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    Its better to burn out than fade away christian79's Avatar
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    SL900 and SL750 Help

    I recently purchased a 97 SL900 and went out with my wife and her 95 SL750. The two skis ride like night and day. The SL 900 pulls fast without bobbing up and down in even the most smooth water, but the 750 could be on glass and you will still hop around. Is there any hull difference between the two that would create that? My 900 has sponsons and the ride plate extends 2"-3" behind the hull where as the 750's plate ends at the hull. The difference is very annoying b/c you can ride the 900 on a choppy day and come out dry but the 750 will leave you soaked. BTW I have a 96 SL900 that I am going to build up. However if the hulls is different from the 97 and will boob up and down it is not worth it. I am new to PWC's so please let this slide if this is a newbie question.

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    Install the sponsons and problem solved.
    You can try the plate, which will help but the sponsons do a better job.

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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    Install the sponsons and problem solved.
    You can try the plate, which will help but the sponsons do a better job.
    I agree. You noted the two MAJOR factors of the ride characteristics. But, your wife's 750 will do "donuts" and tail spins where your 900 won't.

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    Its better to burn out than fade away christian79's Avatar
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    The 96 900 has sponsons I just wandered why the 95 750 jumps up and down and soaks the rider while the 97 900 just cruise along and keeps me dry. "Which will be good on a September morning in Ohio" So are you saying that the 96 and 97 900's have the same hull and with the same plate and sponsons should ride the same?

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    Pretty much.
    Nothing is funner than the older SL's for 180's and 360's that's for damn sure. I take the sponsons off my 750 all the time just so I can do circles and cork-screw the boat into the water.

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    There's a noticeable difference between my SLX780 and SL900 also. The SL900 takes off smooth. The SLX780 will jump straight out of the water from a dead stop. Does this have anything to do with the ride plates? I havent really looked at either to see what they are. They both have The sponsons on them. I think the SLX780 may turn a bit tighter also. I've been riding mostly the SLX780 lately and that thing can manuever. I took a sharp turn the other day at WOT going very fast. I thought I would have lost. I leaned into it and managed to stay on but it liked to rip my arms out.

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