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    K-Planes

    Would it be worth my time and money to pull the trim tabs off my boat and replace them with K-Planes? Will I get a better ride? What's your opinion? I don't want to spen the money if there won't be a noticeable difference in ride? Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

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    i would say it would not be worth the money.... with that said i have a spare set, tabs and rams, lines, pumps, i would sell for $600, k-planes, i had them for my race boat, had a short and long set...these are the short set..

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    they made all the difference in th world on my Formula - I can't believe they weren't on from the factory. If you can pick up all the parts from SS for $600.00, I'd jump on that
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    I would think you'd notice a big difference. I put them on a 21 ft boat once, and it made very noticable difference, got the nose down to help cut through the rough stuff.
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    I put them on my 271 fastech, they made a big difference in both ride and handling. Changed my hole shot, I was able to load the boat and still come up on plane quickly. I also found in rough water I could keep a little down pressure on the bow to help break up the waves. I used the 280's. When I called the factory the said it was an option on my boat, especially helpful with the 502. Hope this helps.
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    I'll never have another boat without them.

    One of the best things about them is that they respond fast, just like drive trim

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    For $600 you can't go wrong, they will help alot in the big chop and hole shot.

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    Have those who've posted positive results with the K-planes replaced their trim tabs with the K-planes? I'm sure the extra length would yeild better control and torque, but is it significantly more than, say, Bennet or Boat Leveler? I've wondered if making the switch would make a big difference myself.
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    damn..wish I could have found a set for 600 bucks..I spent 900 on my eddie marine ones. I dont have them installed yet, when I bought my boat the owner took them off, but I rode in the boat with them on them before I bought the boat. It made a world of difference. I ran all last year with no tabs at all on my boat, and I need them. The holeshot sucks bad..I would have 5 people and full of fuel and a cooler, it would take a long time to plane off. I have a 24 foot outlaw with a mildly built 502, but I have the x-demnsion raise 3 inches. So that makes a big difference in the planeing of the boat..I cant wait to get them installed for next year...oh I have heard some stories of people running the planes down in the rough stuff and if the boat takes flight, catching the k-planes and forcing the nose back into the water hard..almost stuffing the boat..but that was on some boats running really hard..

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    No brainer... do it. But I thought your boat was for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soul Asset View Post
    Have those who've posted positive results with the K-planes replaced their trim tabs with the K-planes? I'm sure the extra length would yeild better control and torque, but is it significantly more than, say, Bennet or Boat Leveler? I've wondered if making the switch would make a big difference myself.
    My 303 Formula had Bennett trim tabs from the factory - they were absolute junk and should never have been put on my boat due to the length and weight. After I bought the boat, I started looking for a set of used K-planes - found some on OSO and bought them. When I broke a Bennett ram.. and lost the tab.. I put on the K-Planes - completely different boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shallow Minded View Post
    No brainer... do it. But I thought your boat was for sale?
    You ever use yours?
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    My 271 came stock with Bennett Tabs, they were slow to respond, and at slow speeds like night time speed limit they caused the boat to porpoise. After installing the K-Planes that all went away, I also noticed instant change when I touch the switch. The Bennett's I had to wait way too long for a change.

    Anyone with a smaller boat I have a complete set of Bennett Tabs pump and wiring harness for sale. they are in great condition just the wrong tabs for my old boat.

    I also have a 2000 Formula 271 for sale with K-Planes already professionally installed. (just waiting for the classified section to open up so I can post the real ads.)
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    I changed my K-planes on my Cig 20 from the short ones to the long 380's like and it is night and day. I would highly recommend them for ride improvement.
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    Thanks for all the input!!

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