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    Hello, AussieFrogs,
    Thanks for accepting me as a member. I appreciate that. My present drive is an 1985 505 GTi that I hope to restore to as new condition. Original condition, and lots of work to do, yet this car gets me around, asking nothing more than regular maintenance and servicing.

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    A little new for me but a 505 will serve you well in the civilized Adelaide traffic. A pity about losing your 403 but everybody regrets letting their first car go. Your 505 sounds good. Remember it was classified by the RTA as one of the safest cars on the road. I think you'll find people on here to help with any problems.

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    The 505 is greatly undervalued by many, and I hope will become a classic in days to come. The GTI is in Australia the best example of the 505, so I think that restoring or keeping them (well, either model) is pristine condition is highly desirable.

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    Thank /you for the kind reply. I enjoy driving my 505 GTi. Although less powerful than other similar sized cars of the era, I find that the handling, roadholding and braking of the 505 to be superior to other, more popular motors.
    My next job is to find tyres to fit the unusual TRX 195/60 wheels. This seems to be a time consuming and expensive process, but I have met many interesting and helpful people in the search.
    Thanks to all members of Aussiefrogs who made my introduction to your club so enjoyable.

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    You would probably find it better obtaining a set of later non-TRX 505 rims.

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    Thanks for this advise. I am coming to the same conclusion. One fellow offered new Michelins at $900 each. Wheels are wheels, I suppose.

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    You should be able to get 5 x 15 inch 505srs2 wheels for about $50 each which leaves you $650 for the tyres as against that quote

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    If it is a GTI it will have the non metric tyres.
    Also the metric ones are 190 width, not 195, maybe you are being mislead here or is it an STi?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacques de mort View Post
    Thank /you for the kind reply. I enjoy driving my 505 GTi. Although less powerful than other similar sized cars of the era, I find that the handling, roadholding and braking of the 505 to be superior to other, more popular motors.
    My next job is to find tyres to fit the unusual TRX 195/60 wheels. This seems to be a time consuming and expensive process, but I have met many interesting and helpful people in the search.
    Thanks to all members of Aussiefrogs who made my introduction to your club so enjoyable.

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    I just received similar advice from an enthusiast in the U.S.A. The car is definitely a GTi, so I will be making further enquiries from tyre dealers on Monday.
    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time and effort to share their knowledge. Much appreciated.

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    After further research, I find your information correct. Thank you. The actual wheel size is 195/60/15.
    I have a choice of Dunlop 195/60 R15 88H LM703, Bridgestone 195/60 r15 88v Turanza or Michelin Energy XM2 195/60 R15 tyres. All at an affordable cost. The information I was originally given regarding TRX metric wheels fitted to 505 GTi's was not correct.
    At least I can fit decent tyres to my car on the original wheels, albeit at the cost of the tyres and some more grey hair.
    Thanks to everyone who offered support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacques de mort View Post
    After further research, I find your information correct. Thank you. The actual wheel size is 195/60/15.
    I have a choice of Dunlop 195/60 R15 88H LM703, Bridgestone 195/60 r15 88v Turanza or Michelin Energy XM2 195/60 R15 tyres. All at an affordable cost. The information I was originally given regarding TRX metric wheels fitted to 505 GTi's was not correct.
    At least I can fit decent tyres to my car on the original wheels, albeit at the cost of the tyres and some more grey hair.
    Thanks to everyone who offered support.
    So glad you have stopped this nonsense about sourcing TRX tyres and actually using them.

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    I just fitted a pair of Toyo 195/60/15 on the front of my GTI 505 and finding them very good. Cost $130 each.
    I have been a Michelin junkie in the past but now I think these modern tyres have caught up and meanwhile the Michelins cost too much.
    Last set I paid over $200 each, now apparently they are round $170, but then you have the worry that there are genuine and fake Michelins so how can you be sure? And if Toyo can do the same job I'll run them. The other brand at Tyrepower are European but they described them as the Turkish Bridgestone, can't remember the name, something like Laksa, a newish company trying to get an advantage in the market, and they cost $120 but the guy said the Toyo was better and I like it so that's cool.

