Hey guys, I'm looking for your experiences on replacing factory GIII ballast pumps for faster fill times. I'm running 1100s front and rear for surfing, and it takes freaking FOREVER to fill the rears and esp. to switch sides which we do multiple times a day. Also my sprinkler valves are sucky and cause airlock issues practically every time out. I've ripped out my manifold and valves, I can't take it anymore.
I've read MANY threads on hear and wakeworld, but there's no clear winner option. So, the options I'm considering are:
1. Keep the big RULE aerator fill pump and drain pump for the front bag. Replace the fill & drains for just the rear bags with
a. Tsunami 800, keep 3/4" hoses, add vented loops
b. Tsunami 1200, keep 3/4" hoses or upgrade to 1", add vented loops
2. Replace the big RULE fill and drain, also do everything else in #1
3. Keep the big RULE aerator fill pump and drain pump for the front bag. Install Johnson reversible for the rear bags
4. Install Johnson reversible for all 3 bags
5. Do #1, and install a Johnson reversible JUST as a transfer pump between the rear bags, effectively doubling the "swap sides" speed.
None of the options are really that cheap when you add up all the component costs, so the diff isn't worth worrying about.
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Thread: Ballast pump advice?
06-06-2013, 09:53 PM #1Member
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Ballast pump advice?2008 Mobius XLV | 325HP | OJ 5-blade | 3300lb ballast
06-06-2013, 09:56 PM #2
Ballast pump advice?
#4 and add the XLink
Leave the goofy riders at the dockDrew
New ride: 2012 Mojo
Old ride: 2008 OBV
06-06-2013, 10:01 PM #3
Ballast pump advice?
Last edited by moombahighrider; 06-06-2013 at 10:03 PM.'08 Mobius LSV, Mods- 1100 lb Rear Sacs, IBS Sac, Center 400 Sac, Dedicated thru-hull intakes and pumps per sac, SeaDek One Piece Mica over Black Roo, EZ Net Cargo Nets, Swivel Drivers Seat, Hot Water Shower, Hinged Wind Block, Bow Cushion Adapter Plate for Drink Holders Access, etc, etc.
06-06-2013, 10:04 PM #4
Leave the goofy riders at the dock[/QUOTE]
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06-06-2013, 10:25 PM #5
Ballast pump advice?
#4, has worked great for me.Kurt
2006 Mobius LSV
06-06-2013, 10:44 PM #6
Re: Ballast pump advice?
I did #2. Got rid of the stock Rule pump, strainer, and valve. Added 3 new Tsunami 800 pumps with inline check valves. Cut off the stock scupper and added 2 more 3/4" thru hull intakes. Check out my Outback V GI to GIII upgade thread. I went this route because 2 Tsunami pumps (fill and drain) with fittings and a check valve was about $200 cheaper than a reversible pump. I think I saved about $600 going this route.
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Last edited by jstenger; 06-06-2013 at 10:51 PM.Joe
2010 Outback V - Sold
06-06-2013, 10:51 PM #7
As a goofy rider, I vote #4 with 1" lines, add an IBS and connect it to your center sack. That's what I did and it has made a huge difference in the fun factor.DDNorCal
3430 Ballast, 1847 Prop, all around great boat
06-07-2013, 08:12 AM #8
The Rule pump is called a 2000 but it's really a 1200 GPH pump just like the Tsunami 1200. It works great for filling one bag-- very fast. I kept mine to fill the front bag and my underseat surf side bag. I modified the manifold. I put in a second 3/4" thru hull and put a different Rule pump on my surf bag with a check valve. Later, I also added a second fill line with a Tsunami 1200 and a check valve. Now I can fill to surf in under 5 min. Kepts costs way down. I leave goofy riders at the dock though.My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
06-07-2013, 09:27 AM #9
Put it this way I am in the process of ripping out all my 1200 Tsunami's because of priming issues ect. I was sick of fighting with 6 pumps. I haven't had a chance to hit the water with the Johnson's but I can't wait.-Mark
02 Mobius LSV - GIII Ballast - Kicker 6500.2 Six Pack powered by 650.4 - Polk cabins, 10" L5 powered by Kicker 750.5 - Perfect Pass wakeboard pro
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06-07-2013, 09:59 AM #10
Well, to be sure, if you are going to spend some coin go reversibles with the X link.My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!