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ian ashton
05-21-2010, 04:39 PM
...down one side, or did you run each side seperately?

I am hoping that I can fish mine down the port side (opposite side the factory tower light wires run through) front tube, and run them through the hinge, as opposed to drilling another hole in my hull.

If that doesn't work, I'll try going down the same side as the factory wires and see if I can use the existing plug - anyone with experiance with that?

I guess we'll see how it goes, any tips are greatly appreciated!

squeeg333
05-21-2010, 04:44 PM
I didn't personally do mine, but all wires for all 4 speakers are run down the Port side leg of the tower. I think it would all depend on where the holes for the wires are drilled in the tower, but a stiff piece of wire should allow you to "thread" the wires from the starboard side speaker toward the port side. Some fish tape would should do you really well in this type of situation!

viking
05-21-2010, 04:45 PM
ian,
I think if you want to utilize the factory plug you'll need to check and see how many pins it has. Mine has 2 pins installed for the tower nav. light but the deustch connector will take 4 total. That doesn't allow enough for 2 tower speakers as you need all 4.

They make an 8 pin that you can replace the 4 pin with and that would allow the flexibility to run enough wires to accomodate you but remember that you'll have to fish all that through one side and might be tough? Plus you may have to enlarge the opening to allow for the 8pin??

That's why I ended up going on the opposite side and fishing the 2 sets of wires through the port side and utilizing another 4pin through hull connector. Less to get in the way fishing new wires.

Hope that helps?

viking
05-21-2010, 04:47 PM
OH -
And all my amps are right there in the observer's cubby so I wanted the wires on that side anyway!!

cab13367
05-21-2010, 04:53 PM
OH -
And all my amps are right there in the observer's cubby so I wanted the wires on that side anyway!!

Same here. The tower on the LSV is different (the wires can stay inside the tower all the way other than where it exits for the speakers) but I ran all the speaker wires on the port side tower leg since that's where my amps are.

02Outback
05-21-2010, 05:45 PM
I have an 02' Outback so I don't have the light up top.

I wanted to try and use the tiny hole at the bottom of the tower for the wires to go in/out of, but it was too small of a hole so I drilled another hole close by and ran the wires through. I used a roll of Weed Eater String since it was long enough and sturdy, to run up the tower, tape the tower speaker wire to and pull back through.

I then drilled a hole into the fiberglass to run the Duetsch connector through. It was really easy.

mmandley
05-21-2010, 09:49 PM
...down one side, or did you run each side seperately?

I am hoping that I can fish mine down the port side (opposite side the factory tower light wires run through) front tube, and run them through the hinge, as opposed to drilling another hole in my hull.

If that doesn't work, I'll try going down the same side as the factory wires and see if I can use the existing plug - anyone with experiance with that?

I guess we'll see how it goes, any tips are greatly appreciated!

I just wired a tower exactly like yours bro. I can send you pics or tell you exactly what i did. I used 14 gauge wire and ran them down the left side of the boat. The wire came out the hole in the tube and i sent it straight into the boat. Realy clean looking. Didnt use the connector as to me it just looks more like a hack job. I went clean and simple.

jmvotto
05-22-2010, 09:46 AM
ian,

here is a pic of mine.

no connectors just silcone to make it water tight

mmandley
05-22-2010, 11:34 AM
JM that's really slick looking bro. I love the little chrome scoop. I had to run the one i did behind the foot, i measured and placed it exactly where the factory light harness is so it would look symmetrical.

badasshybrid
05-23-2010, 01:01 PM
I did the tower on mine. It never had any wires in it till I done it. I drilled into the middle of the tower on the bottom and used the front tube of the tower. I went down to the foot and drilled out near the bottom and then drilled into the foot plate itself. I put some wire loom on there and you cant see it unless you know its there, its hid behind the tube.

To run the wires through the tube was a pain, I tried several differant ways. In the end I used about 3' of thin twine and taped it to the end of some electrical fence wire. I put the twine through first and pushed the wire till it was near the hole at the end (I marked the wire with a piece of tape at about the length between the holes) then I taped up the hole on the other end and used the shop vac to suck the twine out of the tower. Worked like a champ. I will get you a pic later.

ian ashton
05-23-2010, 10:51 PM
I just wired a tower exactly like yours bro. I can send you pics or tell you exactly what i did. I used 14 gauge wire and ran them down the left side of the boat. The wire came out the hole in the tube and i sent it straight into the boat. Realy clean looking. Didnt use the connector as to me it just looks more like a hack job. I went clean and simple.

Yea, send or post a pic!

Thanks!

ian ashton
05-23-2010, 10:53 PM
ian,

here is a pic of mine.

no connectors just silcone to make it water tight

I like! Where did you get that cover?

jmvotto
05-23-2010, 11:34 PM
I like! Where did you get that cover?

My dealer had it, but earmark audio has them online.

http://www.earmarkcaraudio.com/Xcart/home.php?cat=306

badasshybrid
05-28-2010, 11:27 PM
Heres a pic of how I did mine. You can not see it unless you are right on top of it looking for it. It is hid behind the leg of the tower, from the side you can not see it at all.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0db09b3127ccefa6dc238264e00000040O02BZOWbZszZA9 vPgA/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

kaneboats
05-28-2010, 11:37 PM
That's pretty well hidden. Very subtle.

ian ashton
05-29-2010, 08:42 PM
Heres a pic of how I did mine. You can not see it unless you are right on top of it looking for it. It is hid behind the leg of the tower, from the side you can not see it at all.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0db09b3127ccefa6dc238264e00000040O02BZOWbZszZA9 vPgA/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Love it! I'm going to do the same, thanks for the idea.

badasshybrid
05-29-2010, 08:47 PM
No problem, glad I could help you out.

mutau052
06-04-2010, 12:20 AM
guys can we see how you did the top of the tower (wire output to speakers)?

pics pics.

ian ashton
06-04-2010, 09:59 AM
I just ran my wires lst night - what a PITA! The left side was a cake walk, but the right took about 2 hours! The existing wires made it very difficult to feed out the bottom. I didn't have any string, otherwise I would have done the string & vacuum trick. I'll post pics in a few.

mmandley
06-04-2010, 10:20 AM
Ian im concerned you ran the speaker line to the left and right. Why not run both lines down one side? You should only have 1 pair of wires, if your running 4 speakers then you wire them together to drop the ohm down and get more power to the amp.

Im also concerned as now you have to run the line around the bow, or threw the ski locker of the boat. You speaker wires on any high power system should be the same length so the signal is the same per speaker. Other wise you can actually have a speaker louder then another as its getting a stronger signal.

On a side note i was going to post pictures of the install i just did at Exile with a OB style tower but it seems the boat went home with the owner before Pics were taken...Brian....Brian... LOL

ian ashton
06-04-2010, 06:01 PM
I ran down each side seperately, because I was unable to get the wire up and around the other side. Either way, with where my speakers are mounted having different length wires is unavoidable. I've been in the audio game for a long time, so I've seen (done?) all sorts of weird things, and I'm not too worried about extra length of the wire to the right speaker. I suppose I could coil up some extra from the left side to keep them equal, but I don't think it will be an issue.

Truth be told, I just wanted the tower speakers to look cool, I probably will never turn them on LOL!