Before my 2up IBR was first put in the water in early June I read many posts re the wear ring being damaged. I decided to try a solution, and I have to say that because my ski has only 8 hours up, I have not tried to run it at maximum speed, so I am not sure if this "fix" will affect top speed. I found a grille with squares half an inch by half an inch, the grille being something that is easily found at your local K Mart store! It's called a cake stand and it does the job perfectly, it's held in position by zip ties (10 of them), the length is 16 inches by 10 inches or metric 405mm by 253mm. The length is ok, the width is reduced so as to just cover the inlet grate, and the 2 ribs of the grate are what the zip ties are attached to. Last week I had the same thing happen as many others have when the wear ring is cracked...loss of power, maximum speed down to 10 kph about 6 mph. When I got the ski out of the water there was a plastic bag trapped on the grille preventing the full amount of water to be taken in and giving full power. When I got home and I took out the wear ring there was no damage, just scuffs and light grooves which I filled with carnauba wax until it was smooth again. Back on the water all was good. I need a few more hours and the first service before I will see what the top speed is with the grille fitted. Any questions or comments feel free.