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    cleaning your siphon hose screens. do you?

    While I was getting the ski up to par for this weekend, I always check the intake screen, siphone hoses, and custom intake water hose screens.

    Here's what I found around my siphon hoses.
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    I always check them. In fact if the system is dirty or clogged, they can actually draw water into the hull.

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    Personally, I check the screen every time I get back from a ride. I siliconed a retainer to the hull and zip tied to it. I gave myself enough slack to clean the screen. I don't get much debris on the screen, but worth checking none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    I always check them...
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    The MSX 140 siphon intake screens are really buried, especially down on the battery side. I was not monitoring it closely last year. When I did get around to it, they were rather gunked up.

    I installed a bilge pump and custom bracket to the left of the pump tunnel late last year. Have not yet wired it up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
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    I always check them...
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    The MSX 140 siphon intake screens are really buried, especially down on the battery side. I was not monitoring it closely last year. When I did get around to it, they were rather gunked up.

    I installed a bilge pump and custom bracket to the left of the pump tunnel late last year. Have not yet wired it up...
    Do you have a pic of that bilge pump bracket? How will you be wiring it into the electrics?

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    Custom Bilge pump bracket and installation in MSX 140

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    I always check them...
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    The MSX 140 siphon intake screens are really buried, especially down on the battery side. I was not monitoring it closely last year. When I did get around to it, they were rather gunked up.

    I installed a bilge pump and custom bracket to the left of the pump tunnel late last year. Have not yet wired it up...
    Do you have a pic of that bilge pump bracket? ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    ... How will you be wiring it into the electrics?
    LR-50 module, carefully connected into Yellow and Red/Purple.

    LR-50 is NOT a voltage regulator, just an accessory power feed (Orange wire output). LR-52 is similar.

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    I used a hot wire Weller soldering gun with a custom shaped wire to cut through the foam. Works well, cuts at a reasonable rate. Need good ventilation!

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    Im thinking it might be easier to stick the base of the pump down with some 4200 or 5200.....

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    That's a neat idea melting the foam with that soldering iron.

    I also check the base and the impellor inside the bilge pump. That impeller like to wrap itself with stringy stuff and slows the pump down and put extra resistance on the motor and the volume of water is decreased thru the pump. Good way to burn it out if you don't clean it out periodically.

    Thank god it was clean when I lost the intake hose last year. That lil pump saved my ski from going to the bottom of the south channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    I'm thinking it might be easier to stick the base of the pump down with some 4200 or 5200.....
    I did not want to impede the drainage path to the rear, under the bilge pump. Not just for water but also for bilge debris, which I wanted to be able to simply flush out the rear drains with a garden hose while the hull is tilted nose high.

    The MSX hull bottom in that area is angled towards the pump tunnel so the bilge pump cannot sit flush with the bottom and be tucked tight against the tunnel.

    I elected to keep the bilge pump tight to the tunnel side and allow a small gap under the pump.

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