09-12-2019 04:08 - edited 09-12-2019 04:14
Your top rpm is at the very bottom of the recommended operating range - 5400 to 6000 rpm.
Going down to the 16" RX-4 will bring the revs up, greatly enhance your acceleration, improve the hole shot, but may lose a couple of mph.. Propping is mostly trial and error.
Another suggestion is to try the new RX-3 style which came out this year in a 17" pitch. The 1" reduced pitch should put your motor in the 5600-5800 rpm sweet spot.
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