Posted by Spencer on Feb, 20 2013

The original WakeMakers Malibu Piggy Back Upgrade Kit was designed with both price and ease of installation in mind. The system relies on gravity to drain the water from the soft bag into the hard tank below. This process can be slower than desired for some users.

To speed up the system we have helped customers put together the Malibu Super Piggy back System. By using a dedicated drain pump, the average rate of draining is increased from 50 lbs. of water a minute to around 100 lbs. of water a minute.

Installation:

Fill - On a standard MLS the fill line runs from the pump to a vented loop anti-siphon valve and down into the hard tank. Insert a 3/4″ barbed wye fitting on the tank side after the vented loop. Connect the factory tank fill line and another line to the top of the sac using a W742 fitting. This route will ensure that the hard tank will fill first creating structure before the sac puts a significant amount of weight on the floor above it.

Drain - At the rear portion of the compartment is a small hatch that covers the factory drain pump that is connected directly to the hard tank. Loosen the clamp and remove the hose from the outlet on the factory drain pump. Connect the drain hose that runs out to the thru-hull in the side of the boat to the directional barb on the second 3/4″ wye fitting. Connect the two pumps so that visually the flow is moving toward the single barb in the least restrictive direction. Place the 3/4″ thread x 3/4″ hose barb fitting on the inlet of the new pump and run a short section of hose to compartment. This will need a W742 fitting on the end to connect to the drain port on the bottom of the ballast bag.

Electrical - Find the brown and black wires off of the drain pump and use the 16 Gauge Splice Tap Connectors to combine the positive and negative leads of both pumps. This will activate the new pump when the switch is activated at the dash. There should be enough room in this location to rest the auxiliary drain pump on top of the factory pump. If there is not place the new pump at the back of the compartment.

Malibu Super Piggy Back Hardware List:

Product Name Unit Price Qty Subtotal
Total Price: $104.00
3-4-inch-hose-barb-wye-fitting

Hose Barb Wye Fitting Size: 3/4″

$4.99
2
$9.98
fly_high_fitting_w736

Fly High 3/4″ Flow-Rite Quick Release Connect W736

$6.99
2
$13.98
fly_high_fitting_w742

Flow Rite 3/4″ Elbow Quick Release Connector W742

$3.99
2
$7.98
black-ballast-hose

Ballast Hose – Black Size: 3/4″

$0.99
8
$7.92
shureflow_piranha

Shurflo Piranha 800 GPH Aerator Ballast Pump (Malibu)

$49.95
1
$49.95
Attwood-3:4-straight-fitting

Attwood 3/4″ Thread x 3/4″ Hose Barb Straight Fitting

$4.99
1
$4.99
crimp

16 Gauge Splice Tap Connector

$0.15
2
$0.30
31003-340

Stainless Steel Hose Clamp Size: 3/4″

$0.89
10
$8.90

 

2 Responses to “2005-2011 Malibu Super Piggy Back Ballast System Parts List”

  1. corry schouten says:

    ive got a 2006 malibu lsv 2006 in australia
    how much would a 600 lbs ballast set up be for both sides

    • Spencer says:

      We would suggest adding the Malibu PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade to your boat in each of the rear compartments. The Fly High Fat Sacs fit the best and give you right around 650 to 700 lbs. in each side. The installation is easy as we provide instructions with our pre-assembled kits. They are the least expensive way to fill and drain ballast without using a throw over the side Elevate Turbo pump or Fly High Tsunami Pump.

      The only downside to the Malibu Piggy Back system is the fill and drain times. Because Malibu used 800gph aerator ballast pumps in your boat we rely on gravity to move the water. When filling gravity must push the water into the hard tank before the sac can fill on top of it. When draining the sac must drain into the hard tank at the same time that the factory drain pump is expelling water from the bottom of the hard tank. Gravity cannot keep up meaning you will need to wait for the remaining water to flow down into the hard tank after it is completely drained. This can take up to 15 minutes assuming the system is installed correctly. If the hose between the hard tank and the ballast bag is very short with no ride the amount of restriction is decreased dramatically. For most of our customers this is not a deal breaker because for the price you cannot beat this Simple DIY Malibu ballast upgrade.

      If you need your ballast to be filled and drained more quickly you can modify the Malibu Piggy BacK System into the Super Piggy Back like we did on this post or you can add our X-Link Ballast Transfer System and use it to facilitate better use of the factory system. By having the ability to transfer water from side to side you can switch surfers more easily and also allow both factory drain pumps to work together when weighted unevenly. If you are primarily wakeboarding the Super Piggy Back would be a better choice.

      We ship to Australia and New Zealand frequently. Check out our Australia Shipping Information page. For anymore questions please contact us by email at Sales@wakemakers.com

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