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Old    Tim Satre (tsat)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-09-2007, 5:03 PM Reply   
Anyone know how to order a new wedge for my 2003 malibu wakesetter?
Old    Jerm I. Side (jermiside)      Join Date: Jun 2007       09-09-2007, 5:51 PM Reply   
You could start by contacting the dealership that you bought your BU from. Or the closest BU dealer if you bought from an individual.

I thought the wedge had 2 bolts, one on each side. Did you loose both @ the same time?
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       09-09-2007, 6:03 PM Reply   
I have been in 2 Malibu's when that has happened.
Old     matt c (curtisco24)      Join Date: Dec 2005       09-09-2007, 6:34 PM Reply   
I've been in several and never seen it happen. Man just call your dealer, and they will give you a new one.
Old    scott clark (snwmot)      Join Date: Sep 2006       09-09-2007, 6:35 PM Reply   
the wedge has 4 bolts did it just rip the wedge off or the entire backing plate contact malibu directly it'll be cheaper and u'll get faster results because that's a HUGE warranty claim u should not have to pay a penny.
Old    Matt Heil (wakestar517)      Join Date: Jun 2006       09-09-2007, 6:43 PM Reply   
There is one for sale in the acc. thred don't know if it is still available or not tho. but I would check with BU or the dealer first for warranty.
Old    Charley Carvalho (wakeeater)      Join Date: May 2002       09-09-2007, 7:29 PM Reply   
theres for bolts holding the wedge plate on put only 2 or one (can't remember) actually holding its on plus the 2 pins. or 4 if the bottom snapped off.

should definetly be a warranty issue
Old    Greg w (whitie)      Join Date: Jul 2004       09-09-2007, 8:06 PM Reply   
Is it the allen screws that snapped holding the foil? that is most common
Old     matt c (curtisco24)      Join Date: Dec 2005       09-10-2007, 5:59 AM Reply   
Dude you know good and well to call your dealer nice try.
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-10-2007, 6:04 AM Reply   
The two allen head bolts on the left strut came out of mine and the wedge swung out and got all bent up. Really sucked. I am in the process of fixing it right now.
Old    Buzz (buzz_grande)      Join Date: Mar 2004       09-10-2007, 9:43 AM Reply   
Just like a car, bike, or whatever, you should check these and other critical bolts once in a while to make sure they have not loosened up over time. I check mine on a regular basis. Pretty much preventable. If they fell out, they were probably loose for a while. If they broke off, that's a different story. As far as where to get another one, the dealer is about the only choice, unless you want to buy a used one from someone.
Old    Sparky Jay (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       09-10-2007, 5:47 PM Reply   
Friend of mine busted three on his VLX and it wasn't preventable. We determined on our own that the bolts were not seating all the way down. They were a few thousandths too long.
Old    Jeremy Dembinski (wakeskate1980)      Join Date: Sep 2007       09-13-2007, 10:28 AM Reply   
loctite and checking them periodically will keep that from ever happening again. if they were the bolts holding the plate to the struts
Old    Nick C (wakedude83)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-13-2007, 11:05 AM Reply   
When I had my Malibu, I broke 4 of them in a year without hitting anything or doing anything wrong.

EDIT: You can get a new one free from your dealer I'm sure. That's what I had to keep doing. It ruined some nice days for riding though.

(Message edited by wakedude83 on September 13, 2007)
Old    Tim Satre (tsat)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-20-2007, 9:19 PM Reply   
the local dealer said we had to pay 500 bucks because it was a 2003 so my partner called factory direct and we had to pay the shipping to get the rest of the pieces to them and they are going to fix/replace it. thanks guys
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-21-2007, 5:29 AM Reply   
Wait - what? Malibu is covering this problem?
Old    Byrd (byrd)      Join Date: Dec 2005       09-21-2007, 6:15 AM Reply   
Everyone but you, Dreevs, lol...
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-21-2007, 6:27 AM Reply   
I havent even tried to fix mine yet. Its just all bent up laying in my spare room. My wife whacked her toe on it yesterday - reminding me rather quickly that I have to fix "that stupid !@#$%^ damn @#$%^& piece of metal laying on the floor"!
Old    HH99 (headhunter)      Join Date: Jun 2007       09-21-2007, 6:30 AM Reply   
Didn't some kid get hit with a wedge in Cali?
Old    MIKE V (madvlin)      Join Date: Jun 2007       09-21-2007, 10:15 AM Reply   
this has happened to one of my buddies also. that wedge is crap!
Old    Nick C (wakedude83)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-21-2007, 11:50 AM Reply   
Don't try to fix it! Get a new one! You could get some nickel screws instead of those flimsy screws that hold it together. I ended up doing that and it didn't break again. I had to have a machine shop make them though and put it together.
Old    Anthonyv911 (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       09-21-2007, 1:09 PM Reply   
Buy a Centurion, lol
Old    Timothy (timmy)      Join Date: Jul 2001       09-21-2007, 1:20 PM Reply   
Ted,

