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    260X rideplate silicone

    When I removed the rideplate from my 260X I noticed that there was no silicone put on it whatsover from the factory. I also remember reading a post from another user with an 09 260X and his didn't have any either.
    Does anyone know if kawi did this with all the 260X's and if so what's the reason for not putting the silicone on the rideplate? Should I silicone it when putting it back?


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    most manufacturers dont waste the money or time to PROPERLY install factory parts. silicone any part that has a cavity or metal-to-fiberglass connection. make it as smooth as possible.......the slightest air pocket will cavitate the ski on full throttle take off......

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    My 260X is the same way and I am thankfull for that.
    I switch my plate out depending on where I am riding.
    The local lake I run the stock plate because it is so ruff but at the river the Riva plate rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djf74 View Post
    most manufacturers dont waste the money or time to PROPERLY install factory parts. silicone any part that has a cavity or metal-to-fiberglass connection. make it as smooth as possible.......the slightest air pocket will cavitate the ski on full throttle take off......
    The ride plate has nothing to do with cavitation. I have run the stock, Riva and R&D plates on my ski and have run them with and without silicone. Didn't see any differance.

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    Thanks for the reply guys. I also didn't notice any cavitation on the 260X without the silicone. Just put on the R&D rideplate with no silicone and will leave it that way unless anyone knows of a good reson to put it on. Kawi used to silicone the rideplate until the 260X so there must be a reason why they opted to not put it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kman View Post
    Thanks for the reply guys. I also didn't notice any cavitation on the 260X without the silicone. Just put on the R&D rideplate with no silicone and will leave it that way unless anyone knows of a good reson to put it on. Kawi used to silicone the rideplate until the 260X so there must be a reason why they opted to not put it on.
    So is this something that y'all think is the case with all ultra hulls. Can we leave off the silicone?

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    Sorry but I swear by it so one for the silicone APP (theres an app for that)

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    My new 2009 260X has no silicone around the ride plate either.

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    I wonder if they left it off to save 5 bucks per ski

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    Silicone that b!tch!

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