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    Internal cup holder rings


    Shadetreefab
    • Year: 2007 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: Lsv Cost: $0-$249 DIY or Professional Install: I installed it / created it

    Welcome to this episode of alcohol fueled good ideas. Every one has cup holder rings on the out side, I wanted them on the inside to be different.939FB4B2-2AF8-4DA2-86DD-11A6EB985452.jpeg.f81ff8f0bce500a771960409e9ba011e.jpeg

    acrylic seems to be the go to material that a lot of people are using. I wanted something to defuse the lights a little so I tried hdpe. All measurement are for older Malibu 3.5” cut out SS cup holders. Measure yours to check before starting.986955FF-12EC-4053-AE0D-CB9BD55A7B29.jpeg.4bfa781a695f8ae6e077e694585a3a6e.jpeg

    I started with some .750 white hdpe I had laying around from my last table. The inside diameter of a 3.75 hole saw fits just snug in the cup holder. So I used it to layout as many as I could.

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    I used three different size holesaws, starting with 3.75, then 3.5, finally 3. Made all cuts .45 deep starting with the biggest working down.

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    after that I flipped it over to score the 3.75 on the back side.

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    I then took a router and took .1 off the backside. This doesn’t have to be pretty, just milling down for finished height.

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    next I scored the back with the 3.75 and 3”. It helps give it a cleaner edge when drilling all the way through.

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    flip it back over and drill the 3” all the way.

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    then drill with the 3.75. You’ll end up with a ring stuck in the hole saw, gently remove it. On all drilling you have to clean the bit a lot, a couple times for each size, each hole.

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    then take a razor knife and clean it up, have to cut the thin stuff off that was between the 3.75 & 3.5 hole. Finish it up with a little sandpaper.

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    solder up your led strips. These are 5050 rgb. 5 links long. I test them before I seal up the end to make sure it’s working.

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    I then seal the ends. I know my way of sealing is not for every one. But it’s worked for me for a long time. I cover the soldered end with hot glue then shrink tube. 
     

     

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    now the point of no return. Drill a pilot hole just above the the corner then follow it with a step bit to around 3/16 to 1/4. Make sure to clean the holes after drilling, no sharp edges.D8B5EEF7-920D-48D3-A141-88B675405DFE.jpeg.a27fc560e1d0443ced949efdd8dde75d.jpeg

    Insert the pig tail from inside to out. Start the led stripe just a little from the hole and wrap it around lights facing in.

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    slide ring down at a little bit of an angle. You want to cover the soldered part first then work around pushing the strip back and ring down.

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    after I like to check them agin before install.

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    Sick! That looks better than external rings for sure.  Nice write up.  Hole saws and hdpe?  Never thought of that. Genius. 

    That last pic with a bazillion lights... pretty sure all you’re missing is a stripper pole.  :)

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    4 hours ago, Rugger said:

    Sick! That looks better than external rings for sure.  Nice write up.  Hole saws and hdpe?  Never thought of that. Genius. 

    That last pic with a bazillion lights... pretty sure all you’re missing is a stripper pole.  :)

    Not going lie, I got one drawn up, but the mats are Lil pricy. It might get nuts with 2812’s instead of 5050’s too

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    3 hours ago, JWALL said:

    Unreal !!!! I feel just stupid for my little LED post.......just sick !!!!!!!!! Nice work

    5EA2E6B7-B2A9-4383-BB71-FA1B539F3B62.jpeg.3c9fadcbe5ea444f2d7f0f4e462c9f20.jpegthe cup holder where easy, splitting open the speakers to change boards was hard. And thank you

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    Shadetree for the win as always!! Would love to pick you brain over some beers/cocktails one day. Just when I think Im killing it you remind me theres guys that have forgotten more than I know now 🙄🙄🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤣😂.

     

     

     

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    3 minutes ago, freeheel4life said:

    Shadetree for the win as always!! Would love to pick you brain over some beers/cocktails one day. Just when I think Im killing it you remind me theres guys that have forgotten more than I know now 🙄🙄🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤣😂.

     

     

     

    That’s only because I don’t post the first threes times I tried it and messed up. If your ever in nor cal hit me up

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    What is that cool disco light with the green and million reds? Super cool cup holder project. I’d love to do this in-conjunction with my outside rings I. Different colors.

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    9 hours ago, Jeremy Kuklenski said:

    What is that cool disco light with the green and million reds? Super cool cup holder project. I’d love to do this in-conjunction with my outside rings I. Different colors.

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