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About MaxDiesel

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    1987 Carrera 3.4 in Diamond Blue Metallic, 1973 Porsche 914 1.7
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  1. Yes - 16" wheels. At the height I'm running I'm generally fine with speed bumps etc. providing i take it easy.
  2. Hi - here are the settings I've used on my '87 Carrera - low but not too low for everyday driving: Thread here with some photos of the car at the above ride height: Another Suspension Refurb
  3. I've just gone the other way - I had long term Audi Q5 and just changed back to an estate car (BMW 335D X-Drive). I'm really enjoying being in a car with decent handling again, precise steering etc. The Q5 was a great tool for the job but not a very satisfying car to drive IMHO. I'm also getting better fuel economy in the BMW despite the bigger engine and power output - the Q5 was a 190PS 2.0TDI DCT and averaged 35mpg over ~40k miles. The BMW is 320PS and 650NM () and I've averaged just over 38mpg over 4000miles so far. Its got incredible low down grunt - probably similar to the Audi BiTDI. You can get the Audi 3.0 BiTDI engine in the A6 Allroad if you want something halfway between an estate and an SUV.
  4. I used a guy called Daniel Chappelle to transport my 914 from the Felixstowe to West Sussex - he came highly recommended from the aircooled VW community. He'd recovered a camper with a blown engine from the South of France for a colleague of mine. I seem to recall he has a camper conversion business but moves vehicles as a sideline. He was very reasonable price wise and the pick up/drop off were exactly when he said he would. I can PM you his contact details.
  5. As the others have said those studs look like they'll clean up OK. I wouldn't risk trying to change them unless you have the cylinder heads sat on a workbench - even then its still not easy as the original thread lock doesn't seem to release unless its very very hot...
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    Thanks Richard - that's really helpful. It sounds like I'm looking for an Allroad with similar options as yours - Sport + technology pack, Audi cockpit etc. I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like the plain 5 spoke alloys - I prefer the multi-spoke ones fitted on some - I'm trying to avoid any with 20" alloys. It sounds like the DSG is much better matched and calibrated in your car than it is in my Q5 - I also have to manoeuvre on an sloping driveway and the pull away is completely different from one day to another. The worst bit with the Q5 is when you roll up to a roundabout and then want to pull out quickly into a gap - the hesitation is so long it often means the gap's gone or you end up lurching out leaving other drivers wondering why you waited so long to pull out! They must have just rushed the calibration... Based on what you've said I think I'll widen my search from just the BiTDI cars and go and have a test drive in one with the DSG box. This should make finding on with the right spec a lot easier as there's only ever a handful of BiTDI ones for sale at any time... 320hp and 650Nm is quite appealing though! (Apologies for hijacking this thread!)
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    Interesting... I've been on the look out for a 2-3 year old A6 Allroad for the last month. I've had a Q5 for the last 3years and decided I want to go back to estate with better ride and handling - the Allroad seems like the ideal compromise if I want to keep 4wd. I had an A6 Avant S-line before my Q5 - it was great apart from the slightly harsh ride. I'm encouraged to hear you're enjoying Allroad - how do you find the DSG gearbox ? The DSG ('s-tronic') has been my biggest gripe with my Q5 - its inconsistent and hesitant at low speeds. Based on my Q5 experience I'd made my mind up to go for a torque converter auto next time - in the Allroad you only get this in 315hp BiTDI version which has the ZF 8 speed ('tiptronic'). Finding a BiTDI Allroad with the spec I'm looking for isn't proving easy. Sounds like you find the DSG works fine in yours - have you got the 215 or 268hp version ?
  8. I spent Sunday working on the 914 with my newly acquired BH Repairs lift - as Jevvy says I'm wishing I'd bought one years ago now. Being able to have the car at a comfortable height for whatever task you doing makes things a lot more efficient and less strenuous. I'm welding up the hell hole in the engine bay at the moment - up till this weekend it meant crawling on all fours under the car to then sit on a low st00l in the engine bay... only to realise I needed another tool and to crawl back out again... I'm getting too old for this! With the lift at mid height I'm just ducking in and out and standing in the engine bay to weld. For my needs I think this type of scissor lift works well - its not in the way at all for engine drops, and leaves the sills clear too for welding etc. My only concern with the flat ramp type scissor lifts was the width versus my car and garage - it looked like I'd be loosing some of the working space/clearance. I also want to be able to move the lift between two garages - this seems feasible using the power-pack as a dolly. Some better pictures taken in daylight: This is full height - just over 1.2m to the top frame, then the adapter height. I can't see that I'll every be working on it at this height to be honest - I think 1m max lift would probably be fine. Access from underneath is good - its going to make engine drops much much easier: The mechanical lock mechanism seems pretty robust: This is the lowest mechanically locked height - which is pretty good for general stuff:
  9. I've just picked up one of the BH Repairs scissor lifts (http://bhrepairs.co.uk/) secondhand this week. I'd had an eBay search for a year for one within 15miles and it finally came good. Its a much bigger, heavier bit of kit (450kg!) than the pictures would lead you to think. Getting it out the work's van and down my garden took six of us and methods similar to those they used to build the pyramids! I've got under my 914 and given it a go - it's got plenty of lift height - I'm not planning on going under it when its this high - but glad I built the shed with a high ceiling! Photos below from late Wednesday night after hauling it down the garden: I think it'll be more this height whilst I'm working on it - its rock solid on the lift alone, but the axles stand give some extra reassurance! I'm going to have a better look at it this weekend - but initial impressions are it's a great bit of kit and will make engine drops, suspension work etc. a hell of a lot easier.
  10. Thanks for all the recommendations. In the end I've ordered two cans of Dintrol RC900 Rust Converter with an extension hose to get along the sill. All the reviews of the Dinitrol stuff seem to be very positive - I'm still struggling with the idea of paying ~£60 for 2x 400ml spray cans though!! I'll let you know how it goes.
  11. Looks great - you must be very pleased with how its turned out (I think you need to paint your fan though so it's as shiny as everything else!).
  12. I've been attacking the 'hell hole' under the battery tray on my 914. In the process of cutting back to solid metal I've created an opening in the top of the main longitudinal where I can look up and down the sill. The good news its its solid - but there is surface rust on the inner surfaces. Before I weld up the longitudinal I'd like to treat the rust while I have access (Once all the welding's done I'll also be using Wurth cavity wax). What products have people used ? I'm ideally looking for something I can spray down inside the sill. I found this product on eBay that seems to fit the bill: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-CARLOFON-Pro-Rust-Converter-Rust-Protector-and-Primer-Spray-400-ml-111/263560570981?epid=9016844312&hash=item3d5d6f2865:g:DYIAAOSw~T9aVeA6 Anyone used this ? Thanks Matt
  13. Just measured the Type 4 CHT sensor thread - its M10x1. I thought I had an old 3.2 CHT to compare but I must have binned it - so not sure how this compares.
  14. I've got Type 4 / Porsche 914 CHT sensor sat on my workbench a home - I can measure the thread tonight. It's single wire as far as I recall.
  15. Cheers Jevvy - I was a little sceptical myself but the guy at CBX seems to know his stuff and was happy talk me through exactly how he'd do the cleaning - definitely vapour only which explains why is not cheap...
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