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  • Our PiggyBack Factory Ballast Upgrade for Malibu boats is a complete package that includes everything you need to expand the capacity of your boat's ballast system.
  • When empty our Piggyback system takes up essentially no additional space, leaving plenty of room for gear, and is durable enough to have everything loaded directly on top.
  • 2006 Malibu VLX - 750lb. Fly High Fat Sac in the rear locker

Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade

Item #: 42401
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Interested in adding more ballast to your 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 WakeMAKERS.com Pigyback 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.

NOTE: Our factory upgrade systems are sold Individually so that you can upgrade just one side of the boat for surfing. If you want to upgrade both sides of your boat, you'll need to purchase two systems.

Bag Size Recommended Compartment Size Application
No Bag Choose the applicable hardware kit for a Fly High Pro X Series ballast bag or a Straight Line ballast bag
400 lbs Recommended distribution of weight for wakeboarding in all Malibu v-drive boats with factory rear ballast tanks installed below the floor.
600 lbs The most efficiently sized bag for any Malibu V-Drive boat with factory rear ballast tanks installed below the floor.
750 lbs Suitable for use in 2007-2011 Wakesetter VTX, 2005-2011 Wakesetter VLX, 2005-2011 Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2006-2011 Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
900 lbs Suitable for wakesurfing use in 2005-2011 Wakesetter VLX, 2005-2011 Wakesetter 23 LSV, and 2006-2011 Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
1,100lbs Suitable for wakesurfing use in 2005-2011 Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2006-2011 Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
Disclaimer Any ballast bag wider than 20" may require extra engine divider support in Malibu rear lockers if filled to capacity.

Better wake for your Malibu wakeboard boatSmall 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 soonerLess Time Waiting, More Time Riding No one wants to sit around filling and draining ballast bags all day, which is why our Piggyback system integrates 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 20 minutes, and all without you leaving the driver's seat. And because it works with your factory system, you can fill or drain whether the boat is stationary, or running at speed.

Quick Connect Fittings For Easy RemovalThink Quick For Easy Removal We include our exclusive Flow-Rite quick connect fitting 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 BoatsOne 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 function 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 needed for the installation, including a replacement Fly High Pro X Series ballast big (choose your capacity), Fly High 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 fill hose 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, the fill hose is redirected into the top of the ballast bag. As it fills the water is fed into the hard tank. Once the hard tank is completely full the water will continue to flow into the Fly High ballast bag. 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 out the side of the boat. The system will 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 through the bottom port on the tank, gravity forces water from the Fly High bag back into the top of the hard tank. 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 of the factory ballast locations. The only downside to the piggy back system is the use of gravity to drain the water from the sac into the hardtank can be slow. 


Installation
Installation requires a few simple and completely reversible changes be made to the plumbing of the stock ballast system in order to connect the Piggyback kit. The one time process typically 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 or tap your Malibu Touch Command screen and the system will fill and drain exactly as the factory MLS system currently does. 

NOTE: 2012 and newer Malibu models require a different system due to changes that were made to the factory ballast system. See our 2012 Malibu Piggyback Ballast Upgrade product for more information. 

Applications
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: 

- '09-2011 Malibu vRide 21
- '09-2011 Malibu vRide 23
- '07-2011 Malibu Wakesetter VTX
- '05-2011 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
- '05-2011 Malibu Wakesetter LSV
- '06-2011 Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV

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 single systems 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 to 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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1 Year
Model #: 42401

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Customer Reviews

  1. Excellent upgrade for easy surfing

    Review by mc_miller on 7/11/14
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    I installed this in my friends early 2012 247, Everything came in the box and the instructions were pretty easy to follow - The hardest part is getting the stock hoses off - they are so stiff, I ended up cutting them since I didn't have access to electricity to heat them up with something. The bags fill fast but do take a while to drain - this isn't a problem for us because we just drain as were driving home.

  2. Great ballast upgrade for Malibu

    Review by Cole on 11/29/13
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    Have 08 Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV and added one 1100 lbs from wakemakers and it was easy to installed and throws a great wake. When bag ordered was not available they upgraded me to a color for free and shipped it promptly.

  3. GIANT LSV SURF WAVE and Poor Man's Surf Gate

    Review by Jason West (WestyBu) on 2/14/13
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    Listen to these guys. I did my research and read some old threads on the forums about their kits. I was a little concerned about the time it takes to drain. I told them I needed this system to be faster and they came up with a new recommendation for my 2011 Malibu LSV 23.

    We went with two of the Wakemakers Piggy Back systems with two of the Straight Line Sumo 900 bags, and the Wakemakers X-Link system. Turns out I didn't need custom bags since the Straight Line bags have more ports than the Fly High's. I hit drain on my port side, fill on my starboard side and transfer right on the X-Link switch. Boom, I can switch from regular to goofy in under 5 minutes.

    We were able to do the surf gate thing and have a rider cross the wake (video to come). He was riding a giant Ronix Duke surfboard but still pretty cool stuff. All this was under $800.00.

  4. Piggyback upgrade works well.

    Review by David West on 2/10/13
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    I was a little skeptical of this system as I had read several reviews on other forums that had painted this set up to be really slow in draining. I installed the set up on both sides of my 2006 VLX, and am very happy in its filling and draining. Sooooo much better than having to manually fill and drain sacks by hand.

  5. It works!

    Review by JMH3 on 6/2/12
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    The system works...as designed. It was simple to install after I contacted the WakeMakers' very helpful staff for verbal instructions. The pics/instructions that came w/the kit aren't helpful. But, all that one needs to know is that the existing fill hose, which comes from the pump, gets extended to fill the new bag, that the drain of the new bag fills the hard tank and that the vent from the new bag Tees into the vent line from the hard tank. That's it. Install is really quick and easy. Simply because there's are many more gallons to pump, and only the one pump for either fill or drain, fill/drain times are extended to about 15 to 20 min. total (but worth the wait). I think I may upgrade the fill/drain lines (especially the drain line) to 1" just to reduce resistance as much as possible, which may help in slightly quicker fill/drain times (again, especially the drain time).

  6. Excellent upgrade for the $$

    Review by Nate on 8/14/11
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    The Piggyback package works as advertised and makes for an excellent wake on my 20' VTX. The stock left rear tank plus the 750 lb fat sack gives me 1000 lbs in the back. With the center tank full and a driver and spotter in the boat, I was able to get a wave massive enough to spin 360s. I figure I will make my money back quickly now that I don't have to invite 6 friends and let them all take a turn. The only negative thing I have to say is that the instructions and pictures were horrible. It should only take about 45 min to an hour to install but just figuring out what the instructions wanted me to do took an extra hour.

    NOTE: We are working to update all of our installation guides with additional information to clarify any points of confusion. We also offer lifetime technical support with any purchase, so you can always contact us via phone or email for additional assistance.

    Thanks for the feedback - WakeMAKERS.com Team

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