope should only be attached to
the front eyelet of the amphibian. Do not attach
the tow rope to any other point on the amphibian
- there is a risk of capsizing and serious damage
to the amphibian may occur. Aways remove the
tow rope after recovery as it may become
entangled on the amphibian.
When the amphibian is being towed on water, to
minimize any risk of capsizing, always adhere to
these basic safety rules:
 Do not attempt to tow your amphibian using
any towing point other than the front eyelet.
 Always ensure that the towing vessel
maintains a slow and steady speed.
 Ensure that the tow line can be separated
from the towing vessel quickly, when being
towed. (the breaking strength of the tow line
should never exceed 1 ton [1000 kg]).
NOTICE If the tow line used has a greater
breaking strength than that of the recovery eye,
serious damage to the amphibian could occur.
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Safe Operation on Water
Righting a Capsized Amphibian
WARNING! Do not exhaust yourself
trying to turn the amphibian back
upright. If you cannot easily turn the
amphibian back upright, climb on top of
the hull and wait for rescue. Continue to
wear your PFD while waiting.
WARNING! Do not attempt to start the
engine when the amphibian is capsized.
The amphibian is designed so that it should not
capsize easily. Buoyancy blocks are built into the
hull to assist stability. If it does turn over it will not
automatically right itself.
To turn the amphibian back upright:
1. Ensure the engine is off and the safety
cut-off is removed.
2. Reach across the hull and using the water
intake grate as a handhold, pull yourself up
onto the amphibian’s hull.
4. Standing on the amphibian’s hull and
holding onto the lanyard, move backwards
to the opposite side of the hull.
5. Lean back and use your body weight to
rotate the amphibian towards you.
NOTICE If the amphibian has been capsized, do
not attempt to start the engine to avoid water
being drawn into the engine. Have the amphibian
towed to land, and contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer for advice.
As soon as the amphibian is back on land, check
for the presence of water in the hull. Remove the
hull drain plugs and allow to drain.
3. Located on the left side of the amphibian is
a righting button. Position the righting loop
of the lanyard over the righting button.
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Safe Operation on Water
Navigation Rules
On-water, your amphibian is classified as a Class
A inboard boat and you must follow navigational
rules or nautical “rules of the road.” These rules
are enforced by the United States Coast Guard
as well as local agencies. You should know these
rules before getting underway and always follow
navigational rules when operating your
amphibian.
It is your responsibility to know and follow the
navigation rules, which require that you maintain
a proper look-out at all times to fully assess the
situation and the risk of collision. You should
always use common sense and operate your
amphibian at a safe speed (appropriate for your
skill and prevailing conditions) and at a safe
distance from shore, other vessels, swimmers,
and fixed objects such as docks. As a general
rule, you should keep to your starboard (right)
side.
Safe Operation on Water
This section of the manual provides the basic
rules and guidelines that must be followed when
operating your amphibian on public waterways.
Gibbs strongly recommends that operators take
a boater safety course from the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, or similar
group recommended by your State Boating Law
Administrator before operating the amphibian on
water. These groups can provide you with more
detailed training on safety, piloting, and
navigation.
When two boats encounter one another on the
water the navigation rules dictate which vessel (if
any) has the right of way and what actions the
vessels are required to take when they meet. In
nautical terms, the vessel with the right-of-way is
called the “stand-on” (or “privileged”) vessel and
the vessel which does not have the right-of-way
is called the “give-way” (or “burdened”) vessel.
The illustration above indicates the “give-way”
zone, relative to your amphibian, which is shown
in the center of the diagram. You should give the
right-of-way to all vessels to your starboard side
in the “give-way” zone.
The diagram above will help you become familiar
with nautical terminology for the orientation of
your amphibian.
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There are three main situations that typically
occur when you encounter another vessel:
Meeting, Crossing, and Overtaking. Failure to
follow the navigation rules when you encounter
another vessel could lead to a collision.
Safe Operation on Water
Meeting
Overtaking (Passing)
Meeting is the term given when two vessels are
approaching one another in a head-on or nearly
head-on situation. In a meeting situation, neither
vessel has the right-of-way. Both vessels should
alter course to starboard to avoid a collision and
you should keep the other vessel on your port
(left) side keeping a safe distance between the
vessels. This rule does not apply if the vessels
will clear one another by a safe distance by
continuing on a set course and speed.
If you are passing another vessel from the stern,
you are the “give-way” vessel and are expected
to keep clear and pass the other vessel at a safe
distance until you are clear. If you are the vessel
being passed, you are the “stand-on” vessel and
you should maintain your course and speed to
allow the other vessel to safely steer around you.
Crossing
Non-powered Boats
Sailboats, canoes, and other boats which are not
under power, have the right-of-way over power
boats in nearly all situations. Always stay clear of
these vessels and do not create a wake which
may cause them trouble.
Navigation aids
Navigational aids, such as signs or buoys, can
assist you in identifying safe waters. Buoys will
indicate whether you should keep to the right
(starboard) or to the left (port) of the buoy, or to
which channel you can continue.
They may also indicate whether you are entering
a restricted or controlled area such as a no wake
or low speed zone. Additionally they may
indicate potential hazards or other pertinent
boating information.
Whenever two vessels are crossing paths close
enough that there is a risk of collision, you are the
“give-way” vessel if the other vessel is on your
starboard (right) side. As the “give-way” vessel
you should keep out of the way and avoid
crossing ahead of the other vessel if possible. If
the other vessel is on your port (left) side, you are
the “stand-on” vessel and you should maintain
your course and speed as long as the other
vessel gives you the right of way. A simple way to
remember this is “A vessel to your right has the
right-of-way.”
Note: The markers may be located either on
shore or on the water.
Make sure you know and understand the
navigation system applicable to the waterways
where you intend to use the amphibian.
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After Your Ride
Post-operation
After Your Ride
If you operated on water, open the hull drain
plugs and allow any water to drain (see Hull Drain
Plugs, page 75).
Thoroughly wash the amphibian with fresh water
to remove any mud off your vehicle, pay
particular attention to the water intake and jet
nozzle. See Cleaning, page 77.
If you operate on or near salt water, make sure
the wheel arches, suspension components,
water jet and wheel assemblies are thoroughly
washed in fresh water.
Periodically remove the upper body panel and
rinse the engine compartment with fresh water
using a hose.
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After Your Ride
Maintenance Requirements
General Information
Maintenance Requirements
MAINTENANCE
WARNING! Failure to maintain the
amphibian in accordance with the
maintenance schedule and procedures
outlined in this Manual may make the
amphibian unsafe to ride and invalidate
the Limited Warranty.
