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So You Bought a 944 June 22, 2019

Posted by kewlhunter in 944, 944 turbo, cool, Driving, New Car, Porsche, Technology.
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What Do I need to Do First?

First take a deep breath and let it soak in that you now own one of the greatest handling cars ever made. It is a car that was the benchmark for many other cars, like the RX7 because it was seen as the best of it kind at the time. The connection to the road is unlike most cars, and something most people have never experienced before, and it allows the driver to feel, in a more analogue way, the joy of driving, whether that is using momentum in a NA(normally aspirated) or having a blast in the turbo, which is still a very fast car despite it’s age(and can easily be modified to be even faster). So first thing is pull up a chair and just look at your gorgeous car.

First Things First

Some things should be done straight away, and if the car has no service history, some of these should be done before even turning over the motor, especially for cars that have been left sitting for many years. The engines in 944’s are what are known as an interference motor, and so if the timing belts break, the valves will hit the pistons and do expensive damage, and hence the importance of resisting the temptation to start her up and see what she will do. So first thing is to find out when belts were last replaced and if unknown, then replace the before trying to start the car. Most owners replace the water pump with every second belt change as it is easier to do when the belts are off, so this should also be done at the same time if not known. So first thing to do is replace the timing belts and water pump unless you have documentation to show they have been done in last 3-4 years or 40,000 miles, which is considered by most a good point to replace them. Many people go longer but as it is a Porsche and an engine rebuild uses Porsche parts, it pays to be cautious.

The next must do is replace the fuel lines in the engine bay. These sit above the exhaust headers and so any leak will be catastrophic. Personally this is a no brainer. It is not expensive, by Porsche standards, and several vendors sell new kits that will give you years of worry free driving.  Things to consider doing at same time are fuel filter, and I upgraded my fuel pump to a high volume pump available from Lindsay racing. Cleaning or replacing the fuel strainer in the tank is also a good idea, if car has been sitting.

Obviously giving the car a good service including new plugs, rotor, cap, and leads, and an oil change and new oil filter, make sense too. I also think changing the transmission and  braking system fluids, is a good idea while you are in there. Repacking the grease in CV joints too, especially if car as been sitting

If car has been sitting it is probably a good idea to get fuel injectors rebuilt or at a minimum cleaned and inspected.

Other Things to do

Solid State DME Relay

These cars use an electro-mechanical relay(DME relay) in the ignition circuit, and for many years experienced owners always carried a couple of spares in the glove box, as when they fail you are stranded. You can jerry rig a couple of wires or even a paper clip to get yourself going, MacGyver style, but a few years ago, a very clever guy designed a solid state relay to replace the normal one, and it eliminates the need to worry about this issue permanently. This to me is another no brainer. I had my relay fail, replaced it and still the car wouldn’t start, replaced it with another and still wouldn’t start but luckily I had another that got the car going. I was a beta tester for these relays so have had mine for many years. They are available at Focus9 website You can buy either a pump prime that turns on fuel pump straight away so is meant to make starting easier, but I happily use the standard version.

Engine Harnesses

The engine management system known as the DME uses 2 sensors called the speed and reference sensors, that have usually been replaced several times during the life of the car, so the wiring to the connector on this is usually a lot newer than the car but the harness that goes from the connector back to the the DME is as old as the car and due to the high heat in the engine bay, has usually deteriorated. With my car, when the car wouldn’t start, I eventually found out I could jiggle the harness to get it going. I replaced it with the harness available from Lindsey Racing I also bought the fuel injector harness at the same time and when checking that, it literally broke in my hand, so I was glad I had bought both. I highly recommend replacing the DME harness but doing the injector harness and others makes sense. One of the most common questions seen from new owners are related to “no start” issues

Other Things to consider

The DME is very old now, so can cause problems, and you can buy a solid state one from Focus 9 at a reasonable price.  You can also completely replace it with a more modern option called VEMS that is almost plug and play (just needs a map sensor fitted to intake) and also available in a stealth model, that will update the electronics to a much more modern reliable set up that is unlimited in what can be done, from running different fuel like E85, to larger fuel injectors, or upgrading to a newer turbo. It is fully tuneable and has a very handy auto tune function that will tune the car as you drive, so no need for expensive dyno time, although you can get even more out of it with a god tuner and a dyno. It is available here VEMS

VEMS can be accessed via a laptop with blue tooth and gives full control over the ignition system and is a fully fledged stand alone engine management system although it plugs into the factory harness, so is much cheaper than going for a complete stand alone, that would require expert installation, tuning, and basically a new harness to be custom built.

