Hi folks, so I am doing a complete restoration and rebuild of my expedition vehicle, and I am looking for a solution for roof-top wiring. On top of my Truck, I will have 4 Hella Ralleye 4000 driving lights, as well as 2 smaller Hella light on the back of my roof rack for reverse driving at night. I also have a CB Antenna. So I have need to run several wires into the cabin of my truck. The quick and dirty way I ran this setup before was via a simple hole I drilled into the roof with a grommet (there is no headliner in my vehicle) and passed the wires through inside a piece of conduit. This worked fine, but during heavy rains it would seep and drip water, and when I took my roof rack off I still had a huge run of wiring on top of my truck.
So, what I want to do this time around, is install a "control box" if you will, or a small bulk head that I can run plugs and sockets in. Basically, I will cut a small rectangular hole in the roof of my truck, and weld in a box that will connect the wires inside the cabin to the outside via plugs and sockets.
So far I have seen some decent looking options from Hella and a few marine style plug and socket varieties, but I can't get over the fact that these plugs typically cost around $40 each for a 4-pin. I am willing to spend the money, but I cannot seem to understand why these are so expensive when all it is doing is connecting wires like a WeatherPack connector, but with something you can mount to a hole.
Anyone have any suggestions here?