Thread: Stock RXP-X ride plate removal
07-05-2010, 08:31 PM #1
Stock RXP-X ride plate removal
We are in the process of dropping the stock ride plate on our 2008 RXP-X to fix a few leaking torx bolts including one under the pump shoe. I have searched the forum but can't seem to find any help on ride plate removal. We have it starting to come off but don't understand how the water inlet and outlet fitting are connected? Can we drop the plate with the two hoses attached? How do they fit in the hull?
07-05-2010, 08:41 PM #2
Remove the hoses & unscrew the plate fittings from inside the hull before attempting to remove the plate.
07-05-2010, 09:06 PM #3
And what kind of sealer do we use to put it back on? Riva calls it "below waterline silicon"?
07-05-2010, 09:10 PM #4
07-05-2010, 09:17 PM #5
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- Elephant Butte New Mexico
if you search, you'll find a long detailed story on my removal of a 4-tec ride plate.
You'll need a small bottle jack..a good supply of single edge blades to scrape the old sealant off..and lots of patience
get a manual too..a digital camera to take picture so the hose routing a a good pad to take notes and make diagrams.
mistakes here get expensive in a heartbeat.
07-05-2010, 09:26 PM #6
07-05-2010, 09:36 PM #7
07-05-2010, 09:41 PM #8
Not really an easy way to drop the plate. Since they have a type of sealant between the plate and the hull, you would need to clean that out and apply fresh sealant. If you are unable to reach the screws that are leaking by just removing the pump, you may need to go the long route.
Some have attempted to remove the plates with the plastic fittings still attached only to break those fittings in the plate.
07-05-2010, 11:48 PM #9
I had a few that leaked. Tightened the ones I could reach...there was one I couldn't. It was bothering me, so I read up on pulling the plate. It is way more work than it is worth if you only have a slow leak. I put some silicone over the leaking torx head. Not sure if it is related, but once it actually warmed up and started getting humid here in Michigan, my slow leak went away. I just make sure to check my antifreeze regularly, but I have never had to add any yet.
07-06-2010, 09:58 AM #10
Gotta agree with Dave and Antonio ... its a lot of hard work to drop the rideplate on these skis and you can end up with far worse trouble if you are not very careful with the re-install. Tighten all the bolts you can get to, and silicone any you can't, like Antonio said. It is way too much work to drop the plate just for one possible tiny leak on one or two bolts you can't reach.
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