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Tyger

Power wedge broke!

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Tyger

I know people have lots of different problems and come here to complain about customer service, but I wanted to share a positive experience. Earlier this year I was pulling up a surfer and I felt the boat kind of shudder. It wasn't major and it could have been easily missed. The next thing was that I had to counter steer a lot to keep boat moving straight. I thought maybe what happened was that the rudder came loose or slipped.

So we stopped, I got out the googles and took a look. What we saw was this:

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The reason I had to countersteer was because the wedge was down at an angle and was turing the boat one way, so I had to turn the rudder the opposite to compensate.

The left weld on the wedge simply failed. It would be easy for Malibu to just say I hit something and it was damaged. However, the wedge had popped straight down not back and there wasn't a nick or scratch anywhere. If I hit something hard enough to break it, there would have been a pretty massive ding in the wedge and it would have twisted backwards.

Malibu and my dealer stood behind their product and took care of the problem. It took awhile to get the part, but Stella is back in shape and we went out this weekend.

I had searched the forum for any similar experiences the same day it broke and didn't find any, so I was worried. I mainly wanted to post this for future reference in case something similar happens people can find this thread.

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Jimmypooh

When did they start welding the wedge instead of bolting them? Mine is a 06 PW and has 3 stainless bolts on each arms.

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Tyger

I don't remember, but others have posted the year. From what I gather the bolts had a tendency to sheer off easily. Since this is the only case of the weld breaking my dealer (or I think the factory) had ever heard of, it's obvious better to weld.

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Jimmypooh

I remember seeing wedges with 2 bolts on each arm breaking but not the ones with 3 bolts. hmm.

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yabetcha

I believe they started welding the power wedge in 2007. The power wedge was introduced in 2006 and this year was the only one with bolts.

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Waldrop911

Same exact thing happened to me today!! Same weld and all!

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