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05-01-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,747
Posted By agranger

I need to get one of those post cards for a good,...

I need to get one of those post cards for a good, close-up look.

From the resolution on the smallish photo, the front side sure looks like Rufus, my very recently purchased, refreshed and restyled...
12-22-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 698
Views: 1,299,150
Posted By agranger

On my newly acquired 2005 R53, I found 2 areas of...

On my newly acquired 2005 R53, I found 2 areas of rust (the car spent the first 6 years of its life in Canada):

1. Driver's side door, back lower edge: The paint was just starting to bubble, but...
12-18-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,394
Posted By agranger

LOL! Sorry! I was trying to help! By the...

LOL! Sorry! I was trying to help!

By the way... that is a medium grey matte DiNoc carbon fiber vinyl wrap on the dash... I did it myself and it looks great w/ those gauge faces. I think the...
12-18-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,394
Posted By agranger

I have these on my car now. Very nice. ...

I have these on my car now. Very nice.

http://focusoa.com/rufus/refresh39.JPG


http://focusoa.com/rufus/refresh40.JPG


http://focusoa.com/rufus/refresh14.JPG
11-16-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By agranger

If I hadn't just bought new lights/housings, I...

If I hadn't just bought new lights/housings, I would have nabbed these. It's a simple replacement on a R53 folks... Can be done with hand-tools and about an hour in your driveway. You will need a...
11-15-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,735
Posted By agranger

Thanks for the video link! I've done the pulley...

Thanks for the video link! I've done the pulley replacement before, but had left the old crank seal in place. This time (a different car) I'm going to do both, so it was nice to see.
11-13-2017, 05:43 AM
11-12-2017, 10:26 AM
10-31-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 42,632
Posted By agranger

Webspokes are still a favorite wheel of mine and,...

Webspokes are still a favorite wheel of mine and, especially when color is used well, they are one of the better regarded factory wheels. I always had lots of comments and people were surprised that...
10-31-2017, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By agranger

PM sent on thermostat housing and fuel filter set.

PM sent on thermostat housing and fuel filter set.
10-29-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By agranger

And these are sold. :D

And these are sold. :D
10-26-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By agranger

http://i.imgur.com/amrAI5Q.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/amrAI5Q.jpg
10-26-2017, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 596
Posted By agranger

The one in the spring (usually first weekend or...

The one in the spring (usually first weekend or so in May) is MINIs On the Dragon and organized here: http://www.minisonthedragon.com/

The fall one is called "MINIs Slay the Sleeping Dragon" and...
10-18-2017, 06:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 912
Posted By agranger

Nice camel toe in the second pic! :P

Nice camel toe in the second pic! :P
10-13-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,985
Posted By agranger

That's a nice price for brand new skirts and all...

That's a nice price for brand new skirts and all of the necessary bits! I already bought some used skirts and they have a date w/ the paintshop next month. :D
Forum: 1st Gear
10-13-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 73,882
Posted By agranger

Holy crap! This thread is still alive! I...

Holy crap! This thread is still alive!

I picked up Jango, my first R53, and was an early part of this thread. Jango was sold when I was moving to a city where I'd only have a single-car garage...
Forum: Suspension
09-28-2017, 05:43 AM
Replies: 2,302
Views: 3,072,930
Posted By agranger

I've got a thing for R53s with painted arches......

I've got a thing for R53s with painted arches... My first was a '06 PW/PW/PW (Pepper white with body colored roof and arches) and I just acquired an '05 JCW CR/CR/CR.

I don't know if I've ever...
09-27-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 873
Posted By agranger

Coolant tank is gone! Sorry! :P

Coolant tank is gone! Sorry! :P
09-27-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 873
Posted By agranger

PM sent on coolant tank.

PM sent on coolant tank.
09-27-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By agranger

I loved this upgrade on my first R53. I would...

I loved this upgrade on my first R53. I would have snapped 'em up if I weren't planning a BBK (and had the non-JCW brakes on my current car)
Forum: How to
09-27-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 214,995
Posted By agranger

I used to have the Harbor Freight tool. The pins...

I used to have the Harbor Freight tool. The pins weren't in perfect alignment with the MINI holes, but it worked. The tool itself was a POS and I had to tape some of the punch pins in place to keep...
09-25-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
R50/53 - R50/53 Silcone hoses
Views: 768
Posted By agranger

I had a silicone hose set on Jango, my first R53....

I had a silicone hose set on Jango, my first R53. I kept the car for about 2 years after I put them on and didn't have a single problem. It was a daily driver in Texas (lots of summer heat......
09-25-2017, 06:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 823
Posted By agranger

That little sub looks great! Almost like it was...

That little sub looks great! Almost like it was a factor option. Very nice.
09-18-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 823
Posted By agranger

OK... I gotta know. What the heck is that?

OK... I gotta know. What the heck is that?
Forum: How to
08-21-2017, 05:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,975
Posted By agranger

Yeah... but I'm all about the "Use the right tool...

Yeah... but I'm all about the "Use the right tool for the right job" thing as well. I've got a shiny new tensioner tool on the way from Aaron at Outmotoring right now. I love ingenuity, but when...
Forum: How to
08-14-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,975
Posted By agranger

I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I...

I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I wanted to say thank-you for this post. I picked up a used '05 MCS in Austin, TX this past Saturday and immediately started driving it home to Charlotte,...
Forum: Detailing 101
04-26-2016, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,349
Posted By agranger

The folks above have it right. The clay will...

