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About jonthefireman

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    2008 Malibu 247 LSV

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    Austin, TX

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  1. Thanks brother, made a huge difference! All in all, I think I could have replaced the filter socks and the pressure regulator first and re-checked, but the extra cost seemed negligible and while I had it all apart I just pulled the trigger.
  2. LONG post, I apologize in advance but I wanted to be thorough. So, I have been experiencing some poor engine performance which I suspected was fuel related in my '08 Wakesetter. I picked the boat up around 6 months ago and I have spent the entire winter tuning, replacing, and improving almost everything. I haven't gotten into the fuel system until now, I've been going out more since the weather has warmed. Most of the issues are at idle and low speed, it just didn't seem to be running real well although would run decent at WOT. After doing the homework, I learned that Malibu made a change mid 2008 in fuel pumps going from the Gen2 to a Gen3 in tank pump. The main difference between the two boiled down to an integration of the fuel pressure regulator into the delivery port, thus making the Gen 3 "maintenance" free. The pumps both are spec'd to deliver 60psi constant pressure, so after a trip to my local Auto Zone to borrow a pressure test gauge, I figured out my old Gen2 pump just wasn't getting the job done. Arguably it could have been just a bad pressure regulator, which are still available for the old Gen2 pump, and it could have been the filter socks or a combination of all the above. However, given summer is around the corner, I just decided to bite the bullet and replace the complete pump. Given the boat is 12, the original pump definitely did it's job for many, many years. Changing the pump was decently easy, it takes much longer to remove access panels than it does to swap them out. First step is to remove the U bend panel, which is a handful of screws and 4 joiner plates. Once those are out, the U bend comes right out. Next, remove the floorboard/tank cover by removing two screws towards the front of the panel. You should now have complete access to the pump. If you find 12 years of nasty, you might take a minute to clean that up. Next step is to relieve any pressure remaining in the fuel system. To do this, unfortunately you'll need to remove the intake plenum to access the relief valve. Had I known prior exactly where the valve was located, I might could have used a long screwdriver to depress the stem without removing the plenum. However, I had no idea how much pressure and or fuel was going to escape, so off it came. If your tackling this project you more than likely know how to remove the plenum (6 allen bolts), so I'm not going to elaborate. Long story short, there was the smallest amount of pressure behind the valve and it barely expelled any fuel. Once that's complete, remove the electrical connection on the old pump by lifting the lock tab and pulling it out, move to the side. Next, you'll need to remove the stainless hose clamp on the fuel line. These clamps can be hell to release, and while not the safest method I ended up using a Dremel and very gingerly cut the band enough that I could pop it loose with some needle nose pliers. Next is releasing the line itself, which you will need a fuel line release tool. Luckily, I've had one for years but their available at any auto parts store. Use the 7/16 tool to depress the tabs and release the line. There will be fuel in the line, so keep it elevated and move to the side. Next, remove all the 3/16 allen bolts holding in the old pump. The pump is actually mounted on two springs, so the old pump will quickly pop up from the tank once all bolts are out. Carefully remove the pump and hopefully you thought ahead to burn down the tank to almost empty. I opted to replace the tank gasket, you may or may not depending on how old yours is. I was actually surprised how nice the old gasket looked, guessing the PO must have changed it at some point. Carefully put the new pump in, and basically reverse every step until your back in business. NOTE: I did have one issue with the electrical connection on the new pump. There is a small ground spade on the top of the Gen3 fuel pressure port which is NOT on the older Gen2. After doing some research, I learned that the electrical connection on newer boats came with a 5th wire separate from the actual plug which attaches to the ground spade. I had to splice into one of the two ground wires on the plug harness and run a separate wire to the spade. No big deal, but if you don't have wire and spades handy you'll have to go to the store. End result is a complete success. Truly night and day difference in the way the boat runs, it was quickly obvious that the old pump was not delivering 60psi at any point.
  3. Thanks brother. From what I've seen of your trailer, it looks like it's in MUCH better shape than mine. This thing is pretty rough, the PO just let it sit.
  4. I'm sure they do, I'm gonna go to West Marine and see what options I have. Worst case, I'll cut the mount tabs and just extend them up. Yep, welder I am NOT! One skill I would love to learn.
  5. A little love for the trailer, which is not in as great a shape as the boat. Previous owner had the boat in a slip so the trailer just sat out in the brutal TX weather. I regret not taking more photos during the actual construction, I would be happy to answer any questions if anyone wants info. A local marina on Lake Travis was kind enough to allow me to rent a slip for the day in order to get the boat off the trailer. I considered launching, anchoring out, and doing the work in the parking lot but I figured $50 was money well spent in order to have access to all my tools. There were a couple of issues that I wanted to try and resolve, one the PO had cut part of the trailer prop protection loose because he was worried about clearance. Instead of cutting and modifying, he just cut and left it flopping loose. I managed to weld a piece of angle and reattach it, and yes I know my welding is awful but it's secure nonetheless! The other issue was the clearance, using standard 2X6 was only leaving an inch or so clearance for the prop and rudder, so I decided to thicken the bunks by 1/2 inch. Did some research on marine carpet and ended up going with Lancer. Most reviews gave it a slight edge over CE Smith, I wanted a dark blue color and ended up finding the best price online from here: https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/lancer-enterprises-inc-marine-carpet?a=790775 I also used the Lancer glue which was highly recommended for the tops of the bunks: https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/lancer-enterprises-inc-marine-carpet-adhesive?a=650790 Make sure to use stainless steel staples, Arrow T50 are readily available from Amazon Next I went to the lumber yard and gathered the straightest, 2X6 treated yellow pine boards I could find. In order to thicken the bunks, I used treated 5/4 deck boards. I glued and nailed the deck boards to the 2X6's, and used a router to round over the edges of the 2X6's. Cut the carpet into 18" strips, applied glue to the bunks, then placed them onto the carpet and allowed to dry overnight. Finished the bunks by pulling the carpet tight and using an insane amount of staples in each. To attached the bunks to the trailer, I used 3/8 galvanized lag screws. I used ratchet straps to pull the bunks tightly against the mounts before installing the lags. Everything came out great, however, I created a new issue which I hadn't accounted for. By raising the boat by 1/2 inch, it now doesn't meet the trailer bow stop regardless how tight I winch it. Gonna have to address that. Perhaps a thicker bow stop, or I might have to raise the mount to accommodate. Sorry this post is so long, hopefully it helps someone thinking of doing the project.
  6. Decided to pull the trigger on the FAE setup with the deletion of the old Silent Ride muffler. Being local to the FAE folks (Larry/Christina), I had the ability to drive down to their modest little shop in Spicewood to pick it all up. They are truly good people, extremely friendly and helpful. I could have done the muffler delete using mandrel bends from another vendor, but I decided the cost savings wasn't that much and I like to support the small business folks. The install was very simple and straight forward, the removal of the old Silent Ride muffler was probably the biggest pain of the entire process. All parts married up perfectly and definitely created much more room for impeller replacements! I opted for the one piece Y with blended welds and installed flappers. I waited to purchase around Black Friday and Christina knocked $125 off the order total. Hope this post helps anyone who's been thinking about the FAE.
  7. Picked this up in late '19, used but well kept and in great condition. Ton's of Wetsounds, installing FAE and muffler delete as I post this, also working on custom graphics from Domed Numbers. I completely went through the 383 Hammerhead, replaced and tuned up as much as possible. Looking forward to summer!
  8. I keep coming back to this project, just truly amazing work. I'm dying to add gates to my 2008 247 LSV, I love these and keep contemplating going for it but I'm fearful mine will come out like crap!
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