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    Holes in ride plate

    I know this has been discussed before but I am not sure about what to do. Is there any advantage to filling in the holes, it just seem like a such a small thing. If there is an advantage what kind of sealant do you use? Thanks Roger


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    I use silicone sealant. Easy to remove if you want to get the plate off. You can smooth it out with a finger wetted with spit. Never had it blow out when installed in a clean dry hole. Some use an epoxy like JP Weld or Marine Tex....lots of luck chopping it out to get at the plate or grate bolts.

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    I guess just use a clear silicon, that is what it has on it now from what I can tell. How much does it help if any? Roger

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    see how he did it...best way
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    Quote Originally Posted by RXP Steve View Post
    see how he did it...best way
    http://www.greenhulk.net/blog.php

    Epoxy is ok to use on the ride plate of the 4 tec skis because chances are you are never going to remove it to swap out for an aftermarket one since it serves as the radiator. Jerry uses silicone on the intake grate holes because that part will be removed more often. The Ultra ride plate and grate will probably be exchanged for aftermarket ones, so I say stay with the silicone for easy removal.

    If the factory installed silicone looks like it was put on with a putty knife and more of it is on the ski bottom than in the plate groves, (like on all the Ultras I have seen) it has to be cleaned up or it's going to rob speed.

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    If the factory installed silicone looks like it was put on with a putty knife and more of it is on the ski bottom than in the plate groves, (like on all the Ultras I have seen) it has to be cleaned up or it's going to rob speed.

    Richard[/quote]

    What would you use to clean it up? I have it on the ride plate. Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhorne1053 View Post
    If the factory installed silicone looks like it was put on with a putty knife and more of it is on the ski bottom than in the plate groves, (like on all the Ultras I have seen) it has to be cleaned up or it's going to rob speed.

    Richard
    What would you use to clean it up? I have it on the ride plate. Roger
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    The stuff is hard to get off. I'd use a plastic ice scraper and then some type thinner to remove the rest. I use gasoline but that can be risky.....BOOM !!

    Afterwards you can reseal the seams and do a neater job. If Kawi pays the slobs that work on these skis minimum wage they are getting too much !!


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    I will have to look into this when I get my ski.

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    You can use epoxy. The key is to wrap a small piece of string around the head of the bolt, so that the epoxy doesn't grab the head. A small piece of saran wrap works, if you can get it up in there.

    To remove the epoxy, just put some heat on it, till it smokes, and gives off a foul odor. Then just tap it out. It will come out like a plug.

    Silicone works...sometimes. Sometimes it dont. It certainly pulls out easier, but usually when you don't want it to.

    It's really bad about getting around the bolt heads too. I'd put something on them if I used silicone.

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    I just tear off some duct tape squares and shove them on top of the bolts.

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