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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    So I started researching SJ cables a bit. I know of the differences with the 08+ cable, but never really committed the other differences to memory...I just knew there was some variations. Looks like the early SN cable is about 2.5 inches longer than the 96-07 RN cable. That would probably work well enough to give me slack around the waterbox, but the cable would still run under the tank - which really isn't a big deal, but I'd really prefer a longer cable that would allow itself to be routed alongside the gas tank instead of under it.

    Keep in mind this Apex isn't a tiny short hull, top deck is actually SJ length, and the pole bracket is way forward, and needs a fairly long handlepole, so it needs a cable at least as long as an early SJ.

    So I start thinking a bit. I probably have a spare SN cable in my storage garage, but didn't feel like driving over there an digging, lol, but I do have a minty WR3 cable in my shop from a recent 650 WR3 I parted out. I measure it next to the RN cable, and it's about 8 inches longer, and has a good 4.5 inches of throw...and both ends appear to at least be close as far as the distance from the fixed point to the end of the cable - maybe at tad (5mm or so) longer on both ends, but not too much to deal with. So I decided to give it a trial fit...


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Long story short, I needed to take about 5mm off both ends of the cable, and I also took a few mm (cut them on the line already machined into them) off both OEM adjusters, so there would be room for the jam nut before bottoming out on the threads...and I also cut 5mm off the upper metal sleeve for jam nut and rubber seal.

    This allowed me to get the steering visibly aligned straight with a couple turns of inward adjustment (to shorten the cable further) available, if needed, and both adjusters are threaded on something like 12 turns - which is plenty.

    The great part is the additional cable length allows me to route it forward from the pole bracket and to the right, so it can run alongside the fuel tank and then diagonally under the battery tray. No more crazy stress on the cable and no more rubbing...still gotta finish the install...breather tubes need to go back in (left one had already torn anyhow), but this is overall a better option, by far, compared to the RN cable...


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Another angle.
    Thinking I will also stuff water noodles up front ahead of the H2O waterbox once it's back together...before the tank goes in.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    OEM adjuster cut offs.
    Will take more pictures after the final install later this week.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Modded cable adjusters installed.
    About 5mm cut off both cable ends as well.
    Current adjustment, with bars & nozzle straight, leaves me with about 2 turns available on both ends (to turn the adjusters ON further) to compensate for any cable stretch.

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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Cable routing with the longer WR3 cable is much better. No more having to run it under the gas tank and against the waterbox. Nice that my raised battery tray makes for the perfect spot to route the cable. Hard to see, but now it rubs on nothing, but I've still sleeved it for protection.

    Oh, I also cut down some WR3 nose foam I had saved and stuffed it in the nose of the Apex. Easy enough to do now, so I figured why not.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Swapped out the old repitched (14/18) Solas I prop I started with for a nearly new Solas 13/17 Concord this morning & got a tank through it today. Bottom end and midrange hit are significantly stronger & top end is the same. Pop off boat wakes is much nicer.

    Now that the carbs & pump are all dialed in, I'm less revved up about swapping in the big bore motor I'm building for it this fall. Oh, finally got around to checking compression last week, 205/208psi (33cc domes, 81mm), so with the dual 38s it sips gas...7mpg. Did several river runs, and getting 30+ miles out of the OEM tank is no prob.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Quick update.
    Blowsion OVP steering system spit out the large oring, and it needed a rebuild anyway, so now that's been done.

    Started pulling some stuff off my open vintage race SN lately, and it has a pro-tec drop nozzle setup on it, which can be converted into a flip nozzle, so that's going on the Apex this winter.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    Got another tankful through the Apex today.
    First time in years that I'm sad the season is coming to an end, especially since I've literally just gotten everything sorted on the Apex. Don't get me wrong, it's been a solid ski since the get-go, but it wasn't 100%. Been dealing with all the typical stuff...carb tuning, then the pump changes, then I broke the steering cable, then the steering system needed rebuilding....never really liked the first 3 throttles I tried, but the 4th was a charm...and it had been taking on water under the tray. Already has the little glue in drains...turns out THEY weren't glued I very well and water was leaking in around them, and some around the exhaust tube. Got all that sealed up now and it barely took on any water on this last ride.

    Now I just really need to decide if and how much I want to change on it for next year. I could honestly be really happy with it just the way it is, but the ideas of adding trim, adding 20-30hp, and adding a big hub pump are going around in my head, so we shall see.


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    Re: Rock You Like A Hurricane..........Apex

    ...and I never even rode my original Sleeperjet the entire year.
    Already winterized it last weekend. Crazy, but sh1t evolves and changes, even if I am 10-20 years behind the curve...on a 2018 aftermarket hull


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