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    question about stock ride plate

    is there any benefit to sanding all the imperfections out of a stock ride plate on a 15f. i was under my ski and noticed alot rough marks in the casting. is this worth doing or a waste of time?


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    You could try that and seal the edges and bolt holes. It may get you 1-2 mph. Maybe?

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    I'm thinking the same thing. The stock ride plate finish is pretty bad. Also, the gaps from plate to grate and plate to hull are not good. The factory silicone job on the grate to plate to pump shoe is very sloppy. I need to remove the components and start over. There should be a bit of performance in there when done right. I will use the "Right Stuff" permatex to seal it all up. You can buy it at Autozone, about $15 a can.

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    You wont get anywhere near 1-2mph from this. I dont think sealing your ride plate on makes any noticeable difference. Most racers like the bottom of their ski roughed up a bit to help handling. If the pump shoe sealing in the actual impeller duct is rough, you could think about redoing it, but anywhere else and id leave it. I think sealing pumps in with silicone and finishing it well helps slightly with hook up, but doesnt really make any noticeable difference to top spead.

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    i'll tell u one thing, the finish on the stocker is better than the r&d.

    seal the plate all around with silicone and then use permatex the right stuff to seal the bolt holes. u could see .5-1 mph if you dont eat or drink for 7 days

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    Sealed plate and bolt holes. While I did this with a R & D plate instead of a stock plate. I can tell you I picked up over 1-2 mph GPS on top by doing this. If you don't want to spend the money on the R & D plate, this is worth a try. I don't think it will make slower .

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    i took my R&D and used a DA sander and got it down to a 220 finish. then took the old buffer and polished it to a mirrow finish. i got about .5mph on the R&D casting.

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