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Old 04-28-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
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So, after having done some things lately, it finally occurred to me that this thread should have been posted long ago.

I haven't decided if I will go back and re-post most of the mods that I did with her, here; or just link to them in brief succession. I suppose I just do the linking all quick like and save y'all some time.


This is what she looked like shortly after a 2.5" BB puck lift and WAAG Guards installed in the late summer 2007.

I think I have lost all photos of her from the weekend when I bought her in October 2006 down in Phoenix, AZ. I took in a MNF Bears Cardinals Game at the newer stadium (which was a comeback for the ages), and the very next morning I bought my Jeep. One hell of a weekend for sure, because they were who we thought they were and I didn't let her off the hook.







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Shortly after the above pics I installed a new Sony CDX CD/MP3 deck.



with a PAC-Audio Steering Wheel Control Interface. I didn't want to give up the steering wheel controls just because i had a different stereo.




The install took waaaay to long because at the time I knew, still do, very little about 12v power systems and electrical work in general.

That is one thing for sure that my Jeep has taught me is about working with electricity in circuits n' stuff. Back then, I just chalked electrical things up to P.F.M. or pure ****ing magic...
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So after considering carefully about how much tire I could get away with stuffing in my wheel well, I went and bought some Bushwacker Flares and some BFG TAKO's in the 31" variety...

The Yeti gets a Bushwacker Flare set Installed.

The tires showed up before the flare set did:



These were glamour shots on the same day I finished the flare install. As I was driving up to town from down valley, I'd noticed I hit the 150,000 mile mark. This was a special day indeed...(cue the sappy music here).



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It was very close to this frame of time I had changed the Radiator out in the middle of January. Man was she a real ***** then. It was like -15 in the day time when I had changed it out in the apartment parking lot; I'll never forget that repair.

Right before or after that time frame I installed some white faced indiglow gauges. I remember at the time looking into the whole carbon fiber/brushed aluminum gauge panels and not really liking what I saw so i bought this off of ebay for like $30-$40:




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Next up was the roof rack just before moving back to the Great Midwest, or just plain old Indiana if you want to be a dick about it...

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I had started noticing the yeti's factory alarm going off at strange times of the night or day(no rhyme or reason) and had some kind of a parasitic drain.

It would up being the rear hatch latch switch gone bad.

Here's how I rigged it before fixing it...

There is a very cheap mod for the remedying of such an issue so that your BCM can finally go to sleep and your Alarm doesn't go off all the time after you're sure you closed all of the doors and locked it several times.


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Sometime close to there in the summer of 2012, I got motivated and had a little bit of cash to take care of some wants I had had for quite a bit...

In came the light bar:



Then a CB and a tunable Firestik Antenna:



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Next up was a APN Header:



and then the 99-01 4.0L intake manifold Swap Mod:

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It was roughly at about this time in the Summer of 2012, I started to understand electricity a bit better, and noticed all of the idiotic mistakes I had made earlier in the wiring of some things(stereo)(fog lamps).

So I got motivated to rewire everything right and installed some switches:



It was then I decided I was going to install an DC>AC inverter in the back. Unfortunately at the time, i half assed it yet again with a cheap *** Wally World 40watt inverter. Hey, I was still just dabbling with electricity and then took on a larger task of installing extra switched relay cicuits to various things throughout the Yeti...

Roof Light Rail, Fog Lamps on the WAAG Brush Guard, el Dinko 40w inverter, and decided to wire in a couple of extra empty relays for later expansion. I was thinking about on board air, but really just did it because I could..



I moved around the factory setup circuitry to streamline the factory installed stuff vs. the non-factory stuff.
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There abouts was my first trip to the Badlands at Attica, IN:











T'was a blast.. gotta go back for a long weekend soon... especially now that I have skid plates.
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insert horror movie screams and sounds here...







This was mostly to find a leak from hell:



At first I thought it was a bad/clogged Sunroof Drain. i would get a back seat foot well full of water. It cost me two infinity amps before I got fed up with it and used the excuse to change out my heater core. Low and behold; It must have been a pocket inbetween the unibody and the fender where ice formed and poked through into the cabin.

This was somewhat fun. I like taking things apart to see how they work.

no... I would not wish this upon anyone. Pray that it never happens to you...
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So by this point, by about six months or so, I was looking around at a few limited's in the JY and bought a VIC display component with the idea of wiring it in to the Yeti.

I felt I was ripe for another electrical project and edjumactions; so I went for it and started to wire this nasty ***** in.

going from this:



trying to go to this:




Here's the write up:

GDM to VIC installation instructions

..and about a year later on October 22nd, 2013 I actually finished it!

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Next up I wanted to get an accurate reading on my actual speedometer. Using my GPS when I had a perfectly good speedometer made no more sense. I got my panties in a bunch and set off to fix it.

This is the write up:

Changing out your Speedo Gear for a 31" Tire and 3.73 Gears

This was the dirty ****sucker here:



Edit:



This was the correct Speedo VSS Gear for my 31" tires and 3.73 Gears that put me within 1 mph at or below 50 MPH(dead on at 60MPH or above) on the speedometer when installed.
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Around here I changed over both of my wheel hub bearings and axle shaft U-Joints:



As well as a starter/ignition kill switch. I don't want to show a picture due to the obvious reasons.
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Next up was the 703 injector swap:



As well as performance coil and wires:





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