The safety, reliability and performance of your
amphibian will depend partly on how well it is
maintained. Maintenance is the owner's
responsibility and you must ensure that the
appropriate maintenance is performed when
required and according to the recommendations
specified by Gibbs Sports Amphibians.
Owner Maintenance
WARNING! Unless specifically instructed
otherwise, all owner maintenance
procedures should be carried out with
the engine off and the engine safety cutoff removed.
In addition to scheduled servicing the following
checks should be carried out by the owner prior
to each use of the amphibian:
Check
Operation of lights, instrument and warning
indicators
Operation of brakes
Scheduled Servicing
Indications of fluid leaks or loose parts
Note: If the amphibian is operated primarily or
frequently in very dusty conditions or in low or
very high temperatures, more frequent servicing
and different oil and coolant specifications may
be necessary. Contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer for advice.
Condition of hull and seals
Regular scheduled servicing must be carried out
after every 50 hours of use by a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer, refer to Maintenance
Schedule, page 59.
Engine oil level
Coolant level
Fuel level
Tire pressures
NOTICE Any significant or sudden drop in fluid
levels, or uneven tire wear should be rectified
immediately.
A yellow indicator light will illuminate in
the instrument cluster when a service is
due.
Arranging a service
Give your dealer as much notice as possible for
any service or repair so that a mutually
convenient time can be arranged. When
contacting your dealer, provide as much
information as possible about any concerns you
have with your amphibian.
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Maintenance Requirements
Maintenance Requirements
Maintenance Safety
WARNING! Gasoline vapors can
explode. Before starting the engine,
operate the ventilation blower for 4
minutes by turning the ignition key to the
ON position. Remove the seat and check
the engine compartment for gasoline
vapors.
WARNING! Never leave the engine
running in an unventilated area - exhaust
gases are poisonous and extremely
dangerous.
WARNING! Keep your hands and
clothing away from rotating components
and cooling fans. Some fans may
continue to operate for 30 seconds or
more after the ignition is turned OFF.
WARNING! Remove wrist bands and
jewelry, before working in the engine
compartment.
WARNING! When filling-up fluid
reservoirs, position a cloth around the
neck of the reservoir to absorb any fluid
spillage which could result in a fire.
WARNING! Never leave any objects,
tools, or cleaning rags in the bilge or
engine compartment. These could either
cause damage to the amphibians
components or are a potential source for
a fire.
WARNING! If the amphibian has been
ridden recently, do not touch any exhaust
or cooling system components until they
have cooled.
Poisonous fluids
WARNING! Fluids used in the amphibian
may be poisonous and should not be
consumed or brought into contact with
open wounds. These fluids include;
antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline and
engine oil. For your own safety, always
read and obey all instructions printed on
fluid container labels.
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Used engine oil
CAUTION! Prolonged contact with
engine oil may cause serious skin
disorders, including dermatitis and
cancer of the skin. Always wash
thoroughly after contact.
It is illegal to pollute drains, water ways or
soil. Use authorized waste disposal sites
to dispose of used oil and other fluids from
the amphibian.
Fuel and Emission Systems
Components
Emission control
Your amphibian is designed with a variety of
emission and evaporative control equipment,
designed to meet specific regulatory
requirements. You should be aware that
unauthorized replacement, modification or
tampering with this equipment by an owner or
repair shop, may be unlawful and subject to legal
penalties.
In addition, engine settings must not be
tampered with. These have been established to
ensure that your amphibian complies with
stringent exhaust emission regulations.
NOTICE Incorrect engine settings may adversely
affect exhaust emissions, engine performance
and fuel consumption, as well as causing high
temperatures, which may result in damage to
amphibian.
Fuel system
WARNING! Under no circumstances
should any part of the fuel system be
dismantled or replaced by anyone other
than a suitably qualified technician.
Failure to comply with this instruction
may result in fuel spillage with a
consequent serious risk of fire.
WARNING! Keep sparks and open flames
away from the engine compartment.
Maintenance Requirements
Maintenance Schedule
The core content for each service is indicated under the 50 hour service interval. In addition to this core
content, additional procedures may be required to be performed according to the specific service
intervals requirements.
Interval (Total Operating Hours)
Service Task
10
Air filter
C
50
100
250
R
Battery
C
Brake fluid
C
Brake pads - front and rear
C
Corrosion preventative sealant
+
Drive chains and sprockets
C/A
Drive belt - Power Transfer Unit (PTU)
C/A/R
R
Engine coolant
R
Engine oil and filter
R
Exhaust system
R
C
Exhaust spark arrestor
C
Fuel system inspection and pressure test
C
Fuel tank vent
C
Lubrication
C
Synchronizer / Differential fluid
R
Reverse bucket adjustment
C
Run diagnostics
C
Shift solenoid adjustment
C
Spark plugs
R
Steering alignment (Land and water)
C
Suspension front
C
Suspension rear
C
Tire pressures
C
Tire rotation
A = Adjust
200
C
C = Check
R = Replace
+ = Apply every 50 hours if the amphibian is used regularly on or near salt water.
NOTICE: Some of the items listed in the Maintenance Schedule can be performed using basic hand
tools and the procedures for these items are provided in this Owner’s Manual. Other items may require
special training, tools or equipment. We recommend that servicing of the Amphibian is performed by a
Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer or a qualified technician, unless you have the required mechanical
skills and equipment.
Detailed procedures for all items listed in the Maintenance Schedule are provided in the GIBBS Quadski
Service Manual.
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Owner Maintenance
Owner Maintenance
Component Locations
Owner Maintenance
1. Maintenance hatch
8. Exhaust spark arrestor
2. Air filter
9. Fuse boxes
3. Handlebar pad
10. Upper body panel
4. Front storage compartment
11. Spark plugs
5. Seat
12. Brake fluid reservoir(s)
6. Rear storage compartment
13. Engine oil reservoir
7. Battery
14. Engine coolant reservoir
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Air Filter
Note: The air filter may require replacing more
frequently than specified in the service schedule
if the amphibian is regularly operated in dusty
and/or sandy conditions.
Removal
6. Remove the two screws securing the
console rear panel to the amphibian.
7. Open the front storage compartment.
8. Remove the two screws securing the
console rear panel to the amphibian.
1. Remove thumbscrews (x4) securing forward
hatch to body.
2. Remove forward hatch.
3. Remove the seat from the amphibian. See
Seat, page 66.
