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Zero off compatibility

APBAPB Posts: 258 Baller
Looking to put zero off on a 2006 Mastercraft 197. 350 MXC vortec. Anyone?


  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 236 Baller

    Post #6 of this thread explains it well:

    "Early 2008 -The world of speed control and tournament skiing is about to be turned upside down by this ZO/PP deal. To make matters worse, ZO and PP are battling over the patent for the GPS differential speed control technology that makes ZO work. PP releases StarGazer. MC releases the 08' TT 197. All 100 boats will have dual installs via the same E-controls multiplug ECM. MC is not allowed to physically install the ZO head into the TT 197 dash, due to some sort of licensing or marketing agreement, probably due to the CC/ZO relationship. TT drivers must do the install themselves. No biggy, takes 5 minutes. Production MCX's still have the standard ECM that cannot talk to ZO. CC promo boats will mostly be ZO. Malibu is in the dark - without the ability to do a ZO install.

    Summer 2008 - PP and ZO reach an agreement. ZO gets all OEM drive by wire speed control business starting with the 09' model year. Skiers are complaining about early versions of ZO. Diehard perfect pass skiers are flipped out because they can't even upgrade their boats to ZO to practice. The only time they see it is at tournaments or upgrade for 50-60K with a new DBW boat. StarGazer has it's own set of issues. The forums are alive with arguments and bad info."

    Possible to convert any Vortex 5.7L to E-controls ECM, varies on how involved and expensive.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,709 Mega Baller
    Any vortec 5.7 can be converted. Just requires the right combination of parts to do so.
    Post up a photo of your engine and ECM maybe one of us can better give you a better answer.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 236 Baller
    @APB are you looking to buy the 197 or upgrade a boat you already have? When I was looking for a boat with ZO it seemed to make sense to buy a boat with Zero Off rather than convert an earlier boat(ZO boat prices have gone down to $20-30k and conversion parts have gone up). Different calculation if you already own the boat.
  • ryno65ryno65 Posts: 33 Baller
    @aussiemc has an '03 MasterCraft that has been converted
  • APBAPB Posts: 258 Baller
    It’s a boat I was looking at. I’d def like zero off
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