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Simonk

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  1. I'll meet the Bayside crew in Elwood.
  2. Simonk

    G50 clutch replacement experiences?

    Thanks for your extensive reply Bruce. This really isn't good news for early G50 owners. Perhaps mine's a particularly loud example but I don't know anyone who'd be happy to put up with it. If it was a nice mechanical sound then fine, but mine sounds like it's broken. Would you know when they discontinued the rubber centered clutch? I'm interested to know how long NOS would have been sitting on the shelf. You're right in that if it's been sitting around for 10 years, I probably don't want to put it in my car.
  3. Specifically '87-'89 3.2 Carrera. I've had my rubber centred clutch plate replaced with a spring centred one and the noise from the gearbox is terrible. Gearbox chatter and rattle in every gear throughout the rev range when the engine is under any level of load. I've read about similar cases and it's been solved by installing the Porsche rubber centred clutch plate. Peter Zimmerman has noted most G50 cars experience the same issue. The whole point of the rubber centred plate was to dampen the noise from the G50 which is inherently noisy. Problem is, Porsche Australia are no longer supplying them and only have the spring centred ones available. A quick look on Pelican confirms they too are only selling the spring centred ones. Design 911 UK do have the rubber ones listed so the option is there but I'd like to know if anyone else has experienced this and if so, did you do anything about it?
  4. Will cars be free to go at any time or are they stuck in the show until a certain time?
  5. 2018 has to be the best year ever to have been a Porsche owner in Melbourne. Here’s my diary of what went on this year. January Philip Island - I hit the ground running with a track day at Philip Island with the Maserati Club. Wilburforce joined me for our first experience at this amazing place. You may remember a four hundred and something degree day. Well that was the day we were there. Thankfully the ocean breeze provided some relief from the heat but hammering around the M491 with full length clothing was very sweaty work. Anyone who’s been to Philip Island knows how awesome it is. As you pull out of pit lane onto the track and the ocean appears in front of you, it’s breath taking. The rest of the track doesn’t disappoint with it’s high speed bends, undulation, and technical corners to keep you smiling from ear to ear. Favourite bit would have to be hammering out of the final corner in 4th. At the end of the day I headed over to Sorrento, jumped on the Queenscliff ferry and headed to Geelong because Hangar Bangar was the next day. IMG_9284 by RR Films, on Flickr Hangar Bangar – The event of the year! John’s Porsche Hangar event was an unknown. It was supposed to start at 11am so I went for Breakfast at 9am. Thought I’d head back to the hangar at 10:30am to film all the cars arriving but I was too late. The place was already overflowing onto the neighbouring car park. It was massive!!! Those who attended were treated to a feast for the eyes. Porsches of all ages and models were there to drool over and a fantastic vibe was felt by all who enjoyed the sense of community that our cars have provided us. The great news is it’s happening again and will hopefully become Australia’s Luftgekhult in the future. February A couple weeks later I headed up to the Bathurst 12h with a bunch of Porsche Forum members. The 8 hour slog up the Hume was made much easier with company and we did manage to give the cars a good squirt once we left the freeway. It was all too much for The Okrasa Kid in his high top Hiace and he eventually accepted he couldn’t keep up. If you’ve never been to the 12hr, I highly recommend it. It’s like the 1,000 but it’s safe for ladies to attend. If you like to get on the juice, you’ll be in good company but there’s none of the bogan shenanigans you get at the 1,000. The event is well run with most categories worth watching. The Radicals were a good opportunity to restock the esky and go and take a leak. The sounds of the GT3 cars at full noise will bring a tear to your eye. The sight of 55 pairs of headlights hammering down Conrod is also pretty special. IMG_8254p by RR Films, on Flickr IMG_8292 by RR Films, on Flickr IMG_8301 by RR Films, on Flickr April I was invited to an exclusive event hosted by Porsche Forum Australia. The Haunted Hills hill climb was a test to see how an event could be hosted there in the future. It was also the stage for a beautifully produced video by Andy Gaunt. The place was more of a bowl than a hill but the track was amazing the way it squiggled it’s way down into the valley and back up like a roller coaster. It