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  1. #1
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    Default LEDs Added to Outback

    Added accent bezels to the two cup holders in bow and one cup holder located next to the rear facing passenger seat. In addition, replaced the stock cup holders on each end of the rear bench seat with lighted cup holders.

    Rather than the mix, I would have preferred accent bezels on all five cup holders. But bezels on the rear cup holders would have added a half inch to their height, leaving not enough clearance when removing/replacing the rear bench seat.

    Instead of tapping into and possibly messing up electrical circuits under the dash, I mounted a five-circuit dual bus terminal and ran power to it from the factory-installed bus. All five LEDs are powered from the dual bus. Added a low profile push button switch to the dash.

    I toyed with the idea of powering the LEDs from speakers. Also, thought I could wire the LEDs in series. Either one would have saved me money on wire. Even though they only draw .65 amps each, experimented and discovered that the only way to make the LEDs work is to go direct to the battery and wire them in parallel.

    It was an easy project, but took longer than I had planned. Made several trips to stores, getting ideas and prices. Then did experiments to find out what would work for powering the LEDs. The real work only took about three hours.

    Turned out nice. LEDs are functional for times that we are on the water after sunset and add a little bling to my otherwise factory standard boat.

    Parts list (not including LEDs):

    • bus terminal, dual, five circuit (West Marine $17.99)
    • tinned duplex wire, 52’, 14-gauge (West Marine $0.83 per foot))
    • push button switch, w/ leads (Home Depot $4.9
    • in line fuse holder (West Marine $5.99)
    • 5 amp automotive fuses, 3-pack (Radio Shack $2.19)
    • ring tongue terminals, butt connectors, and quick disconnects (Radio Shack $10.36)
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    Stuart

  2. #2
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    Very nice Deerfield


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    Jason

    Go Hard or Go Home.......it's MOOMBA time!!

    2009 Moomba Mobius LSV

  3. #3
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    Looking good! I need to add this mod to my list.
    Drew
    New ride: 2012 Mojo
    Old ride: 2008 OBV

  4. #4
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    Nice work deerfield. I did mine more for the project than the end result. I love to tinker
    I was just in my boat today hooking up the batts today getting ready for the season. I need to re-wire mine as the switches I bought have a small short. Originally I wired them to the Power block (+) and (-) but they seem to have some draw all the time. I'm going to tie them into the navigation lights switch so that the LED switches only work when that is ON. What else are you doing to the ole outback before ski season starts?
    2007 Moomba Outback - waiting for summer!

    Why Not? Play Hard! Get wet

  5. #5
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    Looks very cool but not sure about the color in your red boat.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
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    Looks great Deerfield!
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  7. #7
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    might have to do this to my outback
    2004 Outback Blue/white w/5.7 indmar 350, Direct Drive
    Rockford fasgate cabins
    Rockford fasgate 500w amp (cabin) and a kenwood HU (kmr700u)
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  8. #8
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    Look great, reminds me of my Outback!

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