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Old 11-16-2014, 02:07 AM
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Wakemaker's MasterCraft TankBuster Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade (1999-2001)

Can anyone tell me what's included in this kit? http://www.wakemakers.com/mastercraf...t-upgrade.html

It was $59.99 and is now $99.99. I am adding 750s to both rear lockers and was planning to order two of these kits with the bags, but I would like to know what I am getting in these kits for $100 per side. I emailed Wakemaker's and they refuse to tell me what's included. Anyone know?
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:42 AM
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Usually the kits include all of the hoses and connections so all you have to do is just plug and play. The rear piggy back kit I bought was very easy to install. Great people to work with IMO.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:14 PM
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I guess I'm really thrown by the price. I can't imagine a couple short hose extensions, drain pump adapter and quick connect fittings costing $100. I'm wondering what, if anything, else is included.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:17 PM
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Call those guys. They are the best. Incredibly helpful.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:31 PM
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I asked...they're not telling. I've ordered from them before, so I do find it surprising they won't tell me what I'm paying for. I'll probably just order and see what's in there.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:00 PM
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:22 PM
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No, I didn't pursue it with Jason or Spencer. I was hoping someone else on here may have been the guinea pig and could tell me if the kit is worth it or if I should just buy the parts. I was ready to buy at $60, but the recent price jump to $100 per side has me questioning its value.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:25 PM
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I think you're mostly paying for the convenience. I got all the hose and fittings I needed to install my rear bags at home depot for a lot less than $100 per side.
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:50 PM
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Jayhawk,
Sorry for the delay on my response. I just saw this thread. I will try to articulate exactly what has changed within the factory integration kit. We have been working on developing that product based on feedback we received this season. We have made some changes and that combined with labor has increased the price. We support the DIY customer but these kits as stated above are all about convenience.

We have added a simple 3/4" inline check valve to the fill line to prevent passive draining that may occur due to siphoning when under way.

The largest challenge that we faced was the passive draining of water out the vent line due to the factory thru-hull placement being lower than the water level of the ballast bag. We are using a spring loaded check valve set at 1 PSI to allow air and water out but when there is a drop in pressure it closes back up which keeps the water in your ballast bag.

I have lowered the price down to $89.99 and remember you do still get the TeamTalk discount. The kit will be significantly cheaper if you wait for our Black Friday Sale (http://www.wakemakers.com/black-friday).
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the reply, Spencer. I knew there had to be more to the kit than the parts I was pricing individually, but I couldn't figure out what it might be. I've had my Black Friday list ready for awhile now. I'll add a couple of these kits to it.

Also, appreciate you guys continuing to improve your products...even for these "old" boats.
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