Today’s top-of-the-line personal watercraft come from the factory performing at such levels that could outpace the craft that competed in the World Finals less than a decade earlier. It’s astounding the rate of progress we’re receiving from “out of the box” runabouts these days. The handling, cornering, acceleration and added amenities of modern runabouts are truly amazing – but that’s not to say that there isn’t room for improvement.
WMF Watercraft, Millsboro, Delaware’s premier pontoon and pre-owned personal watercraft dealer knows this all too well, as their Service Department excels and modifying and tuning some of the meanest aftermarket-equipped Sea-Doos around. Working closely with the go-fast gurus at RIVA Racing, WMF showed us how to radically improve the handling and ergonomic feel of Sea-Doo’s closed course burner, the RXP-X 260.
RIVA Racing’s Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 Pro-Series Steering System is designed as a direct replacement for the factory OEM steering neck and shaft, as well as the handlebars and grips. The system replaces plastic system with a significantly stronger piece providing variable tilt positions, precision feel, and improved dependability.
The replacement steering shaft is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum tubing for maximum strength and rigidity, and stainless steel construction ensures no rusting or discoloring in fresh or salt water. The engineers at RIVA made sure that the hollow steering column would accommodate the OEM wiring harness, tucking away the sensitive wiring. Additionally, the bar clamp accepts any 7/8-inch handlebar or 1 1/8-inch bulge bar.
Altogether, racers and performance lovers have cheered RIVA’s inclusion of the factory “Off Throttle Assisted Steering” system and the adjustable “quick-turn” settings on the billet aluminum steering arm. And as one has come to expect from RIVA, all of the aluminum parts have been anodized to further prevent corrosion.
Installation of the complete Pro Series Steering System took only a couple of hours and required a handful of basic tools. The certified technicians at WMF made short work of the project and you should too. The steps are easy to follow so we made it a point to break them down in an easy-to-follow format: