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    #41
    I believe my air tube is above my livewell overflow as it is so I do t think this would help me

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    #42
    Your overflow should be up at the very top of your livewell...you have to stick your head down in the well to see it. The top of the Hydro air tube opening should not be above the overflow, but should be above where the full well water level is.

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    #43
    Quote Originally Posted by Lea View Post
    I ran my 05 like yours for 2.5 years and did not lose a fish, but, yes, if the well is filled over the venturi hole, you move water, but do not add air bubbles. (It is not an "oxygenator"). Newer Champs have the venturi tube installed higher, so this is not an issue...

    If I were you, I'd do the modification. Easy to do!!!!!
    I have a 1997 202 does this modification apply? I have just the open/close live well drain valve(broken) I have to replace it. Should I get a different valve to replace it with? I want to do this while I have everything out and changing cartridges in my pumps. Can I put a 750 gpm cartridge instead of a 500 gpm?

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    #44
    This fix only applies if you have Hydro Air...and if your livewell always fills high enough to cover the venture tube opening at its top, thus preventing the Hydro air from bubbling. Your open/close valve is not involved. If it is broken, you need to replace it.

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    #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar View Post
    What John said... This just makes sure the Venturi hole does not become covered with water by over filling and/or a rough ride etc... Basically you fill the livewell and then turn on the Hydo-Air timer (or full time) and it draws air from the Venturi and mixes it at the bottom of the well... Air gets mixed in when filling w/lake water too, but this method insures you get air regardless of water over the top of the tube or not and allows you to shut off outside lake water that may be too hot, add rejuvenate, ice etc. and just keep pumping oxygen into the well all day...
    Need to make sure that the livewell lid allows air to the intake fitting. On some models, the lids fit pretty tight.

    Quote Originally Posted by 97champion View Post
    I have a 1997 202 does this modification apply? I have just the open/close live well drain valve(broken) I have to replace it. Should I get a different valve to replace it with? I want to do this while I have everything out and changing cartridges in my pumps. Can I put a 750 gpm cartridge instead of a 500 gpm?
    Tim, as long as you replace your Aerate cartridge with the same GPH ratng, you should be good to go. This particular mod doesn't apply to your boat since you don't have a recirculation pump (Hydro).

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    #46
    My livewell lids are tight, but still no problem getting air in thru the modification....

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    Got it...thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Champ View Post
    Need to make sure that the livewell lid allows air to the intake fitting. On some models, the lids fit pretty tight.



    Tim, as long as you replace your Aerate cartridge with the same GPH ratng, you should be good to go. This particular mod doesn't apply to your boat since you don't have a recirculation pump (Hydro).

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    #48
    I did this last weekend what a difference, thanks!
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    #49
    Glad it helped you~~~ It made a difference for anyone who had the problem described!!! Duane really helped us with this modification. Fortunately, it was corrected at the factory for later models!

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    Been running a 95 202 for its 24 years. Have never lost a fish in the well. I run the live will pump at the 25%setting and the hydro knob on 50-75%. That keeps fresh water circulating

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