Safety Wire Required

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We apologize to Fuelfed driver Frank D., but we had to post this shot of him at the Autobahn Country Club full course track day. Frank’s obviously very focused and unaware of his 640hp 996 Twin Turbos’ leaky backside as he enters turn three. By turn six the black flags caught his attention and saved him from a cooked engine.

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Interestingly, most tracks now require all water-cooled 911s to have their coolant lines safety wired. Doesn’t everybody? Frank does now.

More importantly, he was kind enough to let yours truly (above) take the buttoned up brut out at a later event and thrash it (just kidding, ok maybe) as much as I wanted.

We all need friends like Frank.

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5 Responses to “Safety Wire Required”

  1. Jason Schneider Says:

    Curious what you mean by “safety wiring” the coolant lines. Are you talking about the clamps or the hoses themselves?

  2. The Driver Says:

    The pressure fit coolant hoses pop off. So many tracks and I believe the PCA, require metal hose clamps with safety wire securing the clamp tight to a near by bolt.

  3. Frank Dorn Says:

    No need to apologize. Race it, break it, fix it, and race it again. Since that incident in that 2001 Turbo, it has happened 2 more times in my 03 Turbo and to several friends in Turbo’s and GT3’s.

    BTW: 640 HP is a little high. Maybe 520. Still a blast on the track and you are welcome to drive it anytime.

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