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Anyone have experience installing a Malibu Depth Finder


Irish

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Anyone have any experience in installing a Malibu Depth finder? I have an '07 iRide, and was hoping to install a Malibu depth finder that would hook right into my dash to use with the on-screen Malibu display. When the system starts up, there is a "spot" for the depth finder information, but my boat was not equipped with one. Any thoughts? What part to order? How to? Thanks.

Irish

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you need a puck and a module. Bakesonline.com has what you need. Call and explain and they'll get you both parts.

IIRC cost was about $375. Which sucks when you see other gauges out there for $99... but if you want it to be factory....

Install is not bad. The puck is epoxied into the bilge (though I read a tip on here a few weeks ago about using silicone instead). The puck has a wire that needs to be run up the stringer to the dash. Mine comes out behind the driver's kick panel. From there you run the wire up underneath your gauges. The wire plugs into the module that you also need to buy. The module plugs directly into an open plug underneath the dash. The module also needs to be fed switched power (hot when you turn the key) and ground.

For me the whole process took about 1:15, but :40 of that was trying to get the wire through the hole in the floor underneath the dash. That hole was already filled with a bunch of ballast hoses and was CRAZY tight. Ended up hosing everything down with dish detergent and doing a whole lot of swearing. The rest of the install was crazy simple and straightforward.

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Have you checked to see if you already have a transducer (puck) already installed? I have a 2008 V-ride that didn't come with a depth guage as an option, but it already had the transducer mounted and wire run. Take a look under the boat for a black shiny disk/puck that is flush with the bottom of the hull. My transducer is approximately in line with my rear seats on the port side of the boat. I might have just got lucky, but it's worth taking a look.

If the transducer is already installed, you will simply need to purchase the module to send a signal to your dash. The installation is really easy as described above. I think the module costs around $225 - $250.

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