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    OL Ride plate install with no silicone?

    I switched to a heat exchanger setup and modded an X rideplate (also removed the top half of the plate and bolts) and will be doing some experimenting and plate and grate swapping on my RXP. I also cleaned up the stock cooling holes in the hull and glassed them closed using West System epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. Sooo, no real reason to silicone the crap out of the rideplate on install.

    So far I only put a little silicone on the bolt holes/mounting pads when reinstalling the ride plate. Since I may be swapping plates and doing some trials, I want to use as little silicone as possible. Has anyone done this or know of any reason why it would be dangerous at all to not silicone the front/sides of the rideplate to the hull?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    I switched to a heat exchanger setup and modded an X rideplate (also removed the top half of the plate and bolts) and will be doing some experimenting and plate and grate swapping on my RXP. I also cleaned up the stock cooling holes in the hull and glassed them closed using West System epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. Sooo, no real reason to silicone the crap out of the rideplate on install.

    So far I only put a little silicone on the bolt holes/mounting pads when reinstalling the ride plate. Since I may be swapping plates and doing some trials, I want to use as little silicone as possible. Has anyone done this or know of any reason why it would be dangerous at all to not silicone the front/sides of the rideplate to the hull?
    I dont see any reason why that wouldn't work Vern. As long as the leading edges of the plate isn't sticking down lower than the hull you should be good to go for some testing!

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    Nowhere near ... it is recessed quite nicely now. I will give it a try soon, still finishing up a few other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Nowhere near ... it is recessed quite nicely now. I will give it a try soon, still finishing up a few other things.
    Now you got me curious, RECESSED quite nicely almost sounds like your working on something that I haven't seen tried! Just wish I'd thought of it first, let me know if it makes any gains.......

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    It might be a week or so before it hits the water, but once I get results I will post info and pics.

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