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cowwboy last won the day on July 19

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    2002 Malibu VLX


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    Edmond Ok

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  1. Great write up. I have had issues with rust in the past between the dust shield and the square o-ring. They don't put any coatings there so it gets rust build up and freezes the piston.
  2. @jtryonand @berndtmjlets see some pics. Glad I could be of help.
  3. Unfortunately his patent ensures he has no competition.
  4. Yours looks much better then mine. These are the pics I sent to them. No offer to repair or fix them. Got a half azz excuse of a new welder and told if I wanted it to look good I should have paid the extra to have them grind them smooth.
  5. I think that is the first time I have heard of him using a mandrel bend. Between direct sales and the royalty's from the boat manufacturers. He should have a nice fab shop by now.
  6. I love the principal. Their craftsmanship and material is crap. The welds look like a blind man did them and they still use pie cuts instead of mandrel bends. When I first received mine, I called about the welds. They told me pretty much I should have paid extra for them to grind their sh#t welds down.
  7. I took it out last night to check it out and ensure I didn't have any leaks. It is quite a bit quieter at no wake speeds. There is no exhaust note sound anymore. When I had the hatch open you could hear the intake hiss over the exhaust. At speed you still can't hear the motor over the wind and water noise. But unfortunately I don't have a good video of the boat before I did the muffler delete. They all have the radio going in the background covering any engine noise.
  8. Then the stock flappers will protect from back feeding water into the exhaust.
  9. Not really, it'd take a lot of force to go through the fae then into a singular open exhaust valve.
  10. Here is the bend I bought. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UO49QA?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details I first got this one, but the straight portion of the legs were to short. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084C158NT?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
  11. Here is the video my buddy did of the install of my FAE on my boat.
  12. So in the constant search of making maintenance easier. I decided to join the club and do a muffle delete since I have A FAE installed. I got the Mandrel bent 60 degree bends from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UO49QA?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details I then removed the existing muffler by loosening the clamps and using lots of silicone spray between the rubber and the riders/ muffler. I used a flathead screw driver to make a gap so I could get the lubricant to soak in. It was a slow process of creating the gap, then removing the screw driver and trying to wiggle it to get the lubricant spread around. Then repeating that to get it loose. I then pushed the screw driver far enough in the tip was past the end of the riser. This allowed me to use it as a pry bar to pry the rubber tubing off the riser. Repeat the process to remove the rubber tubing from the muffler outlet. I can actually see my water pump now. I had to trim mine up the bend to fit. The first bend I ordered did not have long enough legs. So when I ordered the second one I got one with much longer legs. I had to assemble mine outside the boat and install it as a whole to get all of the hoses on. I would recommend leaving the clamps loose till you have everything aligned. Now look at how much more room there is!!! One thing I did notice was that the muffler was hollow. I figured it would have some packing or baffles of some kind in it. Or maybe after 1k hours mine was burnt out. I haven't had a chance to take it out to see if there is much of a sound difference yet.
  13. How hard do you think it'll be to narrow one? I know the back hoop unbolts so it's be easy to modify or make a new one. But looking at the main hoop. It looks as if you could just cut out the center and then weld it back with a sleeved center for support. Is the pull spool an easy piece to cut off and weld back on?
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