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ian ashton
03-26-2011, 10:38 PM
I brought the boat back to my house from its winter storage and decided to brave the cold and dive into some of the projects for which I've been accumulating parts all winter. link (http://moomba.com/msgboard/showthread.php?t=13977)

First up I decided to dive into the transom LED.
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3612.jpg

A blank canvas:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3611.jpg

I masked the transom to protect the gel coat when drilling, and also to give me a place to mark measurements and do long division, lol:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3614.jpg

A little nervous to drill below the water line, but no worries. I used a 3/8" bit to drill a pilot hole, then opened up the outside edge with a UniBit to accomodate the larger diameter of the grommet thing, and it worked perfect:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3616.jpg

ian ashton
03-26-2011, 10:39 PM
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3620.jpg

Test fitting:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3619.jpg

To secure it I put a bunch of silicone on the back then pressed the light onto the transom, securing with a little bit of tape:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3621.jpg

To hold it in place I ran up to the hardware store and picked up 3x #10 2" Stainless Steel sheetmetal screws - they fit perfect and really snugged it into place, squeezing a decent amount of silicone out all the way around (only partially cleaned in this picture.) I also backed filled it, but couldn't get a picture as it was pretty tricky wiggling back there to get it done:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3622.jpg

ian ashton
03-26-2011, 10:40 PM
Next up I decided to tackle my new switch panel idea. Last night I made lead wires for each switch, securing the wires, then heat shrinking, and adding water-proof m/f connecters, to make today's install easier. Let me tell you, I'm glad I did! Made things MUCH easier, there is no way I could wire these things in the boat.

Started off with the blue tape again:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3624.jpg

More math and markings:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3625.jpg

I used a hole saw that came with the reverse camera I bought for my Jeep to cut these holes, it was the perfect size and got the job done quick and clean!
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3627.jpg

Buttons in place:
http://onesevenonetwo.com/Pics/IMG_3629.jpg

ian ashton
03-26-2011, 10:48 PM
After this I started the big project of re-wiring all of my LEDs. Since I've installed them all at different times there are different wires and its all a mess that I've been wanting to clean up for a while. What I'm doing now is running a +/_ line down both gunnells, and tapping into it for each of the LEDs. For the speakers I used more of the m/f waterproof connectors, so I can easily pop them off if I need to, and don't have to worry about damaging the wires. While I was at it I decied to re-do the wiring that runs through the bow, which includes 3 phone cords (Sub level, and Kicker Dual Zone Control), drivers sub wire, drivers side tower speaker wire, new mainline for LEDs, tower amp remote turn on (which will be wired to one of the switches above), and something else that I think I'm forgetting. Instead of using split loom, which I had previously, and holds a ton of water, I had some left over TechFlex braided loom, much nicer looking and seems like it would disburse water a lot better than split loom. So, I completed the ardous task of getting all of the above mentioned lines throug the tech flex. Now I've just got to run power to my switch panel, wire up the rest of the LEDs (drivers side), wire up the switches, and that aspect of the project is done. After that its time for the Exile SX65's! If it stays dry I'll hopefully get much of this done tomorrow.

ian ashton
03-26-2011, 10:56 PM
I hate that I can't edit to fix the link on my first post.

brain_rinse
03-26-2011, 11:11 PM
I fixed your link. Let me know if you need other changes and I'll be happy to help.

jmvotto
03-27-2011, 09:34 AM
Needs to be a 24 hr limit on edits.... I tried to respond to Stuart but his box was full. My .02

Ian looks great, fire up the transom led ... What is the square box below the four push buttons.?

