MPEM Conversion Kit for 1996 Challenger

Offered here is a replacement for the very expensive and now discontinued 278000746 mpem used with the 1996 Challenger Jetboat. Below is a picture of the conversion youíll receive back ready to install. I use a dess mpem for this conversion so youíll also need to include your dess lanyard(s) with your bad mpem so I can program to the replacement. Add $35 each if you want new aftermarket lanyards programmed and included.

Also note I build this using an oem mpem so your timing curve thatís stored in the mpem can be adjusted as before using buds (dealer has to adjust). Itís set by me at a setting of 1 unless you specify otherwise. Since itís important to know what offset is in your mpem, whenever a dealer has your boat connected to buds you should have them give you that number so you can record it for future reference. If your mpem goes bad and you havenít recorded that number, youíll then will need to have the timing set again after installing a new mpem. Also note since I use an oem mpem, sometimes they arenít in stock so it may take time to locate you one so take that into consideration if youíre in a hurry.

With this conversion, if you ever have a mpem go bad again, it can easily be removed and a replacement can be installed. The system also utilizes Weatherpak waterproof connectors better than oem to make connecting/disconnecting easy!

The only thing youíll need to remember when running your boat with any conversion kit installed is that thereís now no neutral safety feature. That means the boat will start in gear. Also since thatís been eliminated, thereís also no neutral/reverse rev limiting. That means you need to be careful and not apply full throttle when backing or you could damage the reverse components. As long as you keep that in mind though, you shouldnít have a problem.

Kit Price - $449.99 inc. shipping
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Below are instructions for removing your bad mpem to be sent to me as well as procedures for installing my mpem conversion kit built for the 1996 Challenger Jetboat.


BAD MPEM REMOVAL...

Tools needed:

Procedure:

  1. Using the 10mm ratchet, remove the positive battery cable from the battery.

  2. Using screwdriver and/or square bit with ratchet, remove the cover from the grey electrical box.

  3. Using the 10mm ratchet, remove the ground nut and the nuts on the two start solenoids so you can remove the grounds and positive wires from the mpem and main round connector.


    (1996 Speedster mpem pictured)

  4. Unplug all waterproof bullet connectors on wires coming from the mpem and from the main round connector. Also unplug the two connectors going to the DC-CDI module.

  5. On the outside of the box, turn the ring on the main harness connector to release the main harness from the mpem connector.

  6. Using large pliers or channel locks, remove the large nut retaining the mpem connector to the grey box.

  7. Using the 10mm ratchet, remove the two bolts retaining the mpem to the aluminum plate then the mpem should come loose and out. If you missed disconnecting any wires, youíll find out now!

  8. Send the mpem in to me for conversion per the instructions youíve received via email.


MPEM CONVERSION KIT INSTALLATION...

Tools needed:

Procedure:

    NOTE - You also should thoroughly check your electrical system including stator, rectifier, wiring, and other components to make sure theyíre ok BEFORE installing one of these conversions. The reason is that if one of those components is bad, it can damage the conversion and may actually have been the cause of your original mpem failing. Since thereís no warranty of any kind on Sea Doo electrical parts, this is a very important step that shouldnít be skipped!

  1. Reinstall the modified mpem connector and large nut that retains it.

  2. Grasp the replacement mpem assy firmly and remove the protective plastic from the module to expose the adhesive on the double sided tape/Velcro. Do the same with the relay module.

  3. Being careful not to stick in the wrong place and making sure all wires reach their respective connection points, insert the mpem into the box angled as shown below then press firmly on the module to attach to the top of the dc-cdi module. Do the same with the relay module.

  4. Connect start solenoid connector and start conn ground to one of the start sol nuts,coil connector, and other connectors matching to their appropriate colors. Also reinstall any ground wires on the studs as well as positive wires from the mpem to their proper place on the start solenoid terminal.

  5. Connect the two plugs for the DC-CDI module.

  6. Once all connectors and terminals are in their proper places and any nuts tightened, use zip ties to retain wires so they canít move/vibrate when running. That will keep you from having any strange electrical gremlins in the future and makes for a nice looking conversion too!

  7. Once all is back together and before reinstalling the grey cover, reconnect the battery and test the system for proper start/stop and gauge operation.

  8. If allís well, reinstall the cover and youíre ready to run!


    NOTE AS IS THE CASE WITH YOUR LOCAL DEALER, THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES/RETURNS ON THIS MPEM CONVERSION OR ON THE MPEM(S) ITíS BUILT WITH. THE REASON IS THAT I CANíT RETURN ONE TO MY SUPPLIER AND SINCE YOUíRE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO GET BACK ON THE WATER, YOUíRE ULTIMATELY THE ONE WHO TAKES ON ANY AND ALL RISK IN PURCHASING ONE OF THESE. ALL MPEMS ARE TESTED AT THE FACTORY TO BE IN PROPER WORKING ORDER AND IT DOESNíT HAPPEN OFTEN, BUT OCCASIONALLY A DEFECTIVE ONE MIGHT SLIP THROUGH. THEREFORE UNDERSTAND YOU DO GAMBLE A LITTLE PURCHASING ONE OF THESE SO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION BEFORE ORDERING. ALSO REMEMBER IF THEREíS ANY OTHER PROBLEM IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ON YOUR BOAT OR IF ITíS INITIALLY CONNECTED WRONG, YOU MIGHT DAMAGE THE MPEM(S).


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