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  1. #1
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    Default Putting stuff back in the boat

    1. Vinyl
    2. Speakers
    3. Re-wiring tower for speakers.

    On a 2003 outback does anyone know if the cross member pieces between the tower tubes are hollow? The existing wiring comes up inside the forward tube and then is exposed to get to the previous tower speakers. I would like to conceal all of the wiring.

    Pics will be coming. It's just got to stay warm long enough for me to make some progress.

    I've already had a snag with the vinyl. There are 3 curved pieces at the front of the boat and as they are installed I found that they tended bend inwards causing the vinyl to ripple. What I'll have to do is re-stretch these pieces. I'll probably wrap something around them, tighten to the same ripple effect and then re stretch.
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    They are all hollow. One of mine must have gotten water in it at some point and froze; it is "puffed" up a bit. I have my tower speakers installed on the front cross bar, they are a little more tucked up in the tower and away from knocking my head on them. Also, when I installed my bimini, I had to drill mounting holes into them.

    I have replaced that front vinyl as well, and it can be a pain. I tried to keep the pieces in a curve while I installed the vinyl to help reduce the ripples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCSUmoomba View Post
    They are all hollow.
    Perfect. That's what I was hoping. Now to figure a way to fish 2 90 degree bends without having to drill extra holes.
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    You will have to drill extra holes, the round tower rubes are solid where the cross member connectes. The cross member is hollow. When i did this to my LSV last year you have to drill a hole from the outside of the front tube, threw the back side of that same tube to get into the center of the cross member. You have to do the same with the back tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmandley View Post
    You will have to drill extra holes
    Great burst my bubble. Just went out to the boat and looked. Funny how something so obvious will get missed by one set of eyes.

    I got three cross members on the top. I was thinking, once it warms up, up here, the center cross member. Did you go another route?

    At least it makes fishing the wire really easy.
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    I used the center cross member. Easier to fish that way
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    Look at the bright side. Now you will have a drain hole in your tower when you fold it down. Somehow I always have water in mine. I guess moisture just condensated inside the tubes?
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    Can anyone tell me what size of drill bit they used to do this mod?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckle Head View Post
    Can anyone tell me what size of drill bit they used to do this mod?
    I'll let you know when it stops raining here, and warms up. I'm going to run some spare wires in case I decide to add lights. Basically, I'll bundle the wires together, measure, and drill maybe a 20% larger hole.
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    I used a 1/2 bit on the lower hinge where you have to hope for the folding hinge, i also used 1/2 for the part under the tower foot to get the wires inside the cubby.

    For the tube i use a 3/8 bit.

    I found it best to use the stepper bits because with the smaller tips to start they dont wander as much.

    Also use plenty of blue tape, and a center punch, punch it like 3xs this will help keep your bit from walking on the tube.
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