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Old 08-14-2018, 12:56 PM
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2005 XStar ballast gauges

All (3) of my ballast gauges are inoperable.

Any suggestions how I can fix this?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:23 PM
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All (3) of my ballast gauges are inoperable.

Any suggestions how I can fix this?

Thanks in advance!
I am sure there is a way, mine on my 04 xstar kinda worked but I just pumped till it pee'd and then turned them off. lol
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:53 PM
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out some tape over the face and don't sweat it. When water comes out the side, they are full. When it stops, they are empty. Really no reason to ever fill half way
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:20 PM
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Iíve had my Ď06 for 3 years now. The gauges are completely unreliable. I went to the MC store to ask for replacement sending units and the service manager told me not to waste my money. He said they rarely worked from the factory. I trust the shop manager, as heís been truthful and accurate with numerous issues. He explained that the gauges work great if youíre filling the ballast with clean water, but any debris in lake water (ie. grass clippings, algae, trash) that sticks to the sensors causes an inaccurate reading. Agree with above the post above. When water squirts out, theyíre full. When it quits squirting out, theyíre empty.


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Old 08-14-2018, 03:17 PM
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Unfortunate I can confirm everything everyone said.

1). The gauges are useless.
2). No reason to try and replace them
3). you want them full or empty, no in between.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:44 PM
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2005 XStar ballast gauges

The problem is not the gushes itís the sending unit in the tank. I replaced all three sending units in my 04 xstar at the beginning of the season. Gauges are pretty accurate with the new style senders. I am happy!!!!

I change them because I replumbed all of my ballast and added fat sacks on top of my factory tanks. My ballast no longer empties out the through hulls by the rub rail. It now pumps out the bottom of the boat where itís not visible so having gauges even somewhat accurate helps me know when my tanks are close to empty. With the new sending unit the tanks are empty within five or 10 seconds of the gauge is showing empty I am very happy. Next season I will add timers

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Old 08-14-2018, 04:20 PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I was afraid I'd hear these answers. The gauges didn't work when I had it in the dealer and they didn't say anything about fixing them.

I currently fill till they overflow, but it bugs me seeing the gauges not working. Tape over those gauges would drive me even more crazy!

I might just replace the sending units and see how it goes. If I do, I'll keep everyone updated.
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:25 PM
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I changed all mine to wema sending units and they work fine, and they aren't too expensive.
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:29 PM
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I changed all mine to wema sending units and they work fine, and they aren't too expensive.
Did you convert from 3 wire to two? I tried that last year for my fuel gauge and it worked for a while then stopped. If so, which wires did you use?
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:44 PM
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Yep, just the 2 wires. Don't remember right of the top of my head which wires, but there are several write ups on here about them. I think i may have used a multimeter to figure it out. I never could get the factory fuel guage to work, so I swapped it for an analog guage and it works fine now with the wema sender. The ballast guages are already analog and dont go through the MCD, so they should work fine as is.

Also, i got them off of ebay for fairly cheap.
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