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    VXR Pump Seal Kit on Stock Grate

    Just picked up a 2013 VXR...I'm I'm love! Perfect ski for my needs. I did notice during sharp acceleration from a dead stop I was losing hookup a lot. Not really interested in other mods at this time, but has anyone done a pump plug kit on the stock grate?


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    I did a silicon seal on the front edge of the OEM grate and the front two bolt holes on my FXSHO and found it noticeably helped. Didn't bother past that for future ease of removal. Will be doing same on SVHO when I get it back from bottom repaint.

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    Thanks! I don't want to lose any of the VXR's playfulness by gripping the water "too well" with a top loader grate, so if I could just stop the huge cavitation on small chops I'd have a perfect ski for my needs.

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    Is it a used ski? If so, the previous owner might have damaged the prop and sealed the grate won't do anything.

    If it is a new ski, different issue.

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    Plug kit works fine on stock grate u just gotta cut/shave a little rubber...wicked easy

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    It's a used ski with 12 hours. I pulled the grate and the impeller looks brand new on both sides. I don't have an cavitation outside of when I lose hookup, and I LOVE how the ski handles so I don't want to mess it up. So is the consensus a pump plug kit for the stock grate is in order?

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    Sounds like you would see more of a benefit from an aftermarket grate. If I don't put my weight forward enough from a dig the pump will sometimes unload. It really depends on the water conditions.

    I am installing the R&D grate and PPK soon to help with hookup especially in the choppy water I ride in.

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    If its choppy and u arent looking for top speed i would go with riva ss grate...one in classifieds now...

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    Thanks for all the advice. I got a pump plug kit for the stock grate super cheap on ebay before I saw the replies here so I guess I'm going to give that a shot first, but otherwise yeah I'll be moving to a Riva SS grate.

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