I recently installed the quick release plate in my 2006 Malibu Wakesetter 23LSV. I attached it to the bump-out on the stringer where the engine mount is.
- Stainless Steel #8 bolts 3/4″
- Stainless Steel fender washers
- Stainless Steel nylon lock-nuts
- 2 part epoxy
- Silicone caulk
- Right angle drill
- Shortened drill bits (used a drill doctor to cut them down)
I drilled custom holes in further on the bracket to match up with the bump-out. I bored the holes into the stringer a bit bigger than necessary and coated the holes with 2-part epoxy. I spread a thin layer of silicone caulk on the back side of the plate, and then bolted it in place using loc-tite and fender washers on the outside to increase rigidity of the plate.
The results are great! With this simple plate I can unsnap and snap the heater into place in minutes. I use a zip-tie to keep the lever in place on the removable plate just for peace of mind.
Thank you Xtreme heater for the great product. This makes me life so simple. Less work, more riding.