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Old    Evil0ne (evil0ne)      Join Date: Sep 2006       06-15-2013, 12:40 PM Reply   
Found this thread at tigeowners and thought a few would appreciate it here.

http://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/dm...t-started.html
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-15-2013, 3:10 PM Reply   
glad they stuck with it, I saw that thread a few years back and figured it would never actually happen. Wish it wasnt in an X80 though, X2 or Xstar would have been way cooler
Old    Steve (steveo142)      Join Date: Dec 2012       06-15-2013, 3:43 PM Reply   
thats sweet, I have bought a lot of stuff for my Duramax from those guys...
Old    Jimmy S (JamesHawk101)      Join Date: Sep 2012       06-15-2013, 3:58 PM Reply   
Jeeez How many tower speakers can you put on a boat? With a engine like there planning on putting you could definitely put a ton weight in that boat for surfing.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-15-2013, 7:27 PM Reply   
There was a guy who put a yanmar 6 cyl diesel in an 04 xstar or so a while back. I am not sure why any person would go to the trouble of marinizing a duramax when cummins, detroit/mtu, yanmar, cat, etc.. all have marine diesels already unless the duramax will be a lot cleaner running. That said it sounds like these guys are a company trying to start a business producing a marine duramax.

I absolutely love the idea of a diesel wakeboat. I would think the smaller wakeboats might be able to run a 4 cyl and the bigger ones on a 6 cyl. With the torque those things have you should be able to run a ton of weight. In something like a G23 you could probably get away with a 250-300hp 6 cyl with a ton of torque.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-15-2013, 7:29 PM Reply   
As for speakers the stereo guys would love it. You don't need to worry about being UL coast guard approved and could drop in a 240-270A alternator. No need for huge battery banks.
Old    Cyle Coatney (01centurion)      Join Date: Jun 2010       06-15-2013, 9:18 PM Reply   
Sick speaker setup, and one bad ass x80!
Old    Steve (steveo142)      Join Date: Dec 2012       06-15-2013, 9:27 PM Reply   
They Specialize in Duramax performance products and getting serious HP out of them. I think one of their race trucks puts out like 800 hp or so. Good thing about the diesels is the more you rod them out, the better mileage you get out of them. I am real curious to see how it will perform in a boat. Not that I would poney up the cash to do it but it will be pretty interesting to see how it performs..
Old    DC (durty_curt)      Join Date: Apr 2008       06-15-2013, 10:43 PM Reply   
Seeing Things Like This.Brings A Tear To My Eye, And The Patience To Wait to Upgrade...
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-16-2013, 3:08 PM Reply   
im really happy that people are finally liking the idea of a diesel in a wakeboat....typically people just bash it haha
Old    Jake Sonnevelt (the_bum)      Join Date: Jul 2008       06-16-2013, 4:56 PM Reply   
A buddy of mine just bought a 3.7 Hercules turbo diesel from a bread truck to put in a 64' Chevy pickup. That is a very simple motor and looking at it sitting in that truck now makes me really consider putting one in my 2001.
Old    Dennis (dennish)      Join Date: May 2005       06-17-2013, 7:31 AM Reply   
They are very close to finishing the changeover and water testing. Could be this week. Pretty trick setup. They will be able to change the tune on the fly for whatever performance they want.
Old    Newty (newty)      Join Date: May 2005       06-17-2013, 7:58 AM Reply   
Where do the stacks go??? lol
Awesome build.
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       06-17-2013, 8:06 AM Reply   
Looks like a sweet conversion, highly impractical but sweet!

