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    Performance - 2003 MSX140

    I just recently bought a 2003 MSX140 with 100 hrs. It has all the updates. The top speed is between 55-57. I also have a 2001 virage 700 and in a race they are even until about 45, then the msx pulls ahead. I was kinda disapointed. The MSX was dead even with a 1999 GTX with 110 hp.

    Does the 6 degree wedge help and will it affect my bottem end for pulling wakeboarders?

    Where do I buy a 6 degree wedge?

    Should I put on the 2004 ride plate?

    My max rpm is 6800, is this good?

    When playing, it seems the front wants to dive under the water. Is this due to the extra weight in the front of the 2003? Any cures?

    Thanks for your help!


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    Quote Originally Posted by fusion900 View Post
    I just recently bought a 2003 MSX140 with 100 hrs. It has all the updates. The top speed is between 55-57. I also have a 2001 Virage 700 and in a race they are even until about 45, then the msx pulls ahead. I was kinda disappointed. The MSX was dead even with a 1999 GTX with 110 hp.

    Does the 6 degree wedge help and will it affect my bottom end for pulling wakeboarders?

    Where do I buy a 6 degree wedge?

    Should I put on the 2004 ride plate?

    My max rpm is 6800, is this good?

    When playing, it seems the front wants to dive under the water. Is this due to the extra weight in the front of the 2003? Any cures?

    Thanks for your help!
    6800RPM is about right, give or take.

    The MSX does tend to drop the nose, and slower speed hard turns under power tend to wash water up over the hood. If you sit farther back, that can help some.

    The 2004 ride plate will help get the nose up at speed, and the six degree wedge will also lift the nose under power.

    If there are heavy things in the front storage bucket (like an anchor), perhaps you can find a solid place to mount them under the seat in the rear. Make very sure whatever you put back there can not become loose in rough riding. The more weight you can transfer to the rear, the better it will ride.

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    When I had mine I found the 6 degree wedge and 04 plate worked the best for increased speed and good handling. The 650 intake grate really helps with better rough water hook up but do expect about a 1MPH loss in top speed.

    For bettering the measily 128HP there's nothing much you can do at this point. A couple of things we would do is adjust the TPS to 100 percent (at least take the slack out of the cable) and replace the base gasket to "raise the ports". Yes you may lose a hair off the bottom but it's worth the trade off for better exiting power/speed.

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    Where can I buy a 6 degree wedge and will it affect the pulling power?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusion900 View Post
    Where can I buy a 6 degree wedge and will it affect the pulling power?
    Have a look here.

    I don't think the extra two degrees of wedge angle are going to greatly reduce your pull, but it will fire the water higher out the back, so the tube folks might get wetter
    Last edited by K447; 06-21-2009 at 10:26 AM.

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    So that guy makes and sells them? Also I looked at the 2004 parts diagram and there is two ride plates listed depending on the build date. Which one do I order? Thanks again.

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    For now, I'd just buy one from lugs, price is right and he'll ship today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusion900 View Post
    ...looked at the 2004 parts diagram and there is two ride plates listed depending on the build date. Which one do I order? Thanks again.
    The later version is the official '2004' MSX ride plate.

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    And if you find it, let me know! I'm looking for one too, but they're discontinued....

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