A complete new complete engine harness is also available form Kroon that is better than what we got from the factory.

 

Making Her Nicer

I fitted these really nice door sill trims to mine. Search for Frank Zappa on Facebook in Porsche 944 no spam group, or Premier 944 Turbo group.

I highly recommend joining both groups as lots of great people in the community with a wealth of knowledge who are incredibly generous sharing that knowledge

Websites You Should join/Visit and Bookmark

Clarks Garage the #1 website for 944 owners help.  Most of us have read it cover to cover

Rennlist The site most of us started on and well worth joining

Pelican Forum Another site that is helpful. Not as big as Rennlist but still a good resource

FACEBOOK GROUPS

Porsche 944 No Spam: with 1000’s of members there are lots of helpful members with truckloads of knowledge

Premier 944 Turbo Community: The group to join if you own a Turbo. The elite brains trust of the Turbo community are here

Porsche 944 Outlaws: Not a group for purists. These guys are into modifying them with V8s,V6’s, inline 5’s and all sorts of things.

Porsche 924/944/968 Race Cars: A group for those tracking their cars

Porsche Parts Group 944 951 968: A group to buy and sell Porsche parts for our cars

These are probably the most active but there are usually local groups too, so worth searching and seeing if any active groups in your area. Might come in handy if you need someone to help you with work on the car or to swap out parts if trying to diagnose a fault. I have never been involved with any car community that is like the 944 community. I have had people ship me things for free, from the USA to my little island in the Pacific(Australia). Had local guys drive across town to help me, and met and gained life long friends across the world through these amazing cars.

 

 

 

 

 

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Is The Porsche Cayman GT4 the modern successor to the Porsche 944 Turbo ??? March 22, 2016

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As my loyal readers know, I have owned a gorgeous Porsche 944 Turbo for over 5 years now. The reason I can afford it is because it was shunned by the Porsche “Purests” who at the time of it’s release often stated that it wasn’t a real Porsche, afterall it wasn’t rear engined, it was water cooled and it’s predecessor the 924(from which it evolved) was seen as a bitza, using parts from Audi, Mercedes, VW and of course Porsche. They over look the fact it was completely designed by Porsche. I would like to thank them because if they knew what I know, then the 944 turbo would have been way too expensive for me to be able to afford. God bless you, one and all 🙂

The 924 was originally designed by Porsche to replace the 914 and 914/6, which was a joint venture from Porsche and VW, and sold under both brands badges. VW decided at the last minute to pull out and go with their own designed Golf. Porsche deccided to buy the rights from VW and still release the car as a Porsche. The 944 replaced the 924 and used an all Porsche designed 2.5 litre engibe, that was basically half of the engine used in the V8 928.

By the time the 944 was made, even Porsche were promoting the fact it was actually a real Porsche, and in fact was equal with the 928, being the first real 100% Porsche designed car from go to whoa. The 944 Turbo came along and it was actually the first production Porsche to actually be born on the race track. Porsche built some hot 924’s that they took to Le Mans, and infact the cars were driven to the race track, one ended up 6th outright(winning it’s class too) and then driven back to the factory. This was where the 944 turbo was born. The engine was a turbo 2.5 4 cyclinder (although not indentical as was 16 valve), that elvolved into the 944 turbo engine. The suspension, balance, brakes etc all became what was basically was used in the 944 turbo production car. The turbo charger was the biggest Porsche had ever fitted to a production car.

