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Old 09-17-2014, 02:02 PM
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205V, X-star, X-2, X1 - Ballast Setup Thread

I've looked through here and couldn't find a dedicated thread for ballast/sack setup for our beloved 205V. So, I'll start with what I believe is the best setup. I have the stock hard tanks in the back and the upgraded 375lb replacement sack in the ski locker. To supplement (the full stock ballast) we have four Fly-High Side Sacs (260lb ea): the one's in the back on each side of the hard tanks stay full in the boat all summer; one sack stays semi-permanently filled (read below on this) in the walkway to the bow which fits perfectly; the other one ("floater" sack) finds different places on the boat depending on how many people we have out. For four riders (ideal) the "floater" gets placed across the front seats closest to the back (horizontal). When only two riders it gets placed in the shotgun position and we just dump starboard ballast until even with driver in seat and rider standing in middle. If between 4-6 people on the boat we don't bother with bringing the "floater". The wake is always amazing for everything we throw (5's and standard flip tricks).

On days when we have a large crowd (no more than 5 girls and 5 guys) we empty the semi-permanent bag that stays in the walkway and don't fill the "floater". Then we just fill the ski locker ballast all the way and only add water to the rear hard tanks when necessary (keep in mind we have the side sacs permanently full in the rear.

FYI - We have the Vortec 330hp in our 2002 X Star and never have to "floorboard" the throttle on start-ups. Riders are at 70ft at 22.5-22.7mph (boat stays at or below 3200rpm). Hope this helps. I can include pics of our setup if needed.

In addition, I am working on a prototype for a "star-gate" that'll be used in conjunction with the ballast to have a surf wake that does not require everyone sit in the back corner...stay tuned for that.
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:12 PM
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24.6 mph
2 750s in the rear, full.
2 ibs front sacs, one full on the top in the bow, one under the seats.
400 in the walkway .

let me see if I can find the picture with all that plus a 750 on the floor in the back.
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:46 PM
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There are lots of threads on the subject. We run 1000lb open bow triangle up front, kgb full, 750s mostly full, depending on the number of people. 23.5 at 75'

This is the best wake pic I could dig up. I'm pretty sure that didn't end well.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:39 AM
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:02 PM
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In agreement with all

750's full in rear
KGB
320lbs of pop bags in bow. Ibs full to max on bow seat

24.5mph at 80ft

The 1235/1285 prop is a must with these setups

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Old 09-28-2014, 04:12 AM
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2 x 450 lb sacs in the rear lockers
KGB
400lb sac in walkway
300 lbs lead distributed under the helm, by the battery and in the bow locker
150 lbs lead in port rear locker to flatten the boat out to stop the port wake washing out.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:20 AM
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Currently:
2 X 750 rear lockers w/ check valves on vent lines
350ish stock kgb
IBS piggyback off kgb w/ check valves on vent lines
2 bombwake 50lb. bags stuffed behind the seat back in the nose
1 X 150 fat brick that we move around in the boat

Winter upgrades planned:
Send timers out to be reprogrammed/programmable
Add another through hull so each pump has a dedicated line
400lb. bag for walkway
Would like to add wakemakers X-link but don't want to have to buy exv bags for rear
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