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  • #31
    Originally posted by ssnaples View Post
    Yes, I currently have all of the ballast completely full front/rear/port/starboard. 40% front - 60% rear ratio. No longer any need to weight just one side. I will have an opportunity in a couple weeks as I head out to the lake for a guys trip. We will have about 8 guys (estimate another +/- 1600 lbs) then we can really play with shifting weight around to see what kind of wave we can get. I will post more pics soon as well as some surfing video. I'm still new to wakesurfing, but I love it! I think I love the challenge of dialing in a perfect wave more than actual surfing right now..... nah... I just love surfing and being on the water!
    I'm sorry you are engaging in a sausage fest; please no swimsuit thread post of such an outing!! (yup, it was me!)

    Well, it seems what you have done is made an after market gen 2 surf/gate type system that needs some manual effort. While the X2 isn't the best of surf platforms you seem to have made something that works.
    -Tim

    Making boomers great again!! Boomin'

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    • #32
      I have had a huge amount of interest in this and by popular demand I have attached a few pics of the prototype. Based on the pics alone, you would probably be able to make one. Although it is manually operated, it takes about 10 seconds to setup and has 5 deployment angles to suit your ballast setup and riding style. It does not require any drilling, bolting, or mounting, and so far it has had no adverse effect on the gelcoat.

      If anyone is interested in a set made specifically for the X2, please send me a PM. The one that you see is made out of 3/4" plywood. The final design will be made out of 3/4" HDPE and stainless steel/aluminum hardware. A set of 2 will be required if you want to be able to surf both sides of the wake. If you don't want to pull the trigger for both, simply grab one for the side you ride and test it out. If you like it as much as I do, grab one for the other side. Any additional questions, please feel free to PM me.
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      • #33
        What is that adjustable arm you are using?

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        • #34
          The pivot points for the arm look like a swivel caster with the wheel removed. The arm looks like a tent pole. My concern would be padding it as to not mark up the gel coat.
          Our 2014 X2 is Sold.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by dt37803 View Post
            The pivot points for the arm look like a swivel caster with the wheel removed. The arm looks like a tent pole. My concern would be padding it as to not mark up the gel coat.
            definitely swivel castors the arm could be a cut down walking stick, padding would be a simple modification maybe a toolchest draw liner or similar glued to the piece that rests against the gelcoat.

            Thanks ssnaples for the photos and idea I'm searching for suitable parts now to try this on my 205v

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            • #36
              Originally posted by dt37803 View Post
              The pivot points for the arm look like a swivel caster with the wheel removed. The arm looks like a tent pole. My concern would be padding it as to not mark up the gel coat.
              Originally posted by geordie-wake View Post
              definitely swivel castors the arm could be a cut down walking stick, padding would be a simple modification maybe a toolchest draw liner or similar glued to the piece that rests against the gelcoat.

              Thanks ssnaples for the photos and idea I'm searching for suitable parts now to try this on my 205v
              Ahh, you're right guys. I see it now. Thanks

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              • #37
                Originally posted by ssnaples View Post
                I have had a huge amount of interest in this and by popular demand I have attached a few pics of the prototype. Based on the pics alone, you would probably be able to make one. Although it is manually operated, it takes about 10 seconds to setup and has 5 deployment angles to suit your ballast setup and riding style. It does not require any drilling, bolting, or mounting, and so far it has had no adverse effect on the gelcoat.

                If anyone is interested in a set made specifically for the X2, please send me a PM. The one that you see is made out of 3/4" plywood. The final design will be made out of 3/4" HDPE and stainless steel/aluminum hardware. A set of 2 will be required if you want to be able to surf both sides of the wake. If you don't want to pull the trigger for both, simply grab one for the side you ride and test it out. If you like it as much as I do, grab one for the other side. Any additional questions, please feel free to PM me.
                You must be a design engineer by day !
                Our 2014 X2 is Sold.

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                • #38
                  Well now I'm interested for someone to do this to an x star.. I might have to give it a go for the weekend to see what happens.. Looks easy enough!

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                  • #39
                    how about using a stainless eye to eye turnbuckle, infinite adjustment and readily available. The roll angle looks to be pretty much perpindicular to the gunwales. It would be a little trickier to adjust this on the fly. I'd be inclined to initially try to go with parallel to the transom, until an optimal angle, width and height could be achieved, then start to play with the roll angle.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by geordie-wake View Post
                      definitely swivel castors the arm could be a cut down walking stick, padding would be a simple modification maybe a toolchest draw liner or similar glued to the piece that rests against the gelcoat.

                      Thanks ssnaples for the photos and idea I'm searching for suitable parts now to try this on my 205v
                      your observation is indeed correct! As it is, there is no need to put any padding against the gelcoat. believe it or not, there is not much movement. It is wedged between the platform and transom. The pressure against the tab also helps seat it in place. I also have a strap attached to the eyelet as an added safety measure, but that isn't really even needed.

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                      • #41
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                        Originally Posted by geordie-wake View Post
                        definitely swivel castors the arm could be a cut down walking stick, padding would be a simple modification maybe a toolchest draw liner or similar glued to the piece that rests against the gelcoat.

                        Thanks ssnaples for the photos and idea I'm searching for suitable parts now to try this on my 205v
                        Keep your 205V peers updated! I'd love to have one but not quite ready to tackle a scratch build without a Guinea pig!

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                        • #42
                          What are the rough dimensions of the tab?

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                          • #43
                            Well looks like i'll be making one of these for my X45 over the next few days and giving it a shot. Great idea! I too would be interested in rough dimensions, and for the side angle of the tab did you just match the hull?

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                            • #44
                              Also how did you determine the angle of the tab up and down? It looks like it is matching the hull and angled slightly downwards?

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by rydog View Post
                                Also how did you determine the angle of the tab up and down? It looks like it is matching the hull and angled slightly downwards?
                                Yeah, how did you know what shape/size to use? This is awesome.

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