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  1. Good choice. You should be happy with the results. What were the old tyres you had on it?
  2. Yes, you are correct. But a whisker indeed - overall diameter increase of 16mm. 15mm is the limit in most states. I've certainly heard several reports of the handling being better on the narrower (more stretched) tyre.
  3. Also, if you want serious performance, 225/40/18 is also a valid choice and far, far more choices, including some ultra high performance, street legal semi-slicks suitable fro track use. Hankook RS-4s are my personal favourite in this category.
  4. 1. Go to an online tyre site like tyresales or tyroola. 2. Search by size and see what's available. 3. I'd also suggest you look at 215/40/18 - they are a legal fitment to your car and more common than 205's in that profile and diameter. In my opinion, they are also a better fit on a 7.5inch wide rim which is what you have. 4. When you see what is available, consider your budget and what you are looking for with regard to performance. Given it's a sporty car, a high performance street tyre like Michelin Pilot Super Sport is a good choice. If budget doesn't stretch that far, some of the offerings from Kumho are quite reasonable at about 2/3 the price of the Michelins. Others may prefer Dunlop, Continentals or some other brand. Probably avoid the really cheap (no names) like Winrun and Radar. 5. Ask your local tyre shop to price match with tyre sales or tyroola. Most will and that will be a big discount from what they will quote you up front.
  5. I used to fit a 29" duallie into the back of a VW Up! Mind you, the front passenger seat was all the way forward and tilted towards the dash (unusable). Now with a Clio, I can fit the same bike in the back with the passenger seat in a normal position. So it's easily done. Front wheel off, obviously.
  6. Probably not but they do compromise your roadworthiness, insurance and wallet if you get caught with them. Not being judgemental - you guys can do what you want - but they are not a legal modification in any state of Australia in case you weren't aware.
  7. From my recent experience, it's seldom worth the bother trying to chase interstate rego refunds. I posted this on another forum. I recently purchased a car from NSW and just had it registered in QLD. So I thought I would enquire with NSW RMS about getting a refund on the unused portion of the rego. Vehicle has 3 months left with the expiry date 8th October. The maths goes like this: 1. Registration component is non-refundable. We only refund the road tax component on a pro rata basis. This is $280 for 12 months so pro rata is $70. 2. In order to do this, rego has to be transferred to me first. $34 admin fee. $36 remaining. 3. After it is transferred to me, it can be cancelled. $30 admin fee. $6 remaining. 4. “I’m sorry sir, we don’t refund amounts less than $6 but we can hold that as credit for you for future dealings with RMS”. But I live in QLD, why would I have future dealings with RMS NSW. 5. Net gain. $0. So how about I try and get a refund on the CTP. Contact the insurer. The premium was $400 for 12 months so maybe I can get $100 back. 1. Need to provide proof of cancelled rego from RMS first. F#$@! 2. I didn’t bother asking what the admin fee would be…I just gave up. Fun times…
  8. A grey morning in Brisbane 👽
  9. Some nice water beading on the matte paint this morning. Who would have thought 😁
  10. Done deal! I'm now the proud new owner of this car. Thank you very much to Deb for offering her car to me in such terrific condition and the patience needed to manage an interstate purchase. The car is fantastic. I flew down to Sydney on Saturday and drove it back to Brisbane over the weekend. I'll post a more detailed introduction and review once I've spent a bit more time with the car but so far, it's just delightful. I know I'm preaching to the choir...LOL. A couple of things to do this week. I've got it booked in for a QLD roadworthy tomorrow which is necessary to change to rego over. Then the RACQ are coming around on Wednesday to repair a very minor stone chip I picked up on the windscreen near Tamworth on the drive home. It's tiny but best repaired and simple to do. This photo was taken today. I haven't even had time to wash it yet but you wouldn't know from looking at it the car had done a 1000k road trip, including several hours at night. A couple of bugs on the gloss black bumper but otherwise, it hardly shows any dirt at all.
  11. Thank you both so far. I intend contacting the owner of the Toro A&D in Brisbane since that car is local for me. I've read what I can on matte paint and if I had space in the garage, it would be a non-issue and I'd be happy to take care of it properly. However, this would be a third car for the household so unfortunately, it will live in the driveway. I'm a bit dubious how well it will stand up to outdoor life since it can't be clay barred or polished if it starts to get a bit weathered. But then again, I prefer to drive it than look at it so maybe it doesn't matter. The red car in Victoria looks nice but has higher k's and has been modded. It would need to pass a QLD roadworthy and it would be a hassle to buy it then find out the suspension won't pass rego or something else that I'd need to fix. But it's not like the owner has gone nuts - it's pretty tastefully done. The current wheels/tyres and brake pads suggest likely track use but provided maintenance is up to date, probably not a big deal. It's priced lower on account of mods and k's. If either owner is on here and wants to DM me, please do.
  12. G'day, I joined the forum just to do some research but thought I'd say hi. I used to own two cars, a bit of a "hi-lo mix" so to speak. A BMW M2 and a VW Up. My Up was recently written off in a very minor accident so I'm looking to replace my daily driver. Despite its low cost, it was a really enjoyable daily and allowed me to keep the M2 as a special occasion car. I modded the Up with some KW coilers and wider RE003 tyres so it was a hoot. Gutless though. I'm looking to build on the compact car go-cart experience but looking bring it up a level or two. Natural successors would be a Fiesta ST, a Polo GTI or a Clio Cup. I'm strongly drawn to the latter which is why I'm here. Budget is $15-20k and I think I should be able to get a decent series III in manual. I already track the M2 and I will definitely track the Clio if/when I get one. We have a few Renault guys come to the BMW club track days and the Megane's they drive have really impressed me. I understand that preferring manual eliminates later model cars. The M2 is DCT and while awesome, it will take a lot to convince me not to buy a manual this time around. Any tips or low down on cars currently for sale are welcome. Thanks! Greg.
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