9. Raise the switch panel and disconnect the
two connectors from the rear of the
suspension and light switches.
10. Remove the console rear panel.
4. Release the two straps on the underside of
the handlebar pad securing the pad to the
handlebars.
5. Carefully remove the pad from the
handlebars.
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15. Remove console center panel.
11. Remove screws (x2) securing the console
center panel to the amphibian.
16. Remove four screws securing the air filter
access panel to the amphibian.
17. Remove access panel.
12. Slide back protective covers (x2) for access
to instrument cluster connectors.
13. Disconnect connectors (x2) from the
instrument cluster and the warning buzzer.
18. Remove three turnbuckles securing the air
filter to the air intake.
19. Remove and replace the air filter.
Installation
Installation is the reverse of the removal
procedure.
NOTICE Do not over tighten the retaining screws
as it may damage the body panels.
14. Remove screws (x2) securing the console
center panel to the amphibian.
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Engine Oil
NOTICE If any significant or sudden drop in oil
level is noted you should seek qualified
assistance immediately.
NOTICE Your amphibian’s warranty may be
invalidated if damage is caused by the use of
improper engine oil. Failure to use an oil that
meets the required specification could cause
excessive engine wear, a buildup of sludge and
deposits and increased pollution. It could also
lead to engine failure.
NOTICE Do not use oil additives of any type as
engine damage could occur. Use only specified
lubricants.
Checking the oil level
The oil level must only be checked when the
engine is at its normal operating temperature.
Ride the amphibian for at least 10 minutes. Turn
off the engine and let it stand for five minutes
prior to checking the oil level.
3. Unscrew and withdraw the dipstick and wipe
the blade clean with a lint free cloth.
4. Fully re-insert the dipstick and withdraw
again to check the oil level.
Never allow the oil level to fall below the MIN
mark on the dipstick.
Adding engine oil
NOTICE Overfilling with oil could result in severe
engine damage. Oil should be added in small
quantities and the level re-checked to ensure
that the engine is not overfilled.
1. Add the recommended engine oil to maintain
the level between the MIN and MAX marks
on the dipstick. See Approved Fluids and
Capacities, page 88.
2. Check the oil level again after five minutes.
3. Once the correct level is achieved, replace
the filler cap and securely tighten by hand.
4. Wipe up any spilled oil.
Engine oil and filter replacement
1. Remove thumbscrews (x4) securing forward
hatch to body.
2. Remove forward hatch.
Replacement of the engine oil and filter require
access to special tools and should be entrusted
to a Gibbs Sports Amphibians dealer.
Used engine oil disposal
It is illegal to pollute drains, water ways or
soil. Use authorized waste disposal sites
to dispose of used oil and other fluids from
the amphibian.
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Owner Maintenance
Engine Coolant
WARNING! Do not remove the reservoir
cap when the engine is hot - escaping
steam or coolant could cause serious
injury.
WARNING! Antifreeze is poisonous keep out of reach of children. Wash any
spillage to the eyes or skin immediately.
In the event of accidental swallowing, get
medical help immediately.
NOTICE Never add coolant into the system when
the engine is hot. Always allow the system to
cool first.
Checking the coolant level
Only check the coolant level when the engine is
cold.
3. Rotate the reservoir expansion cap 90°
counter-clockwise and remove the cap.
4. Visually check the level of the coolant in the
reservoir. The coolant should cover the white
plastic bridge inside the reservoir.
5. If necessary, adjust the level by adding
coolant to the reservoir. Use a funnel to
prevent spillage.
NOTICE If the level has fallen appreciably, a
leak may have occurred which could cause
the engine to overheat. Contact a Gibbs
Sports Amphibians dealer.
6. Replace the cap and fully tighten after fillingup.
Antifreeze
1. Remove thumbscrews (x4) securing forward
hatch to body.
2. Remove forward hatch.
Antifreeze contains important corrosion
inhibitors specifically formulated to help protect
the internal components of the engine.
Always use the correct specification antifreeze
and maintain the antifreeze content of the
coolant all year round. See Approved Fluids and
Capacities, page 88.
NOTICE Coolant must be changed every four
years. Additives and rust inhibitors are not
recommended - they could cause permanent
damage to the engine.
Coolant replacement
The coolant must be replaced every four years
regardless of the distance the Quadski has been
ridden. It is recommended that this procedure is
carried out by a qualified technician.
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Brake Fluid
WARNING! Brake fluid is highly toxic keep containers sealed and out of the
reach of children. If accidental
consumption of fluid is suspected, seek
medical attention immediately.
Checking the brake fluid level
Check the fluid level with the vehicle standing on
level ground.
WARNING! Seek qualified assistance
immediately if brake lever travel is
unusually long, lever feel is spongy or if
there is any significant loss of brake fluid.
Riding under such conditions could
result in extended stopping distances or
complete brake failure.
CAUTION! If the fluid comes into contact
with the skin or eyes, rinse immediately
with plenty of water.
Your amphibian is equipped with a front and rear
hydraulic braking system.
The fluid level may drop slightly during normal
use, as a result of brake pad wear, but should not
be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.
1. Release the two straps on the underside of
the handlebar pad securing the pad to the
handlebars.
2. Carefully remove the pad from the
handlebars.
3. Check the fluid level of the brake fluid
reservoir through the sight glass. The fluid
should be clear and at a level at or near the
top of the sight glass.
4. Add brake fluid if necessary.
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Filling up the brake reservoir
WARNING! Only use new fluid from an
airtight container. Fluid from open
containers or fluid previously bled from
the system will have absorbed moisture,
which will adversely affect performance,
and must not be used.
Owner Maintenance
Seat
WARNING! Riding with a loose or
incorrectly installed seat could cause
you to crash and be seriously injured.
Removal
1. Open the rear storage compartment.
NOTICE Brake fluid will damage plastic or
painted surfaces. Soak up any spillage with an
absorbent cloth immediately and wash the area
with a mixture of car soap and water.
1. Clean the filler cap with a clean, dry cloth
before removing, to prevent dirt or moisture
from entering the reservoir.
2. Remove two screws securing filler cap to
reservoir.
2. Pull up on the release handle and lift the rear
edge of the seat.
3. Slide the seat rearwards to release from the
mounting bracket and remove.
Installation
3. Fill the reservoir using an approved brake
fluid until the fluid is level with the ridge on
the reservoir body. See Approved Fluids and
Capacities, page 88.
4. Replace the filler cap
Brake fluid replacement
Brake fluid must be replaced every two years
regardless of the distance the Quadski has been
ridden. It is recommended that this procedure is
carried out by a qualified technician.