was all over in a bit over a minute and it was back to the car park to talk about it with the other participants. Another great day of camaraderie as we enjoyed our cars to their fullest. Image1p by RR Films, on Flickr IMG_8466p by RR Films, on Flickr May The rapid rise of the Classic Porsche Australia Facebook Group… May saw an explosion of members to the page, including myself, and to celebrate, they had their first social drive from Woodend to Lancefield. The now infamous drive took us all well off the planned route and most of the drive was spent on remote dirt roads. We learnt that Sal should stick to the cooking and do less navigating! It was worth it for the laugh though and once back on the bitumen, we weren’t let down by the roads that wound their way over rolling hills covered in boulders and quite spectacular scenery. The drive was finished off with a great lunch and chat at Glen Erin winery IMG_8564 by RR Films, on Flickr June Porsche turns 70! Porsches on the Pier. Some random guy decided to drive his clapped out 356 from Brisbane, down the East coast to Melbourne and Adelaide and film the whole thing. With the help of social media we found ourselves heading to Geelong on what seemed to be the wettest day of the year to celebrate the arrival of Lars Mueller and his beautiful struggling 356 as well as celebrate 70 years of Porsche. The rain was never going to dampen our spirits and with the generosity of John Orchard, we were back at the hangar for another huge Porsche meet. July 2 guys decide they’re going to Adelaide for the weekend and 12 others decided to join them. What started as a low key weekend away turned into an unforgettable weekend which will surely become an annual event. 14 cars headed from Melbourne to Adelaide. There we were greeted with open arms. Some of the locals joined us for dinner and drinks on the first night. The next day we were shown the amazing Adelaide hills, treated to a guided tour of “The Bend” race track including two laps on the track and a beautiful lunch. We were then welcomed to Jarret Pinksterboer’s home where his wife and Sal cooked us an amazing meal and we all had a good reminisce of the day we had just had. The SA crew really were amazing and made sure our trip over wouldn't be the last. Plans have already begun for next year including adding a day to do a winery tour. 1IMG_8708 by RR Films, on Flickr 20IMG_8801 by RR Films, on Flickr October If there is one place you have to take your Porsche before you die, it’s Tasmania. Even better, do it with 10 or so mates. Our trip deserves it’s own write up but I’ll try to be brief. We took the night ferry over and arrived Monday morning and spent the next 6 days touring the island, taking in as many Targa Tasmania stages as possible. We also had a track day at Baskerville Raceway, just outside Hobart. Having the track to ourselves for the day really was quite special. Each day we did 3-400kms, taking in some of the most amazing roads, weaving their way through spectacular landscape. Traffic is very light and any cars we came across were incredibly courteous, always pulling over to let our group pass. You can’t really imagine how good it is over there until you experience it for yourself and sharing the experience with a bunch of great people made it extra special. Highlights would have to be Reece Dam and Strahan Targa stages. By the end of each stage I was completely exhausted but you couldn’t get the grin off my face. IMG_9023p by RR Films, on Flickr IMG_8944p by RR Films, on Flickr December The year was bookended perfectly with a track day at Sandown. Classic Porsche Australia Facebook page arranged with Driver Dynamics an allocation of 15 cars to fill one group for their December track day. For those that have never done a track day before, Driver Dynamics offer a great day for beginners, providing an instructional briefing at the start of the day, a track walk, then the option of having an instructor ride shotgun to give advice on how to drive the track. The weather was perfect and all of us had a ripping day driving our cars the way they are supposed to be driven. In between each session was a good opportunity to recover and have a yarn with each other. IMG_1157 by RR Films, on Flickr IMG_1158 by RR Films, on Flickr What an amazing year! In between all of that, there was PCV Cars and Coffee, PFA Porsches by the Bay, Dak Dak, and Philip Island and Sandown Historics. With Hangar Bangar 2 just around the corner and the Bathurst 12h shortly after, 2019 will be well on the way to being another great year. To all of you still reading, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season and the family gives you some time to spend with your true loved one/s. Happy new year to all, may it be full of many Porsche adventures. Simon (rr__films)
  6. Simonk

