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  1. Janky

    Engine compartment insulation

    I've only had it out one time, but no, it's about the same. If anything, I think it might be louder. I'm guessing the open foam that was there was better able to 'catch' the sound waves?
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    Props

    Thanks @Denny I'll put them back on and try changing the setting. I believe I have 5 settings and only tried one or two of them.
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    Props

    Good question. I followed the instructions and tried to align them perfectly with the bottom edge of the stern. See attached. Look at the bottom edge of the attached with file with_tabs3.JPG and you'll see they kick up some water and make the wake a little choppier, in my opinion. See...
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    Props

    Thanks @Denny . I actually installed some 'automatic' (compression spring activated) trim tabs that do settle the bow down a bit. Unfortunately, they also create a bunch of turbulence in the wake, which I really don't want. I took them off but the mounting hardware is still there. Now that...
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    Props

    Just trying to stir up some conversation... Our 20' Chaparral came with a 15x16 and a 14.5x18 backup in the engine compartment (both 4 blade). I was surprised the top speed as configured was a little slow at around 40mph. Did a little googling and it appears that smaller pitch and bigger...
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    Perfect Pass

    Got it out this weekend, and it worked like a champ! It actually surprised me that by default it was "ON". I hadn't run the boat in 6 weeks so I eased into it. Upon dropping the throttle a bit away from the launch, the boat quickly got up to speed, Perfect pass 'beeped' and started easing off...
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    Learning 101: What is an IAC valve and what does it do when it fails?

    Thanks for the warning. Well, at a minimum, the $35 is probably the cheapest one can ever pay for a quick diagnosis. If it resolves my issue of stall coming off throttle, then I know that part was root cause. If not, look elsewhere. But I will think twice about leaving it in if it does...
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    Outdrive painting

    Anyone repaint their outdrives? I used to have an outboard, which I sanded, primered and painted. It looked ok and lasted fine for a few years. I am hoping to do my Volvo SX outdrive, but I was skimming the manual and noticed a section on painting! It says you must apply chromate conversion...
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    Perfect Pass

    Good news, all done with the install. Took two weeks to squeeze in with the "honey-do" list of other stuff. Bad news. Weather was crummy today so I didn't get to take it out to test!
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    Learning 101: What is an IAC valve and what does it do when it fails?

    I would say it also depends on the ease of replacement at sea. I got the $35 IAC valve and will try it, but I will most certainly keep the old one in the toolbox. I would not do the same 'gamble' with something like a raw water impeller. Though I would trust a known aftermarket brand like Sierra.
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    Learning 101: What is an IAC valve and what does it do when it fails?

    Decided to do a little research... I'm fairly confident I found the Volvo Penta part for my 5.0 GXi and it's about $280. I also found a Sierra equivalent for $70. Then I found a no-name brand on Amazon for $35! Crazy. I'll gamble for $35
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    Perfect Pass

    Step 1 completed, servo installed at engine/throttle. So far so good...
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    Perfect Pass

    Wow, super fast shipping, even from Canada, eh? Can't wait to dig into this!
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    Engine compartment insulation

    Satisfying offseason project completed! Since I bought the 2004 204SSi one year ago, the engine insulation has been literally falling apart. The boy and I scraped off the old, then applied a new sheet of UXCELL Car sound damper. I'm hoping this is one area where an automotive product can be...
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    Wierd engine howl captured on rough idle video

    Auto parts may work but I wouldn't do it. In general they are less durable.
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    Wierd engine howl captured on rough idle video

    I couldn't hear anything 9-13, but 13-25 I hear what sounds like an electric pump, like maybe the fuel pump? Passes my test: if you turn up the radio and don't hear/feel it, its not that bad ;)
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    Perfect Pass

    Finally pulled the trigger on a Perfect Pass kit. Also bought a wetsuit so I can test it out before next season ;) Should be here next week. Love to hear any advice from those who have installed them before. Volvo Penta 5.0GXi-E. Otherwise, I'll post details when I do the install. I'm...
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    What do you tow your Boat with?

    Those are factory 22" from 2018. I fell in love with them as well when we were shopping for accessories. Only downside is they are curb magnets and scuff marks to show it!
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    What do you tow your Boat with?

    2018 Expedition tows 2004 204 SSi Chaparral very smoothly!
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    Respect the Sun! Skin cancer sucks!

    I've been through the same. Have a nice crescent stitch line on the side of my nose because they had to pull skin to cover the excavation. Now it's sunscreen everyday and yearly head to toe checkups!
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