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    HELP with sponsons, plate, tabs, etc...

    Ok so ive searched for hours through countless pages of this forum and used the search bar and i cant really find any answers to the questions that i have.

    I have a 2002 GP1200R with the following mods:

    RIVA F/A
    FF exhaust
    D-plate w/ chip
    Jetworks
    Solas 13/19
    R&D Aquavein grate
    waveeater clips
    ported heads
    Pump seal kit
    carbs re-jetted by island racing

    My questions are related to the sponsons, rideplate, trim tabs, and nozzle

    1. what are the advantages of aftermarket sponson, rideplates, and tabs?

    2. what are the advantages/disadvantages to raising/lowering the sponsons?

    3. raising/lowering/shimming/angling the tabs and/or rideplate?

    4. what is the benefit to the extended length of some aftermarket steering nozzles?

    Thanks to anyone who can help out!

    Dane


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    Ttt. I appologize if this has been asked before and I'm crowding the thread with over-asked questions but I can't find anything on these specific things. Can anyone help me out?

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    1. what are the advantages of aftermarket sponson, rideplates, and tabs?
    -Sponsons help you turn harder, but they slow you down. Most people step the stock sponsons it's free and it is the fastest set up. It also helps in the rough. Rideplates give you speed by giving you lift. Tabs extend the hull and help in the rough by pushing the nose down.
    2. what are the advantages/disadvantages to raising/lowering the sponsons?
    -The lower they are the harder you turn and slower you go because of more drag.
    3. raising/lowering/shimming/angling the tabs and/or rideplate?
    -Shimming your tabs will give you a better ride in the rough , but you will loose speed. Same effect with the ride plate. Angling it up with shims and you gain speed and loose handling. shimming it down and you get a better hook up , but scrub speed.
    4. what is the benefit to the extended length of some aftermarket steering nozzles?
    -Not to sure. I use a SHO nozzle.


    Every hull is different so you have to play it with so you get the set up you desire. Also you can't have both so set it up for the condition you ride in. Don't set it up for speed if you ride in the ocean a lot or you will be miserable.

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    The extended aftermarket nozzle will make turning harder, I did not like it and cut mine to match the original length. This was before the SHO came out. The SHO nozzle is cheap, and fixes the durability issue, which is the only reason I ditched the plastic one.

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    Ok thanks alot guys. So shimming the back edge(side closer to nozzle) of the tabs and ride plate down (towards the water) increases speed but lose handling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002GP1200R View Post
    Ok thanks alot guys. So shimming the back edge(side closer to nozzle) of the tabs and ride plate down (towards the water) increases speed but lose handling?
    Shimming the back of the plate will push the nose down. So more hull is wet. Slower more locked down ride. Most after market plates have the bosses ground down to achieve the opposite to raise the bow. There are some plates out there that are rough water plates though to.

    Edit: Read this Sticky It will explain everything more thorough.
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=93421

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    Thanks for the info, guys. Much appreciated.

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