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  • Birthday 07/27/1965

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  1. EWK 6L they are like $50 on the amazon. I've had one for years. Use it for boat lawn mowers etc.
  2. I just put my boat in storage, so I don't have easy access to it. One of my twin blowers died this year. I think they are 3" but not sure does this boat use 3 or 4 inch blowers? Ordering a replacement.
  3. stalling at idle and rough running are for sure symptoms of a bad crank sensor. However,WOT loss of power is generally not a bad crank sensor., that's fuel/filter - perhaps distributor cap ignition wires, etc. Yet your boat is 2016 - those sensors are pretty simple things perhaps its wiring/plug from the sensor. Check to make sure no issues with the sensor wire or breaks in the wire.. Don't worry about pulling the belt -its super easy, only takes two wrenches (16mm & 8MM on the tensor pulley) - mercruiser belts are not tightened very tight - just take a picture to remember the belt pattern. As FYI - youtube can help - lots of videos pull the belt - like when you change the impeller on the sea pump. Let me know what engine you have. My manual is on the boat, but I'll pick it up tonight.
  4. I don't get the 2007 244 Sunesta out that much anymore. Yet still love it and use it a few times a year, but only getting like 30H on the engine each year. In the past every winter I'd drop it off at a local mech and they would do yearly maintenance and winterize. Then I caught them cheating me and not doing work they charged me for. Thus for the past 4 years or so I've just done everything myself. My boat has the 300HP Mercuriser 350 mpi Every year I do an oil/filter change and a new thermostat (just easy as I remove it to winterize.) Then I also change the cool fuel filter element every other year. Is there other engine maintenance I should be doing?
  5. This year my boat is not doing as well on the holeshot. My top end WOT is still the same at ~4400, but it's just the initial power start (when pulling a skier up or tuber start.) Feels like I've got a lot more weight in my boat (but I don't.) Got the Mercurcisuer Max 350 (300HP) and the bravo 3 drive. What things should I be looking at?
  6. I also like the fact Toyota trucks are made in Texas. Ram's are mostly made in Mexico. But Rams are good, biggest complaint I have is they seem to rust much easier than many other brands. As an owner of a Nissan Armada, I have to laugh at the statement they are hot garbage. I agree. I will never buy another Nissan care or truck. They are not designed well. Like on my Armada, it's the V8 Titan frame, but most everything is UNDERBUILT. Small drive chain, weak transfer boxes, undersized brakes - the oil filter is the SAME oil filter used in my Honda CRV. (You want OVERSIZED, in a work truck. I've replaced and upgraded suspension, brakes, exhaust and such and I do like the tracdtion control system. I keep my Armada running and it gets the job done, but it really is a Soccer mom SUV, not for anybody that does much work with it. Nissan IMHO is the last brand of anything to own. Did I mention PARTS are really expensive in comparison?
  7. Ya I did like the big truck, just it's hard to use the big truck as the daily driver fro me. Heck, I used to use my 40' Gulfstream DP -350HP Cat engine, freighliner chasis on 1000+ mile trips. Except for the remote camera I could not tell there was a 24 foot boat attached. One trip I had issues with the surge brake and it locked on. Did not noticed but lucky I got flagged down and stopped before serious damage. To finish the trip I took out one of the bleed screws and went without brakes. I know that sounds dangerous but had no issues with braking in that RV even without trailer brakes, I could not even tell the difference without them. Like I said going to keep the Armada for now. I've upgraded the suspension and brakes, had it detailed out and it's really all I need for now. I can't say I'd buy another one, but the v8 titan frame is fine for what I'm doing. Nissan is just to hard to get parts, most have to come from the dealer. I do my own work (have a garage and lift) and like afterfactory mods / upgrades. There are not a lot of (reasonably priced) upgrades for Armadas.
  8. If doing the light bulb trick Don't use a LED or CFL bulb - they throw very little heat. You need old fashioned incandescent bulbs. Also get you a ThermoPro Indoor Outdoor Thermometer (less than fifteen bucks on amazon) put the remote in the compartment and see how low you go!!
  9. Thinking out loud but up here in the North many folks put coolant line heaters on diesel engines. Most of these work on thermosiphon principle (passive heat exchange) and don't actually pump water. Generally sold as "Hotstart" systems. Perhaps there is a way to plumb one into your cooling lines. Much better than trying to trickle water thru them (and as noted won't get past thermostat) They sell these things on amazon - perhaps talk to the manufactures of a few and see. These things are usually not expensive - like $150 for a 1500watt system. From what you are saying you really don't get all that cold. You most likely would be just fine with any type of heat source down in the engine compartment. Light bulb, or simple magnetic block heater. Put in a remote thermostat in your engine compartment so you can easy monitor. Most of them also capture min/max so you can see what was going on. I don't know your boat but if your drain plugs are easy access then just pull them also. Off topic but related: Years ago when I lived outside of Minneapolis , (like 1991) I had my boat still in the water when a freak winter storm hit. Froze the lake and my dock. Dozens of others on Lake Minnetonka lost their boats to this storm. I put a simple small space heater in my engine compartment and ran it for the week or so. Put a few bags of salt around the hull to keep it from crushing. Temps went well below zero. When we went to pull the boat the ice was 6" thick. Took chainsaws, cut a small path. I don't remember the boat manufacture 22' cutty of somekind or another with a small block chevy engine / mercruiser. When ready it fired right up. Was able to manuaver the boat to the breakwall and pull it out onto the trailer. I got some great pictures of people standing on ice with chainsaws as we pulled the boat. Years later when I moved more south, I used to show it to people and say - here I am icefishing in Minnesota, it took forever to cut a hole big enough for the boat.
  10. Thanks for the help guys. I've decided to keep the Armada for another year. Then will figure out more later. Agreed that a taco is not enough of a truck for safety. I need a bigger truck or a smaller boat. Now that the kids are off to school, a smaller boat may be better.
  11. I presently use an Armada to tow, but the old gal is getting long in the tooth, and its time to get something new. I know a Toyota Tundra for sure can haul my Senesta, but I'll be honest I like the smaller Tacoma (aka Taco) a bit better for my daily driver. My2008 244 Sunesta xtream book tells me dryweight is 4400lbs. I figure the trailer is another 1,000 - then another 1000 for fuel/gear. That's 6400 Book on a new Tacoma (with tow package) is 6400lbs 640 tongue weight and it comes with a ATF cooler. Thus I'm right at the limit using gorilla math. I don't haul the boat a lot and not long distances. What you guys think - am I cutting it too close with a TACO?
  12. Ha - ONLY 218H on my girl. She mostly is a mobile on-the water cooler / stereo. I motor about 20 feet offshore and we all stand around her in the water off the beach.
  13. Sweet - and thanks. it was hidden in the smartcraft gauge. OUtstanding. many thanks
  14. I've got a Chap 2008 244 SUNESTA EXTREME It has the perfect pass ski system I've never been able to find engine hours meter - is there something hidden. I've never been able to find one on any of the gauges or looking in the manual.
  15. Selling my 2008 SUNESTA 224 XTREME, need to take a year off, but then upgrading. I've put on craigslist here in Ohio but where else should I list it?
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