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    Luthier, yes I am going to have the car repainted in it's original colour, but first priorities are overhauling brakes, steering, suspension, motor and transmission. I hope that new paintwork and interior will be the icing on the cake. I am having Bridgestone Turanza tyres 195/60R15 fitted on Thursday. Like you, I have always used Michelins, but think they are overpriced for my motoring needs. I never use more than 3,000 rpm and never exceed speed limits,(well almost never). To me, the real joy of driving Peugeot cars is in the handling and roadholding and, perhaps, schadenfreude watching a car made for Australian conditions wallow like a fresh pizza through twisty bits in my rear view mirror. Thank you for your supportive post.

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    Thank you, jo proffi for your reply. There does seem to be incorrect information about concerning TRX metric wheels and I took some of it onboard.

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    A word of warning regarding fixing your brakes.
    Make absolutely sure whoever fits new pads to the rear calipers understands ALL about 505 brakes. A 'normal' mechanic will ruin them in a moment if they don't know how to disengage the pistons by rotating them before attempting to retract them.
    If you don't know what I am saying then go to a proper Peugeot guy for this job.
    These rear calipers with the special handbrake setup are fragile and as so many have been rooted by Aussie mechanics the ones left are like rockinghorse shit.
    Ask me how I know.

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    If you can wade through Spanish, this may be of interest - http://clubpeugeot505.com/archivos/PEUGEOT_505.pdf

    Other bits and pieces here - http://peugeot505.info//index.php?id...manuals&lang=1,

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    I should have mentioned that an excellent French 505 manual can be found on Usenet at alt.binaries.cd.image.french and alt.binaries.boneless. Use an .nzb to find anything in boneless.

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    I have a pair for sale, make me an offer someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by luthier View Post
    A word of warning regarding fixing your brakes.
    Make absolutely sure whoever fits new pads to the rear calipers understands ALL about 505 brakes. A 'normal' mechanic will ruin them in a moment if they don't know how to disengage the pistons by rotating them before attempting to retract them.
    If you don't know what I am saying then go to a proper Peugeot guy for this job.
    These rear calipers with the special handbrake setup are fragile and as so many have been rooted by Aussie mechanics the ones left are like rockinghorse shit.
    Ask me how I know.

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    Luthier, thanks for the advise. I like to tinker around, but never touch brakes or steering. I know my own limitations. Likewise, non Peugeot mechanics have their own limitations. Am taking your advise and will deal with specialist Peugeot mechanics from now on. There are some highly recommended ones here in Adelaide. I can guess how you know, but tell me the sordid details anyway. Thanks again for your help.

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    Hopefully will not need them, but would like to keep some spares in stock. What do you think is a fair price?

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    Thanks for your tip, seasink. Luckily, I have an excellent French 505 workshop manual and am fortunate enough to be able to read it. I never work on brakes or steering, being an enthusiastic amateur, I believe these are areas for specialists. Thanks for the links, most interesting. Unfortunately, my Spanish is not on an engineering level. I once had a conversation with a chap from Madrid I thought was about differential lubricants, but after phoning the number he gave me, I was connected to a business offering, among other things, lubricants for entirely different purposes. I now confine my limited Spanish to Mexican restaurants.

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    $20 each plus postage?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacques de mort View Post
    Hopefully will not need them, but would like to keep some spares in stock. What do you think is a fair price?

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    Done deal. You can't buy much for twenty dollars these days. I you can calculate the full cost, including postage, I will post you a bank cheque prior to despatch. Thanks.

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    $25 will cover postage.
    PM me your address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacques de mort View Post
    Done deal. You can't buy much for twenty dollars these days. I you can calculate the full cost, including postage, I will post you a bank cheque prior to despatch. Thanks.

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