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    I have a 18.5 FT 87 Kachina Jet, BBF that is currently running on a JG pump, A impeller, older style Berkley Jet-o-vator, SE Sport Edition Loader.

    I want More speed!

    I am thinking the following; Droop, Place Diverter, Ride Plate.

    NEED SOME ADVICE GUYS!

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    396_Ways_To_Spit will be along soon to spill his guts on this. I think he has had a Kachina or two

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    Your Kachina may very well "like" the Droop and its an inexpensive simple experiment to make , bolt on and go ,possibly a minor steering mod ,A "true" ride plate IMO would be a definate benifit but as I,m sure you realize , considerably more work requireing engine and jet removeal, then jet intake removeal and machining of the jet for shoe and ride plate hardware . We do offer a Place droop and "bolt on ride plate" Combination that will give similar results and requires no intake machine work . Your Older Berk Jet O Vator is a bear to re/rig with a droop and if you go droop you may want to consider a modern trim too! Tom

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    I added a Droop to my 87 Kachina. The Droop help the boat ride drier. I picked up a few MPH but if your looking for more speed you need to put some money into the Ford & get the jet done up. Squirtcha has a Kachina that was into the 80s or more (That motor is in his new Boat) So does Hot fish. Both had tunnel rams and a solid engine builds.




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    Thanks for the info Guys!!!!

    I am planing on adding a new place diverter.

    I was under the belief that I could add a standard ride plate without removing the intake as long as I was willing to drill and tap upside down - I this incorrect??

    What are the downsides of the bolt on ride plate sold by Place Diverter for their droops?

    Cave - i see that you are not running a ride plate - any reason why?


    Thanks again....

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    the universal ride plate from place works ok with low hp boats.i added it from not haveing a ride plate.it picked up 4 mph.if you use that style make sure that you attach it to your transom adapter.dont just use there three bolt set up .a true ride plate is the best way to go.but pulling the intake is a bitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kachina87 View Post
    I was under the belief that I could add a standard ride plate without removing the intake as long as I was willing to drill and tap upside down - I this incorrect??
    yes, that is incorrect. the intake must be machined.

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    BP 298 - Thanks for straightening me out on the machine work question!

    Is there any one mfg of ride plate/shoe that seems to be a favorite of everyone or are they all the same?

    What are the differences between the Place Diverter mfg droop vs the Berkley mfg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kachina87 View Post
    BP 298 - Thanks for straightening me out on the machine work question!

    Is there any one mfg of ride plate/shoe that seems to be a favorite of everyone or are they all the same?

    What are the differences between the Place Diverter mfg droop vs the Berkley mfg?
    i think place is the only brand that has a ride plate that you can ad to the droot.the droot cost me$ 289 and the plate was $129.i think place is the only one with the three bolt mount on there droot.

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    I have a 79 Kachina. I had much better luck running a straight snoot over a droop. I have the Place Droop Snoot and ride plate set up if you were wanting yo try it. Not sure where you are located.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kachina87 View Post
    Thanks for the info Guys!!!!

    I am planing on adding a new place diverter.

    I was under the belief that I could add a standard ride plate without removing the intake as long as I was willing to drill and tap upside down - I this incorrect??

    What are the downsides of the bolt on ride plate sold by Place Diverter for their droops?

    Cave - i see that you are not running a ride plate - any reason why?


    Thanks again....
    Quote Originally Posted by fast76rogers View Post
    the universal ride plate from place works ok with low hp boats.i added it from not haveing a ride plate.it picked up 4 mph.if you use that style make sure that you attach it to your transom adapter.dont just use there three bolt set up .a true ride plate is the best way to go.but pulling the intake is a bitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    yes, that is incorrect. the intake must be machined.
    There is a lot of work to adding the right ride plate. Detaching the Intake form the boat and having it machined is the correct way. BUT Duane has one that you can add on
    If I hadnt picked up the Liberator i would have gone with this one from HTP.

    To do it right you need to remove the jet pumps intake and then send it to someone who can machine the shoe & ride plate on.

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    I produce The add on ride plate kit above. It works very well for an add on ride plate that is pretty inexpensive and easy to install for those who do not want to go through the work and expense of removing the intake from the boat. However, removing the intake and machining it is the best way by far. We do the machining and shoeing of intakes too. so, give us a call we can help. 417-858-8616.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kachina87 View Post
    I have a 18.5 FT 87 Kachina Jet, BBF that is currently running on a JG pump, A impeller, older style Berkley Jet-o-vator, SE Sport Edition Loader.

    I want More speed!

    I am thinking the following; Droop, Place Diverter, Ride Plate.

    NEED SOME ADVICE GUYS!
    Here is a pic of what I run, ,I also run a shoe but I dont have a pic of that and that make a good deal of difference as well! which is machined into the intake, to help load the pump!
    Last edited by watergun4u; 10-11-2010 at 10:19 PM.

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