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Ceesub

Fixed Wedge Needed - 2004 LSV

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Ceesub

Was out riding this weekend and the foil on my fixed wedge came unbolted while deployed. Not sure exactly what happened, but somehow on one side (port) of the wedge all the countersunk allen bolts sheared off! I checked them all at the beginning of the season and all seemed in order, but none the less, they sheared off. As a result, the down-arm on the side that didn't shear bent at about 90 degrees. I have a friend trying to bend it back, but I am not sure that it will be possible. Does anyone know where I might get a replacement down-arm or a new wedge assembly for my 2004 LSV? I don't need the boat mount, and really don't want to convert to a floating wedge, but would rather just fix or replace what I have. Thanks in advance!

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gahvey

This is a known issue with wedge's that have 2 bolts per arm.  They did an upgrade to 3 per side which seemed to fix the problems.  Bakes has replacements on their page:

https://www.bakesonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=1692

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95echelon
2 hours ago, Ceesub said:

Was out riding this weekend and the foil on my fixed wedge came unbolted while deployed. Not sure exactly what happened, but somehow on one side (port) of the wedge all the countersunk allen bolts sheared off! I checked them all at the beginning of the season and all seemed in order, but none the less, they sheared off. As a result, the down-arm on the side that didn't shear bent at about 90 degrees. I have a friend trying to bend it back, but I am not sure that it will be possible. Does anyone know where I might get a replacement down-arm or a new wedge assembly for my 2004 LSV? I don't need the boat mount, and really don't want to convert to a floating wedge, but would rather just fix or replace what I have. Thanks in advance!

Call the Malibu dealer in coldwater Michigan. They had one in eBay a week ago. They might still have it. 

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goodmatt78

Mine needs replaced.  Bakes shows the manual wedge specific to diamond hull only.....it this the same as the VLX (V25) wake hull design.

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Romi

I have one from 2005 LSV. If your interested i can get some pictures if you want.  I converted to a chrome one after a year of use.

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kerpluxal

If you know someone with CNC machine, I have the the whole wedge (foil and arms) in autocad.. If you want to cut them out and drill the holes I have the pdf printouts of the cad drawings. Whatever route you take on fixing your problem.. have the arms welded to the foil and this will never happen again.. that was my solution after 3 incidences ;)

If you want the drawings pm me

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Nitrousbird

Common issue with the fixed wedge. 

If you decide to buy new, just bite the bullet and convert to a floater. The bracket swap is super easy as it is the same holes and backing plate...4 bolts and a little sealant you will be good to go.  Reselling the old bracket will make back part of the cost of the new one.  

Fixed and floating wedge units new are about the same price.  Just doesn't make sense to buy a new fixed wedge - you are basically upgrading to a floater for only a couple hundred out of pocket. Now used...Go for it. 

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goodmatt78
On 2/13/2017 at 5:29 PM, kerpluxal said:

If you know someone with CNC machine, I have the the whole wedge (foil and arms) in autocad.. If you want to cut them out and drill the holes I have the pdf printouts of the cad drawings. Whatever route you take on fixing your problem.. have the arms welded to the foil and this will never happen again.. that was my solution after 3 incidences ;)

If you want the drawings pm me

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goodmatt78
On 2/13/2017 at 4:33 PM, Romi said:

I have one from 2005 LSV. If your interested i can get some pictures if you want.  I converted to a chrome one after a year of use.

interested...pm sent

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AJwakedevil

had same happen to me. bakes is good, I got lucky tho when I posted on here and @Nutoz sent me a spare arm. Bending back takes quite some work to get it to return to perfect form.

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Gavin17

How does the floating wedge work?

Nevermind, I searched. 

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