Thread: Reeds or Heads?
07-27-2009, 01:39 PM #1
I need some direction
I have an HO pump about 50% saved for but afterwards I'll be considering reeds or heads.
Will either add/subtract from the reliability of my ski?
Are the VR3 reeds worth the $150 over the VF2 reeds?
Are the Riva and R&D heads the same?
Both provide similar performance gains, correct?
07-27-2009, 02:10 PM #2
The Vf3s offer better service life than the VF2s - REEDS won't affect reliability.
Higher Compression may increase wear on the engine but unless you are above 175 psi it is not enough wear worry about. Might need a little higher octane gas though which adds to cost. just my 2 cents
07-27-2009, 02:26 PM #3
Go with the head mod first. If you want to save money go with a machined stock head.
07-27-2009, 02:44 PM #4
Heads arent really that expensive, how much cheaper could the machine work be?
07-27-2009, 03:04 PM #5
07-27-2009, 06:43 PM #6
07-27-2009, 11:58 PM #7
Lowell or Jims Performance both mill heads... Once your hull mods and safety issues are out of the way I would....
Mill the head...
Vf3's and 3* timing key
Hit up Waterwoody for some fresh porting...
Next... I would race all your friends...
07-28-2009, 12:24 AM #8
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hell thats easy, do both
vf3's + milled oem head.
07-28-2009, 08:53 AM #9
..hey how bout this, get the 150 psi heads, then have your oem head milled to 165 or therabouts not to exceed 93 octane....LOL .
Actually, b/c I'm lazy, I went w/heads for right now instead of reeds based on acessability to the motor (wish the intake was located up high like my kawi stxr). My concern is w/ maintence on carbon fiber v. a 150 head. The only maintence issue I had w/ my R & D 150 heads were checking the torque with the ss supplied bolts.
Oh, Dave, I'm told by the Riva folks they don't make their 150 heads anymore and are selling the R & D equivilent. R & D makes them anyway, so I'm not sure it matters.
06 gp 1300 stage 2 less reeds; plus race filter, m-line seat/hydroturf mat.
07-28-2009, 12:16 PM #10
gotcha! WFO is gonna take care of getting my head milled for me, says he has a guy, ill send it off probly the same time we order the HO pump.
so the aftermarket reeds require maintanence? did i read that correct?
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