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Bow Bag or Lead?

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  1. 1. Bow Bag or Lead?



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granddaddy55
17 hours ago, dinovtx said:

I think a little bit of both is best. I have a 14 VTX and have 100lbs of lead hidden in the gunnel of the bow. If we have a big crew I make sure 1 or 2 people are sitting up front to help balance us out. If we have a small crew or no one wants to sit up front I run a bag I had from my old Prostar. I store it under seats so it is out of site when not in use. A little weight in the front is great for Slalom skiing and for Surfing so is a win win. I do keep the boat on the lake so no towing concerns not sure how 100lbs would affect towing.

The 200 I keep in bow helped me to get more tongue weight cause I use a tall hitch.  if I use a shorter one the front tandom tires are significantly compressed  compared to rear axle tires ,  less compressed with the higher hitch so my tongue weight ends up a little light, the 200 balanced it back out and my tows are better and the rake ends up perfectly level offsetting the 500 lbs over the axles in cabin , the more compressed front axle tires were that way  long before the 500 lead 

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MLA

I prefer to have the majority of my ballast to be from the lake, then returned when im done with it. lead is great to supplement water ballast, but not substitute for it. 

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SCMike
On 1/3/2019 at 6:33 PM, jwl019 said:

Have you tried to stash some in the bow behind the speakers yet?  On my '18 LSV, I figure that is the only way to access that far forward.

I ordered 300# too and want to place some in the bow, behind sub, and watchers seat area.

Not yet.  I was gonna pull it out of storage this weekend to do it, but didn’t get around to it.  I’ll probably do it the weekend after next. 

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thealy

What about creating a false floor in the bow area and place a layer of Lead Bags between the two floors (the factory floor sits on top of the hard tank and a homemade floor to sit on top of the lead bags) and place the cushions on top of the false floor?  I assume the bags wouldn't cause the false floor to be more than about 5" or so higher than the factory floor right?

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dcarl
1 hour ago, thealy said:

What about creating a false floor in the bow area and place a layer of Lead Bags between the two floors (the factory floor sits on top of the hard tank and a homemade floor to sit on top of the lead bags) and place the cushions on top of the false floor?  I assume the bags wouldn't cause the false floor to be more than about 5" or so higher than the factory floor right?

If the cushions were 5 inches higher I don't believe they would fit because they tuck under the side cushions.  And I really wouldn't want my kids or anyone else sitting 5 inches higher either. The bow is a dangerous enough place already.

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SpaceSurfer

Not sure if anyone already mentioned it but I read somewhere that if you take out the speakers, there's a lot of empty space back there that you can put some bags of lead into. Thats what I was planning to take a look at once Spring rolls around....

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SCMike
On 2/10/2019 at 9:20 AM, SpaceSurfer said:

Not sure if anyone already mentioned it but I read somewhere that if you take out the speakers, there's a lot of empty space back there that you can put some bags of lead into. Thats what I was planning to take a look at once Spring rolls around....

I just added some lead behind the speakers of my 2018LSV.  I only put 50 lbs on each side, but I think I could have added another bag on each side.  There is definitely enough room, but lots of wires, so I chose to play it safe.  I’m confident you can fit 200# up front if you took the time to do it right. 

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