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    Exclamation Silicon on R&D intake...?

    I'm about to install the R&D intake on my MSX 150, and want to pick your 'brains'!

    My intention is to have the R&D, and the OEM, grate with me at all times...and to change them out as I need. The service manual calls for using silicon, and I can see this as making it difficult to swap grates at the launch ramp. Seeing as Kawasaki is now shipping their top of the line ski without sealing the intake (the reason that they state they don't need to, is that the rear of the grate has a lip that engages the ride plate...just like Polaris), is there any reason why I can not do the same?



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    I would beleve that the silicone on the leading(front edge) would help prevent cavatation (allow air bubbles to be created on the void edge.) Just my thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keddano View Post
    I would beleve that the silicone on the leading(front edge) would help prevent cavatation (allow air bubbles to be created on the void edge.) Just my thoughts.
    That seems to be the conventional wisdom...prevents cavatation.

    What about a piece of duct tape (Duck tape) across the front void? Duct tape worked well when I developed hull leaks while white watering in a canoe. Stuck like cement...even below the waterline. Could be replaced when I change the grate...?

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    That would work if it didn't blow off,Ever try the Gorilla tape? Suppose to be super duck tape.

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    Mighty Putty...works everytime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keddano View Post
    That would work if it didn't blow off,Ever try the Gorilla tape? Suppose to be super duck tape.
    I will definitely check that out! If it is as good as their glue...bingo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilnEdee View Post
    Mighty Putty...works everytime!
    Tell me more. Does it remain pliable? And, most importantly, does it NOT cure as an adhesive...?

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    Just checked out the Mighty Putty commercial...sold as a super adhesive.

    Sounds like the opposite of what I need...I need sealing, without the permanent glue down.

    Thanks for the suggestion! Any more thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky_Road View Post
    ...I need sealing, without the permanent glue down...
    First off, why not try it without anything?
    If performance doesn't suffer enough to be a worry, then don't worry.

    In the northern climes, you can buy tubes of sealant designed to seal windows and such for the winter, then it just peels off when you don't need it anymore.

    Looks like clear silicone - might even be a form of silicone, but it releases its grip if you pull up one end of the bead, then peel it back.

    If I think of the proper name for the stuff, I will post it.
    Edit: This kind of stuff...

    White Lightning® Season Seal™ Removable Weather Stripping

    Or this;
    5.5OZ WEATHER STRIP SEALANT M-D Building Products Model: 08012 Do it Best SKU: 262447

    http://media.mydoitbest.com/imagereq...=C&newsize=200

    Removable weatherstrip sealant is formulated for use as a seasonal or temporary seal around windows and doors. Provides an airtight and waterproof seal. Applies like a caulk, dries clear, and easily removed with soap and water, nonflammable and low odor. Interior and exterior use. Recommended to stop drafts around window, unused doors or openings, appliance vents, and light fixtures. Adheres to glass, finished wood, metal, vinyl, and fiberglass. Size: 5.5 oz. tube

    or this from Amazon.com;
    Last edited by K447; 08-12-2008 at 12:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    First off, why not try it without anything?
    If performance doesn't suffer enough to be a worry, then don't worry.

    In the northern climes, you can buy tubes of sealant designed to seal windows and such for the winter, then it just peels off when you don't need it anymore.

    Looks like clear silicone - might even be a form of silicone, but it releases its grip if you pull up one end of the bead, then peel it back.

    If I think of the proper name for the stuff, I will post it.
    Let me know, K447!

    Reminds me of something I used to see, a gray putty shaped like a thin rope. Used by the automotive industry to seal around AC, and heating, car ducts. If I could get my hands on some of that, I am sure that it could work. Might try calling Home Depot....

    Update: this sounds like what I was just talking about,
    http://greenhousestuff.com/ropeputty.htm
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