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viking
09-22-2009, 04:08 PM
Where can you buy a wiring harness to wire up 4 speakers and a 5 light bar on the tower and have a plug through the gelcoat like there is from factory for the Navigation Light on the tower? I would imagine I'll need to come down the passenger side for the sound and lights and would like it to match the other side. And would like to confirm size of Rad-a-cage on 07 outback (if i had to guess i'd say 1-5/8)?

Mobi1
09-22-2009, 06:54 PM
wirecare.com...
Factory wire plugs and pins. Just hooked my tower speakers up last weekend. Have pics if needed.

viking
09-23-2009, 01:07 AM
Thanks Mobi1
I searched there and lookes like what I was trying to explain was a "deutsch assembly"? But I don't see the mount that screws into the boat to hold it in place. Pics would definitely be helpful. You can PM me if you'd rather. Thanks for all the help!


wirecare.com...
Factory wire plugs and pins. Just hooked my tower speakers up last weekend. Have pics if needed.

mcdye
09-23-2009, 09:48 AM
I too would like to see setup. I just ran wires thru hull but would like to clean and add plug since i drop the tower to store boat.

brain_rinse
09-23-2009, 10:32 AM
Something like this? http://www.earmarkcaraudio.com/Xcart/product.php?productid=16302&cat=311&page=1

jmvotto
09-23-2009, 12:47 PM
http://www.onlyinboards.com/Ski-boat-accessories/krypt-dyi.html


http://www.bartswatersports.com/catalog/Wakeboard_Accessories/Wakeboard_Towers/Skylon_Wire_Harness_8Pin_Conductor/index.asp


the skylon is pretty pricey

viking
09-24-2009, 12:21 AM
Here's what mine looks like for the tower nav light!


wirecare.com...
Factory wire plugs and pins. Just hooked my tower speakers up last weekend. Have pics if needed.

bergermaister
09-24-2009, 04:50 PM
I picked up one of the Krypt style ones off eBay for about $36 earlier this spring. The Krypt is not quite as low profile as the one shown above but works well. I guess it is the same style of plug they use for bands/instruments that play outdoors.

viking
03-27-2010, 08:05 PM
BUMP!
Still searching........anybody else know where to track one down?

BobP
03-27-2010, 08:45 PM
Here is where I got mine...doing tower speaker install, haven't drilled into boat yet:

http://www.deutschconnector.com/products/deutsch_dt_series_connectors/

viking
03-27-2010, 09:18 PM
Thanks BobP!
How many pins are in the one you have? And does it screw to the hull as well?
I need one with at least 4 pins.
Brian

BobP
03-27-2010, 09:38 PM
Hey Brian,

Yes, it is the same as the factory tower light harness connection, has 4 screws to attach to boat. Mine has 4 pins to cover the speakers, I'm installing on other side of boat compared to the existing light harness.

They have 2, 4, 6, 8 pin and others I think. The link below goes to the flange receptacle page:

http://www.deutschconnector.com/products/deutsch_dt_series_connectors/

Note, crimping the pins on the wires requires a special crimper...very expensive. I searched around and found a crimper that works fairly well. We'll see how well it works once we get out for the season and the boat bounces around a bit...

http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/matenlok/matenlok.html

This place sells the one I bought:

http://www.greatplainselectronics.com/products.asp?cat=53


I think www.wirecare.com rents the appropriate crimper.

Bob

brain_rinse
03-29-2010, 10:32 AM
I really like these on my tower speakers. 4 connectors with screws on the internal binding posts makes installation extremely simple. And when the connections are complete the body threads down tight to grip the wire jacket very tightly.
http://www.moomba.com/msgboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=4028&d=1261364863

2007 Outback V
04-01-2010, 05:11 PM
I really like these on my tower speakers. 4 connectors with screws on the internal binding posts makes installation extremely simple. And when the connections are complete the body threads down tight to grip the wire jacket very tightly.
http://www.moomba.com/msgboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=4028&d=1261364863


What kind of connector is that? I'm confused with the pic

brain_rinse
04-01-2010, 05:34 PM
What kind of connector is that? I'm confused with the pic

They are Neutrik Speakon connectors. You can see a lot of the details here: http://www.audiogear.com/Neutrik-Speakon.html

Razzman
04-01-2010, 07:06 PM
I have used nylon strain relief connectors (http://www.elecdirect.com/catalog/6c85ef07-b708-4aef-9662-9be32bf050fe.aspx)on three different installs to get the cable into the boat. All you need to do is drill a hole wherever you want the cable to enter, insert the base with sealant around it and put the gland nut on the backside, pass your cable through the front cap and seal grommet and screw it on. Totally waterproof and they cost under a buck. Unless your planning on removing stuff there's no need for a hull connection, it's just another point of failure.

Btw these things are used for outdoor electrical boxes to make a waterproof point of entry. Black or gray and i've even seen a plated chrome like finish. You can use them with out without the cable flex boot.

2007 Outback V
04-01-2010, 08:54 PM
I have used nylon strain relief connectors (http://www.elecdirect.com/catalog/6c85ef07-b708-4aef-9662-9be32bf050fe.aspx)on three different installs to get the cable into the boat. All you need to do is drill a hole wherever you want the cable to enter, insert the base with sealant around it and put the gland nut on the backside, pass your cable through the front cap and seal grommet and screw it on. Totally waterproof and they cost under a buck. Unless your planning on removing stuff there's no need for a hull connection, it's just another point of failure.

Btw these things are used for outdoor electrical boxes to make a waterproof point of entry. Black or gray and i've even seen a plated chrome like finish. You can use them with out without the cable flex boot.


Now that I like. Think a place like Home Depot would carry those?

Razzman
04-01-2010, 09:56 PM
They might, electrical supply for sure and online.

viking
04-02-2010, 12:36 AM
They are Neutrik Speakon connectors. You can see a lot of the details here: http://www.audiogear.com/Neutrik-Speakon.html

Thanks BrainRinse!
So the one you have runs a total of 4 wires?
Looks like you mount the female receptical to the boat and then plug the male end and twist?
Do you solder the speaker wires or crimp?
I finally tracked down the Deutch connector matching my OEM on the starboard side but may go this route if it works as good/better!
Brian

brain_rinse
04-02-2010, 12:54 AM
Yes, the connectors I have accept 4 wires and has screw terminals so no crimping or soldering. You've got it right - push and twist and it locks in place. They are great!

Razzman
04-02-2010, 01:22 AM
I know it's not the best pic in the world but you get the point. On this one i covered the wiring with red braided loom to match the tower.