Gallery: RIVA Racing’s Sea-Doo 2018 RXT/GTX Steering System Bundle (Video)

There’s little arguing that the new ST3-based Sea-Doos are some of the best, most ergonomically designed top decks to come from the manufacturer. The combination of the narrowed Ergolock seat; deep, wide footwells; deeper center of gravity due to the lowered rider positioning; and tilt steering that integrates the analog dash cluster gives the Sea-Doo one of the most comfortable runabouts to date.

Yet, for the performance enthusiast and racing audience, adding some much needed precision to the new ST3 is warmly welcomed. Recently, RIVA Racing revealed its all-new Steering System Bundle ($1049.11) for all ST3-based Sea-Doos, including the current 2018 RXT 230, RXT-X 300, Wake Pro 230, GTX 155, GTX 230, GTX Limited 230 and GTX Limited 300.

Replacing much of the factory plastic components with aircraft-grade aluminum, the new RXT/GTX Steering Bundle eliminates much of the flex that comes with softer materials, giving the rider a truly race-proven precision, solid feel. For those pushing their ST3-based Sea-Doo harder than most, the aluminum Steering Bundle provides greater rigidity and dependability.

The Steering Bundle comes with RIVA’s Sea-Doo 2018+ RXT/GTX 30-inch Pro-Series handlebar (RS207BK-BAR-2), RIVA Sea-Doo RXT/GTX Control Housing Set (RS24120-CHS), and the RIVA 2018+ RXT/GTX Steering System (RS20120). The RIVA handlebar not only fits this bundle but is also a direct replacement for the slide-adjustable RXP-X and Spark Trixx units as well. Each 30-inch wide bar features a superior bend for aggressive riding, a billet, padded cross bar, and is drilled and tapped for OE controls, and can be capped with ODI grips through RIVA Racing.

The new RXT/GTX Housing Set is a pair billet replacement housings for the iControl toggles. Installation of these requires some minor modification to the OE controls, but results in a super-clean look and more precision fit thanks to the CNC-cut, anodized aluminum material. The Steering System is hollow to permit the OE wiring harness to pass through the center for a clean, final look.

RIVA’s Steering shaft is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum tubing, and directly replaces the plastic system – and it directly replaces the factory plastic steering neck, retaining it’s ergonomic incorporation of the dash cluster (meaning you can still adjust your tilt steering). It also includes a bar clamp to accept RIVA’s handlebars and a billet, anodized lanyard mount.

A final and significant benefit of upgrading to the RIVA Steering Bundle is the steering system’s billet steering arm that includes several “quick turn” settings that can rapidly increase the steering’s turning rate all while retaining the Sea-Doo’s factory off-throttle steering. And of course, the bundle includes all necessary installation hardware and instructions. (The bundle does allow for re-use of the factory “palm rest grips” and does not come with handlebar grips.)

Key Features Include:

  • Aluminum construction delivers superior strength & rigidity
  • Accepts RIVA 2018+ RXT/GTX handlebars
  • Hollow steering column accommodates OEM wiring harness
  • Billet aluminum steering arm features adjustable “quick-turn” settings
  • Retains “Off Throttle Assisted Steering” system
  • Cutting-edge race styling
  • All aluminum parts anodized to prevent corrosion

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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