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    VF3 Chip

    Should I be worried about this little chip and replace it? It only has about 12 hours on it.
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    well your in there might as well replace BUT why blown out in short time?
    whats over all setup (if you care to share)
    have 60 hr on my single pipe 12 starting to see some facture but has not let go yet ,any chance you can do leak down test? could be back pressure?

    later cd

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    I have over 120 hrs on my 05 and last weekend it ran better than it ever has.

    I looked at my reeds at 85 hours and they were as new.

    My friend had chips on his and found out that the dealer who instaslled his reeds forgot to put the spacer in which chipped the end of his reeds.

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    Well something is definately going on with that one petal. It may not get any worse. It's a tough call. But something moving that fast, with an edge that jagged can't be a good combination.

    I found the correct reed replacement by working with MT directly. Here is my thread on replacement.

    By the way, If yours has only 3 petals, then you will need to figure out which replacement to use.

    http://www.greenhulk.net/yamaha/viewtopic.php?t=3517

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    Yea, I suppose I'll replace it. It's only $60 and I already have the reed cages out. I just pulled the carbs to adjust the pop-off and found the chip. It's ALWAYS something. I think I wrench on my ski 10X more than I ride it. But, thanks for posting the how-to, Hydrotoys!

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    $60.00 per cage for a grand total of about $180.00

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    Yup, actually closer to $200 by the time you add in shipping. Of course 02gprider only needs one set to replace the one petal.

    Mine only needed 2 petals.. I surely have extra's now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by '02GPRider
    But, thanks for posting the how-to, Hydrotoys!
    Hey no problem. I'm just happy I figured out which reeds replacement fits my cages.

    Thank You!
    Because of YOUR pics of that beautiful ski of yours, I did the Jettrim cover in a silver CF color, with the black CF trim. I wasn't too hip on the idea, but Jet Trim really wanted me to use the kevlar blended trim or they wouldn't guarantee.


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    Something funky is going on - you ever have a backfire? I have 80+ hours on my VF3 reeds and they are flawless as of a month ago. Hope you find the problem.

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    Good point FB.

    However, mine chipped a lot sooner than his. I didn't have any problems either. It's tough to diagnose a problem when only a few have issues.

    Remember the notion that dripping gas can burn them too? I think I saw that with my I bodies. But not with my SBN's with double flappers and an extra spring.

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