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bbattiste247

2017 23 LSV FAE Review

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bbattiste247

I am very pleased with the results of my Fresh Air Exhaust. Although I purchased it in March, I just put it on yesterday and it did not take long to install at all. Once I knew what I was doing, the installation was very easy. One of the reasons I didn't put it on for several months was that I was afraid there would be too many side effects and I wouldn't like it. But, no it works just as they say it would. 

PROS

No more visible exhaust.

It is quieter while surfing. I can hear the music much more clearly and it doesn't need to be super loud. Although, the cabin noise did not change and may even be just a little louder. 

Very easy to install! Don't hesitate because it is easy to do and I had confidence that I did it correctly. No problems today and we were out all day. 

Economical - I think I will put it on my next Malibu rather than purchasing the Bu surfpipe.

Looks good.

SIDE EFFECTS

Loss of power, but very little. It did not increase the RPMs, but it was more difficult to reach some surf speeds while loaded down and 4-5 people in the boat. 

Slight bit of spray on surf wave, but did not effect or change it at all.

Significant amount of spray behind boat while pulling a wakeboarder at 22 mph. If they ride a short rope, it may interfere with their path. Not a big deal for us since we mainly surf.

 

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23LSVOwner

FAE or the Malibu Surf Pipe?

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ORMailbuboater

Pictures please!   I have the Bu surf pipe on my 16.  No complaints.  Do not see the spray issues you are referring to.    Agree with the pros.  Love having the surf pipe. 

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teamerickson

Love the surf pipe / FAE! Sooooo much better experience!

I would prefer to get the Malibu surf pipe with the boat. After discounts it's just a little more then FAE and you get the 5 year warranty. Plus, now with PW3, it's even more concealed. :thumbup:

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23LSVOwner
6 minutes ago, teamerickson said:

Love the surf pipe / FAE! Sooooo much better experience!

I would prefer to get the Malibu surf pipe with the boat. After discounts it's just a little more then FAE and you get the 5 year warranty. Plus, now with PW3, it's even more concealed. :thumbup:

It does look damn sweet with the new PW.

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teamerickson
2 minutes ago, 23LSVOwner said:

It does look damn sweet with the new PW.

Oh, I forgot. I think surfpipe is standard with the PW3 now? I don't even think you can opt-out of surfpipe?

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23LSVOwner
8 minutes ago, teamerickson said:

Oh, I forgot. I think surfpipe is standard with the PW3 now? I don't even think you can opt-out of surfpipe?

Correct.

 

If the boat gets the PW3, it has the SP.

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Nitrousbird

Surf pipe is a better design than the FAE.  Spray is a problem, which is why I created a surf mat for my boat, as it destroyed the surf wave.

As for power, do a muffler delete and that will help.  

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1proscoe
34 minutes ago, Nitrousbird said:

Surf pipe is a better design than the FAE.  Spray is a problem, which is why I created a surf mat for my boat, as it destroyed the surf wave.

As for power, do a muffler delete and that will help.  

How much does that increase the noise?

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Nitrousbird
7 minutes ago, 1proscoe said:

How much does that increase the noise?

Not at all.  Some say it is quieter - I thought it was the same.  

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Fman

FWIW I installed a Malibu surf pipe on a 2016 LSV.  When you convert to the surf pipe from the standard exhaust you remove the baffle in the exhaust to a straight open pipe.  You actually get better flow up the actual pipe than without the surf pipe.  The baffle indmar uses on standard exhaust is quite constrictive.  After seeing the entire exhaust dismantled I will say my gut tells me you might get better flow with a Malibu surf pipe over the standard exhaust.

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23LSVOwner
On 7/20/2018 at 8:15 PM, Nitrousbird said:

Surf pipe is a better design than the FAE.  Spray is a problem, which is why I created a surf mat for my boat, as it destroyed the surf wave.

As for power, do a muffler delete and that will help.  

All factory 'bu surf pipes have the muffler deleted. There is too much back pressure if you keep the muffler on it.

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bbattiste247
2 hours ago, 23LSVOwner said:

All factory 'bu surf pipes have the muffler deleted. There is too much back pressure if you keep the muffler on it.

Is a muffler delete a fairly easy process?

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23LSVOwner
47 minutes ago, bbattiste247 said:

Is a muffler delete a fairly easy process?

Yep. Just unhook the clamps and pull it out. Section of exhaust hose goes straight from the engine side pipe to the flange on the surf pipe.

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