1. Position the seat on the amphibian and
insert the seat tongue underneath the
mounting bracket.
2. Push on the rear of the seat to engage the
seat retaining latch.
3. Check that the front and rear edges of the
seat are firmly secured to the amphibian.
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Upper Body Panel
Removal of the upper body panel provides
greater access to the engine for servicing and
maintenance.
Removal
1. Remove the seat from the amphibian. See
Seat, page 66.
7. Raise the switch panel and disconnect the
two connectors from the rear of the
suspension and light switches.
8. Remove the console rear panel.
2. Release the two straps on the underside of
the handlebar pad securing the pad to the
handlebars.
3. Carefully remove the pad from the
handlebars.
9. Remove the four screws securing the top of
the upper body panel to the amphibian.
4. Remove the two screws securing the
console rear panel to the amphibian.
5. Open the front storage compartment.
6. Remove the two screws securing the
console rear panel to the amphibian.
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Owner Maintenance
Spark Plugs
Note: Removal of the spark plugs requires the
removal of other engine components. We
recommend that this procedure be carried out by
a qualified technician.
Removal
1. Remove the upper body panel. See Upper
Body Panel, page 67.
10. Remove the four screws securing the left
side of the upper body panel to the
amphibian.
11. Remove the four screws securing the right
side of the upper body panel to the
amphibian.
12. Lift the rear edge of the upper body panel
and slide the panel rearwards to release it
from the amphibian.
13. Remove the upper body panel.
Installation
Installation is the reverse of the removal
procedure except for the following:
2. Remove two Torx screws securing the
secondary air line to the cylinder head.
3. Carefully release the secondary air line from
the cylinder head and position aside.
1. Position the upper body panel on the
amphibian. Loosely install all retaining
screws to ensure the panel is correctly
aligned, then tighten all screws.
NOTICE Do not overtighten the retaining screws
as it may damage the body panel.
4. Disconnect the harness connector from the
ignition coil.
5. Using the Gibbs service tool, pull on the
ignition coil to release it from the spark plug.
6. Withdraw the spark plug cap and ignition
coil assembly from the cylinder head.
7. Using a spark plug wrench, loosen and
remove the spark plug.
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8. Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 and 7 for the other three
spark plugs.
Adjust
Exhaust Spark Arrestor
Removal
1. Remove the upper body panel. See Upper
Body Panel, page 67.
2. Remove the battery. See Battery, page 72.
Prior to installation, use a wire feeler gauge to set
the electrode gaps of the spark plugs to the
required specification. See Engine Management
System, page 85.
Installation
3. Remove the four screws securing the rear
body panel to the amphibian.
1. Make sure the threads of the spark plugs are
clean, then apply an anti-seize lubricant to
the threads before installing.
2. Install the spark plugs and tighten to 20 Nm.
Do not overtighten.
3. Fit the spark plug ignition coils.
4. Clean and lubricate the seals on the
secondary air line.
5. Carefully install the secondary air line on to
the cylinder head. Make sure the seals are
correctly seated on the cylinder head
intakes.
6. Install the two Torx screws securing the
secondary air line to the cylinder head.
7. Install the upper body panel on the
amphibian.
4. Disconnect the harness connector from
each tail light and remove cable tie securing
harness to body panel.
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5. Remove the five screws securing the LH side
of the rear body panel to the amphibian.
9. Remove the eight nuts and washers
securing the end cap to the muffler.
6. Remove the five screws securing the RH
side of the rear body panel to the amphibian.
10. Remove the end cap from the muffler.
7. Remove the six screws securing the rear
body panel to the amphibian.
8. Using assistance, lift the rear body panel
from amphibian.
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11. Slide the spark arrestor from the end of the
muffler.
12. Carefully clean the spark arrestor to remove
any accumulation of debris. For best results
use an air hose or rinse under running water.
Note: Take care not to damage the fine mesh
of the arrestor screen.
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Installation
1. Clean the mating faces of the end cap, spark
arrestor and muffler.
7. Lightly press down on the gasket compound
to make sure it is adhered to the end cap.
Use a knife to remove any excess compound
where the ends overlap.
8. Clean the threads of the studs on the muffler
and apply a drop of Loctite 242 thread locker
to each of the studs.
9. Position the end cap on the muffler with the
exhaust outlet at the top.
10. Using a rubber mallet, gently tap the end cap
into position.
2. Wearing gloves, apply a continuous bead of
Deacon 3300 high temperature gasket
compound to the spark arrestor. Start at a
point between two stud holes and overlap
the ends of compound by approximately
10mm.
3. Lightly press down on the gasket compound
to make sure it is adhered to the spark
arrestor. Use a knife to remove any excess
compound where the ends overlap.
4. Position the spark arrestor onto the muffler
studs with the seam in the spark arrestor
screen located at the bottom.
5. Carefully press the spark arrestor into
position on the muffler. Make sure the spark
arrestor is located squarely on the muffler
with no gaps in the gasket compound.
11. Install a washer and locknut onto each stud
then use a diagonal sequence to gradually
tighten each nut until the end cap is fully
seated.
12. Once the end cap is fully seated, loosen
each locknut and then torque, using the
diagonal sequence, to 4.6 Nm.
13. Continue reassembling the amphibian in the
reverse order to how it was disassembled.
NOTICE Do not overtighten the retaining
screws as it may damage the body panel.
6. Apply a continuous bead of Deacon 3300
high temperature gasket compound to the
inside of the muffler end cap. Start at a point
between two stud holes and overlap the
ends of compound by approximately 10mm.
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Battery
WARNING! The battery contains sulfuric
acid and can emit explosive mixtures of
hydrogen and oxygen. Always store in a
well ventilated area.
WARNING! Do not allow any open
flames, or other sources of ignition near
the battery as it may cause an explosion.
WARNING! Always wear safety glasses
or a face shield when working on or near
the battery
WARNING! Do not allow the battery
electrolyte (fluid) to come into contact
with your skin or eyes. It is both corrosive
and toxic, and the resulting injuries can
be severe. If any electrolyte comes into
contact with your skin or eyes, rinse the
affected area immediately with clean,
cold water and seek medical advice.
WARNING! Make sure metal tools or
jewelry do not make contact with battery
terminals - the resultant short circuit and
sparking may cause personal injury or
damage to the electrical system.
Removal
5. Remove the screw securing the negative
cable to the battery and position aside.
6. Remove the screw securing the positive
cable to the battery.
