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Old 06-17-2018, 08:04 AM
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Have you considered taking the lever off and the housing behind it, then set the housing/ lever back in about 40-45 degrees aft? The bottom notch moves toward the release button but your throttle lever goes back toward the kill switch. Simple recessed hex head at bottom of the throttle lever.

You can get a skier up with just your thumb pressing on the throttle and your arm resting on the pad. I made the knob below in 95 for the second owner of the boat, it was still on there when I got it from Dave. Stainless with silver flake.



made this one in 94 for my old boat
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:05 PM
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Pretty talented on making the knobs. I started to try to move the throttle back but was stymied on how. I pulled the lever with the hex bolt and thought I would be able to rotate the lever back. I need to move the ring with the slot in it and wasn't sure how to do that.

One of my previous boats had the throttle lever set back and as you point out it is more pleasant to drive it set up that way.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:19 PM
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the ring pulls out and the next place to fit it back in is at the 40-45 degree position, then lever on, tighten hex screw and Whoola!
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:17 AM
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I adjusted the throttle position that Bret encouraged. By moving the angle of the throttle it is easier to bring a skier out of the water smoother.

The first thing to do is make sure the boat is in neutral and the lever is perpendicular to the base of the throttle. I found pulling the silver button helped to make sure it remained in neutral.


I then used an Allan key to loosen the set screw found in the bottom of the throttle lever and pulled the throttle lever off of the splined shaft it is attached to. This will expose the shaft and the chromed ring that surrounds the shaft. The chromed ring needs to be rotated clockwise. I used a screwdriver to pop slide in between the chromed ring and the black plastic of the throttle assembly.



Rotate the ring clockwise and insert it so the catch for the throttle is back one set of holes.


Reattach the lever. The neutral position should have the lever about 45 degrees clockwise from perpendicular.



This makes it easier to control the throttle when starting someone from the water as well as making it easier to hold speed when hand driving.

Thanks to @Brett for suggesting the change and telling me the chromed piece rotates.



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Old 06-18-2018, 10:42 AM
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the ring pulls out and the next place to fit it back in is at the 40-45 degree position, then lever on, tighten hex screw and Whoola!


This may work if only/always using you boat or always have very competent and very aware drivers. However, as far as I know (limited to driving approx 15-20 boats from 1994-2015 era), every ski boat has neutral at straight up. So, you are creating something “different”, involving people in the water 4 feet from a propeller at times.
I’ve never heard any people having pull up issues to suggest a different throttle configuration. I use fwd/neutral/reverse a lot when tightening the rope to pull up a skier, and the 45 deg back position seems like it would be weird.
On our 94, pulling a skier up is a simple task pushing my thumb on the knob with rest of hand remaining on the armrest/pad.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:58 AM
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If I were to adjust the angle like this, I would be inclined to bend the shift arm at the head 45deg back so it stayed vertical in neutral. Make it feel more natural and universal.
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:15 AM
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Ben, it is different and does take some getting used to. However, i switch between my boat, club boats and friends boats who haven't made the change and haven't found it hard to switch between them.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:01 PM
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Ok. Just talking.... I’d be most concerned about a potentially unfamiliar or not as adjusted driver in a stressful / panic situation.
Again, great looking boat.
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:08 PM
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Ben,

I think you make a very good point about problems when someone panics and / or is not familiar with the modification. One should consider that in deciding to make the change. If the modification is done one needs to make sure it’s explained to someone not familiar with the setup.


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Old 06-18-2018, 03:01 PM
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Nice Teddy.

Ben, if you have a 94, you should try it. It's 5 min to try it, 5 min to put back. All of the MC in our club have the throttle reset. I learned it from Bennett's way back in 91 - all drivers at the school said it was much easier on the hand and arm. I agree with them but to each his own.

Teddy, how are the speedo pick ups? The ones at Ski Dim, if you have to replace, will work on two of the OEM holes. I replace both just for looks but only use the right one.
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