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Wiring hole in roof?

What do you use to seal the wiring hole in the roof (MR) for solar and accessory lights? I think i heard someone say a molex connector, can anyone be more specific? Is there a 90 degree version so that it will be parallel with the roof line?
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I used: Heyco 8507 HF 1/2-NPT-90-TWIST Quick Twist Connector inserted into oval hole. Sealed with Stikaflex 291. Fitting hole will allow passing of single Ancor 10/2 Duplex wire or 4 each 10 gauge single wires (really tight, 3 easily). I got mine as part of my The Kid solar panel controller marine install kit, but you can get them at Amazon and I presume many other places. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jethad...7651383938582/
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Info on 90 degree fitting used:

http://www.ortontransit.info/solar.php
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Thanks for the responses. No offense guys, but those are butt-ugly. Is there anything smaller that would work?
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Thanks for the responses. No offense guys, but those are butt-ugly. Is there anything smaller that would work?
Really.....How many people are going to look on your roof. Maybe eBay has some designer ones that are pretty!
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Wiring hole in roof?

These cable glands fit precisely, to the thread, into the circular holes:

uxcell 10 Pcs Black Plastic Waterproof Cable Glands M20 x 1.5 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Q846A4..._jxx9wb78QRVJ5

They fit in the oval holes too with a sliced-in-half-lengthwise rubber grommet from this kit:

125pc Rubber Grommet & Plug Assortment - Includes Solid Plugs - Automotive, Airplane, Marine Applications https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00552Q1P6..._Syx9wbS3J5CZ6

This smaller gland size works beautifully as well for the circular hole:

10 Pcs PG9 Black Waterproof Cable Gland Connectors https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BXWVLNE..._6zx9wb4W5YJ3X

I sealed with this stuff:
3M Marine 5200 Adhesive Sealant, Black, 3 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Y89JC8..._VFx9wb91K343V

Here's my install that squeezed 2 16gauge and 2 14gauge wires through the smaller PG9 gland, and 2 10gauge and 4 14gauge wires through the larger.








I think these are quite un-butt, personally.
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Really.....How many people are going to look on your roof. Maybe eBay has some designer ones that are pretty!
Although ugly is a concern, mostly I'm worried about low-profile and stealthy so folks don't know I have a panel up there. I was hoping there's be a 90 degree connector that would conform more at the roof level.

Also, anyone tried venting their batteries through it? My guess is the hole is too small.
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I think that's the ticket. Anyone have one on a Transit? Thanks!
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