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    Any of you guyz run them? If you plumbed your cooling system with a regulator to get the pressure down where you like it...what if you installed a strainer just after the reg?

    Just food for thought on my new build. I've never had a prob...BUT I know a few people who think "jet's love shallow water" and have filled their blocks with sand (and ignorance).

    I see that a good sand strainer is pricey too...opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowldog View Post
    Any of you guyz run them? If you plumbed your cooling system with a regulator to get the pressure down where you like it...what if you installed a strainer just after the reg?

    Just food for thought on my new build. I've never had a prob...BUT I know a few people who think "jet's love shallow water" and have filled their blocks with sand (and ignorance).

    I see that a good sand strainer is pricey too...opinions?
    You're right pricey but wouldn't hurt. But I believe KISS. [keep it simple stupid]. less plumbing. Just flush it every now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked Performance Boats View Post
    You're right pricey but wouldn't hurt. But I believe KISS. [keep it simple stupid]. less plumbing. Just flush it every now and then.
    What's the best way to flush an engine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAWnCA View Post
    What's the best way to flush an engine?

    The way i do it is just open the petcocks and let the hose run... seems to get alot of the silt out of the block..

    then just rinse out your bilge area..

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    Petcocks? I don't have any. I guess I could just run water through and see how that does. Shut off the vavle to the jet pump and make all the water flow through the motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAWnCA View Post
    Petcocks? I don't have any. I guess I could just run water through and see how that does. Shut off the vavle to the jet pump and make all the water flow through the motor.
    If you don't have petcocks, just pull the block drain plugs. Put it on a garden hose and flush into bilge.Sometimes you have to stick a screwdriver in the plug hole to break the sand loose

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    Ok, I've got a mental block this morning. Where do I find the drain plugs an a BBF 460?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAWnCA View Post
    Ok, I've got a mental block this morning. Where do I find the drain plugs an a BBF 460?
    I have a 460 bbf and they are at the back just in front of the starter. And in the same spot on the driver side. Here's a couple of photo's of mine.Travis
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    Thanks T, I'll check that out on mine. Good info.
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    if they have never been pulled out they will be a PITA to get out, start with a penetrating oil, let it sit over night then maybe heat

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    I was just rebuilt last year so I may be in luck.
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    I wont say that jets "love" shallow water, but it is an advantage of having a jet. I got into a situation where I came around a bend in a river where the deep side was blind, the shallow side was clear, and in the middle was an outboat engined boat that was stuck (the middle was shallow too!!) I went through between the stuck boat and shore instead of going around the blind corner. I'm guessing I pumped some sand (I could see the bottom) but I went through just fine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAWnCA View Post
    Petcocks? I don't have any. I guess I could just run water through and see how that does. Shut off the vavle to the jet pump and make all the water flow through the motor.
    Go to napa on northgate and ask them to go into the back room with all the brass fittings... grab two 1/4" npt petcocks and be done... at $1.50 a piece you cant beat it..

    No dealing with plugs its a threaded drain fitting a little thumb work and its draining...

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    Shallow water by accident is just an accident. But where I boat...it's super fine sand. Great for kids and beaches! But I've always rowed my tub out into deeper water before firing it. I've seen some jabronees actually back a jet off the trailer that they're unloading off the beach! Reverse gate down driving all the sand towards the intake...here's your sign! LOL

    That's kinda what I was refering too...not hitting shallow water on the fly etc...chit happens sometimes!

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