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 10:44 AM
That is the depth sounder I added because I forgot to order one with the boat. I actually pulled that out and am going to use the Lowrance 3800 in my empty slot on the dash

sandm
03-27-2011, 11:44 AM
nice job. switches look good..

viking
03-27-2011, 12:50 PM
Ian -
Looks great! I'm in the middle of mine as well and haven't taken the time to post any pics yet.
There are 5 leads each on those switches. How can you tell which to use? I might pm ya.
Good stuff :)

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 01:41 PM
Jus went and verified:
1: ground
2: power
3: jump to 5
4: empty
5: switched

1 is the left side, if you have the 3 middle prongs lower than the 2 outside prongs. If that makes any sense!

viking
03-27-2011, 05:36 PM
Sure does make sense. THANKS! I can see the middle leads are marked but can't tell what it says (so small) and wasn't sure on ground/power either. That'll make is a breeze. I will go ahead and make up the lead wires as well before I install the switches as you indicated it's almost impossible to get up under there after they are secure.

04OUTBACK
03-27-2011, 06:51 PM
looks great../
2 questions
1.. did you drill holes for the screws to mount the LED Light?
2. Where did you get your light?

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 06:58 PM
Got the wiring just about finished, just needs some cleanup and zip ties. All the lights and switches work though, so my 2 days effort was worth it!

Next up are the Exiles - I ran leads for the LEDs to each speaker, so really it's just a matter of pulling the Polks and swapping in the Exiles. In the bow I've got to rewore to the amp, as they are off the deck right now. No biggie there, just didn't have it in me today.

Grant M
03-27-2011, 07:03 PM
Great work and a pleasure to follow all your work!
It might actually get above freezing up here this week - Yah :)
My baby is still sug as a bug in storage so my projects are still in the planning stage, although you all provide great inspiration!

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 07:13 PM
looks great../
2 questions
1.. did you drill holes for the screws to mount the LED Light?
2. Where did you get your light?


1: I was going to predrill, but I didnt. Just slammed em in. That's what she said.

2. Through the Newty group buy last summer. The seller was on WakeWorld too I think.

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 07:17 PM
Great work and a pleasure to follow all your work!
It might actually get above freezing up here this week - Yah :)
My baby is still sug as a bug in storage so my projects are still in the planning stage, although you all provide great inspiration!

We keep it in my dads garage over winter, i just picked it up and brought it to mine on Friday. It was 34 yesterday and 36 today. Just gotta work hard, and build up a sweat! The cold isnt so bad, but the wind is a killer. My boat actually will fit in my garage if I pull the 3rd car out, but then I have to leave a project car outside and the misses would kill me, lol, so it's driveway workspace for me.

viking
03-27-2011, 07:25 PM
Jus went and verified:
1: ground
2: power
3: jump to 5
4: empty
5: switched

1 is the left side, if you have the 3 middle prongs lower than the 2 outside prongs. If that makes any sense!


DUH - i can see the + and - NOW. But still cant make out the other markings. Is that the LEFT/RIGHT when you are looking at the back or the front of the switch? Looks the the - is on the RIGHT side and + is on left side when looking directly at the leads from back of switch.

ian ashton
03-27-2011, 07:29 PM
The +/- are just for the lights on the switch. Maybe I mixed up the 2, I do t remember. I just pinned it out with a multimeter and 9v battery on Friday night.

viking
03-27-2011, 07:47 PM
Not a problem. As long as it works I'll wire it up :D
Just didn't know if the L/R was looking at the back or front. I'm assuming "the back of the switch".

I'll just have a few cocktails and start working on it..........
Remember I said I haven't done this in awhile :(

moombadaze
03-28-2011, 09:02 AM
Ian, looking good there and cant wait to see the lights lit at night.

newty
03-28-2011, 06:22 PM
Looks great Ian! Cant wait to see the finished product.

ian ashton
03-28-2011, 10:06 PM
Hard to photograph, but here is what I did for the bow wires, I think it came out great;

http://moomba.com/msgboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=7324&stc=1&d=1301360402

I've still got to tie this up under the lip to get it off the ground, I'm going to try to epoxy some zip tie anchors (http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-24067115789173_2147_15064246) under the lip to allow me to fasten it. If that doesn't work I'll probably use butten head allens or really short screws from the bottom up, I haven't really thought it that far through yet.

newty
04-11-2011, 06:17 PM
Common man wheres the progress? I want to see the final product!