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Your top upgrades of all times


Bradley Thornton

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Post your top upgrades (Things that are just must haves) (Mine are not in a certain order)

1. FAE Fresh air exhaust 

2. Swivel Racks

3. Some type of surf system

4.Extra ballast piggyback system.

5. Flip up and down bow light.

6. Dual Battery start relay

7. Flush kit (From time to time I hit the salt water)

8. Spot light

9. Seat extension

10. Tented windshield

11. New high altitude Prop and use old prop for spare.

 

Also add thing you want do again (Cost to much/ not worth it and so on)

Thing I want upgrade again (Maybe I'm just getting old LOL)

1. Tower speakers (The bigger they are the more they are in the way) After adding FAE its just over kill.

2. Tower lights (In the way, boat lights do the trick in the boat, spot light is better outside the boat)

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in no particular order

Best

0) the evolution cover from Cory 

0.5) the box anchor

1) acme prop vs CVP prop

2) perfect pass

3) stereo amps purchased from a very cool crew member

4) skins from Chee (before he broke bad)

5) 2018 Malibu Trailer 

6) racks from another cool crew member

7) wetsounds cabin speakers from another cool crew member 

8) steering cable

9) Bimini 

10) Goodyear endurance tires 

11) Jump Seat

12) on board pro sport two bank charger

 

worst

1) stereo head unit in the armrest (long since gone)

2) gatorbak bunk covers

3) orange coastguard type life jackets (2)

 

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Winner) tower and a BIG bimini

1) FAE

2) ceramic coating

3) My wooden slurpeegate until I upgraded to a boat with surf gates  

4) reversible ballast pumps

5) amps that cost more than the speakers and a DSP to go with them. 

6) That lovely orange Backup Buddy

7) Phender Pros

8) Significant amounts of sound deadening mass loaded vinyl

9) TWO sets of swivel clamping racks

Honorary Winner / Marriage Saver) Perfect pass  

Worst....

1) factory sound system

2) aerator ballast pumps instead of reversible. Lesson learned. 

 

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Kind of in order from what I didn't have on my 2010: electric adjustable seat height has been the best I would say. Flip down rear swim deck works for all ages. Phender Pros with the BABZ, which I knew would be money. Now all of my friends have the PP and BABZ. 3rd set of cleats up front is very convenient. On board charger made my OEM 2010 batteries live until 2018 or longer. I have the M5 now so I built the boat with 2773 (15x13) no regrets there! I don’t think the wake view seat was worth the money as is. If it could be moved forward another 2’ then definitely. The worst bang for the buck by far have been those stupid cameras that we just had to have. :Frustrated: Pick your battles as they say.

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1st Boat - 99 Moomba Outback: 

1. Paint tower to match color scheme

2. Replace carpet - split the boat if half, that was nerve racking. 

3. Rebuild Carb

4. Replace surge breaks w/electric

5. Replace basically every bolt on engine part (blower, roter cap, hoses, etc.)

 

2nd Boat (plan) - (04 VLX):

1. Carpet 

2. Powder coat tower

3. Shine the hull

4. New Logo

5. Upholstery/vinyl 

The vision is black gel coat with white tower and logos and white seats with black accents. 

 

I learned enough to be dangerous with the moomba and now I'm going to see how carried away I can get. Oh, and i will not be splitting a boat in half ever again...

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One I forgot is 

1. Evolution Covers (as my new boat just doesn't need a new cover I may even try and sell to get the Evolution Covers they are stupid nice)

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Dripless PSS shaft seal (#1 by far)

Evolution cover

FAE / muffler delete

Driver seat pedestal riser

gatorstep on swim platform, funnels, and bow

Wakemakers ballst system with 4 independent pumps controlled by integrated dash switches. 

 

planned upgrades: 

replace factory carpet with gatorstep

recover all seat cushions

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  1. Stargazer v9.12 with Zbox
  2. ACME prop
  3. Skidoc Orbit with Wakeye camera app
  4. Heater circulation pump
  5. Ghetto downturn exhaust silencers
  6. On-board charger (Noco Genius)
  7. Pair of Leadwake bags to balance out the boat
  8. Goodyear Endurance trailer tires
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In order of ownership:

  1. new skins
  2. bow cover to match skins
  3. barefoot boom
  4. insulated engine cover
  5. SS cup holders
  6. 2" drivers seat raise
  7. Echelon decal delete, Malibu decal install
  8. teak deck from '06 Vride with wedge door
  9. added Polk speakers to combing panels, sub, amp, HU
  10. added second wakeboard rack
  11. jump seat
  12. 388 stroker engine
  13. ETX manifolds, modded silencer, 3.5" hose, STE tips
  14. SS gas tank lid
  15. Grant steering wheel
  16. 2013 aluminum trailer
  17. billiard #3 ball shifter knob
  18. electric choke
  19. BT stereo adapter

On deck this winter is a complete dash overhaul and Perfect Pass.  Probably an Evo cover too.

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1)  All the hours on it since I bought it (easily my best modification)

2)  BI Barefoot boom plus extension and height adjuster from @JB-FOOT

3)  Closed cooling; I'm in salt water 99% of the time

4)  Stainless Mar-Pac transom flush fitting

5)  Perfect Pass Stargazer

6)  Aluminum trailer with stainless hardware

7)  STE tips from @bamaboy

8)  All new exhaust and fuel hoses

9)  Straightened bent strut, installed Vesconite bushings

10)  Home made prop puller

11)  Spare CVP prop from @Bozboat

12)  Heater that really never gets used

13)  Removed the wedge that I never used

Wish list:

1)  More free time for more hours on the boat

2)  ETX aluminum manifolds

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Just a few minor tweaks:

  1. Speed Control (PP in this application)
  2. Fuel tank moved to front ski locker
  3. Chine modification
  4. All aluminum 383 SBC
  5. Carbon Fiber swim platform
  6. Carbon Fiber engine dog house
  7. Lightweight interior panels
  8. Running gear tuning for easy driving through course
  9. Heated seat & heater for my awesome drivers :)
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@Michigan boarder - she will be very pleasantly surprised, show her with a nice bottle of her favorite beverage and maybe even some nice music and you will also enjoy the upgrade...

Stock alternator and wiring, simply added the switch behind the throttle asm as I use all the switches on the dash for the other conveniences (heater / shower).  The PP is more sensitive to alternator output.  Caveat - I don't run the stereo or have much of a system in my boat so keep that in mind as you make electrical updates.

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11 hours ago, Michigan boarder said:

In order of ownership:

  1. new skins
  2. bow cover to match skins
  3. barefoot boom
  4. insulated engine cover
  5. SS cup holders
  6. 2" drivers seat raise
  7. Echelon decal delete, Malibu decal install
  8. teak deck from '06 Vride with wedge door
  9. added Polk speakers to combing panels, sub, amp, HU
  10. added second wakeboard rack
  11. jump seat
  12. 388 stroker engine
  13. ETX manifolds, modded silencer, 3.5" hose, STE tips
  14. SS gas tank lid
  15. Grant steering wheel
  16. 2013 aluminum trailer
  17. billiard #3 ball shifter knob
  18. electric choke
  19. BT stereo adapter

On deck this winter is a complete dash overhaul and Perfect Pass.  Probably an Evo cover too.

Hands down, one of my favorite boats/boat story on this forum. I will cry if you decide to sell her.

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