|I've been working on installing an automatic ballast system in my 2001 205V and I have a few questions. I'm trying to figure out where to mount my main intake thru-hull, I'd like to keep it as "stock" as possible. I'm planning on running a 1-1/2" thru-hull to a Mastercraft distribution block, which splits into 3 supply lines and 2 discharge lines. |
My main question is where do I put the thru-hull and route my main supply hose so it doesn't interfere with servicing the engine? Also, Where do I mount the distribution block? I believe it is mounted in the front passenger side of the engine compartment.
I'm hoping someone can post some pictures of the ballast location in the engine on an older X-star that I could copy the placement of these items. Please provide any advice you can, thanks!
|Use Paul's link and it should give you a good idea of how to add ballat on a 205V hull. His may not be exactly stock but gives you an idea of what a good install looks like. |
|I used paul's as an example for mine as well. but I have some shots on here somewhere. I used a 2" scupper mounted between the engine and tranny on the passenger side, then put a manifold near the transom and plumbed the 2 together.|
|Here'e mine with detailed pics. It's an aerator system. |
|Thanks for the input guys! I followed the majority of Paul's install and it was extremely helpful! (thanks Paul!) However I wanted to go with a single intake instead with a manifold like the X-1's use to have (I believe they just redesigned the system this year). DJ, can you send a link of the pictures you have? That sounds the most similar to what I'm looking to do. Also, if anyone has an X1 or older X-star that can post a picture of how the standard ballast is done that would be very helpful as well! Thanks everyone!|
|Chad I will have pics this weekend, I just finished my install on my 99 x-star. single 1.5 intake and four tsunami fill pumps and four tsunami drain pumps.|
|not the best pictures, but you will get an idea |
|DJ, thanks for the pictures! |
Brad, I'll look for your pictures this weekend.
Thanks to all that have posted pictures, it's nice to compare how everyone else is doing it to make sure I get it right! I'm just a little nervous about the placement of the hole, I don't want to find out after I drill it that something is in the way or that it interferes with the serviceability of the engine.
I'm still curious to see pics of a 3 pump reversing system with the 3 way distribution block like they used in the x-1's if anyone has picture they can post.
I'm running a 1.5" thru-hull to the distributor and 3/4" lines to to the pumps. Will I be ok using PVC elbows and shut-off valves on the intake or should I spend the extra bucks to go to Brass fittings?
I appreciate everyone's willingness to help out, it makes doing these things on your own a lot less stressful! (I actually found and purchased my boat through this site as well!) I'll post some pictures once I get it completed!
this is on the port side near the front of the engine, just behind the the little square indention on this hull; one reason I put it here is so I can later put a paddle wheel for PP in front of that indention. the paddle wheel needs a place with no obstructions in front of it.
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(Message edited by Rich_G on May 29, 2008)
|Thanks Rich, it seems like that area is where most people put the thru-hull. I think I'll be drilling tomorrow so wish me luck!|
|Just thought I'd update this post with my own input for anyone else dealing with this question. I decided to put the hole on the drivers side just in front of the oil filter, based on this diagram I found from someone else's post (this is where my dealer recommended putting it as well). |
Here are some pictures that show where I ended up drilling the hole. I'll start a new post with pictures of the rest of the install.
|If it's not too late, I'd definately recommend putting in an integrated bow sac too. That hull needs weight up front for a great wake.|
|I've got a 250 lb side sac under each side in the front (fills to maybe 175 lb each). My ski locker sac overflows into these to fill & Drain. It seems to work pretty good so far. The extra weight up front definitely helps out a ton in this boat!|