Jake, how much weight do you run in your 2001 where you need more motor? We run weight such that the bow and stern splash when we get off plane and my buddy is running the 351 with a 13x10.5" pitch prop... I'd drop a big block in a nautique 2001 before I went through the trouble of converting a diesel...
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-17-2013, 8:47 AM Reply   
I wonder if a 4cyl yanmar like this would work in the smaller boats? It only has 180hp but 350#'s of torque. I have no idea what the price is though.

http://www.yanmarmarine.com/theme/ya...0datasheet.pdf
Old    Matt (ncsuuh)      Join Date: Jan 2007       06-17-2013, 10:11 AM Reply   
From what I have learned about the Yanmar XStar is that it was a prototype for MC. Apparently they shipped an empty XStar to a Yanmar tech in Tampa for a marine engine. MC tested it and it ended up going through a dealer. Not sure about the accuracy. However, if you want to buy it, it's for sale.

http://exportamerican.com/details.cfm?invid=4358386
Old    Andy (michridr69)      Join Date: Dec 2008       06-17-2013, 11:30 AM Reply   
Impressive, do want^
Old    Dennis (dennish)      Join Date: May 2005       06-17-2013, 1:03 PM Reply   
Water test done. Here is the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JKkM_k6L2M

Last edited by dennish; 06-17-2013 at 1:04 PM. Reason: file change
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       06-17-2013, 2:00 PM Reply   
Love the way it sounds when the turbo spools up.
Old    DC (durty_curt)      Join Date: Apr 2008       06-17-2013, 2:13 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by ncsuuh View Post
From what I have learned about the Yanmar XStar is that it was a prototype for MC. Apparently they shipped an empty XStar to a Yanmar tech in Tampa for a marine engine. MC tested it and it ended up going through a dealer. Not sure about the accuracy. However, if you want to buy it, it's for sale.

http://exportamerican.com/details.cfm?invid=4358386
Damn, 60K For A Used 04? I Love It, Just Not That Much For That Price
Old    Matt (ncsuuh)      Join Date: Jan 2007       06-17-2013, 2:30 PM Reply   
Quote:
Quote:
Originally Posted by ncsuuh
From what I have learned about the Yanmar XStar is that it was a prototype for MC. Apparently they shipped an empty XStar to a Yanmar tech in Tampa for a marine engine. MC tested it and it ended up going through a dealer. Not sure about the accuracy. However, if you want to buy it, it's for sale.

http://exportamerican.com/details.cfm?invid=4358386
Damn, 60K For A Used 04? I Love It, Just Not That Much For That Price
I read somewhere that they are trying to attract an international buyer. The fuel efficiency on this beast is absurd.
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       06-17-2013, 2:44 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by durty_curt View Post
Damn, 60K For A Used 04? I Love It, Just Not That Much For That Price
But the diesel is soooooo efficient! Just imagine the conversion costs to that Duramax. I bet the fabrication/conversion cost 25 grand...
Old    Andy (michridr69)      Join Date: Dec 2008       06-20-2013, 10:04 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wakebordr11 View Post
But the diesel is soooooo efficient! Just imagine the conversion costs to that Duramax. I bet the fabrication/conversion cost 25 grand...
Exactly, thats not a bad deal, and 04 has no computer crap on it so it should be a very reliable boat, for a very long time.
Old    Pete (petrey10)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-20-2013, 11:45 AM Reply   
i would actually pay 60k for that boat because you know its going to last for a VERY long time.......... not to mention to efficiency and power you get with that engine.... IMO the reason manufacturers aren't big one this is the fact that the boats will last such a long time it will hurt future sales...
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       06-20-2013, 11:51 AM Reply   
boats generally fall apart around working motors as it is. For 99.999999% of us, the longevity of a gasoline motor in a boat is not a big deal. Is there anybody who is going to want a 10,000 hour wakeboat, even though the diesel engine still runs great?
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       06-20-2013, 11:57 AM Reply   
You could circumnavigate the globe on a wakeboard!
Old    De Minimis (deminimis)      Join Date: Aug 2009       06-21-2013, 10:19 AM Reply   
I've been following this one from the get-go. I wonder if they'll eventually hatch the ZF. I have a D-max in my tow vehicle and when tuned properly, it is one great powerplant. Although it spools up quickly, I've got to wonder about lag when pulling a rider out of the water. Might make for some long arms.

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