|i have an 01xstar currently im running full stock ballast 550lb bag in the nose across the seats and 350lb bags on both sides of the engine anyone running anything heavier with a clean wake? i also have a 14x16 prop and was considering using a 18x16 prop any suggestions for a bigger wake would be appreciated|
|May be you could just start dating big!!! girls|
|lol, we've rode with the same set up, but we put a 550lb sack between the driver, and observer seat, and one in front of the back seat, that wakes the wake quite a bit larger. we also ride at 75 - 80 feet at 23.5 to 24mph with that set up|
|Steven - Ive got an 02XStar and I've replaced both 250# hard tanks with 400-600# expandable bags (usually run 550#). Fill the walkway KGB bag (450#) and then add another 550 across the front seating. I've also got 115# of lead in the nose to help with planing. |
I'm running a 14X18 prop and it has all the power I need.
I've tried lots of different weighting ideas and this produces the cleanest, peakiest wake. Any more weight is not necessary.
|full stock ballast |
2 fulls in the back
full up front
500 lbs lead
14 * 16 prop
|what is a "full" up in the front and back?|
|Full three stock ballasts |
+ side sack in each rear locker
+ fatbuddy under each bow seat
+ fatsack in walkway
I figure close to 2000 lbs total. Nice, clean, big wake. The more people and gear you add, the more kick it will give.
I have whatever standard 4 blade that came on there (03 X2), boat drives really nice and no issues out of hole.
I am assuming Chris' "full" means a full size fatsack, so ~550 lbs or so.
|Exactly, a "full" refers to a full sized fatsack, 550 lbs or so. I broke my outer bag and only run the bladder, it gets at least 600 lbs. |
stock ballast - 900 lbs (right? not sure..)
2 fulls in back - 1200 lbs
1 full in front - ~500 lbs (restricted by bow)
lead - ~500 lbs
riders - 3
14 * 16 prop
Equals ~ 3100 lbs ballast
Let me explain.. 1 drives, 1 rides. In order to achieve a big wake every time, I must have ballast! What do you think?
|Chris how are you able to get a 550lbs sack completely full next to the stock tank in back. Doesn’t seem like there’s room, I mean there’s barely enough room for the 350lbs v-drive sac I use. Plus wouldn’t all that weight cause the plastic divider to bow in horribly.|
|Good point, I had the 00', and it didn't have the back stock ballast. But if it did, I would still use full 550 lb sacs and fill them as full as possible. And yes, the plastic divider will bow, mine melted a bit even, but didn't cause any real damage.|
|Chris 2000 stock ballast is 450 lbs. if you don't have the rear tanks. So that would be 2600 right?|
|right, 2650 lbs. |
|550 lb sacs in each rear locker, stock 400 lb in ski locker, 540 lb sac in bow floor, 120 lbs lead weight under the bow cushions. With more than about 4 people I don't fill the rear sacs up all the way. |
|full balast |
2 550's in the back
2 550's in the front
1 550 on the floor
thats how i run it
|ok for you people running 550s in the rear how do you do that? do you simply not fill the bags up all the way or like someone said earlier let the divider boe in and melt a little on the engine? or have you removed the hard tanks and replaced with the 550 bag|
|kyle how is your boat not doing nose wheelies with all that weight in the front two 550's in the front whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? is the wake clean and how fast do you have to go?|
|Steven- I replaced my hard tanks with 550 lb sacs. Look in the archives, I posted pics of it. It is really easy.|
|the wake is perfect and clean, i have more weight in the back so it stays pretty evened out. i have actually only taken water over the front one time. i ride at about 24-26 at 75-80 feet, the wake is absolutely perfect and huge. boat planes out perfectly too|