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Old 02-14-2011, 10:11 AM
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Any suggestions on how to wire this neatly? I'd like to do it without removing the T-Top

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:57 AM
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I did mine several years ago. Best thing I could come up with was to use lots of tie wraps and bring it back to one of the holes on top of the 2 main posts. Not the way I wanted to do it but it came out looking ok. I hid the wire wherever I could. You should be able to get away with a pretty small wire w/ LED. Maybe 18-22 ga?
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why not run the wire inside the tube? That's what i did.
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don't know if the intersection of the tubes is drilled. Don't think it was on mine or I'd have done that too.
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Like this?

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I would get some pex plumbing pipe or 3/8 tubing and run it through that. You can paint it black, I think it would look better than loose wiring
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Originally Posted by Dreamboat Captain View Post
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No. Go straight back from the front. Don't drop down on the horizontal brace. If you slide your finger between the top fabric and the aluminum right above the front post (1 of 4 that go straight to the console by the rod holders) you will feel a hole that you can feed the wire down into the post and thru the post into the console.

It may be easier if you peel the top fabric back but it can be done w/o doing that.
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Not sure if you can see my wire in this pic but it's on the stbd side. Look close. I can get better pics tomorrow if you still need help.

The best way to do it is like Miss Trial said but if the intersection of the pipes is not already drilled out, ain't no way to do it like that. They have to drill those intersections before the weld the T-top frame together.

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I ran mine straight back to where the wires for the gps and radar go down and went down with them.
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
I ran mine straight back to where the wires for the gps and radar go down and went down with them.

That's what I'm talking about. I thought you were saying that you ran them inside the small horizontal tube that runs straight to the front and then inside the "hoop" to the center where the light is. That would be a VERY difficult pull even if the intersections are drilled.
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Does your t-top have a anchor light in the back of it. Look where the power is coming through to light it. I bet it's coming through the top bow of the t-top. Look inside the console and locate the wire going to the switch. It should come out one of the leg supports of your t-top. The top bow should be free of obstructions other than the wire going through for your anchor light, etc.. Use a punch with a sharp point and create a detent in the tube in the front under the light and drill a hole big enough for the wire you need. Get some light twine (hemp type) feed it into the hole you made and use a vacuum at the end the wire is going to come out through the leg. The twine will find its way through the top bow and down the leg that is pre-drilled for that purpose. Double check always before drilling.
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Take more pics of the top. Run it inside the tubes. You should be able to do this. I was able to run all wires in the tubes of my boat.

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