02-13-2012, 09:15 AM #1
R&D Intake - To fill or not to fill??
I just bought a new R&D intake grate to replace the old one I busted at the river last year. When I went to put it on this weekend I realized that my old one (which I purchased used last year) has a rubber plug type thing that fills in the hollow on one end of the grate. Looks like it's supposed to keep water out. It was wet inside so it looks like maybe it wasn't doing it's job. Does anyone know anything about this? What's the purpose? Should I remove the plug from the old grate and put it in the new one? If I do that, should I attempt more sealant around the edges to keep the water out completely? Or does it really serve no purpose and I should skip it??
Any help would be appreciated...just not sure whethere to use the filler for the end or not....
02-13-2012, 09:50 AM #2
Sounds like the old intake had a pump seal kit in it. Another way to check is to look at the base of the transom plate and you should see similar looking plugs where the two ends meet. Those are designed to help keep air pockets out of the pump inlet area to reduce cavitation. I would pop them out of the old one and see how they fit. If they appear too small or damaged, I would replace them and they are about $80 for the entire kit.
02-13-2012, 11:59 AM #3
02-13-2012, 04:16 PM #4
02-14-2012, 06:24 PM #5
Thanks a bunch. The transom seal is in place so the ski must have come with it so I have the whole kit. Just didn't know it Really appreciate the advice.
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