02-09-2006, 07:46 PM #1
Cleaning up the rideplate is no joke...
So I followed one of the many tutorials on here and addressed my rideplate...
Filled the holes and sanded them down and cleaned up the surface a little. I didn't go crazy with it but I feel like I did a decent job...
In very similar conditions to when I posted the 67.0 speeds (temps of water and air were within a few degrees, DA was within 50', fuel was at same level, wear ring still a little cooked, etc...) I ripped off 7 runs ranging between 68.0 to 68.5...The average for the runs was 68.2. I don't usually like reading peak speeds but until my UMI comes in and I can mount it proper I'm stuck putting it in the top bucket...RPM's were steady 8100-8150 just like before and trim was in the same position...
Now I can't accept that it was worth 1.2 mph but it was certainly a gain. I think the slightly better weather conditions accounted for at least a few thenths...I do feel comfortable saying it was worth at least 3/4 mph though...
I'm liking this thing more and more...
02-09-2006, 08:28 PM #2
I saw similar results when I did mine. I believe it was the mod that put me on the 70mph with just a atwood fan giving the motor fresh air.
02-09-2006, 08:33 PM #3
I fully expect that the triple bearing pump mod and SS wear ring will put me well into the 69's in this weather...
02-09-2006, 10:03 PM #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
- rome ga
Don't forget the 3 blade prop.
02-09-2006, 10:05 PM #5
I run 68.5 in the heat. Will the mod put me over 70?
I can touch 70 when it is cold.
02-09-2006, 10:15 PM #6
I really couldn't say as I just don't have enough seat time on this thing yet...I'm a decent sized guy (6' 225lbs) so I don't expect to break 70 stock but I do think with a couple more issues addressed I'll be into the 69's...
Also, I didn't do the bolt holes on the intake grate yet as I haven't changed it and plan too. I also haven't approached the sloppy silicone work yet either...
I suspect when the summer heat/humidity hits down here I'll be nowhere near those speeds but I would think a smaller rider in cooler temps could certainly be just above 70 (again IMO)...
IMO, it seems like a must do for everyone as it's simple, cost next to nothing (except your time) and gains solid results. You'd be silly not to do it...
02-11-2006, 10:46 AM #7
I found the same to be true when Franko and I did our ride plates. Nice cheap gain there. Guess we gotta thank the Fountain Boys ultimately for that one and Jerry for figuring it out for us
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