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Power Wedge Actuator Replacement / Modifications

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Love2Ride

I had an actuator on my power wedge die last year. It's not a huge deal because I never use it, but it still bugs the crap out of me to have a non-working item on my boat. So, in lieu of spending the $450 to replace BOTH of the actuators, I was thinking about other options.

I am contemplating NOT replacing the broken actuator and fabricating a bracket for both connection points and only using ONE actuator. I haven't done the calculations yet to determine the forces on the actuator, or had a conversation with Lenco about the limitations of their actuators. But I would have to imagine that Malibu had performed these calcs and determined that TWO actuators were necessary. However, I'm willing to bet that the reason two are necessary is so the wedge can move while the boat is underway. If this is indeed the case, I will not need both actuators because IF I decide to put the wedge down, because I never move the wedge while underway. I know this will be different when it comes to resale, and I would fix it back to factory at that point (if that ever happens).

Just wanted to get this thread started and get anyone's opinion. I'll be doing some calculations and having discussions with Lenco here soon.

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Kalamazoo

not your answer, but you don't use it? do you surf? wakeboard?

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geogilbert

He almost exclusively Wakeboards. Matter of fact I am not sure if he even owns a surfboard, if he does it is quite dusty.

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Love2Ride

George is correct, I don't own a surfboard!

I have found that the 2005-2008 hull makes the best wake (for my riding style) with a lot of weight, and no wedge. The only time I foresee putting it down is to surf or for a more beginner/intermediate person who wants to use it.

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