Installing CCM reeds in my 130 V6-Merc
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Posted on Saturday Jun 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Well gonna dump the Mercury Steel reeds and go with composite reeds for the first time in years of boating - got the three two barrel carbs pulled today, and the intake manifold - reeds looked brand new (but of course this is the cleanest part of an engine) - ordered reeds from Chris Carson Marine today - full set with shipping 110 bux - in process of cleaning all the carbs and installing new needles and seats(thanks to ethanol , those plastic tipped Merc needle seats were on their last legs) -

Gonna lap in the intake cages for the new reeds (you wet sand with 400 grit), then she is going back together

No computers on this boat - all old tech stuff I grew up with

I expect to improve my cruise mileage up to around 2.5 GPH @ 4500RPM, with new reed technology - and Scream and Fly on the top end --

Now if I can just figure where all those 1/8 vaccuum lines go when I bolt it all back up !!!
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Posted on Saturday Jun 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Got her all latched back -up - rebuilt all three carbs, new needles and seats, lapped in reed cages, removed Merc steel reeds (none of them were actually closed flat) - cages were wet lapped with 400 grit paper , new reeds in place there was NO daylight thru the cages, all six were sealed, I should see about a ten % improvement in gas consumption , plus about 15 HP boost,easier starts, new plugs - prolly gonna change out water pump impeller next week, gonna fire it up tomorrow -- wish me luck
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Posted on Saturday Jun 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM  
I saw the video you put up about this. Are you going to link it here?
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Posted on Sunday Jun 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM  
Might - the boat ran GREAT - didn't know what to expect, that Mc Kee hull is the smooothest riding hull I have had the pleasure to be in, the 135 with me and kid was 55MPH WOT - once I get the stupid whale tail off it I will get a little more speed- only failure was oil reservoir cap was busted at top - some dofus cross threaded and cracked the top, so another $50 bux to the project - had 2 stroke oil all over the motor after run so a clean up job to do -- other than that set back looks like I got my 5K worth. We ran twenty miles at around 4800 RPMs, may have a vacuum leak as low end idle bulb wouldn't stay pumped up - small taters there --
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