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    Jims Open Loop Plate VS Rivas Open Loop plate..

    Ok boyz, Ive had this discusion with a few of you already and the census was to leave Jims O.L.P. on...Well i went out and took some measurements off both Jims and the Riva plates and wanted to see what you guys think...

    Jims plate:
    The center angle is 9 inches long
    Rivas Plate:
    The center angle is 8 inches long

    Jims plate:
    The center section is 5 3/4 inches across from skeg to skeg.
    Rivas Plate:
    The center section is 6 1/8 inches across from skeg to skeg

    Jims Plate:
    The skegs are off on mine,Right side is 1/2 inch and the Left side is 3/8 inch.
    Rivas Plate:
    Both skegs measured 1/2 inch...


    So with this being said do any of you guys think i should keep Jims Plate on or take the time to switch it to the Riva plate..There is definatly a differance in the 2 obviously..Any input would be greatly appreciated...

    I Am also wondering if anybody has switched The Rivas to Jims or Jims to the Riva..And if so what were your findings...

    Thanks
    Scott


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    i have a jims open loop plate ans its awsome !!

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    Ya i have Jims plate too..Its currently on my ski as we speak,Just wondering with the numbers i posted above which plate should be the better of the 2..

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    Scott, Bob has 2 Jims OL plates and I have 2 Rivas and 1 Closed Loop Jims.
    Things I see are this.
    Jims Closed loop gave me a solid 1.5, but the ski felt not as stable as both the OL plates.
    Rivas Oppend loop plate feels so solid in chop and across big waves and is on par with a Jims OL plate.
    Jims OL plate just doesn't quite have the rough water stability that the Riva does. Maybe it is the extra groves.
    But Jims plate seams to be just as fast and actually seams faster, but the GPS shows them to be back and forth.
    To me it is a hard decision to make, but on my RXP I went Riva because the extra stability I got from it in the rougher water was great. The straight line tracking was so much better.
    Jims plate infact has the speed though.

    OH and ofcoarse the installer has a ton to do with how they both act.
    I mean I bet someone like Duke could get them both to haul ass...

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    Thansk Austin..This is the info im looking for..we have flat water for the most part BUT it gets quite rough once th boats start hitting it....Did you have to shim the back of your plate too???From what ive been reading .020 is the magic number

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    +1 Duke will be installing my Riva Plate. I think its all in the install myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocman View Post
    +1 Duke will be installing my Riva Plate. I think its all in the install myself.

    LOL..Im talking with Duke right now about it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoman View Post
    LOL..Im talking with Duke right now about it....
    Yep, Im coming down around the Hydros for him to help me do this and me to help him do whatever. He mods them some to set them up a bit better.

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    No my Riva was rock solid on my boats, but I run RE's.
    My RXP Ran 82.8 multiple time With a Stock X SCer this past weekend in 100 degree weather.
    The Riva plate needed just a good dry install to get things correct before I put it on for good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocman View Post
    +1 Duke will be installing my Riva Plate. I think its all in the install myself.
    I would love to see Duke install one and learn some tricks.
    Maybe he can give some advice on a Riva plate install?


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