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Old 08-02-2015, 04:07 PM
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Do all the Bogans live in the same village?

You know... Bougainvillea?

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Do all the Bogans live in the same village?

You know... Bougainvillea?

Bada bing, bada boom....
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:15 PM
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A few updates. Sadly the R56 has only received basic attention. Servicing etc. I'm dreaming of some new wheels for the JCW...but as long as this beetle is sitting next to it in the garage, it's going to have a hard time competing for the contents of my wallet!

Steering

On the topic of the 964, it's been a good month - the steering rack has been rebuilt!!!

The steering is far lighter now. It's a pleasure to drive! The techs were saying that some of the seals had totally failed. The system was holding zero pressure but it was still closed (ie. no leaks).

I also put the cat back in, because the wife could smell the stink upstairs at the other end of the house when I left in the mornings. The cat-delete pipe has been repatriated to Queensland...

This is my only lame photo of the momentous repair to the steering rack:

(I guess she could do with a wash under there...)

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Skids!

October must be wedding season. Two bucks parties and two weddings in three weeks!

The first bucks party started out on Sutton Skid Pan in Canberra.

I'm no Keiichi Tsuchiya, so I spent a lot of time facing the wrong direction. This car is pretty much all-grip, right up till the pirouette starts! After I while I got the hang of it. Never really above 30% throttle and surprisingly little steering input, the key seemed to be gentle and progressive.

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Need to sort out that front bumper frown!

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Oh...And I had a moment of stupidity and ordered one of these. I don't mind Mr Walker, but what got me was the thicker grip. The momo prototypo and mod07 have skinny 'girth', and I'm too used to BMW steering wheels!

Rally - your Stanceworks article was totally responsible for this!

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Coming up:

Next two projects....new rear spring plates (935 style, probably), and obtain a spoiler control module to see if I can get the spoiler to work.

Plus, I'm taking it to Tasmania for a week to drive on the targa stages with five other porsches! Weee!
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Very nice. Some day I'd like to get back into a Porsche. But I have a feeling that will be pretty far off in my future.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:34 PM
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Very nice. Some day I'd like to get back into a Porsche. But I have a feeling that will be pretty far off in my future.
Thanks. I got in before the air cooled chaos buy pure luck. I definitely wouldn't be able to get one now.

Some days I think I want to replace the JCW with a Cayman, but then I drive the mini and immediately change my mind.
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Oh...And I had a moment of stupidity and ordered one of these. I don't mind Mr Walker, but what got me was the thicker grip. The momo prototypo and mod07 have skinny 'girth', and I'm too used to BMW steering wheels!

Rally - your Stanceworks article was totally responsible for this!
You won't regret it. Regardless of the name on it, the feel of the wheel itself is great. The thick grip is the best.
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:01 AM
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You won't regret it. Regardless of the name on it, the feel of the wheel itself is great. The thick grip is the best.
No doubt. No sign of it in the mail yet, though (ordered three weeks ago).

Yeah. I made sure I wrote that the post worked for me on SW so momo/magnus know that SW/momo/MW is an effective collaboration. Thanks for such a great site!
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No doubt. No sign of it in the mail yet, though (ordered three weeks ago).
Any sort of shipping confirmation? I know shipping from US -> Australia is a pain and always seems to take forever when I do it.

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Yeah. I made sure I wrote that the post worked for me on SW so momo/magnus know that SW/momo/MW is an effective collaboration. Thanks for such a great site!
Thanks!!
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Any sort of shipping confirmation? I know shipping from US -> Australia is a pain and always seems to take forever when I do it.



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Nope. Just payment & order confirmation
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Oooh. Look what arrived! Don't think I'll get them on the car before Tassie, though...

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So - tomorrow I head for Melbourne to put the 964 on a boat to Tasmania. A group of us are going to cover lots of the Targa Tasmania stages over next week, and visit a few distilleries and breweries for good measure! :p

Tires

The wife took the car out last weekend and somehow impaled the rear drivers-side tire like it was a vampire - with a wooden stake!

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I did a bit of man-maths and thought, well, that's both back tires. I don't really like these Bridgestones, so now's*opportunity to put what I want on all-four corners - Michelin PS2's! (They don't do PSS in 17's! )

So, using the wife's embarrassment as a bit of cheeky leverage, off I went to spend more money than I needed to:

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Woop!

Spring Plates

I called my regular alignment guy at about lunch-time and asked how he felt about a bit of last-minute work. A deal involving beer was struck and I headed over...to fit my shiny new ERP spring-plates - 935 style! I thought about attempting this in my garage, but I assumed they'd be torqued to blazes and I didn't' fancy squashing my face...

I bought the boots as well (they should be included, but obviously the vendor can make a little more coin if they sell them separately...)

Old plates come off...

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Protective boots going on to protect the monoball..

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...yeah, these old ones were screwed!

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So the passenger side one was relatively easy.

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The driver's side was more difficult. It must have been tightened by the devil himself. And to make things a bit more challenging, Ferry put a gearbox in our way. We unbolted the gearbox mount and supported the box. Then we slightly levered it aside to make just enough room. We bent one of the tools trying to undo that fella...:p

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There was a bit of breaker-bar action...

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AND THEN....I stopped taking photos to go buy beer... :biggulp:

So yeah, I'm happy I didn't try it in the garage.

