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    led nav lights in rub rail?

    EDIT: Scroll down to see led lights installed. thanks!

    I've messed with these led strips on a million things, but i can't find a pic or an explanation how people are cutting the rubrail and mounting them inside it. Can someone explain or show me a picture how you guys are cutting them into your rub rail (not just on top or next to). thanks!
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    I have a Nitro Z6. I traced the shape of the led on the rub rail and used a Dremel tool to cut it out. I then took a very fine file to smooth it out. After that I removed the double stick on the back of the leds. I drilled a 1/8'' hole in hull to feed the wire. I used black RTV silicone and filled the slot pretty fill with silicone. I then pushed the led into the hole and taped in place with masking tape. After it dried I removed the masking tape. One other thing I did to make it look better is I removed the heat shrink at the end of the led on the wire side, folded the wire to the back side and put new heat shrink on the end. That puts the wire on the back and not off the side.

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    Do not cut your rubrail!!!

    Man I am telling you do not cut your rubrail. I messed up and cut mine in the shape of the led light strip and was a total wreck to say the least! This was before the guy on here sent me the instructions on the easy way. All you have to do is tape the light to the outside of the rail mark where each individual led light will be and then drill where those marks are. Then place the light strip in the rub rail and align each hole with a led light and they will shine thru. AGAIN DO NOT CUT THE RUBRAIL It is more trouble than what it is worth.

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    using the hole method, how are you getting the leds under the rail, pulling the hole thing off or is there a way to just pop it off in one spot?

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    How to: RUB RAIL light

    I didn't want to cut mine..But mine is ole skool..




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    My insert will pull out where ever you want it to and however far u want it too... 07 Procraft 200SP

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    I have the old school rub rail with the "rope" in it. I installed mine by cutting some of the rope out. Taking my time to make usre it looked good, it took me about 40 minutes installing and wiring, and they look great. I bought the red and green 12 inch led strips from Blu Water LED and it cost me less than $35 including shipping.

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    i didn't think about pushing the wires under the rub rail, that should work just fine. Not to harp on bluewater, but i've used tons of those LED strips off ebay from china, and for 2 bucks and usually free shipping, i just resolder thicker wires onto them (the come with that angel hair crap) and they're still going strong, and bright as hell to boot. I'll post a pic when i get mine mounted. Thanks again guys!

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    Here is how mine are installed.....3m contact cement

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    I cut my rubrail with no problems and so have several friends. I used a Dremal Tool on one side and xacto on the other. The xacto knife was much easier. I used masking tape and made an outline of the area to be cut. Good luck.


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    Where can I find lights like this? Are they coast guard approved?
    Phoenix 721 w/ 250 pro xs

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    go to ebay and search led light strips. They are from china and are about $2 and you can get them anywhere from 4 inches long to 50 feet. You can cut them as well. There are other lights out there but i have used these china ones on my motorcycles, cars, and now my boat. The only thing i reccommend is pulling off the original wires and replace with a tad thicker, because they come with what looks like 50 guage wire and is hard to do anything with. They are bright as hell and havn't had one fail yet. You can get other brands and spend more money if you want, this is just what i've always uses. AS for coast guard approved, technically probably not, but as i've read on other posts, most wardens on inland waters don't hassle because they are 100 times brighter than the coast guard approved little halogen bulb that we all have been running for the last 100 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlFedAngler View Post
    I cut my rubrail with no problems and so have several friends. I used a Dremal Tool on one side and xacto on the other. The xacto knife was much easier. I used masking tape and made an outline of the area to be cut. Good luck.
    Get the Bluewater LEDS don't put $2 leds in a $40k boat. They are also a sponsor and stand behind there product.

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    Thanks for the tip guys. Will deff look into.
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    BLUEWATER x2

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    Very easy just cut rub rail and insert lights I had to drill small hole to insert wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theBaitBar View Post
    Get the Bluewater LEDS don't put $2 leds in a $40k boat. They are also a sponsor and stand behind there product.
    Well i don't have a 40k boat, so if you have a 40k boat, you obviously have the money, if you have a less expensive used boat like me, and you have to compromise, the $2 are just as bright and the lights i have on my motorcycle and vehicle have lasted for years.

    edit: I'm not trying to take any business away from bluewater, i'm sure they are great products. For me I just can't spend that kind of money on a light, thats all i'm saying :)
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    Well here they are. Its the little black out of place rectangle under the trolling motor blades. Total investment for both sides, $4.35 including shipping. Just bent the wires to a 90, drilled a hole, filed it flat for the wires, put them in, and siliconed the wires/hole from the inside. Rub rail wouldn't pull out enough for me to hide the wires so i drilled.








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    I went a little led nuts on my 82 champion.

    christmas boat now lol. and the night anchor/fishing lights work for backup lights too

    running lights


    interior lights


    night anchor/fishing lights


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    I just ordered some from Bluewater and can't wait to put them on will post pics after I get them installed

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