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Unread 12-14-2012, 04:16 AM   #46
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Skerr,

I appreciate the info and you would be correct sir. The plug that I'm holding feeds the electrical components to the rear of the Jeep (turn signals, brake lights, etc.). I have discovered, since posting those pics, that the orange and black wires that have been snipped off are for the factory dome light (for hardtops). The problem now is trying to find a female version of that factory plug so I can connect the two wires together. If I can't find some female factory two-wire plugs, I have some other two-wire connectors that I can solder on each end for a new connection. Problem is, there is not much room for my fat self to work under the dash or enough wire sticking out from the back of the fuse panel to apply a new connector on that end (easily).

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Just because there is a plug doesn't mean something is disconnected.
I'm learning this the hard way. I was under the dash last night and noticed there were a couple of plugs that were not connected. Since this CJ-7 is a base model, I assume that some of these plugs are for items like cruise control, A/C controls, tachometer, etc.

On the cardboard and duct tape, there are more than a few tragedies that I'll eventually get around to fixing on the Yeti. I'll keep at it.

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Unread 12-14-2012, 04:41 AM   #47
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I need professional help...

A few years ago I knew nothing about electronics. So to alleviate my frustration, I picked up the hobby of refurbishing and repairing old 1980s arcade video games (you know, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, etc.). One thing I learned over the years about 30 year old electronics is they fail. Wires break, connectors crack, and shorts happen....I'm used to that aggravation.

While I was lying there under the Yeti's dash last night inspecting the soup of electrical wires, I accidentally "snapped" off one of the instrument panel indicator lamps. They were so brittle and old that it took no pressure to snap the rest of them off. So I ordered a new set of lamps. Half of the knobs I have are missing, so I ordered a new control cable kit for the heater, temp, and air. If there's one thing I love about this project is that you can buy just about anything new for a CJ-7.

While I have the dash ripped apart, I might as well do the Blazer blower motor upgrade so I'll have a real "working" defrost and heater (although it doesn't stay too cold in Texas for long).

I've been hating on my dash's instruments since I bought the Yeti and have been wanting to replace them with "better" gauges. I've never liked combo-gauges (speedo, water temp, fuel) anyway. Half of my gauges don't work (fuel, water temp, oil pressure). Instead of leaving well enough alone and just fixing what I have, I've decided that I'm going to build a custom dash layout with new Auto Meter gauges. I had planned on adding a clock and tachometer to this beast anyway, might as well just do it now and get it over with. I'm planning on replicating the indicator lamps from around the factory speedometer (bright, 4x4, etc.) with LEDs. Other than a straight jacket, you guys got any other ideas I should add to this dash while I'm in there?

I love a good challenge. Stay tuned kids, this drama is just getting ready to get kicked into four wheel low!

(I need therapy...)
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Unread 12-14-2012, 04:51 AM   #48
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Man you got too much time! Pulled the dash to fix an indicator! I reckon you're just looking for excuses for a full tear down rebuild, why I've even heard that some folks even take the "frame off" in order to replace the slave cylinders in the rear! You get into it tiger, I'm lovin your thread......
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Unread 12-14-2012, 07:47 AM   #49
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Check these out:

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.c...rod/prd836.htm

I wish these had been out when I re-did my dash....
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I wish these had been out when I re-did my dash....
Impressive.
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And I bet those work ALL of the time!
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Unread 12-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #52
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Man you got too much time! Pulled the dash to fix an indicator! I reckon you're just looking for excuses for a full tear down rebuild, why I've even heard that some folks even take the "frame off" in order to replace the slave cylinders in the rear! You get into it tiger, I'm lovin your thread......
HA! That's hilarious. I have a full time job (50+ hours per week), I go to school full time (16+ hours per semester), and a jeep addict. I'm drinking from a firehose!

REDnBLUES - I saw those and appreciate the tip, but I think I'm going to stick with Auto Meter as I have more options.

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Unread 12-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #53
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I hear you...I have the Autometer Phantoms myself
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A few years ago I knew nothing about electronics. So to alleviate my frustration, I picked up the hobby of refurbishing and repairing old 1980s arcade video games (you know, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, etc.). One thing I learned over the years about 30 year old electronics is they fail. Wires break, connectors crack, and shorts happen....I'm used to that aggravation.

While I was lying there under the Yeti's dash last night inspecting the soup of electrical wires, I accidentally "snapped" off one of the instrument panel indicator lamps. They were so brittle and old that it took no pressure to snap the rest of them off. So I ordered a new set of lamps. Half of the knobs I have are missing, so I ordered a new control cable kit for the heater, temp, and air. If there's one thing I love about this project is that you can buy just about anything new for a CJ-7.

While I have the dash ripped apart, I might as well do the Blazer blower motor upgrade so I'll have a real "working" defrost and heater (although it doesn't stay too cold in Texas for long).

I've been hating on my dash's instruments since I bought the Yeti and have been wanting to replace them with "better" gauges. I've never liked combo-gauges (speedo, water temp, fuel) anyway. Half of my gauges don't work (fuel, water temp, oil pressure). Instead of leaving well enough alone and just fixing what I have, I've decided that I'm going to build a custom dash layout with new Auto Meter gauges. I had planned on adding a clock and tachometer to this beast anyway, might as well just do it now and get it over with. I'm planning on replicating the indicator lamps from around the factory speedometer (bright, 4x4, etc.) with LEDs. Other than a straight jacket, you guys got any other ideas I should add to this dash while I'm in there?

I love a good challenge. Stay tuned kids, this drama is just getting ready to get kicked into four wheel low!

(I need therapy...)
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Unread 12-16-2012, 08:55 AM   #55
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Possible New Dash Layout

Kicking this layout around. Any thoughts?

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Green LEDs = turn signals
Blue LED = high beam indicator
Amber LED = 4x4 mode
Red LED = Parking brake

I think I'm going with the Auto Meter Phantom II series (electronic with short sweep). Anybody see any issues with these gauges in a CJ-7?

Should have plenty of room to add rocker switches when I add some auxiliary items (fog lights, air compressor, etc.).
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Unread 12-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #56
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Too busy... IMO. But if YOU like it, go for it. I would definitely angle the gauges, whatever you decide to do. A couple guys have some insight on what to use and how to do it (rixcj, for one). Besides making it easier to see, it adds a sporty, classy look.
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Unread 12-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #57
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That dash panel that rixcj put together is absolutely sick! I wish I had access to some metal working tools that would allow me to build a dash like that. Having the gauges angled would definitely be a benefit.
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That dash panel that rixcj put together is absolutely sick!.....
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Unread 12-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #59
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Here you go

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Unread 12-17-2012, 06:14 PM   #60
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Fresh in from the powder coaters. That tire carrier and all its pieces were covered in rust. Not anymore!

I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

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