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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Max
What's the govt rationale behind taxing the bjesus out of car owners there. Has this always been the case or a relatively new program?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a high tax environment, and cars are seen as an easy target, especially nice ones. That being said a litre of 95 costs about 1.50eur, annual car tax is maybe 400eur, and insurance is relatively affordable, so much of the cost is the tax. It also means that second hand values stay high in absolute terms, so no government wants to change the system and face the wrath of a lot of taxpayers when the value of their cars suddenly 'corrects' downwards.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spring is sprung! I've got my springs at last ... [MaxA to add pictures of H+Rs].

And I'm back on the graphite OZs and Michelins again. They do feel a bit squirly in the cold compared to the Nokians. Need to get some heat in the tyres ... one way or another Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
It's a high tax environment, and cars are seen as an easy target, especially nice ones. That being said a litre of 95 costs about 1.50eur, annual car tax is maybe 400eur, and insurance is relatively affordable, so much of the cost is the tax. It also means that second hand values stay high in absolute terms, so no government wants to change the system and face the wrath of a lot of taxpayers when the value of their cars suddenly 'corrects' downwards.

Aus has a similar issue with their Luxury Car Tax which is 33% for anything 57k AUD and over. They are phasing it out over the next few years so will be interesting to see what happens to residuals then.
Looking forward to seeing pics with new wheels and lowered Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Looking forward to seeing pics with new wheels and lowered Thumb


Thanks! It looks like my Vorschlag camber plates are finally on the way. They were returned to Vorschlag in Texas, but now I have a colleague bringing them over for me. The obvious thing to do is install the springs and plates at the same time, but that would only be in June... Dont know

In the meantime, I'm rocking the OZs again. Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just booked my first track day (actually a driver's ed as the season starter) with the local club. As it's my first time out with the club, I need to attend as a novice, but no matter. It'll be good to get back on the track.

The only downside is the need to drive nearly 4 hours to Pesämäki, but it will also be my first time at that track and my 8th track overall. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This summer's looking up: just booked the early bird tickets for the 3 day Porsche Club Finland 2018 Festival at Alastaro at the end of August. If anyone wants to join me, just call 'shotgun'. I'll even pick you up from the airport in a 997 (if you don't have too much luggage). My passenger seat is empty right now...
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 'schlags rocked up. I pulled them apart for the picture. Need to advance the installation...
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:26 pm    Post subject: Pesämäki Reply with quote

I don't know what you lot were up to on Saturday, but I attended my first track day with Porsche Club Finland. It was a bit of a ***** to get there, as I hadn't checked the map, and it turned out to be a 3.5 hour drive... for an 0830 start. Hmmm.

Anyway, cars were inspected, forms signed, lectures were listened to, instructors were followed around the racing line, and many instructions were taken from about 7 different instructors in the passenger seat. At luch, I was taken out of the L1 class (for the newbies) and happily rebadged as an L2, so I now qualify for all the club events including open pit lane events going forward.

It is handy to be L2 as you are allowed to overtake the L1s on the main straight (provided they indicate left). Discipline is strict. One poor girl (who really was very nice and a perfectly fine beginner in a '92 911 manual) got lapped by me three times in the final session ... and she was graceful enough to apologize for getting in the way.

We had about 30 cars including a 944, a 9971 Turbo (remapped of course), a 996 GT3 (caged), a 991 Turbo S, a Cayman R, a GT4 and a 991 GT3 with ceramics on German plates.... lovely. Only a few classics, but no 993s. Sadly.

An excellent day. Quite long though as I was at the track from 0830-1730... and I had to stop for fuel both ways (30l/100km at the track).
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work.....everything but the 3.5hr drive of course. Good on her for having a crack. Maybe next next time you'll only lap her twice. Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FZP wrote:
Nice work.....everything but the 3.5hr drive of course. Good on her for having a crack. Maybe next next time you'll only lap her twice. Thumb


Maybe, she's a bit down on power with only about 250bhp. I was also allowed to pass the 991 TurboS; new owner feeling nervous apparently.

