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  3. DIY Fluid Extractor

    I subscribe to the change your oil before winterizing philosophy. ... so thanks again for this post. I'm putting together a parts list now.
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  5. Teak Surf Deck

    Start a topic in shop talk under surf devices and ask your questions there. That's what this site is all about... throwing in other people's experiences to work together on projects. I'm sure all of us could learn more about the arduino system as well in this capacity. There are also a few good threads in Shop Talk to check out and get started with in terms of sizes and angles. Although unlike EE stuff, the mechanical side is not an exact science believe me. Welcome to Wake Garage!
  6. Teak Surf Deck

    I will post my project as i plan to use an arduino for control - still trying to figure out how to get GPS data into the arduino currently - but i'll post step by step on that. My larger concern is the physical stuff since i'm a EE the electronics is no problem. But how to mount the gate how large to make it etc. is where i'm currently struggling
  7. Teak Surf Deck

    I don't remember exactly... most gates seem to be in the 20-25 degree range. If I had to do this platform over again, I probably would not have cut it down all the way from the back of the platform, but starting 6" from the back if that makes sense. Make your gates first, get them to the outside edge of the transom as far as possible, and then determine how to cut down your platform would be my advice. Oh, and post your project (in progress and then completed) for others to learn from please!
  8. Teak Surf Deck

    i've got a 1999 Sunsetter VLX. I assume my angles would be similar to yours do you remember what they were?
  9. Centurion Avalanche Floor Update

    Look on the Resources page under flooring. This one is marine deck factory.
  10. New Interior

    Wow, looks sweet!
  11. Centurion Avalanche Floor Update

    Where do you find the Chinese knockoff?
  12. 04 Wakesetter Interior Replacement

    Looks amazing!! I've been talking about doing the same thing for too long now...my plan was Tuff Coat on the entire floor and then a Deckadence mat in just the lounge area, but this looks so great that I might have to reconsider. Also I had been debating going with classic skins or updating. For sure I'm going to go with something more modern. Thank you for the inspiration!
  13. I'm not all the way back together yet on mine because I got side tracked getting ready for a family vacation and only had a few hours with the boat before leaving. Anyway the tear apart went pretty good and a socket worked well with some longer bolts to separate the shaft on my style V drive. The strut bushings came out pretty quick and easy, long blade on the sawzall upside down into the support. Hold the sawzall real flat and you can see when you get close, few taps and she popped right out, the rear one or towards the front of the boat was a little tougher but with the long blade it went pretty quick. I had them both out in about 10 minutes. It took me longer to put them in, even with freezing them for a few days it still took some persuasion to get them installed.
  14. Good luck man. It's not too bad. Toughest parts were breaking the shaft free from the coupler and getting the old strut bearings out. Other than those it was a piece of cake. Should be nothing compared to a V-drive swap!
  15. Great write up, Thanks for posting. My non SC unit showed up yesterday. I think I'll do the strut seals while I'm at it.. Hopefully next week, along with my v-drive install.
  16. 10 minute transom saver

    Great job as usual Rugger! If the rest of your boat get equal attention that the ass does, it's going to be better than a new boat for sure!!
  17. Real simple project here but maybe someone else will benefit from seeing it. I had some scratches on the back of my transom, which I inherited from buying a used boat. The plan was to wet sand and polish the scratches, and then cover it with a transom saver to protect it going forward. We still use the boat for wake boarding, which seems to be the biggest culprit for transom scratches. Here's the scratches prior to the fix. Rather than tying on a branded transom saver with a big logo, I chose to go for a sleeper look -- where you really can't tell there's a transom saver at all. I used a sample of EVA foam flooring, which cost $40 plus shipping. I used the Marine Deck Factory material that many on Wake Garage have used for floors. I went with plain black grain texture, lined up horizontally. Cutting it was as simple as using a razor blade. I ended up using blue masking tape as a visual line to cut with... so that I didn't draw on the actual material. Final picture with the EVA foam... you hardly even notice its there.... which was what I was after. Provides nice soft protection against the transom. I may also add a narrow strip across the back rail of the surf gate swim deck I added for the surf gate project. Totally simple. About a 10 minute job. Works for me.
  18. Thanks @Hein, and good idea on black screws. Would look nice.
  19. Great work, write up and awesome outcome. May I suggest black screws on the switch bezels
  20. Pop Up Pylon Modification

    Yes, it sits just about flush. Maybe 1/4" below the top of the pad.
  21. New Ultralon Floor for 2003 VLX

    Nicely done. A++ work.
  22. MB Slappers

    I've seen boats that use 2 Nauticurls on them. Said they got a better wave than using just one but I haven't tried it personally. They were not line up with each other either, but offset.
  23. MB Slappers

    Yeah I guess the overall height isn't what I'm concerned with, but whether the top should be out of the water when the boat is loaded. I have a Nauticurl now, and because of the lines of the boat the whole thing is underwater, even when unloaded.
  24. MB Slappers

    @Shoebox most here think it does make a difference with a taller gate (delays more water), especially as you sink the boat w/ballast. However I would not worry too much about it because there are so many variables to a surf Wake that at one point in my testing gate height the results seemed negligible. In other words it doesn't suddenly start working at a given height. Taller gates spray more too, but so what. Another option if you want them flush is to raise your swim platform. I lifted mine 3" which gave me 14" tall gates that were flush. Although the newer modern boats typically have a higher mounted platform already. Mine was ten years old
  25. MB Slappers

    Thanks, just didn't know how tall they needed to be, unloaded they look like they're only a couple inches into the water. Do you have a pic of them while you're running loaded? I didn't say it earlier, but they do look awesome. I'm thinking of doing something similar or maybe wake plates on my 2014 Mondo.
  26. MB Slappers

    If I was going for purely cosmetics, sure. I'm a believer that once water starts running over the top of the slapper you have reached the point of diminishing returns. If you are adding a lot of ballast you are sinking the ass end and lowering the slapper in the water. To me it's a simple decision of function over form. You don't add slappers for style points, although you can do extra things to make them look nice. I wanted mine to look stock and gave them a pretty good shape. They will never be accused of looking better than @Rugger stealth gates, but then none will.
  27. MB Slappers

    Could you have made them less tall - in line with the swim step?
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