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Old 07-07-2021, 08:08 AM
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My 27 Activator Has 280 trim tabs on it but noticed most 27s are using 380s. Would like to know the pro's and con's of of the 380s. I know that I can just replace the bottoms which I will do if it has a positive performance to it. I know at top end you run with tabs up but but if there is a positive anywhere in in rpm range I will replace them. Best boat I've owned so far.
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Old 07-07-2021, 11:07 AM
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Totally different boat, but on my 37AT I direct swapped the bottom plates from 280 to 380, and I definitely liked the boat's handling better. I left them at neutral nearly always, except getting on plane.
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Thanks Sydwayz for input.
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I am also trying to find where I can get a new deck Activator decal. Mine is is cracking and curling at all edges.
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Originally Posted by TwoKs View Post
I am also trying to find where I can get a new deck Activator decal. Mine is is cracking and curling at all edges.
Call Mark at Rage, he just put a set on my 30' when it was at the shop
Also curious about the 380 tabs...

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Old 07-13-2021, 02:50 PM
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I just bought a set for a 30 I'll let you know what it does.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:51 PM
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I have 380s on a 27. Will be out soon to try them. I've also had 280s on a 27. I'll bet you could get into trouble fast with 380s. Even with 280s. I mostly ran them flat to slightly negative or raised
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we run 380s on a hard charging 25 active thunder they work awesome much better than 280s
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i should add its a non stepped hull
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Originally Posted by boostbros View Post
i should add its a non stepped hull
Mine is a stepped hull and the tabs are about an inch above the bottom on transom I run them full up when running hard and only use them when just on plane. they are too touchy and will lean the boat very quick. I thought that the 380s would do better because they look narrower at the tips. I'm going to also try motor oil in the pumps rather than ATF that's in them and see if it slows their reaction time on them.
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