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    R&D Trim Tabs Cut or Not

    Hi guy s i have a set of R&D Trim tabs flat surface I ve been told to cut the ends of to match the OEM will i gain top speed but loose little handling is this correct what are the gains in doing this.


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    yes gain a bit on top

    yes loose a bit of rough water stability

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    Cool

    you can shim stock tabs (if metal) and save long one's ,but better that long tabs-3 deg nozzle of xlt

    later cd

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    I didn't lose much speed with rd tabs (.5mph at most) and the ski was much more stable in rough water. I'd leave them as is. shimming tabs and plate, you might not lose any top speed if setup correctly. my 2 cents
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    Cool

    with longer tabs (and water I ride in )it would slam me harder with long tabs and less with nozzle
    but that me

    later cd

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    Why take $125 aftermarket tabs and cut them when you can slightly shim your stock tabs and achieve the same result?

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    the R&D tabs are angled from side to side and from front to back

    the stock tabs are flat

    so there is a difference between the 2 of them that can't be duplicated with washers

    now is the difference worth $125? I am not sure that is pretty subjective

    to be honest I use cut R&D tabs because Kerry does and I trust his opinion

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    Exactly as Fullboogie and Chip said.

    The stock tabs are not flat.

    I laid mine on a work bench last year and they are thinner on the inside part of the hull and thicker on the outside. They have a taper from left to right with the thickest part on the outermost part of the tab.

    They taper from 20mm on the outmost edge to 16mm in the inside part of the hull.

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    oops my mistake

    the stockers aren't flat, i should have said the R&D tabs have more angle from front to rear from side to side than the stock tabs

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    Busted Philip. Billie never misses.

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