The car was legendary for it’s near perfect balance and handling,  and was actually put down by pursits as being too easy to drive, as an OK driver could drive it very near it’s limits, unlike the 911 that was only able to be pushed near it’s limits by the very talented or the very brave…or very stupid but the stupid and brave often got bitten badly if their skill wasn’t up to the cars capabilities. The turbo 911 of the era was dubbed the widow maker for a very good reason.

So we have this RWD, front engined, manual only, perfectly balanced car, with amazing handling, great brakes, incredible feel through the wheel and seats of the pants, car, that was shunned at the time, as it was perceived(wrongly IMO) as not being a real Porsche. Derek Bell who was one the drivers at Le Mans in the 924, still owns a version and has said many times it is one of the greatest handling cars of all time. Road and Track magazine in 1984 said the 944 was the greatest handling car in America available at the time, and voted it the 10 best handling cars of all time.

Now as an owner of a 944 turbo I find it difficult to explain to anyone why the car is just the most amazing car to drive, as words will never do the sensations you feel justice. I drive many cars being in the car industry and to be honest no matter how good they are, they always just fall short of hat I get from my 944 turbo.

Now roughly 30 years later Porsche answers it’s customers, who have been voicing their desire for a true sports car that was a manual, not a  clutchless auto PDK like all their current GT offerings. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is born. It is only available only in manual, is mid-engined(for amazing balance), fitted with GT3 suspension, the old GT3 3.8 litre engine(a beast), and has been globaly praised as probably the greatest sports car available today. Not the fastest, the highest top speed, but the best. It can pushed very close to it’s limits by ordinary drivers, it is incredibly fun to drive at more realistic speeds for most owners, that many supercars fail at, because their limits are ridiculously high.

Every bit of praise it gathers and every review I see, or read, I think wow that could have been said about the 944 turbo 30 years ago. So is the GT4 the true sucessor to the 944 turbo ???

Personally I think yes, and I also think that nothing inbetween these 2 cars(from Porsche) could be argued as coming close to what these cars bring to the table. Neither are 911’s and for some that is the only real Porsche which I understand, but I also think that it is their loss for havinga such a narrow minded view of what make a Porsche a Porsche.

My car is amazing and brings something to my life that is impossible to explain, and I think the new Cayman GT4 does exactly the same to the lucky owners who have one. I would love to own both and maybe one day I will but if that never happens I won’t really care, as my 944 turbo gives me more than I could hope for.

To me these are the Goldilocks cars, that are just right. Others will disagree and want to bring other cars into the mix but I have no interest in debating this and I am sure there are other great cars, but few could disagree(if they really know how good these cars are) that these 2 cars are something very secial indeed. The thing they share is what is lacking in so many other capable cars, and that is soul.

 

 

 

Navdy Automotive Heads Up Display September 8, 2014

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Navdy Automotive Heads Up Display

This amazing bit of technology (the Navdy) looks like it really is bringing the future to our cars. The device allows you to do all sorts of things like texting, tweeting, make calls, see who is calling you, navigate, and much more, all while keeping your eyes on the road ahead. Pilots have been using this technology for years to make flying safer, and now it is coming to your car.

The Navdy is a very clever device displays all sorts of information from your Android or Apple phone. It allows you to talk to it and use gestures to control it and will have a range of apps it can work with, all designed for use while driving. Because the display projects an image that looks like it is 2 mteres in front of you, that means you don’t have to adjust your focus to veiw it.

The Navdy is going to be a much safer way to do many of these tasks while driving, and is major technological advancement compared to the basic Heads Up Displays (HUDs) currently on the market, that are either designed as speed displays or for Navigation. The added functionality and gesture control take this technology to the next level

PRE-ORDER and SAVE

The Navdy is available for pre-order at a significant saving over the normal price that people wil once it is released. You can pre-order by clicking here but don’t hesitate as this cheaper price is for a limited time.

Make sure you check out the video, even if you are not buying as it’s worth watching anyway

 

 

Ebay Find:- Orignal release FEIT kicks August 3, 2014

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Well a few weeks ago I was trawling ebay when I decided to search for my favourite brand of kicks *FEIT*. Much to my surprise there were a couple of kicks for sale and amazingly they were in my size and very cheap. When I saw the listing I noticed they were unworn, and new with tags. I promptly ordered both styles.

