Roof Light Wiring - Give me pictures, give me ideas! (1 Viewer)

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I used a gland just like this for my lightbar but what if you have to remove the roof rack? With wire running from the gland to a DC connector on the roof, with the roof rack removed you will have a dangling wire. If a connector is under the gland, then you have to drop the headliner to remove the wires and you have a hole in the roof that needs to be plugged. IMO, this is not a good solution.

I've had to remove my roof rack several times for repairs and upgrades.
 
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I used a gland just like this for my lightbar but what if you have to remove the roof rack? With wire running from the gland to a DC connector on the roof, with the roof rack removed you will have a dangling wire. If a connector is under the gland, then you have to drop the headliner to remove the wires and you have a hole in the roof that needs to be plugged. IMO, this is not a good solution.

I've had to remove my roof rack several times for repairs and upgrades.
Rogan's has a nice plug set up as well for those who take the rack off for storage often.
 

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How much was this Cruiser? That's not a clean job IMO.

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I used these heyco grommets utilizing the rear holes from port installed roof rack that I removed. If I remember I needed a step drill to enlarge the holes slightly. I put some rtv on the heycos and threaded them in. I found some black exterior power cord by the foot and decided to use that as it is round and made a watertight seal when threading the compression nut back on top of the grommet. The only odd thing is having a 3rd wire in the cord that is unused with using it in a 12v application.

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The local shipyard guys recommended these:
not sure how well they'd work on a metal roof, but it is a good design, lots of differnt configs and sizes.

In most cases you don't have to cut a pre-wired plug of since the grommet has a spilt in it. Had one in my hand, they are pretty burly.

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I'm going to install one on the boat for a pass through in the console and see how it works....but not til spring.
 
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in the meantime, I'm working on my own version of this for temp power to the rack for work lights at the campsite. (basically a 12v power outlet on the rack with an extension cord to a socket in the truck....(about a $40-$50 set up)

 

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