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got my 2015 3up spark with ibr in water for first time yesterday water was choppy going bout 40 mph lanyard come off ibr auto engaged instant catapult my face hit the front deck knocking me clean out woke up in the water being pulled onto a fishing boat I been checking forums to see if this has happened to anyone else and but I guess if it did they are prolly dead and cant post or just don't know what happened but the fact that when the lanyard is pulled the ibr slams down no matter what speed you are going is extremely dangerous im very lucky to be alive and think that if this is not addressed someone is gonna die I will not put mine back in the water till I have the ibr removed the possibility of the lanyard coming off at high speeds will always be there accidents happen and it will happen again anyone else have this problem?
 

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Does this actually happen?

iBr shouldn't auto engage, rather when the lanyard is pulled, its essentially a kill switch. With or without iBr the outcome would have been the same...

I'm sure it has something to do with the instance and actual occurrence you were riding in.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune, but I believe it is bad luck rather than Machine Error
 

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yes I called 3 dealership service departments and they all say when lanyard comes off ibr auto engages no matter what speed you are going and that's not good at 30mph and up
 

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I don't know about anyone else but I have been doing 50 mph and have intentionally went full reverse and it's never been all that violent. I also don't see it being that common of an instance to have the rip cord accidentally pulled at full speed.


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I can also confirm that went the rip cord is pulled that the bucket slowly comes down. I have done it a few times trying to inspect the wear ring. Usually by the time I can run to the back it's just finishing coming down. I have rode my in very rough water and have never been in a situation where I felt the rip cord could accidentally be pulled off.


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I can also confirm that went the rip cord is pulled that the bucket slowly comes down. I have done it a few times trying to inspect the wear ring. Usually by the time I can run to the back it's just finishing coming down. I have rode my in very rough water and have never been in a situation where I felt the rip cord could accidentally be pulled off.


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Even with the bucket coming down, it wouldn't force the ski backwards I don't think. If the bucket fell and the engine had been killed already, it would continue to coast as if it were a ski without iBr, maybe a little more drag due to the extra pieces down there.

The first Story doesn't seem to make sense to me still. Thanks for confirming cormacs!
 

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I can't say for sure but it looks like the bucket only comes down to neutral, not reverse/braking. So I agree it should just coast. I'm going to try it the next time I'm out.


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