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    Need assistance choosing the right parts...

    I just bought a 2011 FX SHO

    -this will be used in salt water only
    -I am located in BC Canada (2 hours north of Seattle)
    -riding conditions vary from glassy inlet waterways to large offshore swell with wind chop
    -this is my first Waverunner


    I am considering upgrading the following:
    -Sponsons
    -Ride Plate
    -Top Loader Intake
    -Impeller
    -nozzle

    The stock top speed is more than adequate for me right now (4hrs on machine) but i would like to improve rough water riding if possible and the hookup/acceleration from an idle.

    When running offshore in the chop i am running at approximately 30mph and the ski is skimming the tops of the chop without being too violent, In a perfect world i would like to run a 50mph in the same conditions.

    While i have your attention is there any reinforcing i should look at?

    Is there an aftermarket throttle that is more comfortable for long duration runs? 3+ hours

    Thanks in advance


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    I've never tried any aftermarket rideplates on mine to make a suggestion, but if you're going to be hitting the waves hard or jumping, this is highly recommended:

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...oducts_id=1337

    The stock sponsons are pretty good, and for your kind of riding, should be good.

    Riva has a throttle lever, but I can't find it in the store right now. I have one on my FZR, and it's a lot more comfortable. I also lightened one of the throttle springs on mine so it's not as tight. I'm not sure if 2011 has the springs or not because they went to "fly-by-wire" in either 2011 or 2012.

    Another cheap mod that will help with throttle response and top speed is the intake ribbon removal. It's about $30 and not very hard to do.

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...oducts_id=1154

    Riva and R&D both have rideplates, but I don't know much about them.

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    Congrats on the ski!!! Definately throw an intake on to keep the pump load up. Ride plate will help keep it planted and the sponsons will help track straight. I ride an FZR so i couldnt tell you which grate or anything to run. But i can tell you i love mu RD grate, sponsons and intake. Ask for fed ex shipping to save on brokerage fees at the border. Jerry is pretty on top of that though.

    Where do you live?!?!?! I live on Bowen Island, ride all over the howe sound. If you local we should meet up. Heck if you want help with install I would be willing to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug78 View Post
    Where do you live?!?!?! I live on Bowen Island, ride all over the howe sound. If you local we should meet up. Heck if you want help with install I would be willing to help.
    I am on the other side of vancouver island, when i go offshore my next stop west is Japan!

    Thanks for the tips, i will look into them.

    My concern with upgraded Intake or exhaust is if i can still submerge the front end without injesting more water. I am happy with the current top speed so i am looking for more of a hole shot than anything else.

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    The ribbon removal will have no affect on whether it ingests water or not. It's in the intake manifold, not the air intake. It will help some with holeshot and helps a lot with throttle response. It will also help with top speed, but that won't be noticeable offshore since you'll rarely ever be at top speed. It probably helps a little with mileage, too since it's removing suce a huge restriction of airflow.

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    The tunnel reinforcement product looks like i will have to fiberglass it into place, Is this correct?

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    i will do

    - R&D intake Grate
    - Stock plate cut by Jims
    - Stock sponson
    - stage 1 riva prop

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1_Fast_SHO View Post
    i will do

    - R&D intake Grate
    - Stock plate cut by Jims
    - Stock sponson
    - stage 1 riva prop
    What is the stock plate cut by Jims ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetcoaster View Post
    What is the stock plate cut by Jims ?
    In your case, you would ship your stock FX SHO plate to Jim's Performance for milling.

    Here's a link to the service, specific for the FX SHO:

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...oducts_id=1252

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly_A View Post
    In your case, you would ship your stock FX SHO plate to Jim's Performance for milling.

    Here's a link to the service, specific for the FX SHO:

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...oducts_id=1252
    Thanks for the anwser, best plate ever tried on the FX SHO. worth the money contact Jim sometimes he has plates already cut so you wont have down time

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