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Old     (blondesrule)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-12-2008, 8:25 PM Reply   
I am looking at possibly purchasing a V-Ride 05 not currently equipped with a wedge and wakeboard racks. The transom has the factory bracket, but no wedge. How much am I looking at spending on a wedge and malibu wakeboard racks?
Old    Clint (ttuclint)      Join Date: Sep 2003       05-12-2008, 8:59 PM Reply   
skip the wedge and load it with ballast bags.
Old    scott clark (snwmot)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-12-2008, 9:32 PM Reply   
2nd what clint said the wedge is TOTALLY overrated! sack it out and you got a sick wake
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       05-12-2008, 9:39 PM Reply   
The wedge is a must for some of the malibu hulls, but for this one, I agree, weight it down heavy.
Old    dhcomp (dhcomp)      Join Date: Jun 2003       05-12-2008, 10:19 PM Reply   
I disagree. For intermediate wakeboarding, you can't beat teh ease of use of the wedge. Not everyone needs a MASSIVE wedge, and even if that is what you want, the wedge is a good place to start.
Old    Gene Williams (gene3x)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-13-2008, 5:37 AM Reply   
Is it crazy expensive to put a power wedge on aftermarket or can it even be done?
Old     matt c (curtisco24)      Join Date: Dec 2005       05-13-2008, 6:04 AM Reply   
for that hull the wedge makes it worse it my opinion. As stated above load it up and wake is great. Wedge on that boat makes a bucking, unpredictable wake.
Old    VLX Envy (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-13-2008, 6:42 AM Reply   
If it has the plate already, its around $4-600. Some people like what the wedge does and others do not. I would try to find one to ride behind first. Some people like the ability to add/remove 1000 pounds in an instant.
Old    Clay (cla10beck)      Join Date: Dec 2007       05-13-2008, 6:58 AM Reply   
To answer your question, if you already have the transom bracket, you are looking probably $250-$400 for the wedge only. There is one for sale on Ebay right now. Also you want the bent wedge for the vride, old vlx hull.

From my experience, if using the wedge, you need more weight up front to mellow it out a little.
Old    Jason (loonytik)      Join Date: Apr 2008       05-13-2008, 7:31 AM Reply   
Ballast Bags and pumps. Dont worry about the wedge.
Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       05-13-2008, 7:33 AM Reply   
blonde - you can buy a brand new one from your local Malibu dealer for $500. This is for the lower half of the wedge only (must already have mounting bracket on transom)

Might be able to find a used one cheap on ebay, craigslist etc as others have said.

it will greatly increase the gas consumption on your Vride. i ride no wedge on my Vride and wake it pretty sic still.
Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       05-13-2008, 7:36 AM Reply   
Malibu (custom 30 degree angle) wakeboard racks are $550.00 each new from your local Malibu dealer.
Old    Rich (rson)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-13-2008, 7:58 AM Reply   
Blonde, your hull is based off the previous VLX Hull. It responds the best to a single 6-800 pound sac in the nose, MLS and no wedge. You will get a great rampy wake. If you want more vertical add more weight to the rear.

Gene, the powerwedge is only available when the boat is made due to minor differences in the mounting and electrical.

(Message edited by rson on May 13, 2008)
Old    Scotty D (jinxton)      Join Date: Mar 2002       05-13-2008, 8:25 AM Reply   
I have the same boat you are looking at, I put a 600# sack in the bow and you get a great wake. I rarely use the wedge.
Old     (malibudude)      Join Date: Feb 2001       05-13-2008, 12:16 PM Reply   
Gene,

The power wedge can't be added after the fact.

My buddies '03 has 750's in the rear, 600 in the front and the wedge the produces a sweet wake!
Old    bob (retrow)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-13-2008, 12:20 PM Reply   
We have an 07 vRide, with a power wedge. I tend to like the wedge alot, with the stock ballast its quick and easy. Althou, without any ballast filled, the wedge full-up can get so steep, i slammed my nose through the wake while trying a normal w2w jump, got skyrocketed up high and landed straight on the back. So, the wedge makes the wake a little higher, but certainly steeper, you just need to find the correct balance between ballast/wedge and your wake is just awesome :-)
Old    Brooke (dizzyg)      Join Date: May 2005       05-14-2008, 1:04 PM Reply   
another vote to weight it down, we hardly ever use our wedge. Got it for resale only.
Old    Jason Callen (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       05-14-2008, 7:32 PM Reply   
the wedge on the v-ride makes a super steep wake that almost curls over at the top. much steeper than almost every boat out there. its like hitting a brick wall. you go straight up and straight down. makes it hard to do alot of tricks. if you want more wake out of it use fat sacks. i dont know your experience or riding ability but since your are asking this question and dont know already chances are you should have plenty of wake with the factory ballast.
Old     matt c (curtisco24)      Join Date: Dec 2005       05-15-2008, 7:35 AM Reply   
new wedge 07 up is an idea if it will fit the bracket. It is free floating, and gives a much more predictable wake.
Old    Tim Satre (tsat)      Join Date: Apr 2004       05-15-2008, 10:39 AM Reply   
hey I have a malibu wedge in the box I will sell you find out what they cost and we can work a deal!

tsatre@charter.net
Old    08 Malibu VLX Silva (ksilva)      Join Date: Mar 2008       05-18-2008, 5:42 PM Reply   
Looking to buy a Malibu Sunscape LSV with only the power wedge... How is the wake with this boat using only the wedge? NO BALLAST
Old    Alex Murry (tripleup)      Join Date: Apr 2004       05-18-2008, 6:19 PM Reply   
you can buy mine I took it off in 05 and it ahs sat in the garage ever since

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