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    waterdawg kustomz

    I know there has been some debate about this company on this site already. I am just curious, has anyone actually ever ordered from them before? if so any quality? I usually buy everything from blowsion but am considering their lowered hood and bracket. Any input about these guys would be awesome.. Thanks!

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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    First off, let me say I have nothing to do with either company. I DO however live in Salem Oregon, and Blowsion is about 30 mins North of me, and WaterDawg is about 30 mins South of me. I have been to both places in person, I have parts from both places on a few of my skis, AND I have many friends who have parts AND hulls from both places.
    Here is my honest personal feelings, I will start with the bad first for each of these, and work to the good...

    BLOWSION:
    BAD: If you have never been here in person, you will be shocked (and I mean freakin SHOCKED) at what a dump it is Its a small old gravel building on a dirt hill, behind a delapidated rusted chain link fence). Seriously, whoever did the advertisement for Blowsion is a Miracle worker or a conartist...you choose. Oh they have a nice sign though (laughing).
    Their product as far as fiberglass/composite items, are VERY rough condition, and about every other part Ive seen, bought, or friends bought, needed considerable finish work..again advertising is misleading. For the most part they sell parts other companies made...they are a middle man. Their staff is young, inexperienced, and I kid you not when I say my 11 year old could tell you more about a jetski, its engine, etc than their sales people
    GOOD: Their paint jobs Ive seen in person, are not misleading at all...A+ work. They have IN HOUSE designed and fabricated some great one off parts for the superjet and SXR, that the sport would not have if it were not for them.... this fact alone I give them the thumbs up!

    WATERDAWG:
    BAD: Yes, I have heard rumors of bad dealings here and their (I can only say rumors). I have heard from good source Waterdawg will copy any item of someone else he gets his hands on (but who doesnt do this?). From what Ive seen, and heard, he is fairly slow on things (but again I could name several other builders that fall into that). For the most part, the bad about waterdawg from what I personaly know, is very little, and unfounded.
    GOOD: Its a nice shop, in a nice location (although hidden off the road and no visible sign). I have a friend, Micheal who has one of his hulls...wow...VERY good quality, and Micheal beats the crap out of it, and it holds up. Waterdawg has incorporated some trick things over the years (my favorite being the use of locking pin/sailboat hatch mechanism part on front of hood...very sweet). I have seen many aftermarket hulls in person, seen their stress cracks, seen how they dont make one season, let alone two before falling apart... Waterdawg hulls DO hold up..I would compare them only to Bullet Hulls in strength and longevity.

    Thats what Ive seen with my own eyes, and heard with my own ears.

    Let me throw one more often overlooked and underestimated Shop/reseller out there for you:
    NORTHWET POWERSPORTS ... aka "Wetracer" .. or as his friends know him, Mike.
    BAD: Mike is a VERY busy guy, running a full time shop, full time (and only) watercraft magazine, and a passionate rider himself, so he is not always the easiest guy to get ahold of, if you need to speak to him directly. Mike doesnt know EVERYTHING about jetskis.. occasionaly he suprises me by telling me "I dont honestly know how that would work, Ive never seen it done"... but I respect that.
    GOOD: Mike has been in this sport longer than anyone..his father and him, were building custom hulls, while the rest of us were going out for the football team. Mikes shop is clean, extremely ethical and honest, and he will strive to get you a part you need, even if he makes zero on it in the end... he is about the sport and the life.
    This is the ONLY guy in the bussiness that I would trust with my own skis, the only shop I would leave one of my skis that I have 10grand into, and sleep well at night knowing its safe and in good hands. And while as I said he doesnt know everything... he knows dang near everything! (laughing).

    Out of the three choices, in my opinion, there is no choice... hands down, I recommend NorthwetPowersports.

    Keep in mind, these are three unique shops, producing and selling different things in the same sport. So I think you will find, that if you need a certain part or item, hull, etc only one of these three will have it. I have no problem buying from any of the three of them, and I will be the first to state that ALL THREE have contributed amazing things to our sport, and as a whole we should be thankfull for that and try to give them positive credit back.
    Thanks
    Last edited by 10seccorrado; 01-24-2012 at 01:53 PM.

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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    Wow. Props for an excellent post.

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    I can tell you that if you have a house in Havasu, or anywhere for that matter...
    never rent it to Jeff Curry the owner Waterdawg.
    Last edited by PrickofMisery; 01-24-2012 at 03:03 PM.

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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    I tried to buy one of waterdawgs lowered hoods and nose pieces last year and after 20+ phone calls, 5-8 voicemails left, and an uncounted amount of email attempts I never heard from him. I ended up getting a hood from Brian at Thrust Inovations instead and love it.

    A good friend of mine that I ride with regularly ordered a Black hood/ nose from Waterdawg and ended up getting a white one instead. Again after his many failed attempts to get ahold of Waterdawg he ended up just running the white hood.

    Also we just had to repair his waterdawg hood after one season as the liner was separating from the hood.

    I will not personally run any waterdawg product on any of my skis. If you can't return a phone call you can't service your customers!!!!

    I've never been to Blowsion personally and being that I'm in Michigan I never will. I've talked many times to Matt, Shane and Elliot and they have always been able to help me out. I've got nothing but good things to say about those guys. A++ in my book.

    Also I've dealt with WetRacer on here in the past and he is top notch as well.

    Good luck
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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    I have nothing good to say about wdk and neverwill crook in my mind.i would use blowsion or one of the other fine people and company's as there are plenty with good track records and stable or will pick up the phone.search around and good luck

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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    Fyi all hoodliners will separate if you beat on your ski. They are just glued in for a reason. The hood flexes and the linger is able to pop loose and absorb the impact.
    Jeff at Wdk can be a pain in the *** but his stuff is super strong and super cheap. I own one off his rok hulls and it's bullet proof. A chop glass rok holds up better then rickter hulls....but linger I said he can be a pain in the *** to deal with

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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    Quote Originally Posted by chriselmore_1 View Post
    Fyi all hoodliners will separate if you beat on your ski. They are just glued in for a reason. The hood flexes and the linger is able to pop loose and absorb the impact.
    Jeff at Wdk can be a pain in the *** but his stuff is super strong and super cheap. I own one off his rok hulls and it's bullet proof. A chop glass rok holds up better then rickter hulls....but linger I said he can be a pain in the *** to deal with

    I did not know all hood liners were just glued in. The two aftermarket hoods seen are my buddies WDK Razor hood and my REALM hood from Thrust. Maybe its me but I don't remember my thrust hood having a liner. I'm pretty sure it was a solid hood and if memory serves it was $75 bucks more than the Razor and $100 less than blowsion. The extra $75 buck was well worth it in my opinion as 90% of the time Brian answers his phone.
    Last edited by bigredZ; 01-24-2012 at 04:40 PM.
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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    Can I ask what "one off parts" does blowsion make? Every part they sell is made by someone else then they put thier name on it.
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    Re: waterdawg kustomz

    They make quite a few parts.. Some game changing very popular parts. One of those you might of heard of are called tubbies....

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