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    Pros and Cons of aftermarket ride plates...

    I was lookign at an R and D ride plate extension. I'm curious if this will make my ski more stable in choppy waters. And what, if any cons there are with this too? Thanks!!

    It this better or worse then trim tabs?
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    I was told by someone else with a 96 XP that the plate extension was the best modification he ever did for popoising issues. I plan on getting one myself as well as trim tabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 240witSR View Post
    I was told by someone else with a 96 XP that the plate extension was the best modification he ever did for popoising issues. I plan on getting one myself as well as trim tabs.

    Cool thanks!! Yeah that's the issue i'm tryign to get rid of.

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    i would get some sponsons before messing with the ride plate. my 96xp has stock ride plate, stock trim tabs, beach house sponsons and a pump wedge. i can trim all the way up, hang off the back of the ski and it doesn't porpoise at all.

    the after market ride plate will kill your top end as will after market trim tabs. the will help with the porposing though.

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    ^^ ill try that first then...

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    the ride plate extender will scrub off 2 mph, but in the chop you will not come unhooked nearly as much. i'd personally go with trim tabs, cuz the plate extender doesn't seem as effective in turns as the tabs do.

    sponsons are a must for handling, but if you like hotdoggin donuts 180 stuff keep them on the high setting. it's gay but even i like that corny stuff.

    X4's don't jump nearly as well with extension products installed, fwiw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wayniac View Post
    the ride plate extender will scrub off 2 mph, but in the chop you will not come unhooked nearly as much. i'd personally go with trim tabs, cuz the plate extender doesn't seem as effective in turns as the tabs do.

    sponsons are a must for handling, but if you like hotdoggin donuts 180 stuff keep them on the high setting. it's gay but even i like that corny stuff.

    X4's don't jump nearly as well with extension products installed, fwiw.
    A+ The R&D ride plate extender is worth about 2mph. I have tested this on both my 95XP800 and my 96XP. I don't use the ride plate extender. I have found that the R&D 3degree trim tabs are a good compromise between speed loss and porpoiseing control. I also run B/H sponsons with my trim tabs on my 95XP800. The boat rails.
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    where can you get R&D trim tabs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jofa390 View Post
    where can you get R&D trim tabs?
    Try to get the R&D 3 degree tabs, as standard will scrub 2 mph.

    I never, under any circumstances, would recommend an extended ride plate.

    Don't know if they are still available retail or not.

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    I seen the tabs and ride plate on Riva i believe but never the 3 degree tabs.

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