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Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus

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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 24, 2015 11:12AM
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Can you be more specific? .

like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/00-06-Mercedes-S-Class-S500-W220-OEM-Emergency-Spare-Tire-Lift-Jack-/171831296223?hash=item2801f180df&vxp=mtr

we made one with a nut on the top for the impact but it ended being slower to use that just cranking away.

Thanks - looks promising. Only real reason I wanted the nut was actually just so you can get a ratchet on it instead of the little offset handle.
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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 24, 2015 11:20AM
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I had a great after-action report from a nice guy already, sounded funner-er than hell.
Let's hear some adventure stories.

XR4Ti cooling systems don't like buckets of wet sand being fed into them. They also don't like 0.2mile transits between 7+ mile stages. Consequently, human faces/lungs don't much care for giant clouds of coolant in gas form.

James did an amazing job in patching the lower radiator hose back together after it exploded and sweep hung out long enough and gave us all their water so that we could finish.

Also, your garden variety scissor jack really sucks, and there's not many options out there for one that doesn't.

Dayum! Bottom hose! I should talk to him about what radiator and fans he has. Personally I'm not a fan of the switch for the fan cause they seem wonky so I always go over to the M22 bung and switch from any old Golf/Saab/Opel/Euro Ford/Fiat/ 2 pin thing, then I wire them using 1990 Saab 900 circuit--and colors (so I can just photocopy the Saab book so people know what their circuit is. Whats real nice is its real SIMPLE, and easy to run a grounding wire to the dash and a simple on/off switch to make ground---and the fan comes on---Nice that no additional hot wire needed for the override...)
What sorta oil cooler is on the car?

As for jack here is what has been THE STANDARD jack since time began:


If you look in the trunks of cars even in the Dubya Arsey for decades, this was it..
VW Bilstein jack..

Here's a page from the 1997 Whirled Rally Car Escort Cosworth:




Super easy to make it taller lift, engages tubes welded into the sills..

And you know you have a jack just like the He-rowz, a works spec jack.. That would make changing a puncture even more funner-er know its like a Pro would be doing it.
How kewl is zat?

Whats cool is no matter what the height, you slide it right down and when you begin jacking, you start lifting..
Then when done it releases soooper quick, boom! and right down..
If you look in the Ford Motorsport Manuals they have them with a Ford part number..

What did you need the jack for? Puncture?

Is the car still in the non-turbo bypass fuck-around mode or turbo for NASA?



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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 24, 2015 11:43AM
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What did you need the jack for? Puncture?

Is the car still in the non-turbo bypass fuck-around mode or turbo for NASA?

Pretty sure we debeaded in the deep sand pit L2/R2 turns and then shredded the tires finishing the stage on the flat. We changed both on transits rather than on stage, so that part was good at least.

Was NRS, so we were turbo in O2H.
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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 25, 2015 07:44AM
It was a good event. We had all kinds of tires issues too. After the debead and exploded tire coupled with another crap jack we lost 22 mins on that stage and had to go into conservation mode seeing that we were out of spares.
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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 25, 2015 11:02AM
That's crazy! I ran 195/70/15" BFG's on my near Production spec VR6 Jetta with Open Diff and never had an issue with tires.

I had the fronts at 25psi and the rears at 32.

Yes the rear was squirrely on high speeds, but I wasn't taking any chances.



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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 25, 2015 09:57PM
We had a great time despite a few issues. No comm on day 1 and also a fuse to the fuel pump blew which cost us 22 min or so...
Then two tires... 1 I think punctured and another debeaded in some of the deep stuff about 2 miles from the finish of last stage! Unfortunately that was all she wrote cause I only had 1 spare. Tried to drive back to control but the tire wouldn't come off and was killing the car... Oh well!

No GTX problems yet! Although a CV joint ended up with more duct tape than anything else
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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 26, 2015 09:21AM
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We had a great time despite a few issues. No comm on day 1 and also a fuse to the fuel pump blew which cost us 22 min or so...
Then two tires... 1 I think punctured and another debeaded in some of the deep stuff about 2 miles from the finish of last stage! Unfortunately that was all she wrote cause I only had 1 spare. Tried to drive back to control but the tire wouldn't come off and was killing the car... Oh well!

