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    To grate or not to grate?

    Well after all of my intake grate and brass inserts pulling out while ridding problems I have been dealing with over the last few weeks I am hopping It will now be fixed thanks to the PPG insert repair kit I got. Thanks for the tip on that guys.The new inserts are nice. Well my intake grate bent at the rear because of the inserts pulling out and the far rear bolt holding in so now I am trying to decide what to do? Do I get the Riva intake grate or get another stock one? I have used the search box and looked at all the posts on this and I know some say it slows you down some say it doesn't, but I couldn't find anyone with actual numbers. Can anyone with an RXT tell me If the grate slowed them down for sure or if there was no change. Thanks for the info.


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    This is a question I've studied on for quite a while.

    After all I've read on the subject...I still don't have a definitive answer....one thing seems to be a constant though.

    If you run over 72ish....you'll probably be better with a riva on.

    If you ain't gonna get that fast...you won't need it.

    Shibby's one on one side of this fence...Hoss is one on the other side.

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    SoFlaRiders Member mksmi's Avatar
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    I am of course not going that fast know, but I know I will eventually add an ext intercooler and maybe a rude. Ski now is only going 67.5 with half tank.

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    tell me more about the PPG repair kit as I have the same problem and I am trying not to drill up into the intake area and use longer bolts

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    The ppg kit comes with 4 new threaded inserts, you get 2 extras, but there inserts are also threaded on the outside. You run a 7/16-14 tap into the plastic holes in the pump shoe that the stock inserts came out of. Now the inserts are threaded into the pump shoe and then you use epoxy on the threads to lock it in. Seams very strong.

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    thanks I will call them and order unless Jerry has them

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    No he doesn't. Actually Jerry is one of the people that directed me to PPG. I wish he carried them in the store.

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    Not that I hope I will ever need them again. I really hope this is it

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    There ARE two sides on the Grate issue.

    I've run the OEM, R&D, and the RIVA.

    I think you are better off with one of the aftermarket grates over the OEM, but the decision between the 2 is dependant on where you ride.

    If your riding more of the Ocean or rougher water, go R&D, it is more aggresive and will keep the pump hooked up better.

    If you ride more flat water, go with the RIVA, it will top-load the pump better than the OEM. I gained speed with the RIVA over the OEM in a back-to-back. Now I'm sure Shibby will probably call bolchit on me for this, but for me the difference was pretty dramatic, and the ski felt more stable at speed.

    I'm set up for the flat water, so for me, I kept the RIVA in...

    Good Luck whichever way you go...

    JP

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    SoFlaRiders Member mksmi's Avatar
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    I ride mostly flat water, but I would like to start getting into the ocean more. I would be happy to just not loose any speed, I didn't even consider that I would gain anything.

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