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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: new cleaner rear end Reply with quote

My new rear end, sans Carrera 4S script, but with a little addition
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

road trip to dubai anyone? first 911uk meet..... Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much to report save that I'm missing Mr White, as I am currently out of Dubai for the summer Sad not that I'm missing the extreme heat. Hopefully the car and its tyres will have survived.

When I get back, I'll have to arrange a service, PDK oil change, the annual insurance and registration, and I'll be getting the Hayward & Scott installed. Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm back! The 997 was surprisingly cool under it's (Porsche) external car cover, it started first time after sitting for six weeks, and sounded pretty dull. The tyres weren't flat spotted as I had the car sitting on some foam pads (a square foot or so of inch thick playground foam), so all was well. I'm really looking forward to getting the first real mod done: the Hayward & Scott is sitting in the firm's delivery bay waiting for me!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just had the H&S fitted, and I'm very pleased. I reported back my first impressions in the group buy thread [many thanks to the organiser!]. I also had a minor service done, as it's been a year (or not quite) since the last one, and a full condition report. Tomorrow, it goes back for the PDK gearbox oil change. Apparently it takes a whole day as they have to recalibrate the gearbox. Hmm.

Anyway, I also got a long list of advisories. First, the front Pirelli's are cracked, as they're already old (2012s or 13s). Mad This sucks, as they look brand new, but I'll replace all 4 tyres after the Porsche Club trackday at Yas Marina in mid October. With N-rated Michelins. Smile

Second, my front suspension is shagged, with failed/failing bushes and light knocking. They need removal and reassembly with some fresh bits. I put this down to the bloody speed bumps, even if I do slow down properly to negotiate them. I suppose that age and heat doesn't help rubber bushes either. Bollocks. Sad

Third, my front brakes are knackered. Both pads and discs are shot, and should be replaced imminently. Arse frustrated

Last, my radiators are full of sand, dust and cigarette butts. I'll be having them cleaned tomorrow, but even this is a pain in the behind, as it's a bumper off job to access those corners... nooo

The tyres, brakes and shocks will have to wait a month, and then I'll have re-registration and insurance in November. It's going to be an expensive time. Hey ho.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painful, but I guess you'll be getting a full geo done too, car will feel great with that done plus new shocks/brakes and tyres Thumb

Talking of tyres, wouldn't be surprised if people suggest the michelin supersports as an alternative to the PS2 n-raters. Don't have them myself as I'm a bit boring about sticking with n rated, but many on here go for them on their 997.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, I'd consider the Internet's favourite tyre, the MPSS, but I was also reading about why manufacturers work with tyre-makers on tyrereviews.co.uk, and I was chatting to a bloke with a nice custom red 991 C2 at an independent motor shop the other day: he'd just removed a set of rims with non-N rated Pirelli's which had cracked in a matter of weeks of just road use. We had a good look at the wheels as they were still lying on the floor of the workshop. He was pretty mad with Pirelli, which had sold him the tyres directly. Apparently the reason was that non-N rated tyres aren't built for the weight distribution of a 911.

As such I reckon that I may well be better off on N rated tyres ...

And yes, I'll be getting the wheels rebalanced, full geo set up etc. And I'll probably get a set of uprated non-OEM brake pads too.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my 911 on Al Asayel at sundown - that's JLT/Dubai Marina in the distance
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've removed the awful yellow shark fins without losing any lacquer, but it seems that I now need a bit of detailing to clean up the surrounding paint, which is a lot dirtier than I'd anticipated. It's almost as if the paint protection was applied on top of a dirty car... Question
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
I've removed the awful yellow shark fins without losing any lacquer, but it seems that I now need a bit of detailing to clean up the surrounding paint, which is a lot dirtier than I'd anticipated. It's almost as if the paint protection was applied on top of a dirty car... Question


The quality of work/workmanship in Dubai is generally pretty shocking. We came back from there 3 yrs ago and whilst we had a great time, there's no getting away from the fact that it's still a 3rd world country. It may have shiny buildings and many other great things, but 80% of people who live there are from the developing world and that can be.....frustrating.

I opted for an M6 whilst there as decided it was unlikely I'd buy one in the UK. The number of M and Audi RS cars I had to look at and get checked over before I found one I'd accept was ridiculous. Few people there look after them, locals too rich to bother and many expats too poor to pay for it as its not cheap in Dxb.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The quality of work/workmanship in Dubai is generally pretty shocking. We came back from there 3 yrs ago and whilst we had a great time, there's no getting away from the fact that it's still a 3rd world country. It may have shiny buildings and many other great things, but 80% of people who live there are from the developing world and that can be.....frustrating.

I opted for an M6 whilst there as decided it was unlikely I'd buy one in the UK. The number of M and Audi RS cars I had to look at and get checked over before I found one I'd accept was ridiculous. Few people there look after them, locals too rich to bother and many expats too poor to pay for it as its not cheap in Dxb.



Agreed. We have to have the maintenance company come in to the villa at least once a week for something or other ... what

I've been recommended an independent specialist by some guys on Rennlist, let's see if they can do a reasonable job. The OPC is ridiculously expensive, and the largest independent seems to be a specialist in upselling, rather than actually maintaining... Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In other news, I'm finally heading down tomorrow to the Yas Marina GP circuit for a Porsche Club UAE Porsche Driving Very Fast Experience in Your Own Porsche Sponsored by Al Nabooda Porsche Dubai and Pirelli for Porsche Dubai UAE XXVCII. Or some such.

