Thread: Old dog new tricks.
05-28-2009, 08:35 PM #1
Old dog new tricks.
Well it's been OVER a year since i last had my 06 RXT on the water and hopefully in a few weeks I'll be back in the water. A broken pump shoe and money trouble lost me my whole 08 season. I've spent a lot of time improving some things and hand building parts. As most know me i'm not satisfied just buying parts from the store or even satisfied with the way most things work. I have no CNC machinery or much more than power or air tools. In the coming days i'll share some pics of some of the work.
Here's a little of what i've done
-Autometer Phantom analog liquid filled boost gauge in the mirror(this was especially a pain in the ass on a RXT)
-X model stainless braided throttle cable(I have UMI)
-Red ODI grip clamps
-Removed all OEM stickers
-Installed black rub rails
-Bead blasted corroded 42lb injector bodies and painted them black
-New SIS intercooler and scallop polished IC and bracket
-Bead blasted chipped finish on RE block offs and re powdercoat black
-New aluminum IC plumbing and harware.
-Versiplug drain plugs
-Hydro turf lifter wedges
-GTX rear grab handle(to ditch the chrome trim)
-Two 500gph Rule bilge pumps
-06 GTX Ltd depth finder
-Rebuilt Riva Stage 3 SC
-Made a bracket for and installed Oval Craft aluminum catch can
-Made a bracket for and relocated coolant resevoir to under glove box on right side
-All new water plumbing with shutoff
-Jims Rideplate mod w/out skegs
-Modifed rideplate to now carry front two 10mm bolts for intake grate (no more stripped inserts)
-Modified stock pump shoe to revome boss area and filled with epoxy for strength
-08 and up spec mid pipe
-08 and up Riva waterbox
-Possibly RIVA setback pump using stock 215 RXT pump shoe(never done before i think)
I'll try to get some pics up soon to show off some of this handy work.
05-30-2009, 07:23 PM #2
Nice work!!! Ive seen this first hand...Josh is very creative, and this will be one of a kind ski...
Now get this thing on the water so we can put some hours in!!!
05-30-2009, 07:27 PM #3
RUFF RUFF...this OLD DOG likes to CHASE KITTIES & BURY BONES!!!!! list of CUSTOM ONE OFF mods looks GREAT cant wait to hear the results my man!
05-31-2009, 09:14 AM #4
Pics later today....
05-31-2009, 10:08 PM #5
Still have to put in stainles screws and polish the faceplate.
Relocated coolant resevoir and bracket.
UMI makes this move more difficult
Waiting for the Riva waterbox
Eat your heart out plastic catch cans!
07-07-2009, 11:48 PM #6
Finally got the old dog back in the water last week and thanks to Brian "rustysearustydoo" for jinxing me saying that the ski would sink right away. As soon as it got in the water i found out that the bilge pumps work well. Aparently i went a little light on the right stuff when putting the rideplate back on so water rushed in from the two cooland fittings coming through the hull. Needless to say i still rode it and was very impressed so far.
Topped off tank of fuel, 3 inch intake, no rideplate holes filled, no silicone around the sides of the ride plate or grate, and without my REs just regular OPAS block offs i got 73.4 mph sitting up. Air temp 85 water temp 85. Rpms were 8040. I got the rideplate squared away by removing it and re siliconing everything which also got rid of a small coolant leak. I have to thank REID for a killer deal on the Jim's rideplate.
I got the REs back from powder coat and the 4 inch intake in. The modded rideplate/pump shoe seem to be working nicely and everything is nice and snug. I can't wait to finish the silicone and rideplate holes to see what she can do on 1/4 tank or less!
07-07-2009, 11:52 PM #7
Almost forgot to mention Brian "Rustysearustydoo" was by my side for almost 3 days straight til the wee hours of the morning helping me finish this and is a true friend! Thanks man!
07-08-2009, 02:53 PM #8
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