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    building a test tank for ski.

    I'm thinking about building a test tank to tune my 2-stroke skies in since i do not have the luxury of taking it 10mins up the street to a lake.

    I'm hearing some mixed opinions on tuning in a test tank:
    -ski will overheat
    -captivates to much due to all the bubbles
    -etc. etc.

    Can anybody suggest to me if this is a bad idea or give me some tips or tricks that may help in building one.

    Thanks

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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    honestly, if you are only ten minutes from the lake, go there, a test tank will only get you close, actual water conditions are needed to get the carbs dialed correctly.

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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    hahaha... captivates....




    but seriously, take a day trip to a lake.

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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    you could look for a used 8 to 10 person hot tub. maybe some tie downs like they use on the dynos. imagine throttling up and have the seadoo bust loose and launch through the air.
    Please excuse some of my replies, my English is not very good so I may misunderstand your question or my reply to your question may not make sense.

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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    Done it....launched a 750SS into a wall when the cleat ripped out of the fiberglass on the back of the boat.

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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    The water passing through the jet would probably be near impossible to contain. A 10 minute ride is probably the best bet.
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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    What about using an old alumninum boat with a cover on the back to keep the water from blasting out. You can find old crapped out boats all the time for cheap or free .And it has a built in drain plug. Just a tought.
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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    The only way to truly be able to tune a ski in a test tank is to build one that looks like a donut. If you really felt ambitious enough, maybe you could go to a farm supply house and buy about 4 water troughs and weld them together in a circle. But IMHO, unless your Bill O' or another performance ski repair shop, you really are wasting your money just to have the convenience of testing your skis in the back yard. I've just learned from experience to always be prepared to do a little pre-ride maintenance/troubleshooting before I get out on the water. It's just the status quo anymore to me. Always bring tools with you, cuz you never know when somethings gonna give.

    Of course, you could always build an in-ground pool with a test tank....... It would be just like a big bathtub, only without rubber duckys, but a couple of ski's floating around!
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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

    Here's the backyard Kawasaki model...
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    Re: building a test tank for ski.

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