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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
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    Redmond WA
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    Default another ballast upgrade - LSV 08

    it looks like it's ballast upgrade season, with so many posts.
    I thought i'd share my experience, since I was a bit scared to do it, but everything well.

    i picked up the kit from wakermakers.com (http://www.wakemakers.com/supra-moom...m-upgrade.html) and watched carefully the video on how to drill thru the hull:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8opr..._CEimQ&index=4

    thru hull fittings location:


    Pump location: the middle pump is higher than 2 others to allow for room for the hoses.


    I installed a Y valve to control filling the center/front ballast and the 400 bag under the seat (on the left side, mostly regular surfers on my boat)


    I didn't change the 3/4 hose going to the center/front bag that was too much work... but i did add a vent at the front of the bag, hooked to original drain.

    I found it very useful to use a pvc pipe cutter like this http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2023518...7#.UX9IhN7n_IU to cut the hoses.

    the 750 bags now fill up in about 5-6 minutes, which is about 1/3 of the time than before.
    that was a very fun project!
    It's really worth it, i don't regret at all.

    Full result in pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jixim/s...7633369161373/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
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    Nice work! You'll definitely enjoy the fruits of your labor this season - which by the way our weather forecasts have been looking lately may come early!
    Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.

    2001 MobiusV

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Tallahassee, FL
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    Very nice! This is going to make for a better summer. More water time.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
    Exile Tunes
    PWI
    LLTR!!!!!!!!



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