2005 JCW 210 Refresh - A diamond in the rough?

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  1. Sportspack Mark

    Sportspack Mark New Member

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    Hi Guys

    Just thought I would share the refresh of my 05 Cooper S with JCW 210 tuning kit.

    With only 54k on the clock this was too good to miss. Mechanically its had everything it has ever needed done, on the outside it just needs some loving.
    Jan 2005 Cooper S.

    Spec as follows.

    Chili Red / White
    Leather Gravity Panther Black

    Chili Pack
    Visibility Pack
    C0ckpit Chrono Pack
    Automatic air conditioning
    White Bonnet Stripes
    Power Fold Mirrors
    Chrome Line Interior
    Heated Seats
    Multi Function Steering Wheel
    Head Airbags
    Warning Triangle & First Aid Kit
    Park Distance Control (PDC)
    CD changer for 6 CDs

    When it arrived at the dealers ( I now work for them as a MINI Sales Executive) it had the following dealer fitted accessories added.


    JCW Aerokit
    JCW 210 bhp kit
    JCW Suspension

    As I first saw it - A bit of a dog

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  2. Sportspack Mark

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    First thing on the agenda - front end repaint and a good machine polish







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    Some new rear aero kit decals - much better!



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    Chequer interior mirror cover
     

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  3. 00Mini

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    Looking good !!
     
  4. Sportspack Mark

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    17" Bullets refurbished - Tyres were good when I bought the car, Pirelli P Zero runflats all round

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    Rear lights with clear indicator lenses - along with a Genuine R53 spec JCW rear badge.

    The original owner didn't want the car badged up with the JCW badges so were never fitted. He must of wanted it to be a bit of a sleeper!

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    All done!
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    I found a JCW leather dash and downtimes, had to have those!
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    Next was to fix the mushroomed strut top mounts. Bought a MINI Value Line repair kit from work, it was cheaper than ordering the 2 strut tops on their own and booked it into the workshop. A lot of bashing later with a hammer and block of wood things were looking good. After an alignment check it was perfect. To keep things safe again I opted to fit a GTT strut brace which I had custom painted in Chili Red with Black II inlays and Aspen White badge.

    Also see MINI convertible braces fitted

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    forgot to say, up to now car has had the following mechanical work done

    Oil Service
    Brake Fluid Service
    Vehicle Health Check
    New power steering pump - Warranty
    New clutch fitted, old one was really heavy
    Crack at exhaust flexi pipe was also welded up
    Coolant change
    Air Con regas

    First owner also came into work and gave me the tuning certificate and original MINI Passport that he got with the car.
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  5. Sportspack Mark

    Sportspack Mark New Member

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    John Cooper signature on the bonnet, the same style as the WC50 R56s
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    For the launch of the F56 JCW my car was in the showroom to represent the R53 Works
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    JCW Leather / Alcantara steering wheel & JCW Leather / Carbon gear knob

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    Much nicer!

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    New front JCW Badge, number plate mount and lower grille as they had faded badly. When I had the front end repainted I had bought new top and lower aero grilles




    Last week I treated the car to a private registration number - P21 JCW

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    Ive got a pair of JCW entry door sill strips to add and some Gen 1 JCW centre caps to go on the wheels.

    My aim is to improve and enhance the car where possible but want it to remain original as there are so many modified R53s out there, the original cars are proving harder and harder to find. I don't plan on ever selling this car so keep an eye on future updates. Many thanks for looking and any suggestions / feedback / criticism is welcomed.
     
  6. MCS02

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    Wow! Great R53 and in the fastest color!
     
  7. JackMac

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    Wow, almost an exact twin of my R53. Even did the same signature on the bonnet stripe. Looks great.
     
  8. whaap

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    You've done a beautiful job. Congratulations.
     
  9. Whales

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    Great Looking R53! Way to go!!
     
  10. ScottinBend

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    Way to keep the R53 love going!
     
  11. 00Mini

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    I like your idea of keeping it originalish.
     
  12. Dave.0

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    Great looking car, R53 forever!
     
  13. MCS02

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    ^^^^Amen^^^
     
  14. Tata Steva

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    Hello brother from another mother...
     
  15. papa-j

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    Inspiring to see this effort and thanks for the photos of nice results.
    Cheers :beer
     
  16. Zillon

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    Hm. I like your style of removing the mirrors for a polish.

    I may have to do the same.
     
  17. mrntd

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    Great find. Good looking improvements.:Thumbsup:
     
  18. Eric@Helix

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    Oh, so nobody dares to address the elephant in the room?

    "nice car" "great job" "love the stripes" and none of you have the balls. Okay, well, I'll say it, then.

    Your steering wheel is on the wrong side. Didn't you even notice when you bought the thing???
     
  19. MCS02

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    Oh I saw it, I just thought he reversed the negative!:biggrin5:
     
  20. Sportspack Mark

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    LOL All the MINIs I have had have been right hand drive! :idea::cornut:
     

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