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    Another Intake grate catastrophe

    My ski is pretty much bone stock - save F/A's and a Nu-Jet 12/18

    Still has (had?) the stock grate, brother was riding it...

    Not sure what kind of timeline, but the two bolts on the pump shoe broke, and threw my brother..

    Some damage was caused also to the bow of the ski. If you look close to pic #2, you can see on the black bumper that something hard scraped it. A witness said that he was thrown off the front of the ski, which is odd - the boats are supposed to take a hard right when the grate breaks?

    Anyway, time to get my carbide bits, possibly a new pump shoe.

    Anyone know how to do fiberglass work around Houston?
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    if he got thrown off the front of the ski it means the ski "bucked" the pump got overstuffed and forced water back out the other way..

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    Yeah, that makes sense. After he got back he was talking about "you need to fix the trim on this thing, it bounces so bad!"

    It also got REAL squirrily around 35mph on the way back. Really had to hold it straight or it'll spin on you, and this thing DOESNT spin
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    Bring it to WFO and be done with it. He reinforced my pump tunnel just recently. It is rock solid. good luck. Oh yea, WFO is in Houston.

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    Oh, not sure if WFO does fiberglass work as you mentioned but I do know first hand he is the chit when working on skis Check with him anyway, Im sure he can advise you of someone their in H town.

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    R&D Intake Grate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
    Yeah, that makes sense. After he got back he was talking about "you need to fix the trim on this thing, it bounces so bad!"

    It also got REAL squirrily around 35mph on the way back. Really had to hold it straight or it'll spin on you, and this thing DOESNT spin
    Sound like the bolts were already gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OsideBill View Post
    Sound like the bolts were already gone.
    +1

    And when you loose a grate and the boat turns, you cant hold on and you keep going forward, and hopefully you clear the steering as you leave the craft.

    I have a couple of good body guys... Rob at Custom Colors and Luis at Taylor boats. Both are local.

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    UPDATE:

    Removed the stock intake grate, both of the bolts that mount the grate to the pump shoe are broken.

    Tried to get one out, broke two screw extractors

    WFO tells me that the pump shoes and intake grates on the XLT are not compatible with the ones off of a GPR..

    The only way I can run a GPR grate on an XLT is if I get a GPR shoe as well.

    First things first though. I need a pump shoe.

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    ... you need a XLT pump shoe and an aftermarket XLT intake grate

    XLT do not have the problem of R&D intake grates breaking

    you want to use an aftermarket grate as the OEM grate has a tendency to overstuff the pump and cause the ski to unexpectantly do a violent sharp turn

    you can't use any of the GPR parts on a XLT

    with the new parts you could use the next larger size bolts to bolt the grate to the shoe (you would need to drill and tap the shoe for the next larger size bolts)

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