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Old 09-09-2018, 10:01 AM
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Engine compartment divider issue

The engine compartment dividers are flexing way too much in my X45 when my ballast bags are full. The panels are hard into the manifolds and as I discovered a recent cold morning the heater hoses are even being pinched off. I am Thinking the best solution is to cut some new divider panels out of marine grade plywood. Has anyone else done this? It seems like plywood would be stiff enough. I can't be the only one having this issue.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:23 AM
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Consider panel reinforcements

Hello:

I installed these when I went to 750s in the rear lockers. It's worked pretty well so far (thought the price has crept up......)

I have seen other DIY with aluminum bar stock of various shapes.

https://www.wakemakers.com/engine-di...nel-saver.html

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Old 09-09-2018, 10:34 AM
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Hello:

I installed these when I went to 750s in the rear lockers. It's worked pretty well so far (thought the price has crept up......)

I have seen other DIY with aluminum bar stock of various shapes.

https://www.wakemakers.com/engine-di...nel-saver.html

Cheers, Steve.
I already have them installed. They helped a little bit with the smaller bags I had last year. This year I went to 820s and they don't cut it. They only stiffen the panel in one direction.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:13 PM
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Sunday I cut a panel out of plywood to test. Hopefully I can try it out later this week. If it works Iíll get a hold of some marine ply and coat with glass resin and probably marine paint. I think they will hold up for a while and if not they will be easy enough and cheap enough to change out.
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Old 09-12-2018, 11:16 AM
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Following. I have the same problem with my 2002 X-30. I have 750s in each rear locker. My biggest issue is the boat has the L-18 (8.1L) and that motor takes up soooo much room the panels are tight without any ballast bags laying against them.
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:14 PM
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I have 1100 in my x45, I DIY a wakemakers diver reinforcement but I did it with 1 inch aluminum u channel, and did 5 across my divider, put in 2 extra divider holder at the Bottom. It works great. maybe your dividers are to worn out?
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:48 PM
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I have 1100 in my x45, I DIY a wakemakers diver reinforcement but I did it with 1 inch aluminum u channel, and did 5 across my divider, put in 2 extra divider holder at the Bottom. It works great. maybe your dividers are to worn out?
I am also adding extra brackets to hold the center of the divider. It seems bags on top of tanks were never taken into concideration in the design
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:14 PM
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I came upon a piece of 1" UHMW plastic. I think this will be ideal. I will test it out tomorrow and if it performs like I think it will I will sand it up and call it good. I don't think I will even worry about carpeting it. I have to buy a piece for the other side but I think it will be worth it.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:31 PM
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I made it out Sunday. Ran the
1" UHMW on one side and 3/4" plywood on the other. Neither side flexed noticably at all. I am going to source another piece of the UHMW but the plywood properly sealed and finished would solve the problem nicely. I don't think there is any need to use stiffeners on either material.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:37 PM
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I cut some angle aluminum and screwed it in to the part the divider sits on. It has worked well for me.
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