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Old 04-27-2015, 09:16 PM
gonordiquesgo gonordiquesgo is offline
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Smile 2012 x-25 additionnel ballast setup

Hi everyone,

Just bought a 2012 Mastercraft x25 with 6.0L with ZFT-5. I read a lot of posts about how it was "not possible" to add plug and play ballast to the actual software and keep everything works like before.

What are my options ? I would like it to be as automated as possible but not loosing any important function on the screen.

I'm also interested in how many and where did you add your ballast for the best wake surf waves.

Thank you in advance and have a great summer !
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:52 AM
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Nice looking 25! Congrats.

I also have an X25 but mine is different in that it has Gen 2 and Plug and Play. I can tell you that I put 600lb bags in each rear locker (upgraded from the stock bags). That size bag seemed to fit perfectly in the lockers and throws a great wave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1qZ-pXdV10
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:19 AM
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Great looking boat Gonordiquesgo! Uplandbird- two questions on your 14' set up, is your water strainer/filter in your starboard locker? On my 13' X25 it is and I've heard it can be moved but not exactly sure where to mount it. I just ordered fly high custom X star bags from wakemakers - same 40" length as sumo 600 but 22x22 vs 20x20 for the rear lockers but are you running any bow ballast? I can't seam to get my wake as clean as yours without a 450 bag in the bow. Thanks
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:30 AM
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Does it have the plug and play option from the factory or are you looking to plumbing additional bags into the overflows of the hard tanks?
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:42 AM
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the plug and play from the factory in 2012 was automated valves which were a piece of crap. I went through 5 sets of them. My advice is to put a new through hull fitting and add additional pumps as desired. This is the most efficient way to add automated ballast to the 2012s
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:23 AM
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Great looking boat Gonordiquesgo! Uplandbird- two questions on your 14' set up, is your water strainer/filter in your starboard locker? On my 13' X25 it is and I've heard it can be moved but not exactly sure where to mount it. I just ordered fly high custom X star bags from wakemakers - same 40" length as sumo 600 but 22x22 vs 20x20 for the rear lockers but are you running any bow ballast? I can't seam to get my wake as clean as yours without a 450 bag in the bow. Thanks
I'm going to grab my boat from storage (finally) on Thursday. I'll check the location of the strainer. I also don't have anything additional in the bow (no extra bags or people- just me in the boat). I'm using the default settings for Gen 2 for surf left in that video. You can change the wave substantially by changing the settings. I'm still learning but I've realized it really is a science. How many people in the boat, water conditions, water depth, etc. You can go out 2 days in a row and have 2 different experiences without changing anything in your settings.

This year is my year to learn. I plan to really experiment with it.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:39 PM
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I will be following this thread. I have a 13 but never done ballast and want to maximize surf wave.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:45 PM
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I will do a new setup indépendant of the factory because of limitation of the Medallion software. Very well documented here. So 600 in each rear locker. Thank you very much !
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:04 PM
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I will do a new setup indépendant of the factory because of limitation of the Medallion software. Very well documented here. So 600 in each rear locker. Thank you very much !
Good idea, it can get complex trying to reprogram the timers, it's doable but you need a special tool.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:17 PM
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Very nice waves UplanBird ! It's clean !
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