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Old 02-06-2018, 11:03 AM
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Default RV-8 Tail Strobe Wire Routing

In the midst of routing wiring and planning the run to my tail strobe, which will be a AeroLED Suntail. The wiring has been supplied by Aerotronics, but I've got to make the terminations and route the wire. I've done some searches and I've got some ideas, but looking for additional suggestions for routing the wire from the aft bulkhead to the rudder bottom. Any photos, details or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:41 PM
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This is from when I had the Whelen strobe installed, but the same idea worked for the Suntail.

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Old 02-06-2018, 02:30 PM
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I also routed my wiring through the aft bulkhead below the bottom rudder bolt bracket, then curved it up into the lower cap. I encased/protected the wire in clear vinyl tubing from Home Depot Aviation Supply's refrigerator icemaker tubing section.

In the links below (from my KitLog site), you see how I created the mount for the tail light.

Here's what you don't see (sorry): I connected the ship's end and light's end wires using 20-gauge 2-wire male/female connectors I bought from a local RC model aircraft store. These things are awesome: They connect firmly and are very thin, passing through the center of the light's mounting bracket hole on the bottom of the lower rudder cap. In turn, I gave myself plenty of service-loop slack in the tail, which will allow me to pull the light for future maintenance. I shrink-wrapped all of these connections for stress relief, and it just rests in the rudder bottom cap.

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