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    mods do , you will get more project based feed back in this section, rather than the gathering of the mass's destroying your Topic / Build.

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    Cool Back on the 15F after Turkey Week! Starting with the Sponsons first w compare images

    Back on the 15F after Turkey Week! Starting with the Sponsons first w compare images. I kinda wanted someone to do this comparison so I could see before I bought them so decided to do myself once I committed to this design and brand. They warn you about level of skill may need professional installation and that may be so for most cuz this was a bit tricky. main issue was not to cross thread install and I'm very skilled and used my car jack and wood blocks to help with this issue on the left side was a bugger but all came out with patience. The trick is to tool up and keep it simple you will not be able to use your handy dewalt driver on this. If you do not know what this is or how to use this you will struggle.


    The space and available angle to install the hardware provided is tough to start threads w/o cross threading w/o a "ball end" allen wrench. Do do start job w/o ball end allen it's a must have to get threads started and treaded enough to get to use angle end of wrench to final torque. Take your time... These special hardware screws they provided are of the highest quality hardness and SS. They all have to be driven in flush when touqued so everything has to line up or screws won't thread properly. My kit fits perfect no mods required besides instructions in the end.

    Here is best images I could grab of stock sponsons





    Here are the comparison images. this new sponson design has a huge channel design and is so much bigger and longer.





    Install images coming




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    Cool Installed sponson images







    Pretty sexy! Grrrrrrr...!

    Here is that special Hardware image and awkward angle to deal with mounting.







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    PS; This vid is me showing you why not to burn old Christmas Trees in your fireplace. My yard was pretty damp storm day prior fyi

    I'll install the new ride plate, grate, nozzle and steering plate and get a winter video soon!
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    I would recommend NOT using a power driver to install stainless steel hardware. It's too easy to gall the threads when doing it by hand. Make sure to put a little grease on the threads to prevent galling.

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    Cool True that...almost pulled out the anti seize but I had so lubed up w blue locktite...

    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    I would recommend NOT using a power driver to install stainless steel hardware. It's too easy to gall the threads when doing it by hand. Make sure to put a little grease on the threads to prevent galling.
    True that...almost pulled out the anti seize but I had em so lubed up w blue locktite I just fought through my ***k up. I almost lost 2 out of the eight to galling and me rushing the threading but saved em both w/o anti seize but I would recommend it right off the bat - yes. These hardware flatheads are have to go in so torqued to get em flush per instructions there is no way these are coming loose IMO.

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    Cool Before and after OEM ride plate and grate and my choices for upgrades comparison pics

    Before and after OEM ride plate and grate and my choices for upgrades comparison pics:
























    This ProWaterCraft Plate will flex with my ProWaterCraft Dual Sponsons. I did this since I committed to their Chemist and flexible composite on the Sponsons I may as well go full circle and do their flexible ride plate as well!




    This is really mean looking and this image shows why it's popular. To me it looks like a Shark that says "Feed Me!" I'm not a huge fan of the OEM hardware that ends up sticking up a bit on the inlet. I may modify and counter sink assy and upgrade hardware to smooth this out and silicone. I'll wait to silicone till I change these out and not sure if need to drop plate to access the the nozzle job next so I'll wait.

    I forgot to order 4 degree bars so ordered the black Riva bars from Jerry today w 10% discount "greenhulk". I'll have this completed soon. Too many cars to work on these days and pretty cold here frost on cars today yikes!

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    Cool SX-R Hydro Force Steering Nozzle Upgrade

    SX-R Hydro Force Steering Nozzle

    The new R&D Hydro Force Steering Nozzle for the SX-R is a cast aluminum lengthened design delivers a 1 mph speed gain and improves the turning radius. Allowing you to carve tighter turns with an increased positive feel.

    NOTE: Slight modification of the stock exit nozzle is necessary to install the R&D steering nozzle. Steering nozzle comes with instructions including blueprint of the modification needed for stock exit nozzle.

    Pt. # 161-81500

    I did my mods with my HF 4" cut-off wheel my eye and free hand. It came out okay but not impressed with the cast I received I found when I applied the final torque to bushings the assy started to bind but only slightly. I figured it was my fab work was still a bit tight and or not level. My repeated efforts and extra machining did nothing changed it making it the root cause of alignment bind even though slight it bothered me. It was fine on lower torque so I switched plan to apply locktite red instead of blue here on threads and blue on nut(s) on top should be way good. It moves smooth like butter and I not sure it R&D intended for me to reverse the cable locate mount but it was at perfect alignment so I did it that way. This job was bitchy and I ended up using my trusty Redline CV-2 on these OEM SS bushings R&D re-used on their cast was a downgrade from the brass OEM nozzle IMO. This CV-2 won't let any binding on this galaxy So I'm pretty happy with mod in the end. It looks pretty mean!














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    After R&D Nozzle mod

    It's quite a bit longer for sure.



    It's a large mouth Bass!





    This puppy is huge! I can't wait to hit the water! My RIVA 4 degree bars Jerry should have here any day now. Time to install the steering plate next.



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    Cool Thanks for expedite on shipping Jerry!

    Thanks for expedite on shipping Jerry! I noticed you had them send 2 day priority and showed up 2 days earlier than tracking. I'm not sure if you did that but if so thanks!

    The bars are gonna be nice and have to find me some grips now hmmm... I think ODI here...











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    Cool Sometimes it's the little things that bug me but I can't help myself...

    Sometimes it's the little things that bug me but I can't help myself...

    I had to order some of these SS M8 1.25 x 35mm Flat socket heads (5mm) to get rid of this socket head bumps that bother me and I just couldn't yet silicone this unit up yet w/o dealing with this is just not smooth with using OEM hardware. I like how Prowatercraft provided their SS Hardware "flat" socket head for their ride plate so I copied their lead here and modify the intake crate to accommodate the same type SS hardware. I'll countersink the grate and show pics today and probably do both inlet and outlet mounts both.

    I went with the SS A4 grade higher Prowatercraft used (A2) and I bought them long for were only $6.50 for a bag of 5 from Grainger took order shipped UPS was here in less than 24 hours 10$ shipping and I'll cut em to length and chamfer em. Not too bad got em quick no stand in a Grainer line yikes!!!! I hate paying shipping more than parts cost but Fastenal whom I like as well was going to ship but NOT for in 2 days! A bit cheaper by 3$ total but time is $ to me always...












    Let's say goodbye to these bumps and smooth this out some and see how it works.







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    Looks like a good idea. Have you ever ordered from McMaster-Carr, or MSC?

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