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    What is a good ride plate for heavy surf and smooth conditions

    I just got my ASS handed to my by this VX plate in 4-6 foot chop.....ski bounced too much and tried to launch everything......I crashed twice from being thrown off.....Im beat up and my ankle is bad, lost the endurance challenge.....did muster the strength to finish the race riding 15miles beat up and getting beat up some more......The Honda 15X gave me the strength to get on my Yamaha and finsh the race


    I have a R&D intake grate and plugs for it 2009 FZR


    Got beat by a FX and a GP1300R


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    Rick, do you still have your stock plate. That might do good in the rough stuff and you can use the vx for smooth water riding.
    Just a thought.

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    The VX is a flat water plate, which is why you had some difficulty. I really don't think there is an ideal plate for both "heavy surf and smooth conditions". I run my modified VX plate in surf and on the lake and I love it-- but it doesnt have the hookup for offshore racing. For surf, the worx plate is supposed to be king, but it will scrub some speed on flat water. Maybe the R&D plate would be a good bet. I've seen guys weld a small extender to the R&D plate in order to gain some hookup. Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLT Chad View Post
    Rick, do you still have your stock plate. That might do good in the rough stuff and you can use the vx for smooth water riding.
    Just a thought.
    I was thinking the same thing...or shim your VX plate down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOdude View Post
    I was thinking the same thing...or shim your VX plate down?
    For what its worth, I shimmed my VX plate down for running in the surf and there was some improvement. But all the shimming in the world isn't going to do a thing on the VX plate if you are going 60+ offshore. If you really need the hookup, a new plate is in order.

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    I was thinking worx plate and grate.......how bad would it kill my speed and can i counter it with more power.....ie...reflash or wheel?

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    OEM grate. No need to get fancy with it. That or Jim's plate.

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    Yea Chad I do...........how are you doing.......now Im the lumped up one.....busted Eye from handle bars and very sore.


    But on a good note the Yamaha took a beating and did very well Mechanically......... I sucked up sand twice tho at idle or alittle above, Had the Hull opened up with deck mod and the inside of the hull handled the water well and my SC and inlet pipe from Air box show NO signs of salt water or deposits.......also fully inspected the wheel and it looked prestene with no salt on it........the throttle was chopped and could not be helped, It capsised once in a wreck, it was launched 10 feet in the air and didn't sound good when it landed but HELD TOGHTER and clutch is still working.

    We will see how long this clutch will last with "no blowoff" and 20 hr oil changes with Amsoil 10W40 motorcycle oil and stock boost and possably a reflash

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    Just relax and enjoy the ride. XLT Chad's Avatar
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    Holy cow!! It sounds you took a beatn'. Glad to hear you made it in one piece.
    The shit we do to have fun
    Good to hear the ski is holding up. I bet you'll kick some ass the next time you get out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickWhite View Post
    I was thinking worx plate and grate.......how bad would it kill my speed and can i counter it with more power.....ie...reflash or wheel?
    IMO, you kill more speed coming unhooked. Perhaps trying different plates and grates in similar conditions may give you the best answers.

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