7. Remove the battery from amphibian.
Installation
Installation is the reverse of the removal
procedure and adhere to the following:
 Only fit a replacement battery of the same
specification and size as the original.
 Make sure the battery leads are connected to
the correct terminals.
1. Open the rear storage compartment.
2. Remove the fire extinguisher.
Charging
NOTICE To avoid damaging the amphibian’s
electrical system, always remove the battery
before charging.
Proper charging is important since overcharging
or undercharging will damage the battery. Always
use an automatic temperature sensing voltageregulated charger set to 14.4-14.6V at 68°F
(20°C).
The only way to determine the State of Charge
(SoC) of the battery is by using a voltmeter.
Disconnect the battery charger and wait 24 hours
to allow the voltage to stabilize before measuring
the voltage.
3. Remove the two screws securing the battery
clamp to the body.
4. Remove the battery clamp.
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Note: A 100% SoC is indicated by a voltage of
12.8V or greater.
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Battery disposal
Replacing a fuse
Batteries are hazardous waste. Safely
dispose of used batteries at an authorized
recycling center.
Fuses
To access the fuse boxes, remove the seat. See
Seat, page 66.
1
2
WARNING! Damage to the amphibian’s
electrical systems, or personal injury
could result from fitting a replacement
fuse that exceeds the amperage of the
original.
Before removing a fuse, turn off the ignition
switch and all electrical equipment.
Ensure that any replacement fuse conforms to
the amperage of the fuse being replaced. If in
doubt, check with the specification chart on the
following pages.
Note: If a replacement fuse fails to cure an
electrical failure, or the replacement fuse fails
prematurely, the problem should be referred to a
qualified technician.
1. Fuse box 1
2. Fuse box 2
Depress the two clips and pull to remove a fuse
box cover.
Note: The fuse box covers are retained by a strap
to the body to prevent them falling into the
engine compartment.
Fuses protect the amphibian’s electrical systems
from damage; the failure of any fuse will render
the equipment it protects inoperative. In the
event of an electrical failure, remove the
appropriate fuse and check for a break in the wire
inside the fuse.
Note: The fuse box has a rubber seal around the
perimeter to prevent the ingress of water. When
refitting the covers, make sure this seal is
correctly installed.
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Owner Maintenance
Fuse Specifications - Fuse Box 1
No
Rating
F1
Owner Maintenance
Fuse Specifications - Fuse Box 2
Description
No
20 A
Left front suspension retract/
deploy
F11
10 A
F2
20 A
Right front suspension retract/
deploy
F12
-
F13
10 A
F3
20 A
Left rear suspension retract/
deploy
Engine Control Module (ECM)
key on
F14
20A
Brake light, Mode control relay
F4
20 A
Right rear suspension retract/
deploy
F15
20 A
Ignition relay
F16
20 A
Suspension Control Module
(SCM) - Feed 2
F5
-
F6
15 A
F7
-
F8
20 A
Not used
Engine Control Module (ECM),
Ignition relay,
Not used
Suspension Control Module
(SCM) - Feed 1
F9
20 A
Instrument cluster
F10
30 A
Reverse relay
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Rating Description
Suspension Control Module
(SCM) key on
Not used
F17
-
F18
10 A
Not used
F19
-
F20
-
F21
20 A
Suspension Control Module
(SCM) - Feed 3
F22
30 A
Shifter
Engine diagnostic connector
Not used
Not used
Owner Maintenance
Water Intake and Jet Impeller
Cleaning
WARNING! Remove engine safety cut-off
from switch and allow the jet thrust
impeller to stop rotating before removing
any foreign object caught in the
propulsion system.
Hull Drain Plugs
In case the water is contaminated, drain
the hull into a suitable container and
dispose of the container at an authorized
waste disposal site.
Keep away from intake grate while
engine is running as Items such as long
hair, loose clothing ropes or PFD straps
can become entangled in moving parts.
The jet impeller runs whenever the
engine speed exceeds 2000 rpm in both
Land and Marine modes.
Avoid riding through heavy land and marine
foliage, as objects can get caught on the intake
grate, drive shaft and/or impeller.
The hull drain plugs allow any water that may
have collected in the hull of the amphibian to
drain out. When the amphibian is on water, the
hull should be sealed with the plugs provided.
Always remove the plugs and allow to drain after
use on water.
To clear an obstruction:
1. If possible, return the amphibian to land
2. Switch off the engine and remove the engine
safety cut-off.
With the amphibian safely parked on a slight
uphill slope, unscrew the plugs and remove.
Allow any accumulated water to drain out, then
refit the plugs.
NOTICE If the water shows signs of unusual oil or
fuel contamination, please contact a Gibbs
Sports Amphibians dealer.
3. Try to clear the obstruction from the intake
grate by pulling or cutting away any foreign
material.
Note: If you are unable to remove the foreign
material, contact a Gibbs Sports Amphibian
dealer.
4. Flush the intake grate with water from a hose
to remove any loose debris.
5. Inspect the intake grate and ride plate for
signs of damage. Contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibian dealer for repair.
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Owner Maintenance
Wheels and Tires
Tire inspection
WARNING! The tires should be regularly
checked for wear and to make sure that
there are no cuts, bulges or exposure of
the ply/cord structure. Do not drive with
tires which are worn, damaged or inflated
to the incorrect pressure.
WARNING! Do not drive the amphibian
with a punctured tire. Even if the
punctured tire has not deflated, it is
unsafe to use as the tire may deflate
suddenly at any time
Always consider tire conditions when driving,
and regularly inspect the tires for the following:
 Bumps or bulges in the side of the tire or the
tread. Replace any tire that has a bump or
bulge.
 Cuts, slits, or cracks in the tire. Replace the
tire if you can see fabric or cord.
 Nails or other foreign objects embedded in
the side of the tire or tread.
 Excessive tread wear.
Note: If you hit a pothole or hard object while
riding, stop as soon as you safely can and
carefully inspect the tires for damage.
Tire age degradation
Tires degrade over time due to the effects of
ultraviolet light, extreme temperatures, high
loads, and environmental conditions. It is
recommended that tires are replaced every six
years, but may require replacement more
frequently.
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Owner Maintenance
Tire pressures
WARNING! Tire pressures should be
checked using an accurate pressure
gauge when cold. Improper or uneven
tire pressures could cause you lose
control of the amphibian increasing your
risk of an accident.
Always inflate your tires to the pressure
recommended by Gibbs Sports Amphibians
even if it is different from the maximum inflation
pressure information found on the tire itself. For
the correct tire pressures, refer to Wheels and
Tires, page 87.
