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Old 08-03-2005, 07:00 PM
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i'm in the process of installing an external GPS antenna on my hardtop. i will need to drill through the hardtop so that the hole is next to the aluminum tube running along the inside perimeter of the hardtop. i would then drill a 3/8" hole in the perimeter tube to pass the GPS wire. from this hole, it's about a 6 ft run inside the perimeter tube before meeting a vertical leg, the top and bottom of which is open for passing wire through.

my question is this...what are some good ways to fish the cable through the leg and perimeter tube. i've tried some 14 gauge copper wire, but i can't push it far enough before it gets hung up inside near bends in the perimeter tube.

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Old 08-03-2005, 08:33 PM
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Fishtape from home depot. Used to fish wire through walls, etc. About $20 I think. Comes on a reel.
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Cover any openings in you pipe except the openings where you want wire to enter and to exit. Attach a vacume cleaner to one opening, turn it on, feed a cotton string into the other opening. Then tie a light wire to the cotton string and pull it thru, then your antenna wire to it.
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tying a cotton ball to the end of the string helps too.
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The vaccum trick worked well for me, also a magnet with a nut to fishing line then bigger and so on. One thought why not drill down through the top into the leg of the top instead of next to it. I ran my wires into the legs of my top. Takes alittle more measuring but a cleaner look.
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nice trick with the vac!
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Joe - 8/4/2005 1:33 AM

Fishtape from home depot. Used to fish wire through walls, etc. About $20 I think. Comes on a reel.
I use a plumbing snake from Home Depot. $5...

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the magnet trick is inspirational. there must a limit to how thick the tubing can be before the magnet no longer works. did it actually work for you or did you need the vacuum?

all are great answers.
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Rudy, a 20 pound flat magnet did work in an area where there were a few lines already and the vaccum was getting caught.

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