Thread: Flow Rites
04-14-2006, 05:52 PM #1
Lot of talk about these in the air intake thread so here are mine that just came in today...
2" and 2 1/2"...I got a total of 7 (3 2" and 4 2 1/2") but some of these are also for my SLX project...
Looks like the plan is to put 3 2"ers in the top storage lid and one 2 1/2" down below in the deck to most make advantage of my project...Pics of the rest of it to follow as soon as it's done...
These are quite water repellant and very well made. You can hold it under the faucet and water doesn't get through...Now if you really hit it with forceful water (like hitting it with a spray nozzle or something) it will make it through but it tremendously slows down the velocity and diffuses it quite a bit...
04-14-2006, 06:18 PM #2
I think sales of those things are going to sky rocket. Water will have trouble getting in and air can get through nicely, What a great invention! Nice job!
04-14-2006, 06:29 PM #3
04-14-2006, 06:31 PM #4
Oh I can't take credit for even discovering these things. I was turned on to these buy my buddy CrazyA and his buddy up north that play around with the sled stuff...Just turns out it has great applications on the watercraft side of things as well...
Edit - Speaking of the aformentioned individual...You know it's wierd in that pic of the Matrix I swear it looks like he managed to mount it like I was talking about with you (the rubber grommet behind the hull and the metal ring flush to the ski...)
04-14-2006, 06:39 PM #5
04-14-2006, 09:20 PM #6
I am ordering one next week, I plan on putting mine on the other side of the gas cap, as good as these look i think it will look factory installed
04-14-2006, 10:11 PM #7
I’m a bit clue less about these things…what do they do and what do you use them for?...AR
04-14-2006, 10:26 PM #8
The guys are using them for cooling air inlets/outlets for the hull and possibly using the 4" for the supercharger intake. The filter material is waterproof yet does not restrict air flow. I've been racing snowmobiles since 1990 and have used and seen these but it never crossed my mind to use them for these purposes..DOH! nice find guys!
04-15-2006, 12:09 AM #9
And here's the reason for the flow rites...Keep in mind the idea here is not to "ram air" into the hull and intake but rather to create airflow so the supercharger isn't sucking up stale air and the heated air is being pushed out the back of the ski...The idea is sound...I've got several hours in mid 80's heat on it and I can say honestly I can really feel the hot air being pushed out the rear outlet with the fans on (dual 4" mounted in-line) much more so than when it's turned off...
It's not a huge rpm gainer but it will hold an extra 50 rpms that it normally fluctuates on...It's very nice to have available in idle zones or sitting around with the engine off as it keep the air circulating and expelling the heated air...
Additionally with this setup the fans do not act as a restriction in any way...
I realize there are ways out there to flow more air but I like this for the fact that it's a reasonably "safe" method for intorducing air into and out of the ski...There are no straight lines in...everything is done at right angles to each other so even when water does make it in it's velocity is greatly reduced to be almost of no issue...I'm finding that on the rougher days I'm regularly launching through walls of water playing out in the river and as much as I'd like some huge open holes funneling air in it's just not practical for the way I'm finding I like to ride this thing...
I also opened up the rear intake to allow air an easier path out. No more of that having to go all the way to the bottom of the hull just to be forced back up to the top and out...
Again a big thanks to Jerry for the hood loaner so I could test my theory before I hacked up my own hood...
Oh and a shameless shot of my boost guage setup...I recycled a part of the cut up intake area and mounted it in the bracket that formerly held the mirror...Cool thing about this is it still allows me to pivot it for a better angle as per my riding style...Plus there's a decent area left if I want to affix a small mirror (although at this point it really isn't necessary...)
04-15-2006, 01:01 AM #10
Holy holes batman Is that last pic a wiener dog? :P
Just kiddin' Sirhc7897...you by far have takin' this flow rite thing to the next level. I'm going to order the 4"version for my intake
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