10-12-2009, 10:35 AM #1
Tested: SHOdude's modded stock rideplate
So last week, SHOdude was nice enough to sent me his stock plate that was modded by Jim (the plate man ) for me to try out and see if I liked. Note: This is not Jim's new design that he just tested in his budget SHO build thread. This one just has machining done to the mounting bosses to add more plate angle. I took it with me to the lake this past weekend and tested it yesterday. It was frickin freezing! Here's my results.
air temp: 48 , water temp: 72, fresh water, mods in my sig
First runs I did about 3-4 passes with my completely stock plate. It went something like 1st: 69.0, 2nd:69.2, 3rd: 69.4. Progressively faster becasue air temps were so cool and water temp was also low.
Went back to my trailer, swapped on SHOdude's modded stocker, went right back out, same conditions only a little warmer now, about 52, and the runs were 1st: 71.2, 2nd: 71.4, and 3rd 71.6.
So fastest run with stock plate was 69.4 and fastest run with modded stocker was 71.6. That's a gain of 2.2. Not very much loss in handling at all. I always bounched a little bit with my stock plate and it didn't get any worse with the modded one. At one point with the modded plate on there, the ski stopped bouncing all together and was as smooth as could be. Guess I just hit a really good patch of water.
Needless to say... I'm impressed, and would like to send Jim my plate after my last ride of the season on 10/24. Jim, not sure if you like your new design better than what you did to SHOdude's, but let me know. I'm sold. I know the R&D plate is even faster but I don't want to give up my handling. 4 bolts, 1 plate, and a gain of 2.2 mph is impressive.
10-12-2009, 10:40 AM #2
Whoops! Almost forgot to SHO off my new top speed. May not be as fast as some of you guys but hey... it's progress.
10-12-2009, 10:43 AM #3
Awesome results. Jim knows what he's doing with these plates
10-12-2009, 10:44 AM #4
10-12-2009, 10:51 AM #5
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Glad I could help out. You probably would have got more speed without all the clothing you had on to run in 48 degree weather. Damn that's cold.
10-12-2009, 11:24 AM #6
10-12-2009, 11:38 AM #7
Yeah the weather was crap. I had an R&D steering nozzle sitting in the back of my truck too that may have been good for about another .5 mph. Maybe could have seen 72.
10-12-2009, 11:54 AM #8
Dang straight, anything to get into the 70's+
Everytime that first digit changes the thrill of it just wants it to change again...
10-12-2009, 12:01 PM #9
10-12-2009, 12:04 PM #10
Good gains. Remember I would change the bolts when putting the plate back on.
I am also planning on sending my stock plate to him after the riding season is over.
I will now try this route since the R&D plate is gone.
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