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    ocean pro ride plate

    is an ocean pro a good upgrade for my '96 sl 780?


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    Quote Originally Posted by waterdog1971 View Post
    is an ocean pro a good upgrade for my '96 sl 780?
    There are 2 models for your ski the "racing" version which is stock length, and the "ocean" version which is extended. Most prefer the ocean plate as it helps with porpoising

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    The SL 780 has the short ride plate.

    An OP plate will make a big improvement in acceleration, better handling, and help reduce porpoising over the one you have.

    As Thester mentioned, there are 2 versions for the SL. The "R" or race plate. It's longer than yours now, and is a good overall performer.

    Then you have the "O" or ocean plate. Which is even longer than the "R" and is really meant for rough/choppy water conditions. It will help keep the nose planted and reduce porpoising even more, but at a cost of a little lost MPH on top speed in smooth water.

    Choose the plate that best suits the water conditions you normally ride in.

    If you're going with the O plate, might I suggest you also look into a scoop type intake grate to help keep the ski in the water. a R&D aquavane is a good performer as well.

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    I would suggest getting the O version. I added one to my SL 650 and it made a big difference. I might have lost 1 MPH from the SLX ride plate I was using, but its not even noticable. It might feel slower because you arent bouncing all over the place like with the stock plate. Also makes high speed steering a lot better.

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    thanks

    i appreciate all of the replies, i saw an "o" ride plate on e-bay which is, from what ya'll say, a better choice since i'll be riding mostly at Joe Wheeler in Alabama (choppy waters), again, thanks ya'll

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    Yep, get the "O" plate then.

    Also look into that R&D intake grate too. Honestly, you can normally find these used for less than $75. So don't waste your $$$ buying a new one for around $120 IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    Yep, get the "O" plate then.

    Also look into that R&D intake grate too. Honestly, you can normally find these used for less than $75. So don't waste your $$$ buying a new one for around $120 IMO.
    thanks guys, bought an r&d intake grate and my "o" plate will be here tomorrow, can't wait!! now i just have to get the d*** thing started!!!!!

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