Pesämäki is a short 2km track, with a very technical infield and lots of late apeces, with one particularly slippy corner, but even though it's very flat, there's a litle elevation (maybe 1m) and nice soft rubbing strips on the corners, so you can build up a flow. It was lovely day, cool, sunny and bright. Excellent for my first time back on track or a while. Thumb

We kept checking the tyres, but unlike my new buddy in the 550 bhp Turbo whose rears reached 3.5 bar, it was my fronts that got hot, consistently reaching 3.0bar from 2.5 standard. My rears stayed steady at 3.0bar. It seems that I lean pretty hard on the fronts going into the corners... but they held up and didn't wear too much Grin
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 2:17 pm    Post subject: R53 MINI at Ahvenistö Reply with quote

This is my other car at the Ahvenistö non-FIA-approved track in Finland: the exterior is pretty much standard - save for the dechromed belt line, black aero grille and Atomspeed bonnet scoop (for lower IATs) - but underneath it has Öhlins R&T coilovers, camber plates, adjustable drop links, Whiteline rear anti roll bar, adj. rear control arms, lots of polybushes, added caster front poly bushes, lightweight OZ rims, sticky tyres, K Sport big brake kit with six piston calipers, two piece discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads.

It produces 230bhp (I need another run on a dyno) from the Eaton M45 supercharged 1.6 with a 17% reduced pulley, bigger intercooler, hotter Newman cam, bigger 550cc fuel injectors, a super rare John Cooper Motorsport 4-2-1 manifold, sports cat, a John Cooper Works catback, an enclosed cold air intake and custom remap on 98.

It weighs 1100kg and sounds old school (as it should, with a race manifold).

On the inside I have a Sparco Evo II fixed bucket seat, a leather and alcantata Works wheel and next year it'll have an uprated clutch, lightweight flywheel and Quaife LSD.

I've had it more than 10 years, and it's been used all year round, driven on ice (and an ice track), snow, gravel, track, and even (heaven help me) in the city.

And for the doubters amongst you, both my local Porsche friends have driven it, and their smiles couldn't have been any wider!
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post. Love the mini. I have always fancied one...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. It turns out to no great surprise at all that the MINI is quicker around the track on Bilstein B14s and Federal 595RSRs - as the Öhlins are still in my winter set up (too high, too soft and no camber), and there isn't enough grip with Bridgestone Potenza RE002s on hot tarmac, but it is always a hoot. Thumb

As you can see, I don't beleive in dailies. Both my cars are used properly, and then occasionally need to suffer the indignity of commuter traffic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm picking up my newly lowered car this afternoon (along with a couple of other bits of maintenance sorted, including the aircon which stopped blowing cold this spring): really looking forward to the improved stance/lower centre of gravity. Cool Grin

Hopefully I can still make it home without scraping the ground too much - I live at the end of a gravel road. Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice set of mods. Would love to get some input on those front camber plates, not seen anyone else running that particular one.
What happened to your ac? Mine recently had the evaporator changed due to a leak (full dashboard out expensive job) and compressor (expensive). The ac control unit was also changed.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cy00 wrote:
Nice set of mods. Would love to get some input on those front camber plates, not seen anyone else running that particular one.
What happened to your ac? Mine recently had the evaporator changed due to a leak (full dashboard out expensive job) and compressor (expensive). The ac control unit was also changed.


Sad to say, it wasn't a 100% success as they found a leak in the air con system but couldn't diagnose and fix the problem in time ... so no idea.

And - even more annoying - it seems that the Vorshlag camber plates didn't match the H+R springs (I need to bottom that out, as they were supposed to match...), so after a realignment there is 1.18 degrees of negative camber at each side of the front right now, which is better than it was.

That being said, with the new springs the body control has increased (there is less floatiness) and the ride is only marginally firmer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: sticker tuning Reply with quote

Two from Porsche Club Finland and one from California...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this time of year (20.06.2018):

Sunrise today at 03:54
Sunset today at 22:50
Length of day is 18 h 56 mins

This sort of explains how a camera got a shot of me at 06:57 one Saturday morning about 200km away from home ...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and now I have the right hand (my passenger side) fan running full time and making a racket.

Presumably I have got a stone stuck in the driver's side radiator fan, or there's something more fundamentally wrong with the AC (which is not working, and was merely diagnosed as "leaking somewhere", yup, right, thanks, I knew that already...).

And this being the time of year for all the 911s to be let out of their cages, the garages are all fully booked. I'd like to do my own spannering, but my gravel driveway isn't really up to it. And although we now have the permission to rebuild the garage, my builder can't find the staff.

It really is double bollocks.
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