Now for those of you who don’t know the brand FEIT(pronounced fight), it was started back in 2005 by the Australian  brothers Josh and Tull Price. Tull had earlier haDSC_0001d a lot of success with a brand he started back in 1996 with a friend he went to school with Rodney Alder. That brand was Royal Elastics. They decided to replace laces with an elastic panel and by 2001 they were selling around 1 million kicks a year, in 35 countries. Although by any standards Royal Elastic was a massive success it didn’t represent what Tull was passionate about, and that was quality, craftsmanship, and sustainability.

FEIT was born out of a desire to produce high quality shoes using traditional methods and high quality materials. This meant the shoes would be built to last, offer incredible comfort, and be an antidote to the mass-produced low quality shoes that have dominated the market for some time. Now I am old enough to remember my parents getting shoes re-soled at the local cobbler.

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Macro Greens and Miracle Reds Super Foods March 7, 2013

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Macro Greens and Miracle Reds

I was watching an episode of The Doctors when one of the Doctors mentioned that just about the best thing you could do for your health was to drink a smoothy with Macro Greens in it. I decided to try some and bought some from a local website. I immediately noticed a difference and have been having it daily now for about 3 months now, and cannot recommend it highly enough.

I have increased energy levels, and generally feel a lot healthier. Before I tried it I wouldn’t have believed that one drink a day could have such a noticeable effect.. The Macro Greens nutrient rich super food is made by MacroLife Nutrients, and when I was looking for them I found out none of my local health food shops stocked them. I went online and found an Australian site that had them. They also had another product from the same company called Miracle Reds, which they call a cardio antioxidant super food.

I decided to order both and am glad I did if for no other reason than the Miracle Reds add a nice berry flavour to my smoothy, and no doubt are also contributing to my feeling of being healthier since taking them both daily.

I bought Macro Greens and Miracle Reds in 284.5gram(10 oz) containers, that hold about 30 servings, and although happy with the results, I was not happy with the cost of buying them this way. So I did a bit of googling and found that iherb.com had both Macro Greens and Miracle Reds in larger 90 serve  850gram (30oz) packs and at a much cheaper price than anywhere else I found. Shipping was very cheap too, as I was spending over the $60 threshold that gets free shipping in the US and much cheaper international shipping, iherb.com ended up being so much cheaper, that I was virtually getting the larger packs for only a few dollars more than the smaller packs from the local website

The Macro Greens and Miracle Reds arrived a lot quicker too. The local site took about 10 days but iherb.com got them to me in a few days, and with much cheaper shipping charges. I couldn’t be happier with the pricing and speedy delivery from iherb.com and would highly recommend their site for all you health food needs Click Here

IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820 January 12, 2012

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IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820

Normally I go out and buy the stuff I review here, but this review is a little different. This time, the good people at Sony were incredibly generous, and loaned me a TV for a few weeks, to review the IPTV functionality (if I decided wanted too). The review is meant to be just about IPTV butI have to let you know about the TV too, as it was a fantastic piece of technology.

IPTV

I am guessing most people are thinking to themselves *what the heck is IPTV when it’s at home ?*  IPTV is just TV or Video content, that arrives via an internet stream, rather than over the air, like traditional *free to air* that we have had for years, arriving via an antenna on our roofs.

One thing that separates SONY’s IPTV from many other IPTV offerings from other brands, is the depth  of the content. Many brands of TV have IPTV functionality, but when you dig below the funky interface, there is little content. That’s a bit like having a great audio system but not having any music.

It’s very clear Sony have gone to  a lot of trouble to not only provide first rate IPTV functionality, but also to secure a lot of content. When I reviewed the TV I had access to well over 20 channels of IPTV content, and that list is growing all the time, with SONY planning to add more and more channels over time.

One of the great uses of IPTV is to provide catch up TV services(this is when a TV station makes programs that have already been aired, available to be streamed via the internet). I made use of these several times. When faced with typical Melbourne bad weather day, instead of being stuck with just Daytime TV to watch, I was able to stream some great Documentary’s, I had missed when they were broadcast on free to air TV in the weeks prior.

