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Upgrading to plug and play


stewtex2011

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Hi everyone, I have been hit with the wakesurfing bug and this past summer was very exciting with my 08 Malibu 23LSV. I have 750's in each rear locker and I am not complaining but filling up manually each time is painful. Any ideas out there to chain these bags up for potential auto fill? 

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If you're going to DIY it, there's quite a few threads on here with similar mods but the picture links are usually broken because of photobucket issues.

I went with two reversible pumps on my 2008, and then added a diverter valve to run a bow line for a bow or walkway bag.

If you go with one pump and just Y off it, you can use the existing T-plug hole but that will slow you down a bit to fill and drain two bags through the smaller hole. Both of my pumps are on dedicated thru-hulls, so it's quite a bit quicker but also more expensive, and it will take more time to install. My fill time is about 5 minutes, and drain is 6 minutes or so, and I'm very happy with the setup.

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I did mine almost exactly like NWBU and have been happy.  I think two thru hulls are the way to go.  One thing not mentioned though is the power block that helps with multiple pumps.

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You will eventually want the bow weight and this way you only need one Y.

  If you become a crew supporter you will get the Wakemakers discount which helps.

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On 12/26/2017 at 8:00 PM, NWBU said:

If you're going to DIY it, there's quite a few threads on here with similar mods but the picture links are usually broken because of photobucket issues.

I went with two reversible pumps on my 2008, and then added a diverter valve to run a bow line for a bow or walkway bag.

If you go with one pump and just Y off it, you can use the existing T-plug hole but that will slow you down a bit to fill and drain two bags through the smaller hole. Both of my pumps are on dedicated thru-hulls, so it's quite a bit quicker but also more expensive, and it will take more time to install. My fill time is about 5 minutes, and drain is 6 minutes or so, and I'm very happy with the setup.

IMG_7117.JPG

Bow fill line.JPG

Reversible_pumps.JPG

IMG_7101.JPG

Is that a 3/4" through hull or 1"?  what size (GPM) are the reversible pumps you put in?

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2 minutes ago, NiftyNeud said:

Is that a 3/4" through hull or 1"?  what size (GPM) are the reversible pumps you put in?

1” thru hulls and I don’t recall the GPM but they’re the Wakemaker pumps.

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1 minute ago, NWBU said:

1” thru hulls and I don’t recall the GPM but they’re the Wakemaker pumps.

1" ballast piping as well?? for fill and drain?  Also, where did you get that diverter valve and does the bow bag drain effectively with the reversible pump??  

Smart set up you put in there!  

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14 minutes ago, NiftyNeud said:

Anybody know how long the pumps will run without killing the battery?

Depends on the pump and how many. An impeller pump will die from running dry before a battery will go dead. An aerator can run for a day before the battery goes dead. 3-4 aerators could run for hours before a good battery gets low. 

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19 minutes ago, NiftyNeud said:

Is that a 3/4" through hull or 1"?  what size (GPM) are the reversible pumps you put in?

Its the Johnson Ultra Ballast @ 720 GPH. 

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for fill and drain?  

Reversible pump plumbing serves as both

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1 hour ago, NiftyNeud said:

Also, where did you get that diverter valve and does the bow bag drain effectively with the reversible pump??  

Smart set up you put in there!  

Yes, the bow bag drained well with that setup. Here’s the valve- http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/Water_Waste_Valves-Forespar_Marelon_Y_Valves.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwrj77NXt3AIVgb9kCh0CyQe_EAQYCiABEgIwhPD_BwE

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