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    Trim Tabs

    What exactly are trim tabs used for? I have seen them on some race skis, but not sure how they affect the ride.


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    They lengthen the size of the hull at the back. Effectively increasing the surface area contacting the water.

    Basically makes the ski longer and handle rough water better. Plus they are adjustable to find that "sweet spot" for each individual.

    Part of the reason the SLT hull handles rough water better than the SL is because of the length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    They lengthen the size of the hull at the back. Effectively increasing the surface area contacting the water.

    Basically makes the ski longer and handle rough water better. Plus they are adjustable to find that "sweet spot" for each individual.

    Part of the reason the SLT hull handles rough water better than the SL is because of the length.
    So is this something that I could add to my SL project? I know my wife's SL is a really rough ride when the wave get more than about a foot or two high. Would they help plane faster or at a lower speed? I understand they may scrub a little top speed, but my SL is being built more for the low end torque and rough water handling more so than the top speed, so it may be worth it. Would they help offset the strong pull-down of using a Jet Dynamics intake grate?

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    Never seen any made for a SL, just the PRO's. Not to say they CAN'T be made to fit....

    Would help planing, yes. Just like a longer ride plate.

    Offset the pull down of a JD grate??? NO

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    I think they will fit fine but I would just stick with the ext ride plate.

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    I just put the Ocean Pro Ocean plate on my sl650 and it made a huge difference in rough water and a smoother ride in not so rough water. I would highly recommend it to anyone with a SL hull. Hull seems to ride much higher in the water than it did before.

    Bryan

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    The JD intake is like dragging an anchor around, switch back to an R&D the ski will loosen up and go faster. You gotta make big H.P. to run the JD intake.

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    R&D intake with extended ride plate sounds like the bomb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkindt View Post
    R&D intake with extended ride plate sounds like the bomb!
    That's what all the cool kids are doing......

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