Thread: Intake Grate removal 2001 Virage
04-21-2014, 08:10 AM #1
Intake Grate removal 2001 Virage
I had a run-in with a green sapling that was underwater. I was slightly above idle and it feed into my pump like a wood chipper
The impeller looks perfect from what I can see but the limb wedged in my grate and broke the rear of one of my grate bars. I think I can remove the grate and weld the rear on, the front is still intact.
From what I have read there is one screw holding this critter on? Removing some of the sealer seems to be suggested. Any more hints before I aggravate myself attempting to remove the grate?
04-21-2014, 07:29 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
One big screw at the front end of the grate, sealant around a tongue and groove fitting at the rear edge.
Remove single bolt/screw, get the leading edge of the grate free from the hull and tilt it down a few degrees.
Work the grate side to side and up/down as you pull forward. It should let go. If the sealant at the rear edge is still gripping strongly, some knife work may be required.
04-22-2014, 06:11 AM #3
What type of sealant should I use upon re-assembly? Silicone or something more robust?
Are you running stock intake grates on your ski's?
04-22-2014, 09:24 AM #4
I put an aftermarket grate on my 01 Virage i. I think it is an R&D grate.
Made a huge difference in the ride in the waves.
04-26-2014, 07:11 PM #5
Got it back together! runs great I was a little worried I have never hit a stationary branch of a tree before impeller look good. No vibrations top speed and rpm are the same. Man its a nice machine nice machine thanks for your help guys
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