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mlawler34
10-01-2012, 04:13 PM
Hey everyone. Looking for ways to spruce up my 2004 X STAR a bit. I have purchased stainless steel cup holders, a porter cable random orbital to get the hull in pristine shape, etc. What i would really love to do it upgrade the switches and backing plates for the ballast, bilge, lights, etc. to look like the 2006 X Star's like the below pictures. My questions are: Can this be done fairly easily? And for how much? Can i just order the parts from Mastercraft? If so, anyone have the part numbers?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

JerryW
10-01-2012, 04:21 PM
Check ebay, search on Mastercraft Switch, or Mastercraft Dash. There's a lot out there. Some look exactly like the pictures you've posted.

swatguy
10-01-2012, 04:54 PM
Look for a company Great Lakes skipper on eBay or solo. They stock a ton of older parts. From what I was told when dealers and Mfgs rid their parts this place picks em up. Found lots of older parts and accessories from them

76S&S
10-01-2012, 05:00 PM
^ What he said...Great Lakes skipper is where I would start.

moleson10
10-01-2012, 06:17 PM
http://www.charlotteskiboats.com/mastercraft_parts.cfm

I've had good luck here. If it's not listed call them. They can usually get it from MC if it is still available. Your local MC dealer can also.

If you buy from MC it WILL be expensive but I doubt you'll find those anywhere else.

mlawler34
10-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Thanks guys. Will start my search!

Nateb
11-29-2012, 08:17 PM
Where did you buy the stainless cup holders? What did they cost you?

sand2snow22
11-29-2012, 11:53 PM
I wouldn't do it. I agree they look nice, but they break. I've just replaced most of these switches in 2007 X-2. Ask Sodar how many he has changed in his boat.

Thrall
11-30-2012, 11:30 AM
2nd that. If you have rocker switches, keep them, better in the long run. You can get replacement toggle switches that are steel, but not sure if you can get them with lighted tips.
I've replaced several on my 06 X2 already.

DeeeJay02
11-30-2012, 12:10 PM
There was a guy In the classifieds parts secrion who was parting out a salvaged 06 XStar. Check him out and see if he still has the dash parts

MattsCraft
11-30-2012, 05:21 PM
I have read all the negative post about these switches, maybe I have been lucky, '09 385 hours and nary a problem. (probably just jinxed myself) Not sure if people are too rough on them or what8p Personally don't like the older style toggles, hard to tell 0n/off//switch them inadvertently.

Thrall
11-30-2012, 06:14 PM
I have read all the negative post about these switches, maybe I have been lucky, '09 385 hours and nary a problem. (probably just jinxed myself) Not sure if people are too rough on them or what8p Personally don't like the older style toggles, hard to tell 0n/off//switch them inadvertently.

Weird, I had 3 or 4 switches on my 06 break within thee first few months when I bought it in 09. After that I scored a deal on a complete set of take out switches from someone who changed all their switches out to a differnt color to match their boat better.
SInce I bought that bag of switches I have only broke 1 in the last 3 years! Good insurance I guess.......and no I don't want to sell any! They are my insurance against future broken switches!:D

I thought my switch failures were possibly from the boat sitting/being stored in the heat of the desert southwest for 4 yrs before I bought it. Maybe brittle or something. Then thought maybe the switches that got used the most or abused (bumped), but most of the ones that broke were the ones that were rarely if ever used and the out of the way ones. Haven't lost any of the ballast or blower switches (most used). They have been the odd ball stuff like the shower which was never used until I installed a shower, nav/anchor lights which was never used, etc.

Sodar
11-30-2012, 06:50 PM
I have replaced each switch at least twice before I went and bought steel bodies toggles. Only problem is they do not make steel bodies illuminated toggles. Well, they might, I have just not found them.

I am convinced that the switches break over time due to the billet bezel. Expansion and contraction in the southwest heat is what I stand by. This said, so not even get me started on my gauges. I am sure MasterCraft has enjoyed replacing those 4 times due to cracking! :rolleyes:

ttu
11-30-2012, 06:52 PM
i am with matt, i have a 07 x2 with over 350 hrs and have never broke a switch.

MattsCraft
11-30-2012, 07:46 PM
Hmmm - really strange, I was told originally when purchasing the boat that they were "airline switches" never a failure, obviously not the case right. I am in Southern Ohio, so not the west heat/cold extremes, but certainly hot humid summers and cold winters, but granted, not using the boat 7 to 8 months of the winter cold months.

I will mention, I don't flip the switches from the ends, always kind of place my thumb and fore finger around the base to flip the switch, if that makes sense??? I'm with Sodar, could be the billet expansion contraction and environment causing the problem, only stands to reason with some having an issue and others not? (Plastic and aluminum certainly expand and contract at different temps.)

sand2snow22
11-30-2012, 09:15 PM
Pay attention to Zane's words around the 5:20 mark. There is a reason they switched to more 'robust' knobs. Glad to hear some haven't had problems, just remember when your 3 year old bumps one and breaks it on accident. Don't get mad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h1j4IR2MI0

MASTIQUE
11-30-2012, 09:57 PM
Maybe these guys would split up the set?http://greatlakesskipper.com/product/56_90_279-boat-gauges-inboard-only-dash-panel-w-gauges/13292-mastercraft-boat-company-mastercraft-500493-2008-xstar-boat-dash-panel-kit.html

Also, I think the Maristar280 and X80 may share same bash parts so you can check those too

DeeeJay02
12-01-2012, 12:11 AM
I had an 06 XStar and never had any switches break. They were as tight and sturdy as the first day I brought her home.

If it can be done and changed over, great! Do it!

Don't be discouraged by a few people with a little bad luck (no offense guys)

sand2snow22
12-01-2012, 12:14 AM
None taken. Anyone notice the replaced switch in the first pic? :)

MattsCraft
12-01-2012, 08:58 AM
Well, I'll be D&%%, good eye Sand...

rgardjr1
12-01-2012, 11:18 AM
None taken. Anyone notice the replaced switch in the first pic? :)

Went back a couple of times to the picture, but couldn't figure out which one ...

snork
12-01-2012, 02:19 PM
might not have replaced switch but set nut/ring is fosho

rgardjr1
12-02-2012, 01:00 AM
might not have replaced switch but set nut/ring is fosho

Got it now. I was looking for a switch in a color other than red.