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bturner2
08-24-2011, 04:15 PM
Anyone else thinking about relocating their rear ballast pumps? I have an 07 X2 with the pumps located behind the panels in the two rear storage areas. I'm thinking about having the brother in law cut a bracket so that I can mount the pumps behind the engine horizontally with the pump faces facing forward so I can get to them. This would require rerouting the hoses and maybe adding a 90 degree fitting. The advantages would be stopping the pump head from leaking into the pump motor, much easier access to the pumps and being able to change the impellers without removing panels.

I fear this could be another episode like the trailer jack plate where it takes me a year to do so if it sounds like others might be interested I'll at least get a template made this fall for a early spring installation. I was thinking about a single L bracket design made of stainless sheet metal that would mount just over the drain hole where the transom is pretty thick. I originally started looking at this last year when I had one of the rear pumps fail and already have the hoses and fittings.

CantRepeat
08-24-2011, 04:21 PM
I'm not sure which MC, maybe the 45, but I have seen one where they were mounted that way. Sure looks like it would be easy to change the impellers.

The only design issue I could see is water leaking into the motor when dumping tanks while at speed. I guess if the seal has a total failure it would leak back into the motors. How likely is that to happen? I don't know.

I do support the idea, that's for sure.

Thrall
08-24-2011, 07:35 PM
I was able to flip the rear pumps upside down (no water in the motors) without changing any of the hoses at all....barely.
Doesn't help the access issue, but get's the pumps flipped for $0 and only a couple hrs work.

Northcountry
08-25-2011, 01:30 AM
You can also rotate the bottom of the pump 180 degrees to reverse the water flow once you remount the pump. This will allow the fill and empty switches to work properly. There’s a diagram on a post here somewhere that shows the two screws you remove to rotate the bottom of the pump. I think the post was from Jason at Wakemakers.

JRW160
08-25-2011, 07:41 AM
You can also rotate the bottom of the pump 180 degrees to reverse the water flow once you remount the pump. This will allow the fill and empty switches to work properly. There’s a diagram on a post here somewhere that shows the two screws you remove to rotate the bottom of the pump. I think the post was from Jason at Wakemakers.That's what I did. Only took about 20 minutes.

CantRepeat
08-25-2011, 08:00 AM
Or you could just move two wires on the switch to reverse the flow.