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Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade (2012+)

Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade (2012+)

  • Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade (2012+)
  • Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade (2012+)

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Expand the capacity of the factory ballast system in 2012 and newer Malibu wakeboard boats without the factory plug and play option for the perfect wakeboard and wakesurf wake.

Please check the size of the hoses in your boat before ordering; early 2012 production boats still used 3/4" hose, and will require our 2005-2011 Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Upgrade. If you have any questions about determining the correct application for your boat, please contact us.

New and Improved!

Our exclusive Malibu PiggyBack ballast upgrade solution has been completely re-engineered for far faster draining, and even easier installation.

Interested in adding more ballast to your NEW 2012 Malibu boat for surfing, but don't want to hassle with filling ballast bags by throwing a pump over the side of the boat? Our exclusive Piggyback ballast upgrade allows you to add an additional 400-1,100 pounds of fully automated ballast to the factory MLS system on your Malibu wakeboard boat.

WakeMAKERS PiggyBack Packages are designed to integrate with your factory ballast system, and are controlled using the switches on your dash, so everything remains completely automated and effortless to use.

Better wake for your Malibu wakeboard boat Small Cost, Huge Payoff Our Malibu Piggyback systems are designed to be affordable to buy, simple to install, easy to use, but have a huge impact on the size and quality of the wake. This picture shows a single 750 pound Piggyback system installed in a 2009 Wakesetter VLX... who wouldn't want a wake like that? Superb for wakeboarding, and even more impressive for surfing, this is without a doubt the easiest way to completely transform your boat's wake.

Be on the water sooner Less Time Waiting, More Time Riding No one wants to sit around filling and draining ballast bags all day, which is why our Piggyback system integrate with the factory ballast system in your boat, so everything is completely automated. Actual times will depend on the bag size you select, but even the largest option we offer will completely fill or drain in less than 15 minutes, and all without you leaving the driver's seat.

Quick Connect Fittings For Easy Removal Think Quick For Easy Removal We include our exclusive Flow-Rite quick connect fittings system with every factory ballast upgrade we offer, so you can remove the bag in seconds whenever you want. Thanks to the unique, water-tight, two part connector it's easy to pull a bag out for cleaning, storage or winterization. And when you're ready to go ride just drop it back in place and re-attach the dedicated connections.

Wakeboard ballast upgrades designed specifically for Malibu Boats One Size Does Not Fit All Every boat manufacturer does things differently, which is why our factory ballast upgrades are designed to work specifically with a single brand. That means installation is a breeze, and everything will functional exactly like you expect.

How It Works
The Malibu PiggyBack Ballast System is designed to make use of the existing pumps, hoses and switches in your Malibu boat, to expand the capacity of your factory rear ballast tanks from 250lbs. up to an incredible 1,350lbs. This kit includes everything you need for the installation, including a replacement ballast big (choose your capacity), quick connect fittings, all necessary fittings and adapters, hose and installation guide.

As the name implies, this ballast system add-on is connected inline with the overflow of the factory ballast tank, allowing it to PiggyBack on the factory system. In the factory configuration when the in-floor hard tank is full excess water is dumped overboard through the vent hose. With the PiggyBack system installed, excess water from the hard tank flows into the ballast bag, allowing it to fill after the factory tank is full. Once the new bag is full (which means the factory tank is full), excess water will flow out of the overflow of the bag, and through the factory thru-hull connector, allowing the system to function exactly the same as the stock ballast setup, but with the additional capacity of the auxiliary ballast bag.

Draining is exactly the opposite; as the factory drain pump removes water from the tank, gravity forces water out of the ballast bag and into the hard tank until both ballast bag and tank are both empty. In 2008 and newer Malibu boats equipped with Rider Presets, these process is even handled by the boat's onboard computer, which manages the water level in all the factory ballast locations.

Installation requires a few simple and completely reversible changes be made to the plumbing of the stock ballast system to connect the Piggyback kit. This one time process takes less than 45 minutes. Once installed, you never need to hassle with ballast bags and pumps again. Completely control the system with the factory controls on the dash. Forget about getting up to adjust valves that control the flow, or any manual involvement at all. Just hit the switch and the system will fill and drain exactly as the factory MLS system currently does.

Bag SizeApplication
No BagChose this option if you already have a Fly High Pro X Series ballast bag
400 lbsSuitable for use in all Malibu v-drive boats with factory rear ballast tanks installed below the floor.
750 lbsSuitable for use in 2012 Wakesetter VTX, 2012 Wakesetter VLX, 2012 Wakesetter 23 MXZ. 2012 Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2012 Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
1,100lbs2012 Wakesetter 23 MXZ, 2012 Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2012 Wakesetter 247 LSV models.

This Piggyback system is designed to work with any Malibu boat that has factory rear ballast tanks that are installed below the floor of the boat and use aerator pumps for filling and draining. Confirmed models include the following boats:

- 2012 Malibu Wakesetter VTX
- 2012 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
- 2012 Malibu Wakesetter LSV
- 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ
- 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter VTX (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter 20 MXZ (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter VLX (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter LSV (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)
- 2013 Malibu Wakesetter 24 MXZ (No Factory Plug and Play Installed)

For specific questions on fitment, and for possible compatibility with other models, please contact us.

ATTENTION: This factory ballast upgrade kit is sold individually. We sell systems individually so that customers can upgrade just one side of the boat for surfing if they would like. You will need to purchase two systems if you want additional ballast on both sides of the boat for wakeboarding or surfing regular and goofy. Contact us if you have any questions or need help determining the correct upgrade for your application.


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  • 12/18/2014
    Worth Every Dollar
    Sam Porter Even though it was a bit of a pain to install - WM helped me through it. The new double bottom port bags drain so much faster - it's an essential upgrade. There are so many ways to customize your ballast now with WakeMakers!
    My VLX surfing experience is a lot better with the ability to drain & fill so fast with the piggy back setup.
  • 7/16/2012
    Great Service
    rvan_vlx_2012 You will not beat the service from I had an early model 2012 with the 3/4" hoses and they took the 2012 kit back and sent out the proper kit. Walked me through all the steps for install. Thanks again!
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