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05 VLX ballast monitoring system


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We didn’t get much time with the new ride before weather turned and we had to put her to sleep for the season.  Our only real time out with the boat, while filling the tanks, I got no dice on the display screen as far as ballast capacity.  I could be wrong, but I thought 05 started the ballast monitoring display on speedo screen.  Any ideas?   Also, it has the optional bow ballast but no individual bow fill/drain switch.  Does it piggyback off the belly switch or has someone moved things around.  There’s an accessory switch to the right of the MLS switch on right of console which powers the tower speakers and lights that the last guy had installed. Thanks in advance

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I have a 2007...I don’t know how similar they are, but I have 4 switches for ballast. Bow, mid, left rear, right rear. 

Yes the screen in the dash monitors ballast level, but not 100% accurate. I usually just fill till it dumps and run pumps until dry to be sure empty. The ballast monitoring is an estimate I use to see how much longer until we can go. 

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I used to have an 05 VLX and it had a dedicated switch for the bow ballast.  It also had a monitoring system although like Dodger40  I never found it that accurate and just listened for the sound (or lack thereof) of water coming out the overflow ports :).

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I have an 05 VLX with same set-up as you.  I have 3 rocker switches and the Mid and Bow are on the same switch, but I have separate monitors.  The mid always takes the longest to fill and empty....as expected.


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I have an 04 that has 4 switches and 4 tanks but no monitoring system. 

Have a neighbor that has an 05 with only 3 switches and 4 tanks with the monitoring system.  Separate pumps for fill/drain on the bow and midship tanks.  

Seems in these year ranges it was hit and miss if they wired the bow together or separate of the midship.  Not sure if it was a Merced Plant vs Loudon Plant thing or if it depended on how many accessories you had on the dash.  Neighbor has heater, and tower lights and I do not.  

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