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    Riva ride plate

    Has anyone written anything up for the new riva ride plate ? Seems like it's not just a flat water plate like the old 250/260 design?. Couldn't find anything worth reading maybe someone can point me in the right direction.. Thanks


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    If you're going to put one on, you'll need sponsons too (Riva are good). If you don't want to change your sponsons as well go an R&D plate instead.

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    Here's a visual of the most popular 3 though the Riva plate is not new as Riva had sold out ,the TBM plate is the same as Riva as of one time was sold as a Riva/TBM ride plate,Farthing I believe was similar to Rivas and was told was not making it anymore..

    I had them all ,Riva is a faster flat water plate with the longer tail and steeper angle and gives you more lift less drag but more unsteady in choppy narly waters as bow slaps down more unless you gun it through the waves..

    this is is what I seem to experience even trimming down 1 notch..
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    Thank you fellas. Thanks for the pics dave. Honestly if my r&d fit correctly I would keep it. But it doesn't and im losing a lot of speed. I do love how it handles in the rough water though. Why do I need sponsons because it doesn't turn good with the riva plate ?

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    It comes down to rider preference. I think you need sponsons on the stock plate. If you don't mind the way it handles with a stock plate, give it a go with stock sponsons first.

    If you have been using the R&D plate I think you'll miss how that plate hooks up in a turn compared to Riva (that's where the sponsons will fix that)

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    i run the riva and a wedge, its not perfect for chop but makes up for it in the flat waters.

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    Thanks guys , yeah I really don't do any tight turns honestly , I just cruise. Usually in pretty choppy conditions but Iv found some nice flat areas to ride. I'll give it a go with the stock sponsons for now. Nicjak does trimming down 2 clicks keep this ski really good in the rough ? I can't see a plate alone making it that bad , but maybe im wrong.

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    mate trimming helps but its not perfect, i only notice if im racing with mates on stock plates they then do have the edge.

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    Sounds good, thanks for your input. I'll have to try it for myself. Ordered a plate but they are on back order

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ID:	363834DH that's the gap I was telling you about. Tried sealing it w silicone and other sealers and it blew right out. The gap is huge.

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