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Bonners1
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite a list Max, dare you put a value on it all?
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's quite a list Max, dare you put a value on it all?


Nope. I haven't listed servicing and maintenance either, for peace of mind. Much of this comes from the UK, without VAT, but with shipping and customs duty, which is significantly better than local prices.

And I don't use the OPC. For example, it wanted to charge me 500eur to fit tyres and do a realignment... not buy the tyres, but just to fit them. And do an alignment to "factory settings" which are within quite a wide range. Mad

I imagine that this pace will slow down quite a lot when I get back home. Dont know
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good answer.....how can you put a price on fun and driving thrills! Thumb

It was the Dubai tax I was worried about, doing all that locally would cost the same as the car cost originally.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like modifying, enhancing or personalising my cars. It's my hobby. I don't really add up all the costs, but each part should be cost effective. I'm not going to splash 20kUSD on a set of forged rims, for example...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up the car from AUH. I'd dropped it off to sort out some of the outstanding work, the missing new rear brake discs, studs, and air filters, as well as the new engine mounts.

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Studs
The black studs and silver nuts look good, but more importantly, make it much easier to swap rims. The car also looks a lot better with the 7mm spacers on the front, as the OZs poked too much with the 12mm TPIs (which are now surplus to requirements).

Mounts
The new RSS Tarmac Series semi solid engine mounts seemed to impress the mechanics at AUH: they do look well made. They definitely control the mass of that big engine back there much better, and there is no more banging over small sharp speed bumps (like the ones we have in the office car park). I imagine the old ones were a bit tired. There is however quite some noticeable vibration at engine idle when in neutral. Once in gear, and once underway, however, there are no vibrations, and it feels good, nicely tied down. Thumb There also seems to be a little resonance at about 2900-3000rpm but nothing to worry about. It's not like my other car, which shook the rear view mirror so much at one point, you couldn't see out...

I don't mind a little bit of extra NVH but I reckon that some people, especially those who have to sit in traffic a lot on the daily commute, would not want to tolerate it. If so, you might be better off with fresh OEM mounts.

Filters
The K&N filters do seem to 'freely flow', in that there is a fair bit more noise from the engine. If you're worried that your PSE / Gundo / Hayward & Scott / 200 cel cats etc. aren't loud enough, I'd suggest you fit some new BMC or K+N air filters. They definitely add noise. And probably a hp... Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting observations about the engine mounts, I have recently fitted the Rennline semi-solids using the yellow (softest) inserts. I have a little more noise at idle but no extra dicernable vibration, you can definitely feel the engine when driving but it's a nice sensation and not intrusive at all. Might try the harder inserts at some point. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade for the handling alone and makes the car feel like a sports car Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're heading back up Jebel Jais tomorrow morning, which is always a test for a fast car, so I'll report back if there are any more observations, or higher rev range resonances.

It's only a shame that there wasn't time to fit the H+R springs, as I wanted to try the car with the lower ride height, but we'll have to wait until the end of August, when I get back.

The car will be going into storage for the next 8 weeks or so, while we are back home in Finland enjoying the air, the lakes, the sauna and some old friends.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing to add to the earlier review on the mounts: the vibration is only when the car is in P or N, but not when you're sitting in D at the lights, foot on the brake. Funny that.

Now that I'm away and the car is in storage, I'm missing it already. Not especially excited about punting the LRD3 with TDV6 around, as it's all sloppy. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm feeling the Porsche itch again. Need to book my flight, pick up the 911 and go for a blast. Then ship it home. And jump on a plane back.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or preferably ship it to Genoa and then drive it back. It's only 2500km with a couple of ferries.

The only issue (assuming I can sort out insurance and registration) is that I may need to "winterise" the car (ie new coolant with anti-freeze, proper winter tyres) by the time I get to the Alps...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I'm back in Dubai, and I finally managed to install the TPC Racing DSC module, the easiest modification ever, as you don't even need a tool...

The 9972 is now on temporary blue export plates, so I've got the weekend to drive it before it gets loaded into a container and shipped home early next week.

So we're coming to the end of Chapter 1 (the Dubai Years).
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I'm trying to get a lifelike shot of the matt graphite OZs:
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Some final shots from the (very empty) Dubai Autodrome - with blue temporary export plates
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick report on the TPC Racing DSC module: it was an easy fit, once I got my head all the way down into the footwell. The old box comes out pretty easily.

The new box definitely improves the ride: it's softer but more controlled in normal (and if you press sport button, the default for PASM is not 'hard', which is an improvement). We have a lot of speed bumps and the car seems better able to handle them, with less crash and bash. Basically more body control.

I'll be going for a longer drive tomorrow, and I'll report back on what it feels like with PASM set to 'on'. But so far, so good!
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A little update on the DSC module: the suspension feels somehow softer all round (with PASM on soft or hard), and more compliant, without compromising body control. It is still something that I want to get used to, as it is a new sensation...

In the meantime, the car is now in a container on a vessel bound for Finland from Jebel Ali. The ETA is 17 October, but I'd still need to wait for customs clearance. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, as I would need to quickly winterise the car before the winter sets in.

I need a DEFA engine block heater, a coolant flush and 32 litres of new Nordic grade coolant, rubber mats, new windscreen wipers, new screen wash, and new winter tyres. I suppose I'll have to ask the OPC for a quote, just to see if it's a number that I can work on.
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The Carrera is now en route to Helsinki with an ETA of 17 October (plus some days for customs clearance), which is pretty much the start of winter.

I've been trying to order some Nokian winter tyres, but the rears are proving a little awkward to find. There is apparently a set of Hakkapeliitta7 studded tyres in stock (which are a year old) but I really wanted the latest ones, the generation 9s. I may try to find the latest R2 non-studded "friction tyres" instead. Which have one advantage: they're actually allowed in other parts of Europe.

I'll also need new coolant, engine block heater, and proper winter grade screen wash. I've got the rubber mats and new windscreen wipers already. At least I've found an independent garage to assist, as I have no plans to pay full OPC prices.

In other news, we're applying to the local authority for permission to enlarge and heat the old storage and garage. I've a feeling the car will be better off in a proper heated garage (even if we only keep it at 10-15c).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that the 295 section HKPL7s are the only available tyres in 19" so they've been ordered. I now need to drag the Carrera Sport rims up to the tyre fitters. I've also ordered the coolant flush and the latest DEFA engine block heater with interior heater and battery charger incorporated, so if the garage isn't rebuilt in time (it may take a while to get planning permission), I can still run the 997 when it's cold.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's been a hold up. The car is still in Bremerhaven. nooo
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
There's been a hold up. The car is still in Bremerhaven. nooo


Oh no get Mr White home! Great car choice by the way Grin
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'm working on it.

I was just reading an interview with Valteri Bottas, who drives a Merc as his company car. It turns out that he runs a C4S, which he bought with his own money, as his personal car up here in Finland. Obviously.
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