09-27-2012, 09:21 AM #1
Steering nozzle, can they really add speed?
Just about every ad for aftermarket steering nozzles claims to slightly increase top speed. Do these really work? How?
09-28-2012, 04:11 AM #2
This is What The Manufacturer **Claims**
From the R&D Web-Site:
R&D Pump Nozzles are a direct replacement kit, offering tremendous performance gains over the stock unit. We redesigned the entire reduction nozzle section. The R&D Hydro-Force Exit Nozzle improves acceleration, top speed, pump efficiency, and thrust. The steering nozzle section was also improved. The Hydro-Force Steering Nozzle allows the craft to turn tighter and sharper, with an improved positive feel. Give yourself the same advantage that factory superstar Chris Fischetti insists upon. Simple bolt-on installation. Designed to be used with VTS (Variable Trim System).
I really liked the different "feel" in the steering with the pump nozzle, it was more "positive".
I am not sure that there is really any difference between the Solas or the R&D Nozzle.
Not sure if I gained anything with the nozzle - some claim it attributes to the eventual breaking of the steering cable, yet not on my ski.
I felt it was a nice addition. They can be had found used - for not that much.
IMO I thought it was a nice upgrade and gave a pretty cool look to the pump region of the ski.
Good Luck !!!!!
09-28-2012, 08:59 AM #3
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- May 2006
Your pic shows an Ultra 150, if thats the ski your refering to, save your money. I had the R&D one, did nothing for speed, maybe even a bit slower and the steering effort goes way up. Some people with 150's have even broke the steering cable. So in my case it was a waste of money.
Better mods are sponsons and a Shredmaster Ride plate, but I sold the Shredmaster once I got Beach House sponsons cause they fixed all the handling issues. The shred works, just don't expect any big speed gains.
09-28-2012, 01:37 PM #4
As I said earlier - they can be had for < 100 dollars (used) - so the investment is really NOT such a big investment.
Personally, I liked mine. I thought it was a nice upgrade.
Heck snoop around for one in the "off-season" you may find one for even less than that, and you will be able to make your own decision and share your own viewpoint - all for less than a hundred bucks
Good Luck !!!
09-28-2012, 02:47 PM #5
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- May 2006
If you want to try one, and find it cheap, go for it, but i don't think you will be happy in the long run.
09-28-2012, 04:23 PM #6
The reason why I posted a pic with the nozzle installed, was because the OP had such a ski listed in his signature.
To minimize any future confusion, this is the ski that I ***had*** the R&D Pump Extender Nozzle Installed on:
Lastly, just for the sake of correctness - the aftermarket does not even offer an extender nozzle for the new Kawasaki Ultra-300x's.
Have a nice day !!!
09-29-2012, 09:16 AM #7
Re: Steering nozzle, can they really add speed?
I picked one up for my 150 for pretty cheap. My opinion you should just save your $, I do like the feel of the steering with the extended nozzle but it cut back the fun factor of the ski. I will be removing it and most likely placing in the classified adds.
10-01-2012, 03:10 PM #8
Thanks, for the replies. I figured it was mostly a marketing gimmick.
10-06-2012, 10:28 AM #9
Keep telling yourself that.
Here's more information about this topic - from probably the most unselfish, knowlegable "contributor" - with relation to the Ultra-150:
The Pump Extender Nozzle - coupled with the trim modification certainly proved to be a contributing factor enabling me to break the 70 number on GPS.
Good Luck !!!!
10-07-2012, 04:35 PM #10
I have one on my Ultra 150 and it does make the steering harder under full power but I found it to track better with it and the shredmaster. It also is fun to spray people with it and makes the turning at slow speeds better. I cant speak if I gained mph from it but for looks and fun factor of spraying its worth finding a used one.
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