Viper Setback & Props

Randy, I am restoring a 1981 viper .The motor will be a 2000 115 Johnson Fast Track with low water pick up. I need to know what size jackplate to use for maximum speed. In the past you recommended a 2 and a half inch jack plate. Is this true for all 1981 vipers? I donít know how to get one less than 4 inches. My lake has a horsepower restriction of 115. I must get the most speed with what I have to work with. Any tips for maximum speed will be appreciated.




    Check with Bob's Machine Shop in Florida, as he had a 4 inch jack and a 6 inch that was reversible to 2 1/2. The main reason for the short setback, is as we move the motor back on a viper or vector, the boat picks up a nasty porpoise in the mid-range. Try to stick with a 2 1/2 to 4 inch jack if you can. Set the prop shaft about 2 inches below the bottom to start. See if you can find a 14x24 Yamaha drag prop and have it rehubbed. A 26 would be better for top end and would work equally as well. Other than these props, there is not a lot of V4 performance propellers out there. A 24 raker prop would be an ok choice also, but it might be a little light on pitch. Try these to start with and see how close to 70 mph you get. This will determine the next moves. 




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Mark C.


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