Tuesday, June 15, 2021

 Installed the sPOD and Probably Saved my 80 and my Life!

I finally got around to completing the installation of my sPOD BantamX and got all the aux lights and aftermarket devices wired up. What I found under the dash was a bit startling though. Most of the wires the previous owner had run were too small for the loads they carried and were melted and burned. There were probably four aftermarket stereo installs stacked on top of one another that I still need to complete removal. What a mess!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Well We Movin On Up!

 To a Rooftop Tent in the Sky, hi, hi...

So I have a GoFast Campers Superlite RTT on-order, but they are delayed into 2022 and I wanted one for this season of offroad, overland, and camping. These things are like 80lbs and only 4-inches tall when closed!

I went for a SmittyBilt Overlander XL Gent 2 (75x120 when open! 147lbs) and mounted to Yagi yesterday... It has been in my garage for two months waiting on my to get around to dealing with it!

I decided to go with the clamshell design of the Superlite to make setup and breakdown easier than a ground tent... This fold-out RTT is not filling me with joy! First time setup and breakdown was a serious pain for me and my first instinct is to get the dang thing off my rig! But it was my first time dealing with it so I think I need to give it a few tries before I condemn it.

I think I will hold onto this Overlander tent after this season and mount it to a custom trailer. Having it lower to the ground will make setup and breakdown far easier to manage.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Let There Be Light!

 Well at least headlight housings...

I tracked down some South American spec headlight assemblies for my Yagi. These were a major list item for me if I ever owned an FZJ80 Land Cruiser and I am so pleased that I managed to find a brand new set. I found these in Dubai!

I need to decide what to do for lights, but I am not in hurry on this one. I want to get it right. This is what it should look like once installed though.

Winch Swap Day!

Major Upgrade Day!

I finally got around to installing my bargain bin Warn Zeon 10-S winch that I got for half price because it was "non-functioning." New controller and BAM fully operational!

The bumper isn't designed to accept this winch, so I had to make some 1-1/4" spacers for the foot mount to get the winch to clear the taper of the bumper.

I finished it off with a Factor55 Ultrahook and RRP.

The controller pack is zipped to the bumper for now while I figure out a mounting solution for it. I'll be cutting the roller fairlead mounts off and making a front license plate holder to cover the top line feed opening.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Light'em Up!

 Stereo Redux 2.0... (There will be a 3.0) & Replacing Bulbs

The PO (I think two POs ago) did a number on the stereo he installed. House speaker wire, power, ground, and accessory power wired apart from the factory harness and the factory amp gutted. He left a rat's nest of wires behind the dash as well as cutting out all the supports and just setting an aftermarket stereo in the hole.

It took me a while to sort things out, get the joints soldered and everything to fit. It isn't where I want it to be, but it is better than it was. I decided to ignore the factory harness, and wire up a new one too. 3.0 will involve new speakers, new amp, new speaker wire and I'll connect all of it to the factory harness to keep things clean.

I got the dimmer working!

Installed new bulbs in the dash to improve visibility and get all the indicators working.

I got all the switches and aux audio & power ports installed. I also shot the bezel with textured black topcoat so I could delete the hole in the dash above the radio. You can see the little LED (top right) in the pic below and it is gone in the video above.

I might go off the deep-end on the LED thing and solder new bulbs inside the push buttons switches and A/C controls. We'll see how bored I get in the coming weeks.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Spring Time Sunday Stroll

 Stretching Our Legs in the Nevada Desert

Desert landscape has some of the most unappreciated beauty in the world. There's nothing quite like it and while it may seem desolate, it is vibrant, diverse, and alive. My daughter and I had a change to take Yagi out to appreciate some of that beauty on this beautiful Sunday in March.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Take a Seat.. Or Two

 A New Home for My Buns!

I got my Corbeau LG1 XL seats installed today. Pretty comfy, but a tight fit in an already snug vehicle made by small Japanese men.

I think I'll put some Scheel-Mann Vario XL seats in eventually, but these will do for now.

Thursday, March 18, 2021


 Plasti-Dip is the Devil!

I got the plastidip off the wheels and I think it looks so much better! I also got my Wheelskin installed along with my HAM radio and got some Battle Born Cruisers flare on the spare tire carrier.

It is Good to Have Fabrication Friends

 Mounts, mounts, and more Mounts!

I took Yagi to my buddy Ryan's house to get some mounts fabricated. Three out of four were completed because I need to do some rearranging in the engine compartment for the compressor to fit.

sPOD and UDA module

Hi-Lift mount

I need to pull the boat battery left by the PO and install a smaller blue top Optima in a box and possibly replace the factory coolant overflow and windshield washer bottles to fit the ARB twin compressor. 

 Installed the sPOD and Probably Saved my 80 and my Life! I finally got around to completing the installation of my sPOD BantamX and got all...