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    Default My first day out with the new boat

    In about 2 hours I'm going to take this eliminator out for my first time by myself is there anything I should look for like RPMs on take off top speed steering wheel slob what things go look and listen for. Top speed of course. Just kind of a baseline run is what I'm thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepowerjunkie View Post
    In about 2 hours I'm going to take this eliminator out for my first time by myself is there anything I should look for like RPMs on take off top speed steering wheel slob what things go look and listen for. Top speed of course. Just kind of a baseline run is what I'm thinking.
    The boat normally loaded should snap up on plane out of the 5 zone with minimal "tire spin" requiring about 3500 to 4000 rpms then maintain plane backing down to around 3000 to 3200/3400 should accelerate easily to around 4800 to 5k , will likely run cold on temp (120/140) and have around 50/60 lbs of OP hot (25/30 at idle) Shouldn't be any noises cept exaust all depends on the overall health of the engine , the jet, impeller cut , conditions , altitude etc Good Luck

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    Little rattle in the motor to pump area. Seemed to cluck or rattle when the cam lopes. I took a video and I don't know how to upload it from my phone. I'm not sure if the tachometer is correct because when I stand on it out of the hole it doesn't lurch forward and it doesn't pull really strong and feels like it cavitates. Once the boats moving it pulls pretty good but again not really strong. And it'll spin right up to five grand 5500 very easily. And it seems like fall leaves floating in the water are plugging it up. When the cavitation gets worse, so I shut the motor off when the boat was moving forward and then turn it back on and it seemed like it cleared it out. I got a couple different pictures but I have questions about but I need some help uploading

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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepowerjunkie View Post
    Little rattle in the motor to pump area. Seemed to cluck or rattle when the cam lopes. I took a video and I don't know how to upload it from my phone. I'm not sure if the tachometer is correct because when I stand on it out of the hole it doesn't lurch forward and it doesn't pull really strong and feels like it cavitates. Once the boats moving it pulls pretty good but again not really strong. And it'll spin right up to five grand 5500 very easily. And it seems like fall leaves floating in the water are plugging it up. When the cavitation gets worse, so I shut the motor off when the boat was moving forward and then turn it back on and it seemed like it cleared it out. I got a couple different pictures but I have questions about but I need some help uploading
    The rattle at low rpms with little load is likley typical drivelive machine noise, the performance you describe suggest it could be time to freshen the jet (depending on what impeller is actually in the jet) ...

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    12JG-A. Can I do that freshen up without taking the motor out?

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    omiting replacing of the thrust bearing or "having" to replace the pump shaft, yes. Congrats on the maiden voyage. No unusual leaks I hope? Was it fun? How did you like the boat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepowerjunkie View Post
    12JG-A. Can I do that freshen up without taking the motor out?
    Yes , its a simple jet to remove and bench repair

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    Theres water! only like 2 inches in 4 hours , but im used to none! So anyway. I thhink I love tha boat! I hate the steering? wtf is this what it is with the jets? I turn a litttle and the boat lays over and i correct then it lays over the other way. in boat chop or wakes of whatever its not to commanding. sucks actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Yes , its a simple jet to remove and bench repair
    most correct, my bad, I was thinking je pump for some reason.

    I would call 2" in 4 hrs. of wet/run time a little excessive. Maybe the packing gland is really loose, could be what is also contributing to the lazy acceleration etc. making it seem as though it (the pump) needs a freshening. Nothing like sucking air instead of water. Glad you enjoyed your maiden voyage. Many others have not been so lucky, myself included. Regardless, you have a really nice cruzer. As far as steering goes you may just not be used to it and be over correcting or their may be an issue in the steering system. If you have someone hold the steering nozzle still and try to turn the wheel ( and vise versa) does one or the other move excessively?

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    After inspection I found a cable seal without a compression washer. I can pull it in and out as well as wiggle it. Who had the best ones of those too replace with? The steering wheel has probably 70 degrees of slop in it. Almost 1/4 turn. Is that excessive. About one and one half inches of left to right at the nozzle. The boat seems to ride up on the pad. And when you start to turn it lays over and starts to bank like an airplane, when corrected it goes back up to the pad and over to the other side and banks the other way. So over correcting has taken place. In cross chop it just takes "see sawing" the wheel frantically. Oh yeah it goes 55 not 70. I did see 58 though with the previous owner. How much rooster or trim is "usually" optimum? Long and low? Or none?

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    I will post some photos.

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    Guess I did. Anyway that's the intake setup

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