The folks above have it right. The clay will remove the epic, so retreat after claying.
Forum: Detailing 101
07-23-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

LOL... nothing like taking 1 year and 1 week to...

LOL... nothing like taking 1 year and 1 week to answer a question! I don't come to NAM very often now. I spotted an IB R53 in my company parking lot while out to lunch and came back here for...
06-24-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By agranger

I'd hate to say it, but sell your local MINI and...

I'd hate to say it, but sell your local MINI and lease a new one when you get there (or buy a local classic MINI or another local small car... have fun as it's something that is short term).

MINI...
06-24-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,791
Posted By agranger

I still wince when I see those cartoonish rear...

I still wince when I see those cartoonish rear lights.

I look at this car and think "Well... maybe if you painted the rear hatch grip white... paint the rear tail light trim rings white as well to...
Forum: Detailing 101
06-02-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

Interesting point! I had great success with...

Interesting point!

I had great success with MINI leather using the Zaino leather cleaner & conditioner pair of products... plus is has a great smell, like walking into the inside of a good...
Forum: Detailing 101
05-29-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

Wow. I had heard rumors that NAM had turned into...

Wow. I had heard rumors that NAM had turned into a grump-fest. Now I've got proof.

Heaven forbid that I inconvenience someone surfing the web by bringing a thread (that for years was one of the...
Forum: Detailing 101
05-15-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

BUMP! I needed the link to this thread to...

BUMP!

I needed the link to this thread to help a friend out with some instructions. 9 years ago! WOW!
07-09-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,598
Posted By agranger

I find it interesting that the center stack AC...

I find it interesting that the center stack AC vents went square-ish in the first pic but the side vent (to the left of the steering wheel) is a familiar MINI round shape.

Perhaps that first pic...
07-02-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,598
Posted By agranger

Actually... isn't that what a DISCUSSION forum is...

Actually... isn't that what a DISCUSSION forum is for? DISCUSSING things? Things like our opinions?

Personally, I believe that the front end is too low and now looks very short in proportion to...
08-29-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 2,141
Views: 150,650
Posted By agranger

I got a wave back today for the first time in...

I got a wave back today for the first time in MONTHS!

Thank-you to the owner of the Chili Red R56 MCS on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas this morning! :D

I can remember the first time I went to...
Forum: Electrical
07-30-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 22,965
Posted By agranger

Heh... anyone finding this thread for the first...

Heh... anyone finding this thread for the first time would do well to search for the other posts by the OP... the ones about the wrong plugs, engine block machining and, if I remember correctly, a...
Forum: Electrical
07-26-2012, 09:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 22,965
Posted By agranger

Not for several months. Last Activity:...

Not for several months.

Last Activity: 02-26-2012 11:22 PM
07-23-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 1,032
Views: 398,647
Posted By agranger

OK. That's pretty slick! Nice work.

OK. That's pretty slick! Nice work.
Forum: Detailing 101
07-18-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

You are very welcome! Happy to hear that the info...

You are very welcome! Happy to hear that the info helped.

EDIT: Holy crap... this thread is almost 7.5 years old!
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,478
Posted By agranger

I'm sorry to hear about the $. The only...

I'm sorry to hear about the $.

The only real problem I have w/ the chain of events is the lack of coverage all around on the timing chain rattle. That seems to be a very common issue w/ the...
07-16-2012, 08:54 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,478
Posted By agranger

Wow... so sorry to hear this mess. Generally...

Wow... so sorry to hear this mess. Generally I've only heard rave reviews of work done at Sewell MINI in Plano.

I've had good luck w/ MINI of Dallas since they were sold over to AutoNation about...
Forum: Detailing 101
07-06-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

Always happy to help! There are lots of great...

Always happy to help! There are lots of great detailing folks who hang out on NAM, so if you have any questions, ask away!

If you are near the Dallas area, you need to check out...
06-19-2012, 10:07 AM
Replies: 2,122
Views: 1,639,526
Posted By agranger

Post #2000 on this thread! :D

Post #2000 on this thread! :D
06-19-2012, 10:07 AM
Replies: 2,122
Views: 1,639,526
Posted By agranger

Wow...

Wow...
06-19-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2,122
Views: 1,639,526
Posted By agranger

I think that came with the cold weather package.

I think that came with the cold weather package.
06-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,041
Posted By agranger

And, more importantly to the OP, these are proven...

And, more importantly to the OP, these are proven mods that shouldn't have much impact on reliability / longevity of the motor.
Forum: Detailing 101
06-12-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

http://img.tapatalk.com/a693481c-452e-aab4.jpg ...

http://img.tapatalk.com/a693481c-452e-aab4.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/4b200808-8b83-6e4c.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/4b200808-8b8e-d1d8.jpg
Forum: Detailing 101
06-12-2012, 07:16 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,991
Posted By agranger

The stickiness was lost a while after NAM...

The stickiness was lost a while after NAM acquired some detailing product and service sponsors who became active on the board. They were giving some stellar advice and visiting the site on a daily...
Forum: Detailing 101
06-11-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,457
Posted By agranger

It looks like the jerk didn't press hard enough...

It looks like the jerk didn't press hard enough to get down to base metal... at least that's a good thing.

Richard (Octane Guy) knows his stuff. Take care of your finals, work an extra shift and...
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