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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 2:33 PM Reply   
I recently completed the Fresh Air Exhaust (FAE) upgrade on our 2007 Malibu V-Ride with floating wedge.

Pros: Our goal was to reduce the engine noise. It 100% accomplishes this goal, we can have a conversation in the boat talking at a normal level at wakeboard speed. Riders can hear the tunes from the Wetsounds better while riding.

Cons: The install was a bit tricker than I thought it would be. If you own a drill press you will be fine, if not find someone that does,(it will go much smoother).

Here are some pictures:
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Old    Tim (dezul)      Join Date: Jul 2012       11-17-2013, 3:47 PM Reply   
I didnt need a drill press to drill the holes in the tubing. Using a hack saw to cut that tubing was a pain though. Well worth it. I loved my FAE.
Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:01 PM Reply   
More pictures. Not sure if it's because I'm posting from iPhone, but the photo upload on this site sucks!
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:03 PM Reply   
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:06 PM Reply   
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:07 PM Reply   
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:09 PM Reply   
Picture 5. Width measurement
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:11 PM Reply   
Picture 6: overall length back from transom
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 7:13 PM Reply   
Picture of length of vertical all thread bolt
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Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-17-2013, 8:01 PM Reply   
Overall we are really happy with the FAE upgrade, it's reduced the noise level considerably. I would recommend it!

(I would strongly recommend you locate a drill press, and grinder or chop saw before starting it will greatly speed up the project).

Hope this helps anyone else thinking about this upgrade.

We have surfed, slalomed and wake boarded since the install and wakes are all unaffected.
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Old    Nikolas Dramountanis (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       11-17-2013, 8:55 PM Reply   
Thanks for the review. I was on the fence.... But this helped push me over it
Old    Swatguy (xstarrider)      Join Date: Jun 2007       11-18-2013, 12:09 AM Reply   
Will never own another boat without one. 4 boats all with FAE


Side note.

Get some oil on that teak pronto.

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