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  • 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.

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    Our Malibu Wakesetter Ballast Upgrades provide you with everything needed to easily integrate fat sacs into the MLS ballast tanks.

  • Malibu HI FLO Plug N Play Ballast System Explained (UPDATED)

    If you purchase a US manufactured 2013-2015 Malibu or Axis that has a built date later than January 1st. 2013 it will have the most up to date Hi Flo PnP (Plug N' Play) system. The system is very simple and with the new Malibu/Axis hard tank design also a lot more efficient.

    How it works:
    The fill line from the pump runs up into a 1-1/8" hose barbed wye. One hose continues down into the hard tank and the other runs into the rear compartment. The PNP hose that runs into the compartment is connected to a plastic valve. This valve can be closed if you only want to fill the stock ballast system and not the auxiliary system. The fitting Malibu and Axis use in the end of the hose is lame. It is an 1-1/8" hose barb with a 3/4" male thread that is capped off. I would tell everyone to get rid of it for a W743 and W746 combination quick connect.


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    The bag does not have a vent on top so air can get trapped without anywhere to go which might decrease the overall capacity. Once the bag does reach it's capacity, water will overflow down into the hard tank. Speaking of the drain port... There are two new ports in the top of the hard tank for the bag to gravity drain into. One short section of hose runs from the front of the compartment to the bottom of the bag and another short section of hose runs from the rear of the compartment into a second port on the back side of the bag. (Bags used with the Hi Flo Malibu Plug and Play need drain ports on both sides). The bag will drain better but the system will still rely on gravity which has always been the complaint of the older generation WakeMakers Malibu Piggy Back Upgrade.

    In a nut shell the system is good (not great) and inexpensive which is hard to say for any Malibu product these days. Looks to me like any of the new 2013 Straight Line Ballast bags will work on the latest generation of Malibu Plug and Play as long as you use an elbow quick connect fitting (Fly High W746) on the top. When the bag fills to capacity you don't want that hose to get kinked. Fly High also offers a line of 2013 Plug N Play bags with the required additional ports for draining.

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    Axis Plug and Play Ballast Bag Fitment Guide:

    Axis Year / Model Rear Locker Bag Bow Storage Bag
    2014-2015 A24 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bow Bag
    2014-2015 T22 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo Triangle Open Bow Sac
    2015 A22 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bow Bag
    2013-2014 A22 Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag Straight Line Sumo Axis Bow Bag
    2013-2015 A20 Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag Straight Line Sumo Axis Bow Bag

    Malibu Plug and Play Ballast Bag Fitment Guide:

    Malibu Year / Model Rear Locker Bag (Best Fit) Rear Locker Bag (Conformed Fit)
    2013-2015 Wakesetter VTX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
    2013-2015 Wakesetter 20 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
    2013-2014 Wakesetter VLX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2015 Wakesetter 22 VLX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2013-2015 Wakesetter 22 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2013 Wakesetter 23 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2014-2015 Wakesetter 23 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2013-2015 Wakesetter 247 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2013-2015 Wakesetter 24 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
    2013-2015 vRide 21 Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
    2013-2015 vRide 23 Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag

     

    2013+ Malibu Plug and Play Compatible Ballast Bags:

    Eight.3 Malibu 550 Plug and Play Bag
    Straight Line Sumo V Sac (600 lbs)
    Straight Line Sumo V Sac (750 lbs)
    Straight Line Sumo V-Surf Sac (900 lbs)

  • Anticipated 2013 Malibu 20 MXZ Wakesetter Unveiled

    If you could have the perfect small family boat what would it be? The Malibu 20 MXZ (Little Giant) is the one for me. I need ample ballast and the best interior layout. Smaller boats take less weight to displace more of the hull creating a bigger wake with less effort. This is especially nice when you are out with a handful of people on a regular basis or live on a restricted private body of water such as Lake Oswego in Oregon.

    Malibu has developed that boat for 2013. The new Malibu 20 MXZ is exactly what customers have been asking for. A boat that gives you similar space to the Malibu VLX but is shorter in length. MXZ 20 will still have the bells and whistles you are accustom to.

    This is the ultimate cross over when loaded with Plug n' Play Ballast and the all new SurfGate device. Take a slalom set in the morning, followed by a wakeboard pull then when you are getting tired jump on the surf board. What side? Doesn't matter as that can be changed in seconds. Nothing can stop this new boat in the Malibu line from taking over it's category.

    Malibu Wakesurf Ballast

    (Malibu Boats, TN) The all-new WAKESETTER 20 MXZ is for those who love to wakeboard and wakesurf and are looking for the numerous advantages of a 20-foot boat including responsiveness, easy garage storage and trailer-ability.

    Completing the trio of the MXZ series, the 20 MXZ is sure to find its place based on the popularity of the already-proven 22 and 24 MXZ. Riders on small lakes or rivers will definitely appreciate this small boat that delivers a big punch.

    With the largest bow/cockpit combination in the 20-foot water sport boat market, and luxurious amenities, every inch of the 20 MXZ is MaXimiZed for the ultimate day on the water. You’ll also find several features not found in other 20-foot boats including a comfortable rear lounge at the stern, highest capacity rating and tallest freeboard (waterline to main deck).

    This premium wake boat can be summed up in two words: LITTLE GIANT.

  • 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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