Your local dealer will charge you for it, I am certain of this because I just bought one from them last year after a turtle swam in the path of my wedge and bent my struts. Also, they made me order the entire assembly and not just the arms.
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-21-2007, 1:59 PM Reply   
A turtle? As in the green thing with flippers?
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-21-2007, 2:15 PM Reply   
Blaze that was funny I'm ROFL.
Old    Timothy (timmy)      Join Date: Jul 2001       09-21-2007, 2:24 PM Reply   
Yes Ted, it was up at a lake near Gainesville. Many turtles there.
Old    Ridin Dirty (duffy)      Join Date: Feb 2006       09-21-2007, 2:34 PM Reply   
Hey my wedge fell off to a while back. I think we should start a club for this. The new one that they put on is a lot more durable than the old one, it take two of us to put it up or down!Moore piss poor quality, back to the dealership... Ill tell you thank god Malibu has a good warranty because Ive used the hell out of it.
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-21-2007, 2:36 PM Reply   
I know they had a bad batch of bolts up into mid 06, after that it seems the problem went away.
Old    Patrick (jetskiprosx)      Join Date: Aug 2004       09-21-2007, 4:51 PM Reply   
It happened to ours a year or so ago.

Malibu doesn't put the old wedge on their boats anymore. They only offer the FF wedge and power wedge which don't have bolts because its all welded together. I haven't heard of any of the new wedges breaking.
Old    scooter (spherren)      Join Date: Aug 2005       09-21-2007, 5:01 PM Reply   
What do they replace it with if your boat is still under warranty?
Old    Patrick (jetskiprosx)      Join Date: Aug 2004       09-21-2007, 5:11 PM Reply   
Scotter - They will replace it with the original one that came on your boat. However, you may be able to talk to your dealer and pay the difference to get the FF wedge.
Old    Becky Tetzlaff (beckywi)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-22-2007, 8:12 PM Reply   
Ours ('05) v-ride- busted off on only one side this season. We noticed it when the boat just didn't want to go right for some reason It totally torqued the whole wedge with stress wear on the opposite side, etc. We took it into the dealership and got the same story- That there was a bunch of bad bolts that went through the manufacturer and no way to track- so Malibu replaced ours with a new one, no questions asked. We kinda hoped ours would accidentally be replaced with a polished one- didn't happen ;) Interestingly, our original wedge only had two bolts on each side, new one has three....
Old    rick ator (mkperceptions)      Join Date: Jan 2007       09-23-2007, 6:48 PM Reply   
how do you get a bad batch of bolts LOL I have heard of this happening alot. If the lug nuts on your car fell off and the manufacturer said "we had a bad batch of bolts" I don't quite think that would cut it.
Old    Nick C (wakedude83)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-24-2007, 12:35 PM Reply   
Bad batch of bolts is what Malibu kept telling me. Everytime I got a new one they said that this one had the "good" bolts. And then I broke it again. And again. And again... And every time they were telling me it was a bad set of bolts. Something wasn't right there.
Old    Billy (woreout)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-24-2007, 12:50 PM Reply   
I heard they had led paint on the bolts also.
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-24-2007, 1:08 PM Reply   
Billy what do you mean, the bolts were made out of the finest pot-metal money can buy...
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-24-2007, 1:27 PM Reply   
LED paint - did it glow?
Old    Billy (woreout)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-24-2007, 1:29 PM Reply   
Lead/Led WTF its all Chinese. Too bad it doesnt glow it would be easier to find on the bottom of the lake.
dreevs when are you coming back down here?

(Message edited by woreout on September 24, 2007)
Old    Ted Dreaver (dreevs)      Join Date: Jul 2002       09-25-2007, 5:46 AM Reply   
I figured Id see you at Silver Glen on the 6th? Your safe, I havent fixed my wedge yet so it shouldnt break off while your around.

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