Sadly I'm only a novice, as it's "my first time" with the Club, so the new helmet that I carefully sourced and shipped at great expense and trouble was completely unnecessary. I can however leave it casually on the roof with my driving gloves and therefore pretend to look like a bad ass track rat. Rolling Eyes

It should however be fun, and maybe I'll get some tuition for my USD 310 (!). Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Novice at Yas Marina

The driving season in the Emirates starts around mid-October, when the temperatures finally start to sink below 40c, and I was at last on the E11 heading down towards Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island for my first “Driving Experience” with my local Porsche Club. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as there wasn’t much traffic on the Facebook page, but at least I’d a new buddy to meet – a Dane called Rasmus in his blue 997.2 C2S. We met at the distinctive Yas Viceroy – the hotel that’s covered in lights in the middle of the Yas Marina Circuit – and we rolled around to the support pits gate entrance in good time.

Within minutes, the 911s, Turbos, GTs and Caymans were lining up like pretty much every car club meeting you’ve ever been to, with everybody attaching GoPros to every possible surface, introducing themselves, peering at tyres and brakes and bucket seats… It was still a blast to line up next to a GT3 (which rolled up on Omani plates); the driver of the GT4 climbed out and asked about break in periods: he’d just taken delivery and had rocked up at a trackday with 700km on the odo. The instant consensus was to drive it like your hair’s on fire. These guys were proper enthusiasts. Cool.

Once registration opened, we spent some time checking in, admiring the girls legs, signing papers, collecting official lanyards, bracelets, getting stickered up and such. As my first time with the Club, I was a Novice. I had Group K stickers front and back. At the driver’s briefing the Chairman (an 18 yea veteran) explained to us that we’d have two sessions, with each group led by an instructor in a lead car, and that we’d rotate within the groups such that we would each have turns directly behind the lead car to learn the lines. The track cones were carefully explained, especially the yellow turn in and green apex cones. Turned out these were pretty helpful. Yas Marina is a big track, and you don’t want to miss the corner! In addition, the second instructor would move between cars and provide some one-to-one tuition.

There was also a sharp word about discipline: we needed to follow the line, stay tight, stay together, and just learn the racing line. We were in the Novice class for a good reason. Yas Marina is a big wide track, and we were running on the full 5.4km GP track under floodlights so it is pretty intimidating: the first time out you really don’t know which way the track is going. Some of the corners were hidden behind walls, some were open and fully sighted and most kerbs were pretty flat.

It is a massive thrill to line up in the pits and wait for your group to roll onto the track: the lead car shot off and showed us the lines. My instructor – a nice Englishman called George – seemed really happy with my lines and really encouraged me to ride some kerbs, and use all the track (it’s OK if you keep your inside wheels on the track); I found that really helpful to carry some speed. I ran in Sports mode, PASM on hard, and in the first session I let the PDK do the work, and just focused on steering, accelerating and braking: in the second, I drove in manual mode with the paddles, and soon learned that the using the PDK adds another level of interaction (and opportunities for mistakes!). If you keep revs over 4000rpm, the engine doesn’t bog. And it never gets old to change up at 7500rpm.

There were a lot of cars on the track, with some groups running slower than others: once we got some open track, the speeds soon picked up and we were doing over 160kmh between corners and over 200kmh on the straights (although the main straight had a chicane for added giggles). The one thing that I missed was a helmet: not only does the Club not require the novices to wear a helmet, they didn’t allow it. Maybe the helmets would add too much confidence?

The second session was a huge blast, once I stopped being surprised about which way the track went, quick enough to carry some read speed, use the gears, to go full throttle out of the hairpin right up to the redline, to get out of shape on one particular negative cambered corner (there’s always one corner that you just can’t get right, isn’t there?). Things got hot – not only the cabin but also the tyres and brakes. I was soaked in sweat. The old P Zeros got a bit greasy in the second half of the session (as an aside, when I took them off a couple of days later, I found that they’d ‘chunked’ a bit in that some chunky bits had gone missing…).

I’d been afraid that the Club was full of “rich boys with their daddie’s cars” [as it had been described to me by some Emirati] but it was full of really down to earth guys, from all over (Europe, Asia, America, Middle East), all enthusiasts, all drivers, and all prepared to really use their cars: many were modified and fully stickered up. We had Carrera’s, GT3s and RSs and such, all being used in anger – and some of them really sounding like the Porsche Cup cars at the Dubai 24 hours. This was the Club’s 56th event and it showed: it was properly organised, disciplined and fun, and despite the cost (a not insignificant USD 300), it was a blast. And next time, I’ll be in the Club class, we’ll run a bit quicker, and I can wear the helmet that I already bought.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yas Marina
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great write up. That sounds a top day. The track always looks amazing at night and glad you enjoyed it.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Circuit Map

We used the support pits between turns 10 and 11, so the F1 turn 1 was a few corners away...

... and we had an additional chicane half way down the main straight. It was a bit dusty.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds very cool.

I'm in Dxb next month, happy to take your car for a spin if you like?

There's some very quiet roads down by Jebel Ali, officialy 80kph, where "people" have been know to do 265kph. 😱 Who needs Yas circuit when you've an empty desert.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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thumbsup

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ps. Your revised rear end looks really neat. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There's some very quiet roads down by Jebel Ali, officialy 80kph, where "people" have been know to do 265kph. 😱 Who needs Yas circuit when you've an empty desert.



Oh yes? The problem is, we're starting to see a lot more mobile cameras ... Question
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
MaxA wrote:
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thumbsup

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ps. Your revised rear end looks really neat. Thumb


Thanks. It was a blast. And far less intimidating for a first timer than tight little non-FIA approved tracks with lots of elevation changes and no run off... Mr. Green
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