I got another alignment, front and rear. I set the ERP plates slotted-side down so that I kept it at about -1.2 degrees negative camber at the back. Slotted side up goes to about -3 degrees. If anyone is considering the ERP's, these ones move the toe adjustment to the splines at the top. Camber is done on the bolts.

In the front, I had the car at RS specs which call for a little toe-in, but I got the tech to bring the toe to neutral. Actually, I asked for a bit of toe-out, but he talked me out of it....:p

How does it feel? Umm....tires are quieter. Rear is less 'sloppy' (it's subtle) and the front turn-in is improved, but not as alert as I'd like it. I'm used to daily-driving a JCW mini with -2 deg at the front with slight toe out and a thicker rear-sway bar. That mini could probably turn up it's own backside if I tried... 

Anyway...the P-train is as good as I can get it for now in preparation for Tassie.

Oh! That's tomorrow!! I better go pack! 
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If anyone's interested, here's some details and videos of Targa Tassie:

http://targa.com.au/tc/page_standard.asp?asset_id=19237
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Targa_Tasmania

https://youtu.be/vRXBjMjsKvw

And some stages we'll be covering

Queenstown

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Elephants Pass

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Grasstree Hill

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Ours is privately organised, but this is the one that Porsche Cars Australia run:

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So, just spent a week in Tasmania with two other Porsche buddies. Covered 3,300 km door-to-door. The 964 didn't miss a beat! Though I did have a HVAC fan relay fail closed and it drained my battery on the last day. Easily solved, though...

We covered about 70% of the Targa Tasmania stages - all amazing roads!

Day of departure:

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Day 2

Targa Stages Covered: Gunns Plains, Riana, Pieman, Reece Dam, Strahan, Queenstown, Plimsoll or Rosebery & Mt Black (choose on the day)

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At the end of the "Queenstown" Stage

(See a Lambo run through the stage here)

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Day 3
Targa Stages Covered: Mt Roland, Cethana, Mole Creek, Deloraine, The Sideling, Legerwood, Moorina, Weldboroughs Pass, Pyengana, Elephant Pass (backwards)

(See an AC 911 run through the "Elephants PAss" Stage here)

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Day 4

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Not much to see here - we visited Port Arthur - site of our most famous gun massacre, and a splendid colonial penetentiary...

Day 5 - Rest Day in Hobart

In Hobart:

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928 Engines are cool!

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Chubby Porsche at "MONA"

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Day 6 - Drive back to the ferry

We covered the "Grasstree Hill" Stage, amongst others on the way. See a video of a competitor going through it here)

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Boarded the ferry with some other cool cars that were also touring the island...

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Day 7 - Meet with some of the Melbourne crew and then drive home...

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Then I finally got home after the 7 hour drive back from Melbourne. Washed the car and put her to bed!

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Any sort of shipping confirmation? I know shipping from US -> Australia is a pain and always seems to take forever when I do it.

Thanks!!
OK....so I'm actually in Fiji now

So I don't have many good photos of the MW wheel in the car. I've got some good comparative shots to the Momo Mod.07.

Pros:
- Thicker wheel girth
- Classic Prototipo design

Cons (for me):
- Im 6'1", and found the mod.07 dish (extra 20mm depth) helps a lot for my driving position
(Sitting straight in the seat, I extend my arms out and put my wrists on top of the steering wheel. I usually have the rim about 2 inches back from my wrists). So with this wheel, my driving position isn't as perfect as it was before.
- I realise all the MW wheels are different, but when I look at the leather distressing, it does seem a little 'forced' or 'contrived'. Maybe that's all in my head.

I'm not a MW hater, but I'm generally not drawn to his Urban Outlaw products. The main reason I tried this out was because of the thicker rim. I can take or leave the "fatiguing" on the leather.

All in all, I love the thicker rim. I think I'm starting a bit of a steering wheel collection (911 Turbo wheel, Mod.07 and MW). I think perfect wheel for me would be a Mod.07 with the MW thickness...might need to visit an auto trimmer...)

Some of the colour & lighting in these shots is a bit out, because I shot long exposure in low light conditions. I still don't have any day light shots:

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Sorry for the poor lighting! The colour isn't this light, but it's be best I managed with the lighting in my garage.

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Matches the genuinely fatigued seats!

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Yah. It's been quiet. The JCW had a cracked thermostat housing, and then right after that, a damaged water pump. I had a few hairy moments with getting the car home, pulling over to fill up the coolant bottle several times. So the 964 has been on daily-duties for the last three weeks. I'm an IT consultant, so not always ideal turning up at a customer's site in a Porsche... Happy to have the mini back!

We had a bunch of the local forum guys (from http://porscheforum.com.au/) come through Canberra last weekend, though, which was decent fun. Got a few shots here:

(Yes...that's a GT2RS...)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/237501...h/25606474033/

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RMB_9884 (2) by PseudoSargent, on Flickr

Rennsport Reunion 2016 is on at Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of the month. Hotel and Show n' Shine spot booked. I gave the car a bit of a polish and have been laying on the Klasse sealant in anticipation...white cars are super un-rewarding to polish! :crying:

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Coming up...
- It's valve adjust time. So I'm going for a major service and have been slowly stockpiling parts...Prob happening in the next month or so. Will engine drop in the hope I'll be able to powder-coat the engine tin as well as do some general cosmetic work in the engine bay....
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