The following procedure should be used to
check and adjust tire pressures:
1. Remove the cap from the valve, then firmly
press the tire gauge onto the valve and
measure the pressure.
2. If required add air to reach the required
pressure.
3. If too much air is added, air can be released
by pushing on the metal stem in the center of
the valve.
4. Recheck the pressure with the tire gauge
and adjust if necessary.
5. Refit the valve cap.
Owner Maintenance
Replacement wheels and tires
WARNING! Only install wheels and tires
that match the original specification. The
installation of different wheels or tires
may cause you to lose control of the
amphibian.
WARNING! Traction will be seriously
impaired if directional tires are
incorrectly installed.
Cleaning
It is illegal to pollute drains, streams, rivers
and waterways of any description. Always
take precautions to prevent spillage of
fluids while cleaning. Dispose of used
toxic chemicals at authorized waste
disposal sites only.
Salt water corrosion prevention
After leaving the water, it is important to
thoroughly wash the superstructure and
underside (body and hull), paying particular
attention to the wheel arches, suspension
components, water jet and wheel assemblies.
Washing the amphibian
NOTICE Do not use powered jets of water or
pressure washers to clean the amphibian damage to components could result.
NOTICE Avoid aiming jets of water directly at
instruments and other electrical components.
Your amphibian is fitted with directional tires. An
arrow on the tire wall shows the direction of
rotation. These tires must be fitted to rotate in the
direction of the arrow when the vehicle is moving
forward.
For the specification of the original wheels and
tires installed on the amphibian, refer to Wheels
and Tires, page 87.
NOTICE The installation of wheels or tires
different from the original specification may
prevent the suspension from being able to retract
to its fully folded position.
Use liberal amounts of water to flush grit and
grime from the body before washing (dried bird
droppings and other stubborn deposits should
be soaked for several minutes until soft and then
flushed away).
Wash the bodywork and hull (superstructure and
underside) with cold or lukewarm, fresh water
and a wash-and-wax soap. Rinse with clean
water after washing, then wipe dry with a cloth to
eliminate smears.
Note: Avoid washing the amphibian in direct
sunlight. Do not use hot water, dish soap or
detergent cleaning products.
Cleaning the instrument panel
Clean the instrument panel using a damp cloth/
cleaning wipe. Do not use cleaning compounds
or solutions.
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Owner Maintenance
Owner Maintenance
Polishing the bodywork/hull
Storage
To preserve the cosmetic appearance of the
bodywork and hull, occasionally apply a goodquality polish to the surface.
When storing the Quadski for an extended period
of time or seasonal, the following is
recommended:
A good polish should contain a very mild
abrasive that will remove surface contamination
without damaging the surface, a mild filling
compound to reduce the appearance of
scratching, and wax to provide a barrier between
the cleaned bodywork surface and airborne
contaminants.
 Fill the fuel tank with fuel and mix in a fuel
stabilizer; run engine for 3-5 minutes
Do not use cutting paste, color restoration
compounds, or polishes containing a harsh
abrasive. These will scour the resin surface of the
bodywork and may cause permanent
degradation of the bodywork.
Damage and rectification
Regularly inspect the bodywork and hull for
damage. Any stone chips, fractures or deep
scratches should be repaired promptly.
Repairs to bodywork and hull should only be
carried out by a repairer approved by the
manufacturers. Contact a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer for advice.
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 Change engine oil and filter.
 Remove battery and store in a warm dry
location
 Periodically re-charge the battery or leave on
a trickle charger.
 Drain any excess water from the hull. See
Hull Drain Plugs, page 75.
 Clean the amphibian. See Cleaning, page 77.
 If possible, periodically move vehicle to
rotate tires to avoid flat spots.
NOTICE If the Quadski is being stored in an
unheated area and the ambient air temperature is
likely to fall below 32°F (0°C), the Quadski must
be emptied of raw water to prevent damage to
the cooling system. See Removing Raw Water
From The Quadski, page 79.
Owner Maintenance
Removing Raw Water From The
Quadski
WARNING! Remove the engine safety
cut-off to prevent the engine from
running and apply the parking brake to
prevent the amphibian from moving
unexpectedly.
The Quadski uses raw water heat exchangers to
cool the engine oil and coolant when operating in
marine mode. If you are planning to use the
Quadski on land, or store the Quadski in an
unheated area, and the ambient air temperature
is likely to fall below 32°F (0°C), these heat
exchangers must be emptied of raw water to
prevent damage to the cooling system.
2. Connect the hose from the pump to the raw
water output port on the hull.
Note: The following items are required for this
procedure:
4. Turn the pump ‘On’.
3. Position the drain pan under the jet nozzle.
 A remote fluid pump connected to a hose
with an outside diameter of 5/8 in (15 mm)
and at least 3.5 ft (1 m) in length.
 A suitable size bucket that the fluid pump can
be submerged into with at least 1 gallon of
antifreeze.
 A wide two gallon drain pan.
 One gallon of an environmentally friendly
antifreeze.
The easiest way to remove the raw water from
the cooling system is to replace it with antifreeze
as follows:
1. Fill the bucket with an environmentally
friendly antifreeze and lower the pump below
the surface of the fluid.
5. Run the pump until antifreeze flows out of jet
nozzle inlet screen (located on the inside the
jet nozzle).
6. Disconnect the hose pump from the hull and
allow any antifreeze to drain out of the
system.
7. Remove the drain pan and clean any
antifreeze from the hull and jet nozzle.
Note: The next time the Quadski is used on water,
raw water will flush the antifreeze from the
system. If you subsequently plan on storing the
Quadski, or using it on land during cold weather,
this procedure will need to be repeated.
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Owner Maintenance
Owner Maintenance
Transporting
NOTICE Towing the amphibian with the wheels
on the ground may cause serious damage to the
amphibians engine and drive train.
The only approved method of transporting your
amphibian is using a flatbed trailer.
Damage caused by any other means of
transportation may void the limited warranty.
Securing the amphibian to a trailer
Always use a trailer that is suitable for the size of
the amphibian. Position the amphibian so that all
wheels are completely on trailer and apply the
parking brake.
The rear of the amphibian should be secured
using a ratcheting type tie-down strap attached
to each rear sponson plate.
NOTICE These are the only approved positions
for attaching tie-down straps to the amphibian.
Attaching straps to the chassis, suspension or
other parts of the body can damage the
amphibian.
Secure the front of the amphibian using a
ratcheting type tie-down strap attached to the
front eyelet.
