Thread: Another Riva Plate Review
08-20-2007, 10:41 PM #1
Another Riva Plate Review
I finally got around to putting my plate on today. I didn't do any back to back testing (leaving that for Harry), but I did ride yesterday in identical conditions and all I did was change the plate.
Here we go:
Yesterday 100 degrees, water piss warm, slight crosswind, 3 bars. Best top speed of 66.1.
Today same. Only change was the rideplate. The factory one was sealed up tight with black RTV so I cleaned it up a little and just slapped the Riva on.
Well, first pass cold 69.5. WOW! 68.5 in the other direction. I was happy. I rode for a bit to see the handling differences and how it stayed hooked up in the chop. There was a noticeable "lightness" to the rear. It did not hook nearly as well as the factory plate in turns, but straight it did not cavitate, but did seem to bounce a little more. I even managed to spin it out once and I'm not an aggressive rider at all. The rear kinda skips or slides. I think adjustable trim would come in handy here.
Well, I hit the warning buzzer and put about 10 more miles on the ski at WOT and did a few more speed runs. Now I was rewarded with a 69.3 in one direction, 70.00 in the other I even clocked a 68.8 sitting straight up with the bars all the way up(my kinda riding position). I was impressed. For the record I was not able to back the 70 up, but I have no doubt it will when it cools off a little, plus I put a call in to my secret weapon(supermanamus grandisimo) and he will do some testing for me .
All testing was performed with the wedge in place. My other mods are: Proper oil level, BOV adjusted, Riva Pro intake, R Rated 2nd waterbox elimination. Close to 20 hours. No issues at all
08-20-2007, 11:30 PM #2
Beautiful numbers Turbo...
70 felt good huh.... My skis best run was 69.2 with an average of 68.6 but I have been having ongoing problems as you may have read.
Keep it up...
08-21-2007, 04:33 AM #3
You and I have close to the same mods and ran very close numbers with the Riva plate. I also felt the rear was lighter but ran mine without the wedge. Pull your wedge and see what happens and I'll put mine in and see what happens.......
Who will be the first to consistantly run 71?????????
With this plate a lot of people should not have a problem running 70.
When you gonna let Harry run your plate on his "Skunkworks" machine?
08-21-2007, 05:08 AM #4
Is "Supermanamus Grandisimo" Latin for Harry D?
08-21-2007, 06:10 AM #5
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08-21-2007, 09:52 AM #6
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08-21-2007, 12:49 PM #9
TurboJimmy, was your ride plate stock or had you had it reworked? I am guessing that you had not had anything done to it. I am just wondering if there is a difference between Jim's plate and the riva plate. Thanks
08-21-2007, 01:33 PM #10
We run them (Jims Cut)side by (Rivas)side, only difference was Jimmy was beeping on fuel, and I had a full tank, minus maybe 3 gallons, it was very rough out there too, Jimmy took it from the hole shot by about a boat length then steadily pulled away at @ .5 mph faster than me, I couldnt catch him,He had to got to work, so we didnt get to swap skis or ride plates, may try it later this week.
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