    Tracking a Tiptronic 997

    You'll love it. My only advice would be to research what's best for brake performance like what pads or fluid to use.Mine just had the standard road pads and they really weren't up to it.
  7. One of the first questions I get asked when I tell people I have a 997 is “is it auto or manual”. “It’s an auto” I respond in a somewhat unenthusiastic manor. I then go ahead and justify my reasoning for buying an auto. “It’s a daily, my wife can’t drive manual, I spend a lot of time in traffic, blah, blah, blah.” Is the other person still listening or have they drifted off, knowing the car is no longer worthy of their attention? Why am I even being asked this question? Is it to gauge my manliness and my skill as a driver? Why do I even care what they think anyway? Well, I don’t really to be honest. Purchasing the tiptronic was purely for practical reasons. A manual would be nicer but I do already have a manual 3.2 Carrera to prove I’m manly and skill full. Being active in the Porsche community and having the opportunity to talk to many Porsche enthusiasts, it’s interesting to note the growing number of people starting to consider the tiptronic cars as a genuine option. IMG_1158 by RR Films, on Flickr Yesterday, the Classic Porsche Australia Facebook page held its first annual track day at Sandown. I’d already done 5 track days in my 3.2 so I was keen to try out the 997 to see how it would perform on the track. My biggest concern was how the auto would perform, especially gearing down coming to a corner. The tiptronic doesn’t rev match like newer cars so would the jolt as it changes down unsettle the car? The other unknown was brake performance. Heading out onto the track for the first session, everything felt a little weird. The steering was so light compared to my 3.2. The suspension is softer, the tyres have less grip, the brakes are woeful. By lap 3, I had cooked the brakes and destroyed a brake pad sensor in the process. I realised pretty quickly that I can’t drive the 997 the way I drive the 3.2. With the 3.2, I can wring its neck lap after lap and the Turbo brakes and R Spec tyres are up to the task. The 997 is a bog stock C2 and wasn’t quite ready for serious track work. So I backed right off and let the brakes cool and then eased my way into it. By the end of the first session, I’m starting to feel comfortable with what the car can do. I’m using the tiptronic in manual mode and learning which gears I want to be in at each part of the track. Again, forget the 3.2 as it’s a different beast. I change up a gear between 5-6,000rpm to keep it well clear of the redline. The lag between pressing the button and the box changing gear isn’t great but I’ve had the car long enough that I didn’t even have to think about when to press the button. If you condsider it takes about the same time as pushing in a clutch, selecting a gear, and releasing the clutch, the timing of gear selection in the tiptronic is quite natural. On the down shifts, it was impressive. The change is very smooth with only the slightest jolt as it engages the lower gear. If you downshift too soon, the car will hold off the change until it’s safe, avoiding over revving the engine. The engine will rev out as high as 6,000rpm on the down shift. The auto also locks the torque converter which means that once in gear, it’s the same as a manual so you get proper engine braking as you gear down. IMG_1160 by RR Films, on Flickr By the time we stopped for lunch I was buzzing from how good the car was. I’d worked out what the brakes could handle so they performed consistently for the whole session. The M96 engine felt bullet proof pulling strongly to over 200kmh up the back straight. The tiptronic was flawless the whole day and a joy to use. I did briefly put it into auto mode but where I'd gear down to 2nd at turn one, it stayed in 4th then as I turned in and put my foot down, it changed into 3rd. I said to myself, "that's crap" and instantly switched it back to manual mode. On reflection, I probably should have given it more time as I believe these things learn or sense your driving style and adapt so i don't know if it would have performed better if I'd gone a few more corners in auto. I really didn't like the mid corner gear change and therefore didn't trust it to do the right thing. The biggest advantage of the tiptronic is that it is one less thing to concentrate on. In a manual, particularly in older cars, you’re thinking about slotting it into gear correctly, heel and toeing and at the same time, modulating your braking, turning in at the correct moment, etc. If you take away the manual gear change, it’s less to think about so you can concentrate just on braking and turn it. This is ideal for those that are relatively new to driving on a track. When I arrived at Sandown I assumed the Tiptronic would be a little boring but I ended up having an amazing day and absolutely loved it. For me, it certainly didn’t take anything away from the experience and I had just as much fun as I normally do in my 3.2 Carrera. I suppose for an amateur, the feeling of driving fast, hard cornering, and nailing a few good laps is more than enough to walk away with a big grin on your face. So here’s a lap of Sandown in a boring Tiptronic 997 Carrera 2 😊
  8. Time to wake this thread up I think... Banger 2 will be here before we know it. Being on a long weekend, it's time for me to start selling this to the family. Is there going to be anything non-Porsche there that might keep the not so obsessed members of the family interested? Food trucks, petting zoo, face painting, music, etc?
  9. Simonk

    Small fender bender - impact bumpers

    Havent heard of them but if they turn out no good, RJP in Moorabbin are also certified and have been around long enough to have had plenty of experience with older cars. They did a great job on mine.
  10. Simonk

    FOUND - old worn engine mounts - 996/993/964

    Good to know, I was wondering where to get one from. I find myself wishing I had one more often these days so will be a good investment.
  11. Simonk

    FOUND - old worn engine mounts - 996/993/964

    LoL, Gerard might know the story... He had an issue with incorrect torque settings. I don't have a torque spanner so could potentially stuff it also so I'd need to buy one.
  12. Simonk

    FOUND - old worn engine mounts - 996/993/964

    I should give it a crack. I read a recent horror story that turned me off the idea
  13. Simonk

    New 996 C2

    If you’re doing the LN Engineering bearing, it has to be replaced every 6 years.
  14. Simonk

    FOUND - old worn engine mounts - 996/993/964

    I have some 997 ones that are soft, not broken. Are they the same? They’re still in the car but I have replacements ready. Was going to change them myself but chickened out.
  15. Simonk

    auto Cayman track car

    I’m planning on taking my 997 tip to Sandown late December. I’ll report back. I’ve read the tip is quite impressive when left in auto mode.

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