NOTICE Do not overtighten the tie-down strap.
Excessive force used to secure the amphibian
could damage the front eyelet or hull.
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To avoid damage:
 Ensure that metal parts on tie-down straps
do not contact the amphibians painted
surfaces or the face of any wheels.
 Do not place straps over or through the
amphibian’s body panels.
Identification Numbers
Amphibian Identification Numbers
Identification Numbers
SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Identification Number (EIN)
If you need to communicate with a Gibbs Sports
Amphibians dealer you may be asked for one of
its identification numbers.
The identification number is located on the right
side of the engine below the air intake box.
You can find the identification numbers stamped
on a plate which is located on the hull in the right
rear wheel well.
The plate shows two identification numbers:
 HIN (Hull Identification Number)
 PIN (Product Identification Number)
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Identification Numbers
Identification Numbers
Emissions Control Information
Always refer to the actual label located on the amphibian
The amphibians emissions control information label is located on the upper body panel beneath the
seat. Remove the seat to view the label, see Seat, page 66.
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Technical Data
Dimensions - On Land
Technical Data
A
Overall length
3 244 mm
127.72 in
62.5 in
B
Overall width
1 587 mm
C
Overall height
1 359 mm
53.5 in
D
Wheel base
1 790 mm
70.5 in
E
Track width
1 410 mm
55.5 in
F
Ground clearance
225 mm
8.9 in
G
Approach angle
45°
H
Departure angle
26°
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Technical Data
Technical Data
Dimensions - On Water
A
Beam (maximum)
1 842 mm
72.50 in
3 244 mm
127.72 in
352 mm
13.85 in
1000 mm
3.28 ft
B
Length
C
Maximum draft (fully laden)
D
Recommended minimum depth of water to
deploy and retract wheels
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Technical Data
Engine
Type
BMW K1300
Water-cooled 4-stroke in-line four-cylinder engine, two
overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder
Capacity
1293 cc
Bore
80.0 mm
Stroke
64.3 mm
Firing order
1-3-4-2
Compression ratio
13:1
Performance figures:
Engine maximum power
105 kW (140 HP)
Engine maximum torque
118 Nm
Maximum continuous engine speed
8500 rpm
Lubrication system
Dry Sump
Lubrication pressure (at idle)
Approx. 0.5 bar at hot idle
Fuel
98 RON, Premium plus unleaded
95 RON, Premium unleaded (fuel grade, usable
with power- and consumption-related restrictions)
Engine Management System
Type
Computerized Sequential Ignition and Fuel Injection,
Closed Loop
Induction system
Individual Throttle Body with Intake Silencer and Flame
Arrestor
Air filter
Replaceable Element Type
Spark plugs
NGK KR9CI
Spark plug gap
0.80 mm
Fuel pressure
3.5 bar
Fuel pump
In tank, electric, submersible
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Technical Data
Technical Data
Transmission
Type
Sequential, Electronically controlled with centrifugal
clutch
Gears
5 forward, 1 electrically operated reverse gear
Gear ratios:
Primary
1.559
First
1.789
Second
1.458
Third
1.240
Fourth
1.094
Fifth
0.971
Final drive ratio
6.36
Jet Thrust Drive
Type
Single stage mixed flow
Impeller
Stainless steel 5 blade
Stator
11 blade cast Aluminum
Jet reduction ratio
2.07
Electrical
System
12 volt, negative earth
Battery:
Type
Deka ETX30LA
Capacity
26 Ampere Hour
Cold-Cranking Amperage (CCA)
400 amps
Alternator:
Type
Bosch ELH01566
Output
55 amps
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Technical Data
Wheels and Tires
Wheel size
6.5J x 12
Tires
Front
25 x 8.00 - 12
Rear
25 x 8.00 - 12
Tire pressures - all riding conditions
Front
69 kPa / 0.69 bar
10 PSI
Rear
69 kPa / 0.69 bar
10 PSI
Tire maximum load rating
225 kg
500 lb
Wheel nut torque
40 Nm
30 lbf.ft
Unladen weight*
612 kg
1 349 lb
Maximum laden weight
732 kg
1 614 lb
Maximum number of riders
1
Maximum weight of rider
100 kg
220 lb
Maximum weight of cargo
20 kg
44 lb
Weights
* The unladen weight is inclusive of a full fuel tank and all fluids.
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Fluids And Capacities
Fluids And Capacities
Approved Fluids and Capacities
Fluids And Capacities
Fluid
Specification
Capacity
Engine oil
Castrol Power RS Racing 4T 10W-40.
4.25 liters
Brake fluid
Use any proprietary brand of brake fluid meeting
DOT 4 specification.
(4.50 qt)
Coolant
50/50 mix of Prestone Extended Life Antifreeze
(CAT EC-1) and clean drinkable water - preferably
distilled water.
Synchronizer /
Differential
Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Lube LS 75W-90.
General greasing
Use a multi-purpose marine grease.
