11-03-2008, 08:49 AM #1
Reed Assembly Rubber stop silly question
I removed the reed assemblies from my 1997 SLT700 and did not notice that there is a top and a bottom. After they were both removed I noticed that there was a rubber flap on the top or the bottom. When mounted is this on the top or the bottom? What is the purpose of this flap? Sorry if this is a dumb question.
11-03-2008, 08:54 AM #2
You mean the reed stop (item #18 )? Does this pic help?
Well actually the parts list calls it a stuffer? #16 they call the reed cage stuffer.
11-03-2008, 10:17 AM #3
No I do not think so. Aren't the reed stops metal and on both the top and bottom? This is a rubber flap above the reed stop. I looked at stb's install instructions and there picture did not show the rubber flap. Any ideas?
Here is a Photo
11-03-2008, 10:18 AM #4
If it's swollen or damaged due to fuel we would just remove them. I know there was also an update in regards to the stuffer with a different jetting spec and the removal of the stuffer, I'll see if I can find it tonight.
11-03-2008, 10:25 AM #5
Looking at the diagram, it goes on top. As ph2o said, it can be deleted.
I wonder why it was there? Filler material to stuff the case to reduce crankcase volume?
11-03-2008, 10:41 AM #6
They both have the rubber flap. I'm not sure why they are there either. Thanks for the info? I will install them with the rubber flaps on the top.
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11-03-2008, 10:44 AM #7
Welcome to the Greenhulk John!
11-04-2008, 05:16 AM #8
The reed stuffer sits UNDER the cage (notch at the wide end of the stuffer faces down).
It was the fuel additives that caused swelling of the rubber reed stuffer. The part number is 5411252 and it was designed to improve throttle response on initial acceleration.
If swollen, you would usually realize poor throttle response and generally rich carburetion.
The fix was to replace the stuffers or cut the narrow end of the wedge off and throw it into the trash can. Total length of the stuffer (when modified) should be 1.55 inches or 39.3mm in length.
11-04-2008, 07:34 AM #9
Now I'm really confused. Doesn't under mean on the bottom? What is the answer, top or bottom? Or should I just remove it. How would I know if it is swollen?
11-04-2008, 10:32 AM #10
John, it goes to the bottom, I've removed and modified no less than 100 boats when I was a dealer. I have photo's that show the position of the stuffer as well.
If the stuffer feels real soft (almost soggly like), it's swollen. The corners or edges should be sharp and the material should not extend past those sharp surfaces.
If you remove the stuffers and have a hesitation or lost some of your low end at least you'll know what the problem is.
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