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Old 07-29-2010, 11:58 AM
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Zero Off

I'm sure this will be beating a dead horse, but I've emailed ZO and as of yet, no response. My hope is with the wealth of knowledge that's on this forum, somebody out there can give me a clue.
My '06 X-7 with the 310hp RTP is of course DBW. I currently only have the MasterCraft standard cruise control and would like to upgrade. Being that I am a entry level tournament skier, I would like to train behind the system required by USA Waterski. I know my boat is compatible with StarGazer, and I have a line to purchase that system. Question is, is my DBW system running the ECU that ZO requires, if not, is it possible to make this change?
I know there are engineers out there that are converting earlier model boats to run ZO but its big money and lacking results.
Anybody gone thru this already?
Thanks in advance for all the insight.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:06 PM
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Dstone,
your current boat is not running the Ecm required to run Zero Off, you would need an e-control ECM. I have see a couple of cases where ZO & E controls have built an ecm that will replace your current one, but it is not a cheap!

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Old 07-29-2010, 04:02 PM
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If your are an entry level skier, you won't be able to tell the difference between the two speed control systems on the end of the rope. In the driver's seat, ZO will be a little more user friendly. But unless you're planning to enter tournaments, I don't see much reason to spend the money it will cost to modify your boat for ZO. SG is an extremely good system and will be an easy install on your boat.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:54 AM
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I have an 05 X-7 MCX with drive by wire.Any updates on the Zero Off conversion?My ECM needs replacing(boat sank),and I'd really like to get one that will run Zero Off and Perfect Pass.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:49 AM
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Check with Jody at FL inboards. He will know the answers. He has been convertting a lot of boats in the last few years.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:51 PM
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run Zero Off and Perfect Pass.

Why? I had Zero Off and Perfect Pass on my 08 Response Lxi. We never used the Perfect Pass once we had Zero Off.

I ski behind several boats and I have a hard time telling a difference between the systems when PP is set up correctly. Go with PP and don't look back.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:42 PM
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Thanks east tx,I'll get ahold of him.The reason I want to be able to run both is that I have perfect pass,but may switch to zero off in the future,so if I have to get a new ECM,I'd rather get one that will run them both.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:31 PM
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I believe your '05 will require more than an upgraded ECM to make it ZO compatible; as Eastie mentioned, Jody will be able to answer that one. Additionally, don't forget PP is working on a ZO simulator upgrade to their PP/Star Gazer system that will hopefully be ready at the end of this month/May...mac

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Old 05-15-2011, 11:39 PM
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Edit: duplicate of above about zo mode....
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:05 PM
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Thanks Guys,
I spoke with Jody and he said it's not an easy conversion or a cheap one.Best bet is to go with the newer Perfect Pass when it is available as you guys stated.
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