04-28-2006, 10:59 PM #1
Amazed at impact of filling ride plate bolt holes.
I tried out my ski today with the ride plate holes filled. I saw the best speeds ever today. I would say I saw an increase of an easy 1+ MPH. It still floors me that there is that much drag or lift reduction by those bolt heads but there is. I saw several runs breaking 64 today. I could sit straight up with my feet on the rests and almost hit 63. Weather was perfect for speed runs at 60 water and 64 air.
I did notice a couple of the fillings were starting to wear away. I may need to try a different material. I used a marine fiberglass repair epoxy type material but it took a long time to set so I think it may have been on the shelf at Lowes for awhile.
04-28-2006, 11:58 PM #2
try the epoxy putty sticks....seem to work real well
04-29-2006, 12:03 AM #3
I was looking for those and found the stuff I used which was a 2 part material but I think it was getting old. I'll have to look around some more.
04-29-2006, 09:08 AM #4
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Dont use waterweld...I just looked under my ski...and 3 of the 6 holes I filled are no longer filled...I am going to take the others out and go buy some other shit....and that was only after 1 trip to the lake, where I spent about 15-20 mintues out there...
04-29-2006, 12:40 PM #5
It doesn't hurt to clean the area of the holes themselves. Preperation is key to these plugs. The home depot epoxy works great and sets dry in 30mins. I've installed it at the lake and had it last till I hammered it out.
04-29-2006, 02:40 PM #6
I noticed that the holes on my ride plate had a small amount of silicone in them, this would keep the epoxy from holding.
04-29-2006, 03:22 PM #7
Great results Mark! It seems everyone that does this gains 1+ mph.
I have had the best luck with JB Weld stick.
04-29-2006, 04:26 PM #8Originally Posted by Green Hulk
04-29-2006, 04:29 PM #9
kinchyle would be proud of me
04-29-2006, 05:50 PM #10Originally Posted by Green Hulk
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