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    Just relax and enjoy the ride. XLT Chad's Avatar
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    FZS Buck = Broken Neck

    .........I've had a pretty bad day. I'm in the hospital right now as we speak.
    I got bucked last night. We ran over to the river after work last night to cool down and I wanted to try out the new cone/ nozzle/prop set-up. We launched and headed out the NWZ. Joe realized he sucked some weeds into his grate, so he headed over to the shore. I decided to do a couple o runs while he did that.
    I slowly opened her up and saw my R's were only at 8250 Huh?!?. I swung around, pinned the throttle and watched the Tach and GPS.The cavitation was doing much better but the steering felt a little sloppy. I figured it was due to the 81mm ring with the OEM steering nozzle. The GPS climbed past 72, 74, 76... I looked up and saw I was getting ready to cross my own wake so I eased up on the throttle.

    By the third barrel roll, I knew something very wrong had happened and I was in deep trouble. My life jacket stayed on ( thank God!!!! ) and I could get to the surface to fight for air. The wind was knocked out of me and all I could see was stars. My neck and right arm hurt like hell! Well...Lets face it, My whole body hurt.
    I yelled for Joe who never even saw what happened, and he helped collect my goods. I climbed back on the ski and chuckled out loud that I was going to be one hurt'n puppy tomorrow.

    I let the wife talk me into going to the ER and getting checked out. After 6 hours of tests they found that C-5 and C-6 in my lower neck were both fractured. No damage to the spinal cord as of yet, but I'll be very limited in my movements during recovery.

    I was lucky, VERY lucky. I could have easily wound up paralyzed or worse. This was a classic buck, no logs or debris to be seen.

    I want to apologize for the lengthy thread, But I do want to say be careful guys. Don't let this happen to you.

    I'll talk to you all later, God bless and take care. Chad


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    I see you have the R&D grate in you're signature. Were you using the stock grate at the time, or the R&D grate ?

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    Wow man hope for a speedy recovery..

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    Just relax and enjoy the ride. XLT Chad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterholics View Post
    I see you have the R&D grate in you're signature. Were you using the stock grate at the time, or the R&D grate ?
    I still have my R&D grate. The only things different are the Riva noz with the 81 ring, Anti cav cone and I put the stock OEM prop back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    Wow man hope for a speedy recovery..
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    Jeez Chad, I know we've had our differences on that " other " thread but i'm really sorry to hear of your accident.... I had disc replacement surgery on C6-C7 and have an artificial stainless steel disc at that location..... Good luck on your recovery.


    This post certainly didn't do anything to ease my fears about my wife on her fZS, I installed her R&D grate last week, other than that it is BONE stock and gps's at ~67

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    Holy cow. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    Just relax and enjoy the ride. XLT Chad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoad View Post
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    Thanks Guys I appreciate that.

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    That is scarey as hell man... I think I will keep my happy ass under 70!!

    Best of luck to you on a speedy recovery

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    Thanks Chris. Our differences on the other thread are just fun BS. Its all good.

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