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  1. Cleaver

    VORTEX 203: Medallion Not Responding

    See if there is a cat6 cable (it looks like a network or internet cable) attached to the screen from the viper display control box. A loose or faulty cable can cause screen display or touch input issues.
  2. Cleaver

    2017 227 Surf SSX Owner's Manual

    I don't know if this will help, but here is a link to a Malibu owners manual with surf gate. Look on page 76. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.themalibucrew.com/_files/malibu/malibu_2016_manual.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjQ7vCu5dnbAhWBxVkKHZctDc8QFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw2nwRNMe6KlkjfTyUr43X0O
  3. Cleaver

    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    He didn't specify which tire, just that they were on a trailer loaded to the maximum weight capacity when tested. He worked for goodyear, and I met him at the Mastercraft factory in Tennessee during training in 2012. I'll look through my notes and get back with you if i have more info.
  4. Cleaver

    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    I got a set of Carlisle trailer radial HD 205/75R14, tires D rated for 2040 LBS at 65 PSI from Discount Tires two years ago, and have been happy with them. Six years ago, I spoke with a Goodyear tire rep in Tennessee who told me that when they tested loaded tires just 10 PSI under inflated at 60 MPH, they had nearly a 50 percent failure rate in the first hour of travel. He also recommended tire replacement every five years. Tires have a stamped four number code on the sidewall. The first two numbers are the week, and the last two are the year of manufacture.
  5. Cleaver

    To Forward Face or not, that is the question...

    Two seasons ago I saw a Cobalt R5 that was driven 20 feet onto the beach at cruising speed with a FFD. Nothing "snapped off", but the aluminum transom and backing plate got bent and had to be replaced. I also just saw a new vdrive Axis T22 two weeks ago that was driven up onto a sandbar that needed a new propshaft, prop, strut, rudder, tracking fins, drive plate and fiberglass repair from stress cracks (and scratches from rocking on the sandbar all night until it was towed off) that needed a little over 10 thousand in repairs. The Chaparral vortex jet boats are also a good choice for shallow water running. I drove a new 2430 Chaparral with twin BRP ROTAX 250 motors that was pretty amazing. It is currently the fastest 24 foot open bow in production and you can have it set up for surfing too.
  6. Cleaver

    5.0 MPI misfire

    Since you have an audible alarm, I would have the ECM checked for trouble codes. If there are any stored codes, it might help point you in the right direction, but the running issue could possibly be unrelated to the trouble codes. Sometimes the ECM is getting different data from its sensors than what your analog gauges are reading at the helm. For example, I have seen an ECT indicate an overheat to the ECM when the helm gauge did not. I think it would be worth a try.
  7. Cleaver

    To Forward Face or not, that is the question...

    The biggest disadvantage I've seen with the Chaparral surf boats with the forward drive is that the boat sits higher on the trailer, so you have to put it in deeper to launch and load. Also, the hull is cut back a bit to help create the surf wave so the boat doesn't handle as well in very hard power turns, but handles great in every other situation. The surf package does add a lot to the price of the boat. There are also several advantages to the forward drive surf boats. First, you can surf behind it, and the surf gates help make an incredible wave. The new Volvo GM GDI motors are amazing. Lots of power, closed cooling, easy to maintain and winterize. The low speed handling is also excellent. As far as damage from a collision, it depends on what you hit. In some cases, the cone on the front of the props hits first, causing the outdrive to kick up and prevents damage to the more expensive gearcase. If you are looking for the best propulsion for use in shallow water, outboard motors are the best choice. I personally love the new Yamaha 4 cylinder 200 or Vmax 250 V6 motors on the Chaparral Suncoast and Robalo.
  8. Cleaver

    Help identifying rogue wire

    Green bonding wires are often used on metallic fuel system components, they connect to the ground circuit and are designed to prevent static buildup and the possibility of fire or explosion. Some bonding of non-metal parts is voluntary for ABYC. Check out the bottom of the page under grounding in this link if it helps. http://newboatbuilders.com/pages/fuel.html
  9. Cleaver

    VP Sterndrive Gear Oil

    Look in your owner's manual for the recommended weight and rating to find a gear lube that will work. Mobil one 75w90 synthetic GL5 will usually do the trick. I don't know how much you will save over volvo oil, but it is only one a year, right? https://www.amazon.com/Mobil-104361-UNIT-75W-90-Synthetic-Gear/dp/B000ONZXPK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525038038&sr=8-1&keywords=mobile+1+75-90+gear+oil http://www.volvopentastore.com/Synthetic-Transmission-Oil/dm/cart_id.947895987--session_id.010341261--store_id.366--view_id.345232
  10. Cleaver

    IAC valve

    Using the throttle only button on the shirt-throttle lever will allow you to open the throttle for starting in the event the IAC valve fails. Then you can just get the IAC valve replaced after (if it ever does) fail. I would not consider an IAC valve a maintenance or emergency repair item to have onboard. I would recommend cleaning or replacing the IAC valve filter on an annual basis. I have seen them get clogged often.
  11. Cleaver

    1988 2300SX 5.0 I/O

    See if your engine RPM is between 4400 to 4800 at wide open throttle when trimmed for best speed. If the 19 pitch runs near 4800, then a 21 pitch should drop your RPM and give you better speed. If the 19 pitch runs near 4400, then it will be the best size for top speed. If it runs below 4400 RPM, the prop is too big, lugging the engine, and a 17 pitch would be a better choice. Make sure the engine is in good running condition, the hull is clean, and the boat is loaded the way you will normally use it. There are a lot of variables involved in choosing the correct prop, so WOT RPM is the easiest way to narrow it down.
  12. Cleaver

    Power trim - tilt

    Check out http://www.cmcmarineproducts.com/products/Outboard-Tilt-and-Trim/CMC-Tilt-and-Trim/CMC-PT-130-Tilt-and-Trim-for-up-to-130-HP Self contained universal trim tilt unit for up to 130 HP.