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KBryant2007
12-15-2008, 08:49 PM
I'm planning on installing two new speaker cans and speakers on my tower this winter. The speakers will be the new 7.7" JL audio speakers with tweeters. What gauge speaker wire should I use? Should it be marine grade? And finally, I'll be running the wires down the tubes, but I'll need to provide for disconnects so I can break the tower down. Is there a certain type of disconnect I should use for speaker connections to avoid distortion? Any insight would be appreciated.

Gamble
12-15-2008, 10:26 PM
do yourself a huge favor and contact Texas Wake Tower and T Tops in Elgin Tx. They did my tower and have some awesome disconnects. I'm sure they can send them to you. Talk to Ken, he's the owner, and tell him Mike Gamble, the one w/the Maroon and White Prostar sent you. He'll know and remember the boat and the plugs he used on mine. They are sleek looking plugs and are waterproof. Hope this helps Their number is 866-409-0285.

CottagerGreg
12-15-2008, 11:08 PM
I thought the newer towers are prewired from the factory?

KBryant2007
12-15-2008, 11:11 PM
Although I boat my boat new, it was a special order from 2005 that the buyer never picked up. So, my tower is not one of the pre-wired ones unfortunately.

KBryant2007
12-15-2008, 11:12 PM
I'll give him a call and mention your name. Thanks for the tip. What type of amp did you install?

Gamble
12-16-2008, 10:49 AM
I used a JL Audio 300W amp.

wakeX2wake
12-16-2008, 11:00 AM
advice: install all the wires you're going to ever need NOW... not later... its a MAJOR PITA to add wires... and i know this from experience...

Diesel
12-16-2008, 01:07 PM
I used Monster Cable In-Wall 4 conductor jacketed wire for my tower. Super easy and clean. For connectors I used the Delphi Weather Pack waterproof connectors at the tower break.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Weather-Pack-Delphi-Packard-4-Way-Kit-Square_W0QQitemZ110277372249QQcmdZViewItem

wakeX2wake
12-16-2008, 02:04 PM
honestly would a flat 4 trailer light connector not just work as well as anything?

just thinking about bang for the buck

BriEOD
02-21-2009, 12:27 PM
I used Monster Cable In-Wall 4 conductor jacketed wire for my tower. Super easy and clean. For connectors I used the Delphi Weather Pack waterproof connectors at the tower break.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Weather-Pack-Delphi-Packard-4-Way-Kit-Square_W0QQitemZ110277372249QQcmdZViewItem

Do you have a photo of the install? I'd be curious to see it. Thx.

brucemac
02-21-2009, 10:29 PM
i ran my speaker wire today. what a bear. i used this 14 gauge stuff:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023902&p_id=2791&seq=1&format=2

the inwall would probably work a little better because it would probably slide better, although getting both pairs together through the holes may be just as tough.

i had a pre-drilled hole through the glass up through the tower plate. it's pretty small. 3/8in i think. we had a tough time. the tough part isn't getting the fisch wire, it's pulling the speaker cable through that hole down into the compartment.

i'm wiped. :)

BriEOD
02-22-2009, 09:03 AM
What are you doing at the joints?

brucemac
02-22-2009, 09:25 AM
i may not cut it and use split loom. my tower pivots right over the top really so the diconnect almost seems uncessary. we had a couple inches of slack yesterday and when we folded the tower it was't even really used.

if i do decide to do anything, it will probably be the Delphi branded 4-contact waterproof connectors similar to the one on the other side for anchor lights.

BriEOD
02-22-2009, 10:17 AM
Currently, I just have mine in loom. My boat sits outside and I have no reason to take the top of the tower off. It folds down just fine if needed. I have a cover with skirt and speaker sox.

kycat2007
02-23-2009, 01:37 AM
I was curious where you get the tower speaker covers that you can LED out? I have the Clarion towers and subwoofer on the x2

chevy08bud
02-23-2009, 09:31 AM
honestly would a flat 4 trailer light connector not just work as well as anything?

just thinking about bang for the buck


That is what I did, and has worked perfectly through 1 season so far.

bainez23
02-23-2009, 03:40 PM
i ran my speaker wire today. what a bear. i used this 14 gauge stuff:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023902&p_id=2791&seq=1&format=2

the inwall would probably work a little better because it would probably slide better, although getting both pairs together through the holes may be just as tough.

i had a pre-drilled hole through the glass up through the tower plate. it's pretty small. 3/8in i think. we had a tough time. the tough part isn't getting the fisch wire, it's pulling the speaker cable through that hole down into the compartment.

i'm wiped. :)

did you just use a fisch tape or the cotton method?

brucemac
02-23-2009, 08:22 PM
used a tape. what's the cotton method? you mean like a string and a shop vac?

let's put it this way, i was pulling so hard on the fisch wire into the compartment i had to snag a pair of gloves so i could muscle it through that little hole. i'm sure there's an easier way, including boaring out that hole a little more, but i was nervous about the gel, and also somehow stripping the threads on that large tower bolt since it appears to be right there.

got stuff wired up and am setting gains. holy cow, it's going to rock. :)