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    Where have you run your solar wires?

    Howdy,

    I have bought a solar panel that I will fix to my front runner roof rack. Just wondering where people have you run their solar panel cables from the roof into the cab? Any pics would be handy As far as I can find there isn't really any write ups or pictures on this.

    Cheers,

    Scotty

    110 Td5 Defender 99

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    I drilled a hole (marked in red)
    Inserted a rubber grommet, and silicone up as well
    Then covered the grommet with the ladder.

    The cable runs down the rack support to the cutter (in blue)

    Been like this for 5 years as no water in.

    lr wire.jpg
    2015 Defender 110

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    My 110 dual cab (or no cab at the moment) had a hole in both pillars about 20mm down from gutter
    Solar cable through one side
    Spot light feed through other
    Cables were a bit light for my liking but all worked until the roof got squashed

    I think the way most people go is through the snorkel (if you have one)
    It is what Iíll be doing when I get around to fitting the snorkel to the newer 110
    (New in 1985)

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    Gav

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    I just have a roof mounted panel with an Anderson plug. Easy enough to connect to an internal lead at the end of the day or camping more than just overnight..
    DeeJay
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    1977 SWB Hardtop

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    Mine runs down the windscreen side of the snorkel, under the corner of the bonnet, across the back of the engine bay, down to the chassis and along and then up into the battery box. Been there five years no problems.
    2009 Defender 110 2.4. ARB bulbar, Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Steinbauer chip, AP HD clutch, Lightforce spots, larger tank, Off Road Systems drawer, Traxide 160 controller, Tekonsha brakes, Mulgo seat runners, Uniden UHF, Nuggetstuff seat corners, breathers, Polaris GPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoMick View Post
    Mine runs down the windscreen side of the snorkel, under the corner of the bonnet, across the back of the engine bay, down to the chassis and along and then up into the battery box. Been there five years no problems.
    Exactly what I have done with driving-light wiring.
    Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind...than the whole race of politicians put together.
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    I decided to connect mine permanently because the solar keeps the starting battery charged even when the vehicle is parked. As the starting battery is charged the DBC connects to the second battery and charge flows from the first to second batteries, and can run the fridge. This works well when camping. It also seems to be good for battery health.
    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJay View Post
    I just have a roof mounted panel with an Anderson plug. Easy enough to connect to an internal lead at the end of the day or camping more than just overnight..
    2009 Defender 110 2.4. ARB bulbar, Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Steinbauer chip, AP HD clutch, Lightforce spots, larger tank, Off Road Systems drawer, Traxide 160 controller, Tekonsha brakes, Mulgo seat runners, Uniden UHF, Nuggetstuff seat corners, breathers, Polaris GPS.

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