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I didn't start my install til the modified deflector plates arrived. I just bought some JB weld marine epoxy in the dual syringe and didn't even bother with the little epoxy packets.
Took my time installing it over 24 hours to let the epoxy cure fully. Had to grind my upstop brackets as I didn't get the new ones.
The steering wasn't noticeably stiffer and I do have relatively new steering cables. I really had no issues at all with the steering and my 20 year old daughter drove for me while I surfed and she had no issues.
The wake is noticeably better. I only ran my 750lb fatsac on the upper swim platform and a 400lb on the surf side cockpit floor. My daughter surfed first and she gave me a look and a thumbs up when the wave settled!
We moved the cockpit bag to the other side for me and I went ropeless in a deeper and longer pocket then we've ever had.
We had 4 people in the boat while one surfed...probably 600lbs of human ballast, half in the bow and the other passenger in the back corner seat surf side. I probably had 3/4 tank of gas and we set perfect pass to 10.5 mph.