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Old 06-28-2019, 11:43 AM
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Love this boat, the more weight the better it surfs. Gotta have the 496.
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:02 PM
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Question for everyone with the power tower, when you are trailering the boat somewhere, do you tow with the power tower up or down?

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Old 07-09-2019, 11:44 PM
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Love this boat, the more weight the better it surfs. Gotta have the 496.






How much weight are we talking? And where do you place it? I have an 06 X45 with 8.1L, GSA, and 750s in top of factory. I think I need more weight.







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Old 07-11-2019, 10:31 AM
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You need more weight. We ride stock ballast, which is 1000 (700 in back, 300 up front), another 400 in each rear locker and about 800 more up front plus 500 lbs of lead disbursed throughout boat, usually toward the back depending on the amount of people. So a total of 1900 in rear, 1200 up front. We ride with a Mission Delta which I'm told is the best tab for the X45 because of the size of the suction cups. But the key with the X45 is that weight up front to give your wave more length since it doesn't have as deep of a hull as a lot of newer boats. You want about 60-65% of your weight in the back and 35-40% up front when riding with a surf tab.

The major upgrades we've done to our 2008 X45 are:
additional tower speakers
GatorStep (makes the boat look way newer)
Surf exhaust (quietss the engine and no surface exhaust on those cold mornings) best upgrade!
plumbed in ballasts in rear lockers and under bow seats to give us 1600 additional pounds of ballast plus lead

Final major upgrade that will need to be done in the near future is redoing the upholstery.
We absolutely love our X45. Couldn't be happier with our first boat. We talk about getting something newer, but then do an upgrade and makes us like the X45 even more. Still only 500 hours on the motor
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:52 AM
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The major upgrades we've done to our 2008 X45 are:

additional tower speakers

GatorStep (makes the boat look way newer)

Surf exhaust (quietss the engine and no surface exhaust on those cold mornings) best upgrade!

plumbed in ballasts in rear lockers and under bow seats to give us 1600 additional pounds of ballast plus lead



Final major upgrade that will need to be done in the near future is redoing the upholstery.

We absolutely love our X45. Couldn't be happier with our first boat. We talk about getting something newer, but then do an upgrade and makes us like the X45 even more. Still only 500 hours on the motor

Nice boat! Thanks for the advice.

Any pictures you can share of your GatorStep? Looking to get that done as well. Carpet backing is falling apart. Also, Id love to see the fresh air exhaust.

As for stereo upgrades, I added a 2nd 10 JL IB sub under the helm, replaced the original 6-ch amp with two JL MHDs, added a Wetsounds EQ, and new m606 with remote. Stereo is much improved. Next is to switch the JL 7.7s on the tower to Rev10s maybe.

I also swapped out the old ballast puppies for the faster Ballast Kongs for the rest lockers. Much faster. Might have to do the same for the KGB if I add a piggy back for the front.



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Old 07-11-2019, 01:17 PM
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Here is my GatorStep thread for my X45.

Also a sideways pic of our fresh air exhaust. (sorry about that) It makes a huge sound difference, not only safer in terms of exhaust, but one of the best stereo upgrades you can do. We have four 7.7 tower speakers and can hear the music perfectly while surfing.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:44 PM
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He is mine. New to me! Coming from a 1987 prostar 190....
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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How much weight are we talking? And where do you place it? I have an 06 X45 with 8.1L, GSA, and 750s in top of factory. I think I need more weight.







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I have 750s in the back, and 220s under the front seat tied into the kgb, with a home made wake shaper on the platform, and my wave is huge.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:14 PM
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Dropped the 45 off in a courtesy slip while I replaced a bunk and re-carpeted the rest this weekend:
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:51 PM
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Dropped the 45 off in a courtesy slip while I replaced a bunk and re-carpeted the rest this weekend:
Lucky dog, we dont have those....have to borrow a friends bouy...
Could you do me a favor when you get back to you boat? Could you measure how long your bimini tube is that's going to the lower tower connection point? The one thats almost vertical, I got my new canvas and mine are almost 6-8" from connecting back to the tower there. It is not the frame for my boat. But my top sits like yours does currently with the short bars on it not hooked to the tower.
It looks as if I could just replace the bars and I'm good, by your pic there.
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