Thanks, DMinor! I'm actually using Elna Slimic II's. I read you stating others sound better, but since these are my first diyMods, to me they sound absolutely fantastic. I've been toying with offering a few "special editions" with some crazy expensive Blackgates I might purchase on ebay from Japan.
You're right, it is ridiculously fun to do this! Although I killed 4 iPod mini boards in the process (lifted pads), I've got the procedure down now, and I'm pretty quick and efficient with it.
No, I did not wire directly to LOD pins; I wired it as mentioned in the diymod guides. If you've wired yours directly to the LOD pins, how did you mange to get a clean connection on such a small, crowded area?