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How To: Thrust Vectors On A SeaDoo Challenger 230 Wake

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According to @JetBoatPilot the Thrust Vector System is not compatible with the Seadoo Challenger 230 twin engine models.

I'm here to confirm that this inst entirely true. (More below).


My Boat is a 2009 Challenger Wake 510 HP ( 2X 255 HP Engines)
Thrust Vector states their fin adapter is not compatible with any of the 230 models.

Parts Link: OEM Parts > SeaDoo > Boats > 2009 > 2009 Sea-Doo 230 Wake, 2 X 255 HO
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I then decided to compare the 2012 230 Wake 520HP model. Bear in mind the 2012 year lot of changes and was Sea-Doos final year for this boat before they announced they were discontinuing their entire boat line.

Comparing to a 2012 Challenger Wake 520 HP ( 2X 260 HP Engines)
Parts Link: OEM Parts > SeaDoo > Boats > 2012 > 2012 Sea-Doo 230 Wake 520
2012 Seadoo Challenger Wake 520.png

The reason the Thrust Vector is NOT compatible is due to the cut-out on the 2007-2011 nozzles. The trust vector has no way to stay secured to the nozzle if there is a cutout present. So if you have a 2007-2011 Challenger 230, you cannot install a thrust vector without swapping out to the newer, updated nozzle.

I also want to point out that the 210 models, Chaparral, and Scarab BRP powered jetboats ( even the LARGER SCARAB BOATS) also DO NOT have this cutout on their nozzles. This leads me to believe its unnecessary and was phased out for a reason.


On to the HOW TO Portion of this post


After a bit more digging, I found that part number 271001787 is also the SAME part number used on the BRP powered Scarab Jet boats.
Then confirming that the Thrust Vector is 100% compatible with the Scarab jetboats, I decided to order the updated models and the Thrust Vectors to try to fit them on my 2009 Challenger 230 Wake.

Twin Thrust Vector Kit.
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I ordered 2X 271001787 Sea-Doo Steering Nozzles from a 2012 Challenger 230 and installed them on my 2009 Challenger 230.
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Here are a couple photos of the old part numbers vs the new part number.
The nozzle with the cutout it the original 2007-2011 part number.
Without the cutout is to 2012 nozzle.

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New Nozzle Installed - Quick and easy swap. Took 20 minutes.
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And finally, because the new nozzles have no cut out, the Thrust Vectors are now a bolt-on application winch also took less than 20 minutes to install.
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(The Supra Surf Well 3.0 trim tabs are for another post :) Work-In-Progress!)
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Photo showing the Thrust Vectors with the updated rubber bumper to keep them from interfering with the reverse buckets.
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Have you noticed a difference how does it handle is steering improved what are the upside
 
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