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Thread: Buying new Ballast - need info
09-24-2013, 04:31 PM #11
Thanks!! I already have to many bad experiences with locktite - I was hoping Teflon would work
09-24-2013, 04:32 PM #12
I put a little vasoline on the threads and o-ring. I then used channel-locks to tighten them. No tape or glue. Just make sure that the o-ring doesn't squeeze out. I haven't had one leak yet.Joe
2010 Outback V - Sold
09-24-2013, 09:08 PM #13Todd
2013 Mobius LSV
2008 Stingray 205LR sold
09-24-2013, 11:42 PM #14
09-25-2013, 12:01 AM #15
Vaseline is petroleum based and will likely deteriorate the rubber oring. If you need a rubber safe lube, use silicone paste or a marine sealer thats not petroleum based and is safe to be in contact with rubber.
Last edited by MLA; 09-25-2013 at 12:05 AM.
09-25-2013, 10:36 AM #16
10-03-2013, 04:20 PM #17Senior Member
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Some good info in this thread, I just wanted to expand on it a bit for the benefit of anyone that reads it in the future.
- We do not recommend glueing fittings into bags proactively; we deal with far more customers that want to remove fittings that have been cemented in than we deal with leaks or other issues from fittings that weren't glued in place. If you have a bag with fittings that have been cemented in place, what our vide on Removing Glued in Fly High Ballast Bag Fittings.
- Teflon tape, thread sealant or other similar products will typically offer no benefit for our application. As MLA mentioned, Fly High ballast bags used a straight thread pattern (think of a nut on a bolt, you can spin the nut up and down the entire length of the bolt), and because of that, there is no binding effect as you tighten the threads. Additionally, the flange that is built into Fly High ballast bags is slightly pliable, so any material you add to the male threads of the fitting will just cause the female threads to enlarge.
- If you do have issues with leaks occurring and the fitting is fully seated in the flange on the bag, then we recommend using a multi-purpose PVC cement when threading the fitting in place to provide a chemical bond between the bag and the fitting (it can be released as outlined in the video above).
Finally, most 2013 MY boats have fittings cemented into the bag from the factory, so it may (or may not) be worth it for a lot of our customers to order our complete 2013+ Moomba Ballast Upgrade just to make sure they have everything they need in one box.WakeMAKERS | WakePROPS | WakeSOUNDS | EasyBoatCare
10-04-2013, 12:43 AM #18
Buying new Ballast - need info
Holy crap that's genius. I have a bag I didn't use all summer because of glued in fittings. I figured heat was the answer but wouldn't have tried my feet and popping it out.-Jake
10-04-2013, 12:56 AM #19Senior Member
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I'm glad you saw our video then, it's like free ballast since you already have the bag!WakeMAKERS | WakePROPS | WakeSOUNDS | EasyBoatCare
10-04-2013, 11:12 PM #20
Thanks Jasonwm! I got the new ballast installed in about 10 minutes - drank a few cold adult beverages, cooked some beef, and got everything ready to see the new wake tomorrow!! I will post some pics on Sunday.. Thanks again for everyone's help.....KRiley
2013 Moomba LSV