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Old 07-13-2012, 06:17 PM
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2001 X10 (KGB ballasts system with aerator pumps)

I wish to know what are my rear ballast tanks made of, plastic, metal?
And are they somewhat translucide or totally opaque.
The reason is that I am thinking of cutting out a vertical slice of carpet in order to see the status of my ballasts when I fill them.

As well, some of my pumps are lightly leaking (cracked plastic case). Would you recommend that I replace the yellow Mayfair ones by Tsunami ones?

Thanks for your input!
Yves

Last edited by Yves 007; 07-18-2012 at 04:27 PM. Reason: I would appreciate an answer from Mastercraft please
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:41 PM
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You would only be able to use the Tsunami 800's as the 1200's would not fit the same thread pattern to attachto the tanks. I believe the 800 still have 3/4 threads.

you can just buy the plastic mayfair housing online rather than an entire pump. However if you have the original pumps you can upgrade the speeds as the originals I believe were 750gph. You can just buy the cartridge motor in a bigger speed rather than the entire unit.

Where is your housing leaking from? If its the top you may just need a new o ring seal or throw some vas aline on the o ring to help it seal better.

The tanks are the same material and view as your gas tank. White rough plastic that is sometimes able to be seen if the light hits it right.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:44 PM
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Thank you for your reply.
The boat being at the cottage, my son originally emailed me that I only had 3 pumps and I went away, bought 3 powerful Rule 405FC 1100GHP pumps. I finally realized that we have about 6 pumps all together for the ballasts system, I was simply blown away as I never expected that.
We took a Mayfair from the back to replace the front ballast Mayfair that had a broken case.
We installed all 3 new pumps at the source to pull water in. We had to use reducers 1" to 3/4" in order to have a fit.
We tested the system and the front ballast got filled in about 3 minutes. But the rear ballasts did not fill at all. We believe that there was not enough water in the hoses. I will fill the all rear pumps and the hoses and test again.

The tank being made of plastic will allow me to go ahead with my plan to slice a piece of carpet. Unless someone has a another idea that will work fine.

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:05 AM
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Yea. They are One directional. I actually prefer the aerator pumps. I swapped all mine to tsunami 1200's. Except my KGB center bag as I run 750lb bags in my rear compartments. Something you may want to consider is remove the smaller hard tanks and replace them with a fly high pro x series 750lb sac if you ever need extra ballast to surf or progress wakeboarding. You may want to drive in reverse or try filling with the boat off as the exhaust tends to give you an air pocket in the pickup.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:53 PM
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Interesting suggestion

Indeed I do need more weight as we are rarely enough people in the boat.
But I was a bit scared of the consequences of removing the actual ballast.
Questions like:
A)Currently two of the pumps can stay straight up because attached to the ballast boxes.
How would they stay straight without the box?
B)Any changes in the configuration or the new fat sack simply connect 100% exactly the same way as the actual solid ballast?
C) Does it destroy all the carpeting around etc...

I did not think of such effect. We fill the ballast by staying in neutral position but increasing the RPM to 2000. We also have a Fresh Air exhaust. I hope that it helps in the process.

Thanks for your helpful comments!
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:37 PM
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A. It doesn't matter if they stay straight up, they will lean over on their side, but don't leak, so no problem.

B. No changes, but you need to buy proper fittings for the bags, but everything will basically plug and play.

C. No destruction at all. They are simply attached with brackets that unscrew and there is full carpet underneath the tanks.

I have had this boat for 9yrs, and I upgraded my tanks to bags this winter. My only regret is I wish I had done this sooner.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:40 AM
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The tanks are easily removed. The pumps can lean on their sides a bit. You may have to extend a hose or two, and you will have to buy several fittings to attach the bags. However it is very straight forward and simple. Stick with fly high pro x series sacs. Depending on your skill level you can fit the 450s easily or the 750's but the 750's will take up the entire compartment.

A good place for info and help all the parts and good customer service is Wakemakers.com. They also offer Teamtalk members a discount. Hit me up for the coupon cod or just tell them you are a member.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:42 AM
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I also noticed you have the fae. That is awesome because it won't interfer too much with the intake on the transoms. If you surf at all u owe it to yourself to go with the 750's.
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