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  1. kevbo

    Custom/Hybrid Rockered superchicken winter project

    The hull is too wide and too flat to ever land big jumps without breaking your back. Make sure you can stand up easily for the hard landings.
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    B-pipe manifolds for sale

    Most of the old pipes used a .050" fixed hole.
  3. kevbo

    Custom/Hybrid Rockered superchicken winter project

    The OP never said why he is bending the nose up. So, why are you bending the nose up?
  4. kevbo

    Superjet is very "pipey" with the new setup.

    That is what all good running skis do. Anything you do to soften the pipe hit will also reduce acceleration. Make sure your main jets and top screws are tuned rich enough, you need a tach and smooth water for that. You may be able to tune full throttle by how hard it pulls. A smaller nozzle...
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    Solas 10/16 feedback

    Most of the load is at the last 1" of the blade, thats where all of the water ends up. The small hub 13-17 (as I remember) needs only its trailing edge raised. I use a vice with aluminum jaws to hold the impeller. I now have a custom wrench for grabbing the blade but had good luck with a brass...
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    Freestyle “laws”

    Danica walked mainly because she could afford a good lawyer. Her name may have helped if the judge was a fan.
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    Solas 10/16 feedback

    Unless Solas made some changes, their 9-15 is too much load as well. The Hooker 9-15 and 10-16 share the same casting with slightly different bends at the leading and trailing edges. These are about right without modification. The Solas YQs need a lot of work and they arent the easiest to...
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    Solas 10/16 feedback

    Your pump is overloading the engine. You want to get the rpm near 7000 for best response and pull. The safest place to start is boring the nozzle, that is cheap and will make the ski pull harder. I could never tell any difference between short or stock cones. As far as props go, ALL Solas...
  9. kevbo

    new to forum...650sx

    You can check the driveline by sliding the engine forward and spinning the shaft. It should be quiet and have seal drag. Any noise means rusted bearings. Clean and lube the splines while you're there.
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    new to forum...650sx

    Front sponsons pull down when they are in the water. They will do some of the work for you in a corner. They can also make the ski wobble side to side in a straight line if mounted too low. I recommend doing maintenance and learning to ride it. They always need pole bushings installed after...
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    new to forum...650sx

    The 650sx has a relatively flat bottom and little grip for turning, it turns like a bar of soap. You can lean it over and rail a turn but only at low speeds. It is a little shorter, center of gravity wise, than a Superjet so larger riders need an extended plate and then aft hull extensions to...
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    Wanting opinion on superjet

    One thing young people lack most is patience. Getting an overpriced junker may be the best option for anyone who is just going to ride a few times and dump the hobby after a season. For longer term guys starting with a bare hull, hood, and pole is a better deal. Even if its {heaven forbid} an...
  13. kevbo

    Freestyle “laws”

    A lot of these guys have just graduated from a skateboard or BMX. You cant expect much.
  14. kevbo

    Clearance between impeller & pump stator

    I would rate that as nothing to worry about. There is a LOT more gains in a larger than stock nozzle.
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    Wanting opinion on superjet

    I heard one of the local riders saying the new group of guys is the fourth generation of standup riders we have had in the past 30 years. It is probably unrealistic to expect every new rider to have much of an end game beyond selling their ski as soon as their interest wanes.
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    Garage lift/storage for AM skis

    Do they have to be stored overhead? I made some carts trailer height that are no wider than the ski so they live against the wall and I can still get a car in.
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    Wanting opinion on superjet

    There is not 3k worth of parts in that ski. Dumb kids have bid up the price of junk. If you found a nice $1000 hull, it would cost another 4K for a fresh engine, pump, prop, and pipe.
  18. kevbo

    Never try to take another man's rifle.

    Reminds me of reading Jay Goulds sentiment on labor disputes.
  19. kevbo

    Ethanol fuel 93 octane

    I have had no problems with E10 in Dallas. I do drain the tank in November and put in a gallon of 100LL avgas. Next May everything starts and runs like it sat for five minutes.
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    FISH'S Polaris Octane

    That says a lot about their product.
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