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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up I have the answer!!

    Ok so I believe I have found a simple, free, 5 minute, solution to increase ballast flow by at least double through the SC factory 08 and older Gravity 1 and 3 systems with out any major modifications to the system. Holy crap I'm so excited but I have to head to work now and I will give the full scoop in about 3 hours. I cant believe how simple this fix is!! You guys are going to be stoked!

    Newty
    Last edited by newty; 02-19-2009 at 08:11 PM.

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    Newty, You have my full attention on this
    Hey, Its Moomba time

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    Ok, so I removed the solenoid from the manifold and removed the hose. I was playing around with the toggle switch on the valve blowing by mouth through the valve. I was surprised how hard I had to blow to make air pass through with the solenoid open. I then hit the fill switch to see if that made a difference having the solenoid energized and blew with no change. Its a wonder those valves let any flow by with as much pressure required when the valve is in an open state.
    Now I used to have lots of trouble with the sprinkler system at my old house. Debris would get caught in the plunger of the solenoid and I had to remove the 6-8 screws to clean it out. I remember there being a spring in the valve body to help hold back pressure when the valve was closed. And since these are designed to be in a high pressure environment I wondered if these springs are really needed in this low pressure, low flow application.
    I started doing a little bench testing with the valve. I removed the solenoid actuator (black with wires running into it) by un-threading it then removed the 8 screws on the top, and separated the housing. I found the spring, plunger, etc. I then removed the spring and re-assembled it with a couple screws and tried blowing into it again with the manual valve open. It was considerably easier to blow through this time. I closed the valve and blew again, and it worked.
    I jumped in the boat and plugged it in to make sure it responded the same while energized and it did!!
    The difference between having the spring and not is huge! And in this low pressure environment you will have little if any flow by with out the spring.
    I won't be able to test this on the water for some time, so hopefully some of you in the more southern regions of the states can try it out!
    I hope this works for you guys. I cant imagine it wouldn't help.
    Please let me know if you guys try it and how it works.
    Try it in your garage first and you will see, its easy to get to and remove. I think you will be surprised at how simple a fix this is!

    Newty
    Last edited by newty; 02-19-2009 at 10:37 PM.

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    Newty,

    I was reading your post and it sounds like a sound solution. My one question is could the spring be used to keep the valve from openning when there is pressure on the output side? If you still have it out of the boat could you try blowing from the other direction to see if the air pressure pushes the valve open?
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    Jester, It acts like a check, and yes I blew on the other end and it was sealed.

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    Newty, I have a xtra valve now and will do what you discribe and put it back in and give it try this sunday hopefully-weather permitting.

    I still have the 1" valve in the boat-i wonder if this would flow even more?
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    Yes master Ed.

    That would be cool Moombadaze let me know how it works. If you get a chance play with them at home in your boat and see how they act side by side 1" vs. 2" before you go out.
    Last edited by newty; 02-20-2009 at 09:48 AM.

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