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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home JSNate's Avatar
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    Re: Air Blair Darts

    Couple of updates regarding the Darts:

    The pink ski is getting an upgraded impeller as I felt a bit of cavitation during a ride last week. After pulling the pump I discovered the pump shoe seal failed and left a large gap between the pump and pump shoe.. Ordered a new seal and while I had the pump off I removed the Solas 11/14 and installed a Big Hub Skat 6/12. I should have the pump installed early next week and see how she rips.. I expect a decent improvement.

    The black Dart picked up some more low to mid hit by simply installing a more restrictive fitting in the water line to the pipe stinger. Last winter I changed that set up to a more open fitting.. I really did not notice it this spring other than she sounded a bit more mellow.. So, a quick fix on the beach and the change was made.. It is amazing how much change I got from simply drying out the water box a bit.. The power comes on way more abruptly and that sweet exhaust note is back to normal. It literally feels like the power curve has moved down the throttle about 30% or so.. I tend to ride these skis in the 15-25 MPH range and this change was perfect in that regard.
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    Re: Air Blair Darts

    All I can say is that I also love my AIR BLAIR fixxy. It truly is a ride like no other, won't be disappointed with the purchase!!!


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    Re: Air Blair Darts

    I swapped out the Solas 11/14 for the Skat Big Hub 6/12 and replaced the OEM Pump Shoe Seal with a new R&D 155mm Yamaha Pump Shoe Seal. The R&D fit nicely and was thicker and has a nice step to fit the pump body perfectly. It also has a small groove that was perfect for a bead of silicone. With the help of my son, we pressed the pump in tightly so we could torque her down and shim appropriately. The pump tunnel on the Dart is roomy and makes for an easy install. I let the silicone cure overnight and today we gave her a test run.

    The improvement with this impeller upgrade was beyond what I expected. I run a 6/10 Skat Big Hub in my Dart, so I was confident this would be well worth the effort. And it was.. Clearly the Solas 11/14 left a lot on the table and the 6/12 filled the void exceptionally well.

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