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    Just wondering if anyone has installed drain plugs in there logs or snails. I have had a few apart and found corrosion in all. I am about to pull mine as one of them has a small leak starting where the log and snail meet. Any suggestions or pics would be bitchn...
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    Through the info I have gotten here at pb I have learned that it depends on the set up. On mine I have a 455 with Hardin logs and snails, on my snails there is a drain plug on them at their lowest point. As for the logs, with the bow down, I pull off the lower hose and made sure all the water drained out before I winterized it.

    Corrosion? to clean that out I would think to do a doing a cooling system flush as you would do on a car engine, otherwise I have always just flushed my motor with fresh water to get any crud out of it, then did my standard winterize ritual. If you do the cooling system flush I would assume you would have to use some kind of external pump on a "closed loop" system and run the motor to operating temp, the flush does not work well unless it's hot, then drain and flush with fresh water. Not sure though in a marine application, I personally have never tried it.

    Just giving my input, I would listen to some of the more seasoned peeps here before you try my suggestion.

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    Theres got to be more boaters here without headers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    Theres got to be more boaters here without headers...
    You would be surprised.... that is usually the first thing people pitch overboard when they want to go faster.

    I have heard of a lot of people doing headers before any other engine mods because withouth the headers the logs simply hold you back and you don't realize the gains of other mods

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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    Just wondering if anyone has installed drain plugs in there logs or snails. I have had a few apart and found corrosion in all. I am about to pull mine as one of them has a small leak starting where the log and snail meet. Any suggestions or pics would be bitchn...
    it's not a big deal... done it before and works peachy.

    You can add a bung to the bottom and drill and tap it for 1/4-npt then go to the Homes Desperate and get a couple of petcocks so you can drain them out when you are done. I did this to a set not too long back and dude is happy. He used it in the salt water a couple of times and had the same problem... wanted to fix 'em and had to saw the logs apart... drill and tap the bolt holes... corroded up... real mess... and he didn't want to deal with that again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Maker MN View Post
    You would be surprised.... that is usually the first thing people pitch overboard when they want to go faster.

    I have heard of a lot of people doing headers before any other engine mods because withouth the headers the logs simply hold you back and you don't realize the gains of other mods
    It's at the top of my list for winter projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by six-oh-nine View Post
    it's not a big deal... done it before and works peachy.

    You can add a bung to the bottom and drill and tap it for 1/4-npt then go to the Homes Desperate and get a couple of petcocks so you can drain them out when you are done. I did this to a set not too long back and dude is happy. He used it in the salt water a couple of times and had the same problem... wanted to fix 'em and had to saw the logs apart... drill and tap the bolt holes... corroded up... real mess... and he didn't want to deal with that again.
    Thanx for the help...And I dig my logs for now. I have a closed hatch and like to keep the heat/water out.
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    Just fire the engine when you pull the boat out of the water. Give it some good revs for a minute or two. This will effectively dry out the logs. It will also assist with drying out the pump to help with possible corrosion there as well. Just be sure to keep an eye on the water temp gauge so you don't overheat. I have done this method for years and have never had corrosion problems.

    An added benefit is that it sounds really cool when you rev your boat on the launch ramp with the exhaust tips out of the water.

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    Somebody start a thread on Winterizing your Jet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Jonsson View Post
    Just fire the engine when you pull the boat out of the water. Give it some good revs for a minute or two. This will effectively dry out the logs. It will also assist with drying out the pump to help with possible corrosion there as well. Just be sure to keep an eye on the water temp gauge so you don't overheat. I have done this method for years and have never had corrosion problems.

    An added benefit is that it sounds really cool when you rev your boat on the launch ramp with the exhaust tips out of the water.
    Yeah...I heard all the chicks flock to the guy who does this at the ramp...also random dudes high five you for being so bad ass and give you free beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPumper View Post
    Yeah...I heard all the chicks flock to the guy who does this at the ramp...also random dudes high five you for being so bad ass and give you free beer.
    Nice.... lol

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    this is so true!
    this boat will be the death of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabreezai View Post
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    Through the info I have gotten here at pb I have learned that it depends on the set up. On mine I have a 455 with Hardin logs and snails, on my snails there is a drain plug on them at their lowest point. As for the logs, with the bow down, I pull off the lower hose and made sure all the water drained out before I winterized it.

    Corrosion? to clean that out I would think to do a doing a cooling system flush as you would do on a car engine, otherwise I have always just flushed my motor with fresh water to get any crud out of it, then did my standard winterize ritual. If you do the cooling system flush I would assume you would have to use some kind of external pump on a "closed loop" system and run the motor to operating temp, the flush does not work well unless it's hot, then drain and flush with fresh water. Not sure though in a marine application, I personally have never tried it.

    Just giving my input, I would listen to some of the more seasoned peeps here before you try my suggestion.
    I would rather lean the boat forward (above) and remove hose than fire it up out of the water... No need for high five or look at me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    I would rather lean the boat forward (above) and remove hose than fire it up out of the water... No need for high five or look at me.
    Not to mention the wear on the pump while it's out of the water running the engine to drain the exhaust.

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