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  • Malibu Wakesetter Ballast: A Malibu Launch System History

    Malibu Wakesetter Ballast: A Malibu Launch System History

    Malibu has a reputation throughout the industry for crafting high quality, high performing boats with industry leading innovations. They offer as much value as they do fun. In the late 90's Malibu engineers developed the Wedge which was a simple foil on the transom of the boat that when engaged would create down force in the stern for a rampy wake with more pop. To even further the sport of wakeboarding Malibu created the most comprehensive ballast system in the industry with the MLS or Malibu Launch System.

    Malibu MLS Ballast 2001-2004

    Starting in 2001, Malibu boats could be optioned from the factory with 900 lbs. of ballast. The three tank system consists of a 500 lb. center ski locker sac and two above the floor 200lb. hard tanks in the rear compartments. Malibu's first ballast system used Rule Aerator pumps to fill and drain each tank independently. Each tank has three connections consisting of a fill on top, a vent on top and a drain on the bottom all plumbed with 3/4" black ballast hose. The drain pump was connected directly to the back end of the hard tank to ensure the system stayed primed.

    In 2004, the Malibu Wakesetter VLX and Wakesetter LSV models both had the option of a 350lb. bow tank to increase the total factory ballast to 1250 lbs. The increased ballast capacity when coupled with the popular Wedge displaced more of the hull creating a massive wake. In turn the Wakesetter series become a favorite among professional wakeboarders. Malibu also changed pump suppliers and started using the Shurflo Piranha 800 GPH Aerator Ballast Pump because of it's high quality construction and low profile design.

    Our recommended upgrade for both wakesurfing and wakeboarding would be to remove the rear hard tanks and replace them with a Straight Line Sumo 750's or Fly High Fat Sac 750's. We cannot PiggyBack this system because the hard tanks are above the floor and a piggy back requires gravity to drain the water from the bag back down into the hard tank. Using the WakeMakers Malibu Tank Buster Kit, all of the plumbing will be reconfigured to fill and drain the sacs from the helm just like the factory setup. Adding a 3/4" check valve to the fill line is not necessary but might alleviate the system from passive filling when the boat is stationary. If the boat was not equipped with the factory bow hard tank, the Fly High Integrated Bow Sac fits well under the front seats up front for a custom yet hidden solution. The integration of this bow sac will require the installation of a Complete Ballast System.

    Malibu MLS Ballast 2005 - 2011

    For 2005, the Wakesetter VLX was constructed on top of the V25 Wake hull delivering better wake size and performance. Malibu also refined the ballast system starting with relocating the rear ballast tanks under the floor creating massive amounts storage. This was also the first year that an in-dash Ballast Monitoring System was available to view real time ballast tank levels. Because the rear tanks were under the water line Malibu had to add Vented Loop Anti-Siphon Valves to the fill lines to prevented passive filling. The horse shoe shaped valves are located on the bulk head in front of the motor on either side and there is also a single valve for the center ballast tank located on the wall in the observers compartment. Malibu continued to use this MLS configuration through 2011.

    For owners looking to get the best possible wakesurf or wakeboard wake, additional ballast is still necessary. Our exclusive factory integration upgrade, Malibu PiggyBack Kit, option makes it possible to develop the best wakesurf wave or wakeboard wake while still controlling everything with the factory controls on the dash.

    Malibu HI FLO Ballast 2012+

    With the introduction of the MXZ in 2012, Malibu upgraded the ballast system and re-branded it the Hi Flo. All lines were increased from the 3/4" to a larger 1-1/8" and the pump capacity was increased by using the Shurflo Piranha 1100 GPH Aerator Ballast Pumps. This small change produced amazing results in decreasing both fill and drain times.

    Using the 2012 - 2013 Malibu PiggyBack Kit on this system works great as the larger openings in the factory hard tanks allow for increased flow when gravity allows the water to drain from the soft sac back into the hard tank before it is discharged by the factory pump. Please note that early production 2012 Wakesetter boats do still have the 3/4" plumbing.

    Malibu HI FLO Plug n Play Ballast 2013+

    In 2013, Malibu Wakesetters have the option of a PnP (Plug and Play) ballast system installed at the factory. This system uses the existing ballast pumps to fill and drain auxiliary ballast bags in the rear compartments. A complete detailed guide to the new ballast system can be viewed here, 2013 Malibu Plug n Play Ballast System. Malibu did make some changes to the ballast tanks by adding two new ports on the top which allows the ballast bag to drain more efficiently but the new system is still not perfect.

    The most significant innovation from Malibu to date has to be the Surf Gate system. By using vertically mounted plates on either side of the hull, their engineers have figured out how to divert the water on the opposite side of the wake in order to produce a clean long surf wave. The best part of the system is in the ability to change the clean side of the wave from port to starboard and starboard to port in a matter of seconds from the dash.

    Shop for Custom Malibu Ballast Bags and Fat Sacs»
    The first step in adding weight to your Malibu Wakesetter is selecting the perfect ballast bag, and we have the most options available.