Now these same catch up TV services are often available directly on your computer, but SONY has done deals with the TV channels to get a higher quality streams, from different servers, that look great even on a massive 46″ TV, like SONY had loaned to me. These same services, when watched a on a small laptop screen, can often only be viewed in a small 3″ window, as going full screen can make them unwatchable.

SONY also has IPTV channels for everything from dining, travel, fashion, movie previews, to how to channels and even a wiggles channel for the kids. Some of these have a lot of content while some are a bit thin, but no doubt these will be added too, over time.

SONY also has what’s known as Video on demand services too. So when you want to watch a movie, instead of jumping in the car and heading to the video store, you simply select it from the screen(you can even preview it), and watch it in HD(high definition) or SD(standard definition). The HD movies are perfect but an SD movie I watch had  a little noise. It wasn’t a problem, and was perfectly watchable, but IMO it is worth paying the extra for the HD version.

THE TV

Well the first thing I have to say about this TV is WOW! This 200Hz LED/LCD TV has a stunning picture. The colours are incredibly faithful with really deep blacks and fantastic contrast. This TV uses SONY’s Opti-contrast LCD panel, and it is the one used in all their high end TV’s, and it is a clear step up from their entry level TV’s.

The TV has built in wi-fi, which is really handy for most people, to access not only IPTV content but also to the pictures, and video’s on you PC’s, on the same network. The technology behind this is called DLNA. DLNA is just a way for lots of devices to be able to share media across a network. These can be everything from TV’s, PC’s, audio systems, to HDD’s or mobile phones.

The TV is a 200Hz model, and although I am not convinced anyone can see any difference over 100Hz (unless you use a test disc), it certainly can’t do any harm. The TV is also 3D, and although many people aren’t that excited by 3D, the fact movie makers like Scorsese and Speilberg are now making 3D movies, suggests to me, it is here to stay. The TV even comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses.

If you are after a great TV then the HX820 is hard to go past, just in picture quality alone. The IPTV in this and most SONY TV’s is just icing on the cake, and really does give you a few more options of content to watch. IPTV clearly isn’t designed to replace free to air or cable TV but is a great adjunct to the services we already have, and well worth the effort SONY has clearly put into making it a success.

I could go into the technical features of the TV like local dimming etc but the great thing about this TV, is that you just need to look at the picture to see how good it really is. You don’t need to be an expert.

Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition May 9, 2011

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Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition

Oakley MotoGP Jupiter Sunglasses are listed on the Oakley AOakley MotoGP Sunglassesustralia site as coming soon but when I clicked the  Add to Cart button, I went straight to the checkout, and sure enough the awesome sunglasses arrived a few days later. These are available from amazon Click here
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Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses April 18, 2011

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Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses

I just picked up a pair of Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses with clear frames and Violet Iridium lenses. These are wicked cool sunnies. I got mine from the OPSM  outlet in Rundle Mall Adelaide. My RACV road side assistance

Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses

Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses

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Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes April 4, 2011

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Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes

Superclean Elk Blue

I was so happy and so impressed with my first pair of FEIT shoes(Moc Mid Black), that when I saw these super cool shoes at FEIT’s online store, I decided a second pair would be nice. These Supercleans came in a wide range of colours, and all the colours looked great, but I decided on the blue. Life is too short not to own a pair of blue suede shoes at least once.

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Alpine INA-W900 February 21, 2011

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Alpine INA-W900

The Alpine INA-W900 Head Unit(HU), is more than just a car audio system. It brings together in one unit, Satellite Navigation, CD/DVD player, AM/FM radio, iPhone/usb player, Bluetooth hands free kit, and it does it better than any HU I have ever used before. I have had a few devices that are meant to be used with the iPhone but none that have worked as well as this HU.

I have run the iPhone connection cable into my centre console, so its really easy to get to when I am in and out of the car. The phone is also paired via bluetooth, so even if I haven’t connected the iPhone, and still have it in my pocket, I am still able to use the HU for calls.

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