No GTX problems yet! Although a CV joint ended up with more duct tape than anything else

Jim you must've sold your soul to the devil or something..
Or be the kindest shifting guy in the kniown world...
Good to hear it was just ordinary chaos and not something like ya know fatal...



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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
June 27, 2015 04:21AM
Had a blast. Delt with the gambit of mechanical problems from an air bubble in the cooling system to leaking gear lube out a bad passenger side cv seal to a sticky throttle pedal.

Friday we were slow and we found that the scratched stage felt much worse at transit speed than it did at our slowish race speed.

Saturday we swapped driving a couple of times and both of our speeds were much better. We were able to purge the coolant problem and found that cleared up some poor idle problems. We probably bought Newberry out of 90 weight gear lube.

We kept shedding exhaust parts untill we were running an open header...sorry all of the residents of Seney.

On the last stage we agreed to run 60 percent speed so we could just finish. Halfway down the stage at our full speed....the pedal started hanging up again and every time it stuck and Waylon pushed the clutch in I had visions of bearings coming apart and me spending weeks rebuilding a motor with 100 miles on it. I know this is very anti spirit of rally but I told the driver we should pull off and shut down. Luckily we got to the spec point and saw some of our guys there and threw in the towel. Limping the car out of stage we blew a break line so it probably worked out for the best.

High lights... Super friendly people that helped us through our first time, no actual offs, getting the Speedo north of 75 a few times, having Evan Cline tell me when he owned our car years ago he got sick of walking into the shin killer tow books and sawzalling one of them off. I have walked into the remaining one half a dozen times.

Thanks to all the great people that made our first time awesome!



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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
July 01, 2015 10:21AM
Great event, good roads. Both drivers and our crew really enjoyed the ease of running a NRS event after only running SCCA and RA events in the past. Despite getting seeded second to last (grumble grumble...), they allowed us to reseed ourselves after the first stage since it was a turn around to the second stage. Good on the organizers for letting us do that. Tons of dust on day one with no dust windows and we were faster than the xratty (burning some oil) in front of us so the dust/blue cloud combo made it tough.

Second day with the big dust windows made it much more fun, what a concept. Bravo MO and NRS! We found some more speed on day two but still had some problems of our own that didn't help much. At some point on SS10 my big honking vw fuse block decided to come loose on stage and fall right in front of the clutch and brake pedals. It swung back and forth so I was literally kicking it out of the way to shift and brake. I thought I got it fixed after that stage but it happened again on the next 2 stages, one of those stages (SS12?) my co-driver's intercom wasn't working so that didn't help the situation.

We got those issues settled for the last stage and good thing because that stage, a sandy rutted 2 track was a different kind of rough when run the opposite direction. The sand had bermed up in all the wrong places from running the opposite direction so we went on a couple off course excursions. One of them the throttle stuck open after we tapped a tree with the right side back end and I had to shut the car down to get it unstuck. A couple miles later we took another one wide and grazed a tree on the left side and luckly didn't do much more than knock the mirror back. The gas gauge was past E on the way back but we managed to get to the FTC under our own power. The roughness of the last stage was more prevalent as we transited back. Lots of cars off the road on transit making repairs, getting towed or simply out of tires. Good thing they canceled the second running of it. We could have lost half the field.

I loved the rough and tough stages, they make the event unique and it is much more unique then when we ran it 2012. The people were great, time controls were a breeze, I wish all rallys were like that. It looks like there's lots of roads to out there to choose from so we're looking forward to seeing what they have up their sleeves for next year.



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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
July 01, 2015 01:52PM
That day one dust was intense. We had to back off due to dust/sun quite a bit. Just couldn't see anything. Hey, you should be thanking us for the oil cloud/vector control smiling bouncing smiley smileys with beer
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Re: Congratulations to EVERYBODY at Magnum Opus
July 01, 2015 03:58PM
It did help keep the bugs away, so thanks for that. thumbs up I almost forgot how bright it was until I looked at the incar today. You can barely see anything for the day 1 daylight stages!



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