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Electric Cutout Installation

Here’s a quick write-up of my electric exhaust cutout installation.  I did the installation at my parents house in Georgetown with my dad.  When I say “I did” I probably really mean “we did” it – or better yet, he did it. I got the cutouts from Dave Hacker at DMH Performance .

Here’s a picture of where I installed the button.  It’s the round button right above the T/C button  (which is right above the center console  compartment).  It looks factory, so it’s kinda hard to see unless you know what you are looking for.

Finished Cutout Button

 

I ran the wires through the rubber shift boot, looking up from under the car – it’s the white rubber part on top of the transmission. I did the whole installation without taking the cover for the shifter off, but I bet it would have been a hell of a lot easier if I took it off.  I just put my hand up the side of the console to feed the wires and make the hole in the shift boot. I put my hand in the side of the console where you can see the wire hanging out in some of the pictures. I centered the switch above the T/C button and had to cut out part of the plastic so it would fit through. I  took the top level plastic off, drilled a pilot hole, then used a 3/4″ bit to make the hole for the switch.Electric Cutout Photo Gallery

The default length of wire that comes is extra long, so I just coiled it up under the center console. I had to extend the red power wire because I installed the switch right above the traction control (T/C) button and I wanted to pull power directly from the fuse box. I fed the power wire under the center console and up into the fuse box to a 20 amp fuse.  

For the time being, I wired the black ground wire onto the bolt on the passenger seat closest to the console.  There may be a good place to ground it under the console, but like I said I didn’t take the console all the way apart.

There are many more pictures in the photo gallery eCutout album

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Jet Ski: Fixed

More info on the Jet Ski. As I mentioned before we got it up and running within the first week we had it in Dallas. It had been broken for about two years. My dad and brother attempted to work on it, but I really dont know how much effort they invested into it. We pulled the CDI box — which is a small sealed box that houses all the electronic components — only to find that it was developing it's own mini-environment inside it. If we were to buy all the individual parts inside it, we would have spent over 1500 dollars. We went on ebay and bought a $300 replacement box and had it shipped to us within the first week.

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Here's a list of the things we replaced/fixed:

  • CDI Box — all components inside
  • Throttle cable
  • Choke Assembly
  • Fuel Filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Oil Change

The speedometer doesn't work — so we need to figure out what's wrong with that. The ski smokes a bit when it starts up, so we are thinking about doing a modification that removes the Oil Tank/Pump and allows you to manually put the oil into the gas. The guy at the Kawasaki dealership said he recommends it. It's supposed to be better on the motor and improve performance.

This saturday was the second time I got to go out on it since I've been in Dallas for the internship. I think Travis has gone out on it five or six times. It ended up costing me just over $500 dollars to get it fixed. My parents said they would pay me back for it, so I need to get all the bills together and work out a total.

It was taken to the lake (2) two weekends in a row without having the trailer registered because of the stupid system at the County Office. They were going to charge us for two years because the of the date at which we wanted to register the trailer. The last two weeks in May would have forced us to pay for the whole 2005-2006 year. We decided to wait until June and just pay for the 2006-2007 year.

It's all registered now and is begging me to ride it. I look at a little lake out my window all day and it makes me want to leave work and go to the lake. Oh well, it's just something to look forward to for the weekends.