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Old 09-16-2018, 12:20 AM
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Any photos/videos of winterizing the 5500? I had it down to an art form on the MCX, just want to make sure the oil changes for the engine and transmission go smoothly, as well as winterizing for the engine and ballast tanks. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:03 PM
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This was my first year with the 5500 after having an MCX for 8 years. I dont have any videos for you but it will be easy if you have doing your MCX. The two engines are quite different... Engine and trans oil changes are the same ( watch you don't kink the oil drain line as mine is connected the oil pan so that it is not pointed to the rear of the boat. don't pull on it too hard )
As for winterizing, the Ops manual is pretty straight forward. There are two methods you can follow, one without a pressurized system and one with a pump. I did the non pressurized procedure first, however in that procedure you dont run the engine after the oil change. Just remove the 2 anodes on the block, the drain plugs on the trans cooler and the glycol exchanger then remove the cap on the seawater strainer and fill it with antifreeze. the 4 drains have yellow dots on them for easier reference.
I decided to follow the pressurized procedure with a pump just to be sure and it was my first year doing the 5500. It is the easiest and quickest. The nice thing with the 5500 is that you don't need to blow out the heater hoses.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:50 PM
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I was wondering about that, is the heater fed with antifreeze? Did you use the quick drain hose attached to the impeller?pump housing?
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:04 PM
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yes the heater uses antifreeze, not water which i learned the messy way...lol Yes the one that is about 18 " long and points toward the front of the boat. ( the book suggests there is no tools required...not true as its a brass plug screwed in tight) The other plug is on the trans cooler on the starboard side of the engine flywheel.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:25 PM
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Awesome thanks.
As for the quick drain, it used to be a plastic push button release. Which they replaced with the brass plug, must have failed at one point. Probably where the no tools required came from.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:41 PM
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oh that makes sense... they just never updated the book.
Just curious... did you deal with Scott or Richard. Which prop did you get with your boat. I got an OJ 848 and thinking about changing it?? I think it is too much bottom end and not enough top end. I think the 5500 can take a bigger prop....15X15?? OJ 849 was suggested??
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:38 AM
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What did you use to do the pressurized method. Also how did you winterize ballast. Need to get mine done soon just trying to do some research as this is my first winter with new boat. Thanks
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:40 AM
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I used a 115 volt "Pony" pump and 5 gallon pail to hold the RV anti freeze.( they say 3.5 gallons of anti freeze required, I used 4 gallons) They work great for water but may need a little help to get a good prime with anti freeze. For next year, Im going to rig up a pail with a fitting at the bottom side of the pail so it flows easier into the pump. The nice part of this procedure is it allows you run the boat with the new oil for a couple of minutes

For the ballast, I parked the boat on an uphill slope and pumped the remaining water out of the ballast tanks then poured a gallon of anti freeze into each tank. I disconnected the ballast bags and connected the lines to directly go into the tanks. Then I emptied the tanks again until there was anti freeze coming out of the bottom of the boat. I removed the bags and dumped any remaining water out of them before reinstalling. Done! Pretty simple actually.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:04 PM
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When I did my 5500 I did the non pressurized where you pour the antifreeze into the 1” lines on the exhaust and I had RV antifreeze com out by the prop shaft where it comes out of the hull. I double checked to make sure I had antifreeze every where it should be, and I seem to but I thought it was odd to have antifreeze come out by the prop shaft. There wasn’t any sitting in the bulge besides the little that I spilt. Anyone else have this issue just concerned as this is my first boat.
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:10 AM
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oh that makes sense... they just never updated the book.
Just curious... did you deal with Scott or Richard. Which prop did you get with your boat. I got an OJ 848 and thinking about changing it?? I think it is too much bottom end and not enough top end. I think the 5500 can take a bigger prop....15X15?? OJ 849 was suggested??
I dealt with Scott and Ave (out of Edmonton). Our boat came with the 825 and I swapped it last year for the 848, at full ballast it was struggling to get to wakeboard speeds. I chatted with Eric about it at OJ props. From what he said the 849 is the standard for our boat and the 848 is the high altitude, so if your looking for more top end that may be the answer. Assuming they run the same props on the XT23 as the XT22.
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