Thread: Jet Wings Sponsons
06-22-2006, 11:02 PM #1
Jet Wings Sponsons
Jerry Rodriguez of Jet Wings sent me out a set of these sponsons over a month ago to test on the RXP. With being caught up with getting my ski together and ready for the Mudbug event i kind of put them aside. Last night i got off my lazy ass and finally got them bolted up.
At first look they look out of place. Nothing like traditional sponsons, but once i started looking at them and trying to figure out what makes them work i came up with a couple of observations.
1) They offer a much larger planing surface which will make a great holeshot even better. They will lift the rear of the ski up and push the nose down while coming out of the hole.
2) They will provide lift to the rear of the ski effectively eliminating porpoising. Moving the sponsons towards the rear of the ski will provide more lift at the rear which could push the nose down too much for us high speed fanatics. Moving them more forward would prevent that. Playing around with them to find the sweet spot should yield a gain in top speed by increasing lift and should also stop any porpoising.
My only concerns are how they will make the ski handle at high speed while going thru chop/boat wakes at high speed. I removed the stock sponsons from my skis becuase i didn't like the tipsy feeling the ski had when the sponsons caught the water. Then again, these things were designed for surf/rough water so i may be surprised.
Overall they are quality pieces made from carbon fiber. Not cheap stuff, but there is no way you are going to break them.
I'll probably get out on the water with them this weekend and let you know how they performed.
06-22-2006, 11:20 PM #2
they posted something awile back on the Yamaha side but, nothing ever really came of it
06-23-2006, 12:42 AM #3
i just up'd that post on the yami side.
06-23-2006, 09:20 AM #4
wonder what would happen if you put a skeg on the bottom plate of the sponson
06-23-2006, 10:45 AM #5
Just a lil vanity on my part ...... they would have to preform extremely well, because I hate the look of them...... no offence I hope.
06-23-2006, 10:46 AM #6J3ffGuest
not to mention the price.
06-23-2006, 03:19 PM #7
06-23-2006, 03:38 PM #8
Yes, very dirty. I put the skis away after the Mudbug event and didn't even wash them. I needed a break from them
06-23-2006, 03:48 PM #9Originally Posted by GRNGOBLIN
I'd be curious to see an angle photo with a ski at high speeds with these on.
I bet they really grip when you dip that wing in. Might even be able to do spin outs at low speeds if you can get them lifted out of the water.
06-23-2006, 03:50 PM #10Originally Posted by Kinchyle
I cant wait to see what they do for the holeshot
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