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Brett B

2018 22VLX integrated bow ballast install

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Chrisjjbrown

Nice work Brett,    But I hate to point out in order to service your impeller now it looks like you will have to remove the pump from the floor.   I would have mounted that so you have enough space to get a screw driver to the bottom of the pump and get a new impeller In there 

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MLA
6 minutes ago, Chrisjjbrown said:

But I hate to point out in order to service your impeller now it looks like you will have to remove the pump from the floor

Remove the 2 screws on one side and the base pops off the other 2 rubber feet. Rotate pump, remove impeller cover. Easy.

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Chrisjjbrown
12 minutes ago, MLA said:

Remove the 2 screws on one side and the base pops off the other 2 rubber feet. Rotate pump, remove impeller cover. Easy.

 That's my point an extra step,   You are also assuming he has enough slack in his ballast line to do that,  looks fairly tight to me..... so now you have to remove line to rotate pump...why not just leave enough space when you mount it....stupid thought I guess. 

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MLA

Given the layout of that under corner seat area, I like where he mounted the pump. Moving it aft, gets it butting into the sac. Rotated 180# has the outlet hose looping out into open locker space. I prefer to have plumbing and electrical tucked away if I can. Should not need to service that impeller for about 4 years. 

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Brett B

It's exceedingly easy to unbolt the pump from the floor to get to the impeller, and yes there is adequate slack, so no hose removal required. Considering the pumps now come with the longer life silicone impellers it will probably be 2-3 years before I need to touch it. I'd rather have the hose routed unobtrusively with the pump taking up minimal useful storage space, and then unbolt the pump as needed once every few years, compared to the inverse option.  Neither of the options you posted in those last 2 pictures would work because the plug-n-play interface plumbing and custom fit 770lb ballast bag (once full) take up that space. Those hoses would also be partially blocking the deeper floor storage areas on the port side found in the newer boats. 

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dcarl

Nice professional looking install. The pictures and descriptions will really help when I attempt this.

Thanks for the post

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inlandlaker

Nice work, @Brett B!  Well done. 

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