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Old 10-27-2017, 07:21 PM
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New X20 owner questions

I just ordered a í18 X20. Iím super stoked!! Also just received a new Soulcraft board. Pretty good week! Gonna be a long winter wait.

Few questions:

Anyone know what the optional altitude prop MC offers is (make/model)? Any recommendations for better performance? Iím at 6000í (stock ballast). I have a OJ845 on my X1 and it rips.

What do people think of 5500 engine? Read everything I can and like the super efficient newer tech thats also more environmentally friendly (Keep Tahoe Blue!) Really clear water up here. Any difference in how direct injection is effected by altitude compared to other systems?

Any thoughts on whether bow rise promotes (by design) the wave shape or is it just a design flaw that requires some extra bow weight? I know its been discussed but not sure if there is a new consensus. Bow rise didnít bother me at all Iím just curious.

Stock wave looks great but how does X20 respond to extra ballast? Has anyone tried really slamming with heavy ballast to increase wave size?

Have there been any changes other than cosmetics since they were introduced? Any mods to the gen2?

Havenít seen many recent posts on x20 but I got lots of helpful info from í15 TT posts. Thank you!
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:55 PM
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:16 PM
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secrete weapon. Jeff suggested for surf feel and pumping ability. Such a nice shape. Wish I could try it.

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Old 10-27-2017, 10:36 PM
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From my experience if you put too much weight up front the wave gets washy. The X20 produces best wave with a fairly high angle of attack. The challenge of slamming the X20 with tons of weight is that it struggles to maintain surf speed if the nose is high and if you put people upfront to get the nose down the wave gets washy. We have the 5.7 so this may not be an issue with the 6.0 or 6.2 engine.

With that all said, we find the stock ballast produces an awesome surf wave.
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:31 PM
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Thanks. Sounds along the lines of what people were saying when they 1st came out. Like the idea of just using stock ballast anyway.

So bow up is good for clean wave?

I'm getting 5500 365hp. About 15% more hp and torque. I loose about 20% from the altitude though. Man, do I need to spend $6k more on the 6000?

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Old 10-28-2017, 12:11 AM
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The 5500 will likely be fine, but if you can afford the 6000 I would do it, especially since you are at elevation.

Yes, stock ballast gives a nice clean wake...we use a bit more center tab than the default surf settings...here are some photos.

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Old 10-28-2017, 12:45 AM
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Like to stay with 5500 if it isn't a compromise. Don't know if I can afford the 6000 or not. 2 weeks ago I was pretty sure I couldn't afford a new boat so budget is a relative concept at the moment.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:49 AM
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With a high altitude prop and triple tab auto launch you should be fine. Unless you plan on running a full crew most of the time, I'd stick with the 5500
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Old 10-28-2017, 11:36 AM
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The 5500 will be great in the X20 at altitude. I have one customer with the 6.0 at 6,500' and it does great. The 5500 is even stronger up here.
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:08 PM
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Thanks. Would hate myself if I think I'm saving money when I actually wasting it.
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