Thread: 04' FX160 Rough Water Setup
11-03-2010, 05:26 PM #1
04' FX160 Rough Water Setup
Looking for the best rough water setup for the FX Cruiser. Got the 160HP 1052 motor and it performs great, but went out yesterday in mostly 2 foot chop and she unhooked quite a bit.
Friend of mine had no worries at all in the same conditions on an 08' FXSHO. I did notice though, the SHO sponsons and ride plate were remarkably different than the 04' FX160ski. I am leaning toward the bottom end as the culprit.
Any thoughts for improving the ride.
11-03-2010, 05:49 PM #2
11-03-2010, 06:52 PM #3
11-03-2010, 08:15 PM #4
The FX Sho stock rideplate would do that HO very good in the rough and with a little bit of machining in the right places, that plate would be best all around.
If you dont have an aftermarket intake grate on yet i would suggest the R&D intake grate.
I also found the Riva/Solas 13/20 impeller to be good for that ski also.
11-03-2010, 10:12 PM #5
Solid info there DP from a fellow West Indian riding in the same conditions its good advice.
How much machining does the SHO plate need? Don't have access to much tools, how would the R&D plate work out for this year ski?
11-04-2010, 11:56 PM #6
The stock SHO plate has the same shape as the Riva plate for that year HO but the Riva plate has more trim angle, they are almost identical.
Maybe with some shimming you could get the Riva plate to work for you.
If you shim, be sure to use large washers, the size you may have to trim on the edges to set them against the hull, that way you'll procect the hull from stress cracks at the bolt area.
Also, Riva has a NEW ride plate for the SHO available now, maybe that's worth checking out.
(I machine the ride plates as part of my business so I can't give out my specs on an open forum) pm me if you think you might want to do a plate, you're not too far from me so ups or other shippers should'nt cost too much.
11-05-2010, 06:24 AM #7
the sho plate won't fit an 04fxho (will only fit 08 onward)
but on my 04 fxho i found the riva plate to be the best in rough water
i was also able to shim it for more speed with out loosing too much handeling
i tryed a jims modified R&D plate but was never really happy with it in the rough stuff
11-05-2010, 10:57 AM #8
In fact the Sho plate fits the HO better than the Riva plate.
I can post pics of the Sho plate bolted to the '04 FX HO if you have any doubts.
Bex, believe me, the Sho plate bolts right up.
11-05-2010, 03:46 PM #9
11-05-2010, 07:45 PM #10
Looking at the cost of the OEM plate, and without scouring the classifieds, I am looking at the new Riva FX SHO plate.
But I just want to be sure it fits no issues as I have the FX1000A hull and will commit to this concept along with the R&D Intake grate because my friends SHO makes the rough stuff seem so mild.
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