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The No Wake Zone / What did you learn by 1st doing it wrong?
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:23:11 AM »
I've always enjoyed taking things apart then putting them back together. Started in grade school with bicycles. Dad taught me how to fix a flat, grease my chain, simple stuff.

What happens if you forget to tighten the front wheel bolts when you're 10 years old? Peddle hard down the street and oh shit going over the bars! We didn't wear no stinking helmets, we were taught when you crash hold your head up to keep it from bouncing off the pavement.

At 14 I had a Suzuki 125. It starts to get fun now. While at Indian Dunes off the 126 I took the carb apart to do something. Gas pools up on the top of the engine, I'm thinking if I simply run it the gas will evaporate faster while I'm moving. Can you guess what happens next? Yep, backfire once & flames coming up the side of my legs almost to my face, step off and watch it burn for about 30 minutes. Nothing left  :'(

At 17 I have my Baja Bug  :thumbup: Decide to put in a set of VW Bus gears in for off roading. There's a ring & pinion gear that drives the wheels. This thing is big, I didn't know it would go in backwards until I got it all back together, put it in reverse to back out the garage and it lurches forward. What the hell? Put it in 1st and it goes backwards, so I take it in the street and run through the gears going backwards before starting over.

What did you learn?

The No Wake Zone / New Boater Regulations - Castaic - Pyramid - Piru
« on: January 30, 2017, 07:41:49 AM »
Just read about the new Quagga restriction between these 3 lakes that are in close proximity.

Since the mussels have been verified in all 3 lakes they are imposing a mandatory quarantine if you want to go from Castaic to Pyramid or Piru.

For those that don't know water flows from Pyramid to Castaic unfiltered all of the time. What a waste of effort, time & our tax dollars.

If these are our elected officials at work we need to vote these dumb asses out of office. Rant over, proceed  :banghead:

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Valve Spring Shims
« on: October 24, 2016, 07:53:15 AM »
Who's our local cylinder head expert?

I have the Iron Square port 990 heads. When I built the engine many years ago I had a full valve job done and the shims they used started to come apart within a few trips. Caught it early and went to Teague, they don't stock that sort of thing and sent me across the street to Jim Grubbs Motorsports. I know a bit about Mr. Grubbs and trusted what he sold me. Hardened shims.

Since these were not supposed to come apart I didn't look under the valve covers as often. Fast forward to last week, lost oil pressure, fortunately caught it with a few seconds of happening. Swam the boat to shore and hiked it up river to a friends place and got a ride to my truck.

Top of the oil pump shaft broke off. Pic is of the piece that found it's way to the pan through the screen and froze the oil pump gears. Pump moved back and forth with the piece stuck in between, no noticeable damage to gears. I'll go through everything to look for damage, I was lucky. Water was rough so no long runs, was going out the following morning to see what it would do, that would have smoked everything or it would have run right through the gears causing damage later.

So the question is why are these coming apart? Running Comp Cams springs 924-16 matching my cam.

Who should I consult?

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Headers
« on: September 16, 2016, 05:05:14 PM »
I'm running 2 1/4" Bassett twisties. I know these are good headers.

Been thinking about 2 1/2" Blower headers. Bassett makes some.

Also thinking about going dry. I have a control valve for my water at my seat now, but it still makes a mess below the weep holes. If I decide to stay with these I'll install the aluminum plates I have sitting in the garage that used to be under the weep holes, in the Daytona the weep holes sit right above the stringers.

Anyone have any experience with the different style headers?

The up-swept headers I've seen look cool, but are they as efficient. I've done some research and everything leads back to Bassett for the best performance.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / GPS Speedo RF Interference
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:21:39 PM »
I need to vent a bit. I know what's going on and it's irritating. :banghead:

Bought a nice Autometer GPS speedo over the winter and it still doesn't work. Only been out 4 or 5 times due to Elsinore being in really bad shape with the algae bloom, water level is manageable. River is 300 miles so no day trips. Going to Echo Lodge Labor Day to hang with friends.

I'm running a Racing HEI from Magsarus with solid copper plug wires, works great. There's my RF interference big time. I have a complete MSD ignition that I won't be putting back in this boat. I know it will fix it, but it's not what I want to do.

GPS antenna is at the dash which is not far enough away from the engine.

Advice was to get a good set of suppression plug wires. Magnecor makes a great set so I spend the cash and get their best KV85 Competition 8.5mm. Fire it up, seems ok, as soon as I hit it to get on plane I know it's not right. Feels really fat, not missing, just sluggish. Felt similar to when I broke a belt on my Procharger, way too much fuel without the air needed.

