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    How to Mod Your Ski

    I have read several posts lately from newer forum members who have modified their skis and are unhappy with its performance. Some have seen a loss on top speed, others claim its a dog out of the hole, etc.
    It is very important to remember that when you mod your ski, try and modify it as a package deal, and not with just 1 or 2 pieces of the package.
    It is this reason that many aftermarket manufacturers sell stage 1-2 and 3 kits.
    Think of it as a sports team.. If you have only 2 good players on a basketball team, the team sucks, and needs 3 other good players to all work together as a team and help one another. This is the same way modifying a ski, or any other toy goes. One modification compliments another.
    Just putting on a 1200 grate and sealing the pump shoe will slow your ski down, it needs the other team members to make it all go.
    Just installing an EFI controller and a d-plate will do nothing for your ski without the other players also.
    Installing a 14/20 prop without creating more power to spin it is a very common mistake seems like, and creates a major dog with a stock engine trying to spin it.
    I know many people modify as their wallet allows them to and cant afford to do the entire ball of wax at once, and i understand that, but just be aware of this fact of life.
    There are many different combinations people use, so STUDY closely what Jerry, R&D and Riva have for sale, and remember their recomendations for packages are that way for a reason.
    Its all in the combination of parts, and how well you pay attention to the small tuning details that determines how fast or slow your ski will be.
    Search this forum also and ask BEFORE you modify if you are not sure which way you are going. There are no stupid questions, and the answers are ALL here on Jerrys forum.
    So STUDY/READ/LOOK AT THE PICTURES on this forum in search mode for hours and hours, before you spend your hard earned dollars and you will avoid the frustration of owning a modified slug.
    You will be glad you did.
    There is an incredible amount of FREE information on this forum and it can take days/weeks to digest it all.

    And last but not least, if your not SURE, and have no experience in that area, then please dont give out poor/misleading advice.

    Proper planning prevents poor performance...
    Sounds like cleche classroom bullshit, but its not. Its oh so very true..
    Its your hard earned money, so spend it wisely and smile when you grab some throttle.
    Thanks,
    Ross


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    Great advice Ross

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    yes good stuff !

    And last but not least, if your not SURE, and have no experience in that area, then please dont give out poor/misleading advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossnemo View Post
    I have read several posts lately from newer forum members who have modified their skis and are unhappy with its performance. Some have seen a loss on top speed, others claim its a dog out of the hole, etc.
    It is very important to remember that when you mod your ski, try and modify it as a package deal, and not with just 1 or 2 pieces of the package.
    It is this reason that many aftermarket manufacturers sell stage 1-2 and 3 kits.
    Think of it as a sports team.. If you have only 2 good players on a basketball team, the team sucks, and needs 3 other good players to all work together as a team and help one another. This is the same way modifying a ski, or any other toy goes. One modification compliments another.
    Just putting on a 1200 grate and sealing the pump shoe will slow your ski down, it needs the other team members to make it all go.
    Just installing an EFI controller and a d-plate will do nothing for your ski without the other players also.
    Installing a 14/20 prop without creating more power to spin it is a very common mistake seems like, and creates a major dog with a stock engine trying to spin it.
    I know many people modify as their wallet allows them to and cant afford to do the entire ball of wax at once, and i understand that, but just be aware of this fact of life.
    There are many different combinations people use, so STUDY closely what Jerry, R&D and Riva have for sale, and remember their recomendations for packages are that way for a reason.
    Its all in the combination of parts, and how well you pay attention to the small tuning details that determines how fast or slow your ski will be.
    Search this forum also and ask BEFORE you modify if you are not sure which way you are going. There are no stupid questions, and the answers are ALL here on Jerrys forum.
    So STUDY/READ/LOOK AT THE PICTURES on this forum in search mode for hours and hours, before you spend your hard earned dollars and you will avoid the frustration of owning a modified slug.
    You will be glad you did.
    There is an incredible amount of FREE information on this forum and it can take days/weeks to digest it all.

    And last but not least, if your not SURE, and have no experience in that area, then please dont give out poor/misleading advice.

    Proper planning prevents poor performance...
    Sounds like cleche classroom bullshit, but its not. Its oh so very true..
    Its your hard earned money, so spend it wisely and smile when you grab some throttle.
    Thanks,
    Ross
    very good reading!!
    Last edited by tmg97gp; 01-01-2010 at 09:04 PM.

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    Great info...

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    So STUDY/READ/LOOK AT THE PICTURES on this forum in search mode for hours and hours, before you spend your hard earned dollars and you will avoid the frustration of owning a modified slug.
    Very true...I wish I'd found this forum before running out to buy a stage kit. I would've saved a pretty penny and had better results from the start. Great info as always. Thanks Ross.

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    Wink Very good advice!

    Ross, Very good job on trying to help the new people get going up to speed, best advice I have seen on the forum in a while, Tommy Jordan

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    good info............

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    And don't forget: GP owners, go irritate Brandon for hours on end on the phone!

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    Good info Ross

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