1st Gen JCW Refreshing Rufus - 2005 MCS JCW

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  1. MCS02

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    It looks great!
     
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    Did you get that wheel padded?
     
  3. agranger

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    Yes. The options I ordered:
    • Padded out 1.5mm the whole way around.
    • Solid leather all the way around (perforations and alacantera would drive me a bit nutty w/ cleaning).
    • red 12 o'clock marker
    • A 'small' flat bottom (flattened, but not to an extreme)
    • Sport grips (the thumb pads at 10 and 2)
    Chico, the guy who did my wheel, also does a beautiful carbon fiber thing (replacing the top and bottom sections w/ CF), but I've got too much CF wrap on my car and I didn't want to mix 2 CF materials.
     
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    Rufus in in Dragon prep mode for MOTD 2019... He's off with Sal at Kintech Motorwerks here in Charlotte, NC for a new clutch (Southbend Stage 2 - Driver clutch... recommended to me by Way for a clutch that is a bit more sporting than stock but not so heavy that it will break my left knee), a Quaife LSD and a new PS pump.

    Once I get Rufus back from the shop, he will get some fresh brake fluid, an oil/filter change and I'll install a VHF radio that I bought back from Jango's (my first R53) second owner... it can broadcast on GMRS frequencies at 20 watts (2-3 watts is the max for hand-held radios) and has an external antenna (the real limiting factor on the hand-held radios... lock the antenna in a big metal box and you lose a lot of signal). It isn't 100% legal, but it sure does make leading drives easier and I'm a considerate user of the airspace (usually in the middle of nowhere). The rear end of my drive groups have NO problems hearing the instructions from the front! :D

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    Can’t believe you are going to break in a new clutch at the Dragon.
     
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    It's better than being stuck on the side of the road with a car that won't move. :D
     
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    Well... I got a call from Kinetech Motorworks last week, the shop where Rufus has been staying for a while.

    New Southbend Stage 2 'driver' clutch is going in with guide tube and throw-out bearing, of course.

    New Quaife LSD is going in, with new bearings.

    New Transmission seal, differential seal and oil cooler seals.

    They discovered that the axle boots were decayed/torn and the axles needed replacement (went with OEM as I've heard dodgy things about the inexpensive aftermarket ones and I don't need crazy high power ones as I'm not intending to go crazy with engine mods... I'm very happy w/ my stock JCW power. Maybe I'll drop a 16% pulley on at some point (if it is convenient and I'm in there for another job), but I can't ever see going past that.

    I'll give 'em a call later today to check in... Friday is my drop-dead day. I need Rufus back in time to do an oil change and install my VHF radio before MOTD.
     
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    Insane Shafts/RMW axles are actually cheaper than OEM for a pair......
     
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    Woo! Rufus' repair work is done and he's home! Maybe an hour after posting, above, I got a message from the shop and they were ready for me to come on out to do a pick-up.

    The clutch needs a bit of time to break in and I need some time to adjust (it engages at a higher point than it used to).

    He gets an oil change, a brake fluid bleed and the VHF radio installed this weekend, then I should be ready to start packing for MOTD. :D
     
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    I asked a friend of mine, Alycyn Drew, to take some photos this year while at MOTD. Here are a few of my favorites:

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    And one from 128Photos.com from when I was leading the Donut Run across the Dragon on Friday morning.

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    Looking great
     
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    Great pictures arranger !!
     
  13. agranger

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    I keep looking at the ride height. I think that the coil-overs have settled in over the past year and it's looking a bit low. I might raise it up 1/2 inch or so. I like a sporting look, but not slammed.
     
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    It doesn't looked slammed to me, Looks good!
     

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