GPS works! Wow 25mph instead of No Data.

Interesting that it is so weak of a spark. Looked at the plugs and their all firing and wet with fuel. Even put in a new set, plugs are cheap compared to everything else.

Put the solid copper wires back on and it runs fine.

I just got to this point tonight and can't call Magnecor until tomorrow as their back East.

Talked to Ed yesterday about the ignition and he has some guys running these wires.

Thought about moving the antenna all the way to the front of the boat. Don't want to drill a hole and try and fish the wire. 2 bulkheads in the way and I can't even see all the way up through the holes in the bulkheads.

I think I'll put some 2 way tape on the antenna and run the wire across the top of the bow to see if it will work that way when I'm at the river.

Frustrating yes, but I do enjoy working on my shit. Troubleshooting is a process, the hard part is to always remember to look at the easiest solution first, cause it probably is just that.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Place Diverter HPH Mini Droop
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:23:15 AM »
Place Diverter High Performance Nozzle

Excellent condition, double drilled

$250 PM me here

Pick up in SCV

SoCal Lakes / Sunday AM Elsinore
« on: June 03, 2016, 09:13:55 AM »
Anyone want to meet up and race for fun?

I can't make 2 events this year so the list is out.

Sunday mornings at Elsinore are usually calm until about 10am. If we meet around 7:30-8am that gives us plenty of time to line up and run em hard. Practice your dig, it's all about the start.

I'm planning on this Sunday morning, then I'm out until after July 4th holiday.

Based on what I've read from those who have been there lately the water level is ok. I'll be dropping a line to check the depth myself when I'm there.

As always we race smart & safe.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / BBC Rewarder Headers
« on: February 08, 2016, 07:57:12 AM »
Black Shorty's. Good Condition. Water bungs installed, no water lines.


PM me here or email

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Loader
« on: February 03, 2016, 06:32:39 AM »
Good condition. $125

PM me here or email

Jet Pumps / Winter Thoughts - Extrude Hone Bowl for one
« on: November 13, 2015, 10:23:33 AM »
I'm having several winter thoughts after going to the gathering at Elsinore a couple of weeks ago, many more than I was having before the event  :sly:

Having my 9 vane aggressor bowl extrude honed is a real thought. I searched the topic and read GT has had several done here in LA. Please share where you had this done and what it cost. I know it's a bit pricey.

Any other bowl tuning tips about entry & exit? I've read many posts here and away about this. I enjoy tinkering so I will do most of my work. Don't want to make a mistake that would ruin something.

B1 loader will happen.

I made the decision a while back to extend the point of thrust farther back like the straight snoot vs droop. I read many posts about this as well. I went with the 6" extension from American Turbine. Got a CAD drawing from them so I could remove 1/8" at the entry back 5/8" for a smooth transition. As a stock piece there was a 1/8" wall that the water hit exiting the bowl. Didn't know this when I bought it. Made wedge adjustments on the back end to find the sweet spot for the PD HPH steering nozzle thrust angle, I believe this is known as PD's mini droop. At this point the bottom pin on the nozzle was 1.5" above the ride plate. Everything I read about the droop was to get the bottom pin 3/4" above the ride plate. I wedged 4* down in front then 3* up in the back to get the bottom pin at the desired 3/4" keeping the steering nozzle at the same angle. Haven't run it, we'll see. This may not be the best way, but it's what I have.

Once I'm done with all of the angles and get the PD set for top end I'll make & install a positive stop. Jimpen showed me his and I'll copy it. Don't see myself moving from manual to hydraulic though.

Pics show before & after the wedge adjustments.

I want to be as efficient as I can, but not that interested in extracting every ounce of speed. After watching the top 2 boats run at Elsinore and understanding my boat would have to run about 130mph to run them down in the 800, um no thanks, way beyond my comfort zone. I'll enjoy watching you guys and running for the bottom area of the top 10 list next year  8)

Jet Pumps / Machine Shop
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:41:26 AM »
Looking for a Machine shop near by to remove 1/8" from the inside of this American Turbine 6" extension.

Santa Clarita - San Fernando Valley - Maybe further if necessary.

You can see the 1/8" lip inside, even with the slight obstruction coming out of my Aggressor 9 vane bowl the boat really likes it. Don't want any obstructions.

Should be able to put this on a lathe and knock it out pretty quick, 6061 aluminum.

The No Wake Zone / Another 100mph Craigslist Boat, Really it is!
« on: August 06, 2015, 05:30:54 AM »
Thought this would make for a good first post.

On occasion a CL ad speaks the truth.

Turn that passenger seat around and looks like fun to me  8)

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