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    Ride Plate Install

    I bought a batwing ride plate for my X45. This is my first time working on a PWC but this looks pretty straight forward. Is there anything I need to know about swapping ride plates? It looks like just removing bolts and putting the new one on. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    Make sure to seal the ride plate to the hull and the ride plate to intake grate with a quality marine grade silicone. I like 3M 5200.

    You don't want any gaps in the silicione as an air leak can cause cavitation issues.

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    Also put thread antilock on the screws when putting the plate on you can get it at the automotive store.

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    Any 100 percent silicone will do the trick. You may want to remove it at some point so I would not recommend the 5200. Its awesome stuff, but very difficult to remove if you should ever need to. If you have no plans to remove the plate the 5200 would be good.

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    Well I got the old ride plate off and all I can say is what a bitch! It was put on with what appeared to be Ultra Gray gasket sealer. Going to use 100% silicon to reinstall so that I can get it off in the future because I don't want to go through that again. Thanks for all the advice.

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    The silicone will still stick like crazy. They are never easy to remove.

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    I've cracked a ride plate removing it before.....

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    I used a small pry bar, long flathead screwdriver, and a thin putty knife to get it off. I was scared I was going to mess something up but there was only a little surface damage. Some of the gelcoat came off with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davenoscott View Post
    I used a small pry bar, long flathead screwdriver, and a thin putty knife to get it off. I was scared I was going to mess something up but there was only a little surface damage. Some of the gelcoat came off with it.
    I like using a compact hydraulic pump jack. Place 2x4 across the top of the pump tunnel and another board to cushion the ride plate.

    I start at one side near the rear. Pump the jack until the sealant starts to stretch, then slide a thin blade as far along the sealant as I can reach, cutting from inside and outside. Move to the other side, repeat.

    Shift the jack forward and keep stretching the sealant and cutting it. Eventually the plate will start to swing down from the hull and you can finish cutting through the sealant.

    Don't drop the plate and jack when it lets go.

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    I took the ski out yesterday to try out the new plate and what a difference it made. I consistently hit 60 on the MFD and the ride was very smooth. I'm thinking now that I should upgrade my prop. I'm going to try to find a 707, anyone know where I could get one?

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