05-04-2009, 08:05 AM #1
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- Feb 2007
- naples, fl
Tips for new Challenger 180 c180 owners
This is all my personal opinion. It may not be the best way to go but it works for me.
You should be able to easily hit 46MPH on your boat and you should be able to take 8 people on and only notice a small difference in time to plane, if you're having any trouble getting on plane or if you're getting any cavitation then you have a problem.
1. Check your pump, you might have sucked something up, I use a camera with flash to really get a good picture of what's going on in there.
2. Check your wear ring and impeller, the gap between the impeller and the wear ring should be almost invisible and there shouldn't be any major scratches on the wear ring or dent on the impeller.
It isn't easy to get huge performance increases on this boat like it is on a ski, you really have to do a lot of work and you'll be lucky to hit over 50mph, I suggest doing very simple mods.
1. Upgrade your impeller to SRX-CD-14/19R. You'll need an Impeller removal tool which is around $15, you'll need it anyway when it comes time to replace your wear ring. I noticed HUGE increases in low-end thrust. I also suggest buying new and measuring the pitch before installing, just to make sure you don't get a defected unit. I got a 2mph increase from doing this, I also recommend getting a new wear ring at the same time.
2. Go for the 4" intake upgrade, it really does make a difference but I think it makes a little more noise, maybe I'm going crazy... maybe... maybe... maybe...
Here are some more random tips, things I learned along the way.
1. Remove your speakers and get rid of those boxes behind the speakers, you will be amazed at the difference this makes.
2. Upgrade your speakers, the stock speakers are so crappy. You can get a really nice pair of Infinity 602m for $60, they look stock and last a lot longer too.
3. Don't get the bimini top unless you really really need it, it's a pain in the ass and ends up doing damage to your boat if you ride anywhere that has waves.
4. Don't try to fix your supercharger without using the shaft holding tool. And get one of those wrenches that tell you how much torque you're putting on so that you know you got it right. Put thread lock on your bolts and I use neverseize on all of my pump bolts but it makes a mess so be really careful. Also order a set of external Torx sockets, you'll need the E8.
5. Remove the inlet cleaning system and the whole ICS motor crap, it makes extra room for a big battery if you ever decide to upgrade your sound system. and it's just a pain in the ass anyways.
6. Unless you really need them, get rid of the stairs, it's annoying when you find out they came loose sometime during a long ride and cost you a bunch of performance. As a plus, you get grab girls asses as you help them get into the boat, and that's always good. Perverts!
7. Always turn off the battery switch when you're not using the boat.
8. Do your own oil changes, the dealership is a rip off and it's so easy to do, just get one of those things you hook up to your drill to suck out all of the oil, it's not as hard as it is to do on a car.
9. Check your intake all the time, it's easy to get something stuck in there, bags, fishing line, thongs, etc...
10. Keep a pair of those big cutting pliers and a mask in your boat, it's the easiest way I could find to cut rope from the pump if you suck up the rope while wakeboardig or tubeing...
11. The center compartment is bigger than you think, you can easily fit a wakeboard in there, get one if you don't have one, cheap ones are fine. It's sooo much fun. Just make sure to look up some youtube training videos before you get started, you need to know how to get out of the water or it won't be fun.
12. I love you. Have fun!
05-04-2009, 11:59 PM #2
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- Mar 2009
07-01-2009, 12:09 AM #3
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- Mar 2009
Another thought a few months later. Tow with a cover on or remove your rear seat cushions. They almost flew out of my boat and the snap in carpet kept popping loose. This is on long tows at highway speeds (55-65).
I bought a snap on bow and cockpit cover and have to install them. The large custom towable cover I have is a pain.
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