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    Sho on a budget

    Well we decided to leave the stock motor in the SHO for my daughter, So i wanted to do a few things to make it faster without speeding to much money. This is my list!

    (1) put in a riva air filter kit only reason i did not make my own because i liked the way riva designed it.
    (2) took out the ribbon and put in the riva sleeve
    (3) installed coco's tunnel reinforcement
    (4) installed a riva intake grate with shoe, And sealed the pump shoe.
    (5) made a free flow with the stock hoses only needed a 4 inch piece of aluminum that i had at the shop from making my own free flow on my XXL, So the free flow cost me nothing.
    (6) pitched the stock impeller and set it back.
    (7) did some work on the pump and also the nozzle.
    ( modded the stock plate tried something different with it, I machined the bottom like i do the closed loop seadoo plate were there is one angle in front and different angle in back. And you can see how much more was cut in the center rear. One thing that i was very happy about was the ski handled awesome in the glass and the rough with no porpoise.
    (9) took the foam out under the side panels so it can breath better.

    Now the good part did not spend a lot off money on it at all, Went out today the temp. 87 degrees the hole shot is perfect with 0 cavitation handles is awesome and was running 72.3 mph. at 7680 rpm's on my tiny tach. I forgot to mention the ski only has 9 hours on it once it breaks in the speed should also go higher.
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    Great numbers Jim. Looks like quality work as expected from you though.

    Matt

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    Jim, do you prefer the modded stock plate to a modded R&D plate?

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    Very respectable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andygpr748 View Post
    Jim, do you prefer the modded stock plate to a modded R&D plate?
    Last year i modded a stock plate that i just angled and was not to happy with the results, now i did more than just angle i did a lot of machining in the middle of the plate and i love the results. I would like to do a back to back with the r&d to see how it compares in speed, But handling wise i like the way the modded stock one feels. If Chris or Eric come up for some riding we can do a back to back to see the speed differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIM'S PERFORMANCE View Post
    Last year i modded a stock plate that i just angled and was not to happy with the results, now i did more than just angle i did a lot of machining in the middle of the plate and i love the results. I would like to do a back to back with the r&d to see how it compares in speed, But handling wise i like the way the modded stock one feels. If Chris or Eric come up for some riding we can do a back to back to see the speed differences.
    Great work Jim........i'm looking forward to coming back up to ride with u guys......I'll try to coordinate with SHOdude so we can have all the skis and plates in 1 place....the 'secret speed alley'

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    O lord...I have to go to Tampa again.

    Jim...let me know if you want to use my R & D plate and I will ship it to you.

    Perhaps you can put your finishing touches on my modded stocker that you originally did for me. That plate looks sweet.

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    72 on a almost stock ski is great, nice work Jim. Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOdude View Post
    O lord...I have to go to Tampa again.

    Jim...let me know if you want to use my R & D plate and I will ship it to you.

    Perhaps you can put your finishing touches on my modded stocker that you originally did for me. That plate looks sweet.
    Hello Eric, I have a wedding to go to next week and the following 2 other weeks i have Birthday party's. So i probably will not be in the water for 3 weeks. I will let you know when i can test them out.

    Yes your stocker can be done to my new specs.

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