    Shop for the Malibu Surf Ballast Upgrade Kit»
    Our Malibu Wakesetter Ballast Upgrades provide you with everything needed to easily integrate fat sacs into the MLS ballast tanks.

  • Malibu Wakesetter Boats Increased Ballast Capacity with the HI FLO Plug and Play System


    When it comes to internal ballast, Malibu Boats, has had the industry on lock down. Since 2012 Malibu Wakesetter boats have come standard with the Hi-Flo ballast system.

    This new iteration of the Malibu Launch System is not your typical slow to fill and slow to drain ballast system. Malibu has thrown out the 800GPH pumps and replaced them with the industry leading 1100GPH aerator pumps. Lightning fast pumps coupled with larger 1-1/8" hose providing the least restrictive flow into the ballast tanks means the new Hi-Flo system fills and drains as fast as possible.

    For 2013 Malibu boats are now available with a Plug and Play, or PnP, expanded ballast option. This new configuration allows auxiliary ballast bags to be plumbed in to the factory system without the need to purchase more hardware besides the bags and a few fittings. If you have a 2013 or newer Malibu and needs the necessary components to get your Hi-Flow Plug-and-Play ballast system up and running check out our 2013 Malibu Plug-n-Play Ballast Upgrade

    The entire ballast system can be controlled and monitored at the helm using the Maliview or Malibu Touch Command displays and rumor on the street is that newly integrated Bluetooth connectivity will be available to allow control right from your favorite mobile device.
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  • Malibu PiggyBack Factory Ballast System Upgrade

    What it is: Malibu PiggyBack Factory Ballast System Upgrade

    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 bag (choose your capacity), Fly High quick connect fittings, all necessary fittings and adapters, hose and installation guide.

    For Use In:

    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:

    • 2009-Current Malibu vRide 21
    • 2009-Current Malibu vRide 23
    • 2007-Current Malibu Wakesetter VTX
    • 2005-Current Malibu Wakesetter VLX
    • 2005-Current Malibu Wakesetter LSV
    • 2006-Current Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV

    For specific questions on fitment, and for possible compatibility with other models, click here.

    Bag Size, Dimensions, and Application:

    Dimensions:

    • 400lbs - 42" x 16" x 16"
    • 565lbs - 42" x 19" x 19"
    • 750lbs - 50" x 20" x 20"
    • 1,100lbs - 50" x 24" x 24"
    Bag Size Application
    No Bag Chose this option if you already have a Fly High Pro X Series ballast bag
    400 lbs Suitable for use in all Malibu v-drive boats with factory rear ballast tanks installed below the floor.
    565 lbs Suitable for use in all Malibu v-drive boats with factory rear ballast tanks installed below the floor.
    750 lbs Suitable for use in 2007-current Wakesetter VTX, 2005-current Wakesetter VLX, 2005-current Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2006-current Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
    1,100lbs 2005-current Wakesetter 23 LSV and 2006-current Wakesetter 247 LSV models.
    Malibu TankBuster Factory Wakeboard Ballast Upgrade
    Starting at $59.95
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  • Malibu Tankbuster Factory Rear Ballast Upgrade

    What it is: Malibu Tankbuster Factory Rear Ballast Upgrade

    The WakeMAKERS Malibu TankBuster Wakeboard Ballast System is designed to integrate with your factory ballast system easily, be controlled using the switches on your dash, and not require any additional effort to fill and drain. Are you tired of the above floor factory hard tanks in your Malibu wakeboard boat taking up too much storage space and not offering enough ballast? Then the Malibu TankBuster factory ballast system upgrade is your solution. Replace the factory hard tanks with our Malibu wakeboard ballast system to create a massive wakesurfing or wakeboarding wake. Instantly triple the ballast capacity in each rear corner, while at the same time restoring full use of the lockers for storage when you don't need the biggest wake possible.

    For Use In:

    This TankBuster system is designed to work with any Malibu v-drive wakeboard boat that has hard ballast tanks that installed above the floor in the rear lockers. That includes, but is not limited to, the following models:

    • 2005-08 Malibu vRide
    • 2002-04 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
    • 2002-04 Malibu Wakesetter LSV

    For specific questions on fitment, and for possible compatibility with other models, click here.

    Bag Size and Dimensions:

    • 400lbs - 42" x 16" x 16"
    • 750lbs - 50" x 20" x 20"
    • 1,100 - 50" x 24" x 24"

    Where it goes:

    The Malibu TankBuster Ballast System Upgrade takes the place of the existing factory hard tank installed in each rear locker of certain Malibu wakeboard boats. Once installed, the new ballast sac is controlled completely from the driver's seat, and uses the factory pumps and plumbing. Everything functions exactly the same as it did from the factory, but you've added a significant amount of capacity. Additionally, when the bags are empty, the entire rear locker is available, dramatically increasing the amount of storage space for gear and equipment. This kit includes everything needed for the installation, including a new ballast bag and the necessary Fly High quick connect fittings.

    Malibu TankBuster Factory Wakeboard Ballast Upgrade
    Starting at $59.95
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