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mikeski 03-11-2007 10:31 PM

Found an easy solution for underplatform LEDs, solid plastic LED bars. After seeing all the router work that Clay did for Grant's platform I ordered up these lightbars so I wouldn't have to work as hard. My wiring is exposed in a few areas but I don't think it will be any trouble. All the wire connections are concealed inside adhesive lined heat shrink, the whole install should be completely waterproof. <BR> <BR>Check it out...

mikeski 03-11-2007 10:33 PM

Let's see if we can get the pictures this time. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/423221.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/423222.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/423223.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/423224.jpg" alt="Upload">

deltaboy 03-11-2007 10:36 PM

Sweet! And you bought them from...???

macrogpx2 03-11-2007 10:46 PM

Do you have more info about the process of the install. That is the cheap way from grants set up for cheap people without money..me.

mikeski 03-11-2007 11:39 PM

The LEDs themselves are not necessarily cheap. I work in the lighting business and I have a China direct source. If there is interest I can probably put together a four bar LED platform kit for around $100 with these. <BR> <BR>If you want to do it on the cheap you can buy stuff from <a href="http://www.besthongkong.com" target="_blank">www.besthongkong.com</a> or <a href="http://www.superbrightleds.com" target="_blank">www.superbrightleds.com</a>. The stuff is not waterproof but it will work for a while.

billthom 03-11-2007 11:55 PM

MikeSki are you running the power using the brackets which attach the platform to the boat? I think thats what Grant did..and I was thinking of doing the same as well <BR> <BR>Looks great!

macrogpx2 03-12-2007 12:03 AM

Do you think they could be made waterproof with silicone or something. Also how exactly did you wire them with a switch and everything? I need all the help i can get. Oh and I'm not that cheap but Grant's setup looks like it is worth well north of $500.

xaggie 03-12-2007 12:17 AM

If you can get something rigged up for about $100, where do I sign up?

wakeman7 03-12-2007 12:12 PM

Awsome post some pics of it in the water

fullonsalesgrp 03-12-2007 1:45 PM

All these installs are cool, but we all want to see a picture at night from the swim deck of the boat in the water. Then a picture from another boat would be helpfull. <BR>ITCH <BR>100.00 I will sign up to for waterproof units.

jamieb 03-12-2007 4:05 PM

i'd be in as well

crushing76 03-12-2007 4:23 PM

sign me up too... thats f'n TI**IES! can you get it in red?

mikeski 03-12-2007 6:57 PM

Here is another question... <BR> <BR>Do you guys see value in me providing the hardware, shrinkwrap, wire loops, and disconnect plugs? Or, just the light bars (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green or White). <BR> <BR>I will get in-water pictures as soon as I can. <BR> <BR>I was going to do the brackets trick but I am trying to keep things as simple as possible so I am going to use a quick disconnect. This setup only draws 0.4A at 12v.

rbc_racing 03-12-2007 7:09 PM

I think if you offer it as a package even more people will want them. I want one even without the whole setup, but I would rather have everything.

crushing76 03-13-2007 12:06 AM

There is always value in a complete setup. It really just depends on the cost vs. ease of doing it yourself. <BR> <BR>With the quick disconnect, will you need to do any drilling through the hull? Although it seems odd to me, the platform brackets through the hull seems to be an effective solution. I dont know how "professional" it would look though. <BR> <BR>Mikeski, let me know if you are serious about putting a kit together. I'll take 1 in red.

yosquire 03-13-2007 2:56 AM

Mikeski, <BR> <BR>I saw someone make mention of conducting the power through each bracket. Is that what you did? if so, what are your thoughts on corrosion?

yosquire 03-13-2007 2:57 AM

Also, <BR>do those kits use an LED driver, or just resistors?

billthom 03-13-2007 1:50 PM

Whole package sounds like a good idea...count me in. <BR> <BR>Could it be modified to use the platform bracket?

zacharoo 03-13-2007 5:49 PM

Mikeski did the stuff ie waterproof pucks like G's come in that we talked about afew months back? If so I need to pay you. <BR> <BR>Aqua

johnsvt 03-13-2007 9:12 PM

Mike you disgust me I am getting tired of your meticulous somewhat innovative work. You are making us hacks look bad your attention to detail is just so annoying...keep it up.

zacharoo 03-13-2007 10:37 PM

I want to buy your kit as well. <BR> <BR>Aqua

dubsac 03-14-2007 6:58 PM

Mike - are there any exposed metal pieces that would rust in saltwater or is it all plastic? I need to find a solution that will work for my boat in the ocean.

weskel 03-14-2007 7:34 PM

looks good <BR> <BR>kelly (weskel)

ghostrider_2 03-14-2007 8:38 PM

got my interest..

lukeduke95 03-14-2007 9:07 PM

WIll- <BR> <BR>It is all encased except for the wiring.

mikeski 03-14-2007 11:45 PM

Maybe I am going overboard. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424397.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR> <BR>The stuff over the platform is kind of like domed numbers, the LEDs are completely encased in a flexible urethane with 3M adhesive backing. I need to see how it holds up going under water. The ends were done with regular heat shrink so I replaced it with the waterproof adhesive lined heat shrink. <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424398.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424399.jpg" alt="Upload">

mikeski 03-14-2007 11:46 PM

Oh man, I need to oil my platform!

merge360 03-15-2007 7:03 AM

Mikeski.... I'd be interested in a package deal but.... I have an I/O... The swim platform is built a little different than other platforms and I'm just not really sure how to mount the LED light bars.... Or how to run the wiring for that matter (Thru the hull? I think I could get away with going thru the hull, the platform sits slightly higher off the water than on wake boats, so the hole thru the hull is well above the water line.) <BR> <BR>As for "Going Overboard".... I personally think your boat looks pretty sweet! Keep up the great work! <BR> <BR>If you have any suggestions, please let me know....

driving 03-15-2007 8:59 AM

The ones in the vents look awesome!

sinkoumn 03-15-2007 9:15 AM

I hope you can get some pics of it in the water, that setup looks great - the blue is always a good choice

mikeski 03-17-2007 11:10 AM

Sinko, <BR> <BR>Here's some from last night <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/425027.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/425028.jpg" alt="Upload">

jeffsv211 03-17-2007 11:48 AM

WOW!!! Mike, hook me up! Sending a PM.

grant_west 03-17-2007 11:50 AM

Mike you are the PeP boy's of "boat bling" <BR> <BR>IMO you should loose the LEDs on the top of the platform.

mikeski 03-17-2007 2:07 PM

The stuff is easy to add and remove. The lights worked great last night during clean up after dark. I didn't give much though to the practicality, it was nice being able to find my wallet, sunglasses and keys when they were on the platform.

rallyart 03-17-2007 2:17 PM

Nice Mike. I like the subtle glow from the rear vents.

joe_crawley 03-17-2007 2:23 PM

lose the ones on the back that are exposed, but that looks sweet. Do you have pics of just the under platform lights on when it's dark out?

boss210 03-17-2007 2:50 PM

im with grant, that looks like it belongs on a centurion....

captain_542 03-20-2007 12:56 PM

i am begging for someone to write a tutorial for this mod!!! please. <BR> <BR>looks good mike.

Ben Kerran 03-20-2007 3:26 PM

Phillip (boss210)-Great Post. Thank you for being unbiased and so informative. You get my nod for poster of the month

bradtm16 03-21-2007 6:20 PM

I think some on the bottom curves of the tower on each side would look sweet also. Looks bad ass though.

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