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Old 09-21-2017, 04:20 PM
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4k for GSA isn't bad at all. For all the R&D into it, it's beyond worth it. Especially when it came to resale. Two 2011 X25s sat at Texas Mastercraft, similar price and hours. Ours (with GSA) sold for more, like a month faster.

What is ridiculous, is people trying to profit off of someone else's design. #newamericanway
Ill never get over how much you were against GSA when they first came out and now you are their best friend.

I wouldn't be surprised if you were against surfing too at some point.
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Old 10-21-2017, 10:33 AM
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x2 tabs

Those tabs look great. How well do they work????
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:29 AM
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I decided to pull the trigger and get the GSA! I played around with bolting on larger tabs on my gen1 tabs and I ended up breaking one of my actuators. Unless you are really savvy with fabricating metal and willing to spend time and gas testing I say buy the GSA.

The weight setup is different from the suckgate wanting more weight in the back. Currently I have it dial with LOTS of push and good length. Today I will go back out with my new Victoria factor pcx and work on lengthening it without losing too much push.

Important!!! Get the swim deck brackets. This will raise your deck a few inches allowing tab clearance and you can max out your rear ballast bags!!! Before I could only will my bags to 80% b/c my deck would drag too much causing my rpms to hit 4K!!! This isssue may be specific with me because I got my x35 used and it has an xstar swim platform.

Side note, gen1 tabs cause drag when surfing even when not deployed. I notice this with the suckgate setup. Gen1 tabs are parallel with the haul and drags when the bow raises. If you stick w the suckgate setup and are having high RPMs I would recommend removing those tabs.






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Old 10-22-2017, 02:34 AM
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I have a 07 x45 and put on GSA and FAE and love the setup.


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Old 02-08-2018, 09:08 AM
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Finally got around to finishing my cad model and sending these off for fabrication. I plan to just get hinges and eliminate the gen 1 tab but bolt on is an option.

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Old 02-19-2018, 10:18 AM
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I have considered upgrading the Lenco tabs on My star. Any input on how something like this would work with these tabs?
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:29 AM
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...here they are
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:28 AM
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...here they are
Looks like you will have an issue with upward travel, on the gen 1 you can move the actuator to the outer most hold and get just enough travel up to get the tab out of the water. With your setup you'd probably have to move the actuator mounting point and at that point you might as well just remove the current tab and install the new one.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:22 AM
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Mike185 - Did you run into any issues with the additional load of the larger tab on the 5 screws attaching the hinge to the transom? Looks like most GEN2 hinges use 7-8 #12 screws. I also recall someone on here having issues with a GEN2 tab tearing out, but may have been caused by poor pilot holes.


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Old 02-20-2018, 11:59 AM
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@mike185 - Nice job!

Funny I was just asking about DIY surf gates or tabs in another thread. Glad to see the spirit lives.
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