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700 ml
(24 oz)
11.05 liters
(2.92 gallons)
750 ml
(25.36 oz)
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Index
A
E
Accessories ..................................................... 6
Air filter .......................................................... 61
Anchoring ...................................................... 49
Antifreeze ...................................................... 64
Approved fluids and capacities ..................... 88
Ascending a slope ......................................... 38
Attention symbols ........................................... 3
ATV training course ......................................... 4
Emission control system
Label ..........................................................82
Maintenance ..............................................58
Engine cover removal ....................................67
Engine data ....................................................85
Engine oil level ...............................................63
Engine running - first 10 hours ......................27
Engine safety cut-off .....................................17
Engine starting ...............................................16
Engine stop ....................................................17
Entering the water .........................................44
Exhaust spark arrestor ..................................69
Exiting the water ............................................45
Exterior cleaning ............................................77
B
Battery ........................................................... 72
Specification ............................................. 86
Beaching ....................................................... 52
Before you ride .............................................. 32
Boating training course ................................... 4
Brake fluid level ............................................. 65
Brake lever .................................................... 19
Braking .......................................................... 37
Break-In guidelines ....................................... 27
C
California specific information
Proposition 65 ............................................. 6
Capsize information ...................................... 53
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning ........................... 6
Cargo ............................................................. 31
Carrying passengers ....................................... 5
Charging the battery ..................................... 72
Cleaning ........................................................ 77
Polishing the body .................................... 78
Washing the body ..................................... 77
Clothing ......................................................... 29
Cold weather ................................................. 31
Cold weather use .......................................... 31
Controls - overview ....................................... 14
Coolant level .................................................. 64
D
Deploying the wheels .................................... 45
Descending a slope ....................................... 39
Dimensions
On land ...................................................... 83
On water .................................................... 84
Display ........................................................... 21
Drain plugs .................................................... 75
F
Fire extinguisher ............................................25
Flag ................................................................26
Fluid specifications ........................................88
Front eyelet ....................................................26
Fuel ................................................................13
Fuel gauge .....................................................21
Fuel handling and safety ...............................12
Fuel specification .................................... 12 85
Fuel tank capacity .........................................12
Fuse box ........................................................73
Fuses .............................................................74
,
G
Gears .............................................................18
Give way zone - on water ..............................54
Glasses ..........................................................29
Ground clearance ................................... 40 83
,
H
Handlebars ....................................................15
Headlights .....................................................24
Helmet ...........................................................29
Hilly terrain .....................................................37
Hour meter .....................................................21
Hull drain plugs ..............................................75
Hull Identification Number .............................81
Hypothermia ..................................................31
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Index
Index
I
O
Ice ..................................................................31
Identification number
Engine number ..........................................81
Hull .............................................................81
Ignition switch ................................................15
Indicator lights ...............................................22
Instruments ....................................................21
Obstacles ...................................................... 40
Operator
Ability .......................................................... 4
Age .............................................................. 4
Training ....................................................... 4
Overtaking on water ...................................... 55
Owner maintenance ...................................... 57
J
P
Jet drive
Specifications ............................................86
Jet impeller cleaning ......................................75
Jet nozzle .......................................................15
Parking .......................................................... 41
Parking brake ................................................ 20
Passing on water .......................................... 55
Paved roads .................................................. 28
Paved surfaces ...................................... 28 36
Personal Flotation Device (PFD) ................... 29
Polishing ....................................................... 78
Port ............................................................... 54
Post operation ............................................... 56
Practice exercises on water .......................... 50
Prepared trails ............................................... 35
Pre-ride inspection ........................................ 32
Protective gear
Recommended ......................................... 30
Required ................................................... 29
Public roads .................................................. 36
L
Labels (affixed to amphibian) ...........................7
Lanyard ...................................................16 53
Life jacket .......................................................29
Light switch ....................................................24
Lights .............................................................24
Limits of use (on water) ..................................49
Load limits .....................................................31
Lowering the wheels ...............................23 45
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,
M
Maintenance
Air filter .......................................................61
Approved fluids .........................................88
Battery .......................................................72
Brake fluid ..................................................65
Component locations ................................60
Coolant ......................................................64
Emission control system ............................58
Engine oil ...................................................63
Exhaust spark arrestor ...............................69
Fuel system ...............................................58
Safety .........................................................58
Seat ...........................................................66
Service schedule .......................................59
Spark plugs ................................................68
Upper body panel ......................................67
Marine Enhanced Steering (MES) ..................47
Modifications ...................................................6
Mooring ..........................................................51
N
Navigation aids ..............................................55
Navigation rules .............................................54
Night time operation ......................................49
90
,
R
,
Raising the wheels ................................. 23 44
Reboarding ................................................... 49
Recovering the amphibian
On land ..................................................... 42
On water ................................................... 52
Recovery eye ................................................ 26
Refuelling ...................................................... 13
Replacing a fuse ........................................... 73
Retracting the wheels ................................... 44
Reversing
On land .............................................. 18 41
On water ............................................ 19 48
Riding position ....................................... 37 46
Rough terrain ................................................ 40
,
,
,
S
Safety equipment
Recommended ......................................... 30
Required ................................................... 30
Safety labels .................................................... 7
Salt water cleaning ........................................ 77
Sand dunes ................................................... 37
Index
,
Scheduled maintenance ......................... 57 59
Seat ............................................................... 66
Shallow water ......................................... 37 49
Signal word definitions .................................... 3
Slippery surfaces ........................................... 36
Spark plug
Removal .................................................... 68
Specification ............................................. 85
Speedometer ................................................. 21
Stalling on a slope ......................................... 39
Starboard ...................................................... 54
Starter switch ................................................ 15
Starting the engine ........................................ 16
Steep slopes ................................................. 38
Steering lock ................................................. 15
Stopping on water ......................................... 47
Stopping the engine ...................................... 17
Storage compartment
Front .......................................................... 25
Rear ........................................................... 25
Stunts ............................................................ 41
Suitable water entry and exit points .............. 43
Suspension
Deploy ....................................................... 23
Fault .......................................................... 23
Retract ....................................................... 23
,
Trip planning ..................................................28
Turning
On land ......................................................38
On water ....................................................46
Turning on a slope .........................................40
U
Unfamiliar terrain ...........................................35
Upper body panel removal ............................67
Used engine oil ....................................... 58 63
Using at night ................................................49
,
W
Warning labels .................................................7
Warning lights ................................................22
Water entry sites ............................................43
Water intake cleaning ....................................75
Weights ..........................................................87
What to wear .................................................29
Wheel replacement ........................................77
Wheel specification .......................................87
T
Technical data
Electrical .................................................... 86
Engine ....................................................... 85
Engine management system ..................... 85
Jet drive ..................................................... 86
Transmission ............................................. 86
Weights ..................................................... 87
Wheels and tires ........................................ 87
Throttle .......................................................... 17
Tie down points ............................................. 80
Tires
Degradation ............................................... 76
Directional tires ......................................... 77
Inspection .................................................. 76
Pressures ........................................... 76 87
Replacing .................................................. 77
Specification ............................................. 87
Towing .................................................... 41 49
For recovery ....................................... 42 52
Transmission
Specification ............................................. 86
Transporting the amphibian .......................... 80
Traversing a slope ......................................... 40
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ON LAND
WARNING
Improper ATV/PWC use can result in SEVERE INJURY or DEATH
ALWAYS USE
AN APPROVED
HELMET AND
PROTECTIVE
GEAR
NEVER USE
ON PUBLIC
ROADS
NEVER CARRY
PASSENGERS
NEVER USE
WITH DRUGS
OR ALCOHOL
NEVER operate:
• without proper training or instruction
• at speeds too fast for your skills or the conditions
• on public roads - a collision can occur with another vehicle
• with a passenger - passengers affect balance and steering
and increase risk of losing control
ALWAYS:
• use proper riding techniques to avoid vehicle overturns
on hills and rough terrain and in turns
• avoid paved surfaces - pavement may seriously affect
handing and control
LOCATE AND READ OWNER’S MANUAL.
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.
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