Darren's DB 197 F1 Team

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by DarrenR27, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. DarrenR27

    DarrenR27 Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Hi Guys

    Been a RS fan for a few years now, but this is my first venture in to a Clio, or go-kart as my wife calls it.

    Started out with a ropey 225 Trophy I spent about 3x it's value on. Hybrid tubro, Forge front mount, Ktec exhaust, H&R springs and a few other bits. 275/311.

    43727547845_2a01faf92c_k.jpg IMAG0558 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

    Sold that when it just kept going wrong so bought a nice near stock R26 and threw more money at that! Although most mods were carried over from the Trophy I did fit KW v3 coilovers which are the best mod I have ever done to a car.

    30766727728_8e089c33f7_b.jpg IMG_2160 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

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    Just when the R26 was spot on, I got bored, as you do and sold it to buy my 197 (which I will come on to). But thinking I missed the boost I went out and bought another R26 last month and the ringlands promptly failed on me!

    44587300672_b6fbbf756a_k.jpg Untitled by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

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    So, leaves me with the Clio 197 F1 Team (or whatever it's full name is...)

    Flew up from Exeter to Manchester off the back of positive phones call with Norman (yes, that's his real name). Norman collected me from the airport and took me to his house / garage. So Norman, are you a dealer? No, it's my son's car, he bought it to track but it's too tidy.

    42826801120_55787eb586_b.jpg IMG_2473 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

    Test drive went well, apart from an ear splitting exhaust (Toyosport mani, decat and Scorpion system), and a deal was done. Cue 5 hour drive home from Manchester, and at first time of hitting the motorway and stretching the legs I realised I'd done a bad thing: 3/4 gearbox synchros....

    42826807470_c296227633_k.jpg IMG_2482 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

    So, Norman is a mechanic but assured me the box was fine, and his son was getting rid because it was too tidy to track, and I could only test it around the 'burbs of Manchester at 40mph. I'd been shafted.

    Still, was tidy enough: wheels had just been refurbished, new Parada Spec2 tyres, 19mm spacers all round, new discs and pads up front, the aforementioned exhaust system, 200 diffuser and repaired Recaros.

    44636818801_d846cd3a2c_k.jpg IMG_2512 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

    After a few weeks the suspension started to make a noise, so promptly bought some B14 coilovers expecting the issue to be a top mount, wrong, swivel hub. Double bad thing.

    44586807892_68971627b2_k.jpg IMG_2524 by Darren Jasper, on Flickr

    Two trips to BeanieSport later and we have a refurbished gearbox fitted and new swivel hub bearing. Unfortunately the replacement box is leaking so needs a revisit.

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    Standard Renault headlight bulb change shot...

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    Which brings me up to the last few weeks; tried the R26 wheels on it, but they just don't suit it in my opinion. But the drilled discs work very nicely thank you very much! Also swapped my 200 diffuser for a gloss painted 197 one. Want to cut the exhausts back to slash tips. More function over form.

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    So do I miss boost? Not really. Love chasing the shiftlight in the Clio and I feel it is the right balance of speed and agility for where I live. Plan is to get on track as soon as the box leak is fixed.

    Darren
     
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  2. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Location:
    Herts
    Car:
    197
    Welcome aboard. Plenty of Renault nuts throwing money at problems in here. Sounds like you’ll fit in fine:grinning:
     
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  3. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Car:
    RB 200 cup
    Wow plenty of stuff going on there mate however glads it’s all working out now!

    Great to see it on track at some point
     
  4. DarrenR27

    DarrenR27 Paid Member

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    Car:
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    If i was feeling really silly I should just rebuild the R26 lump and throw it in the Clio. It's even still attached to the hoist! But funds don't allow. :pensive:
     
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  5. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    That’s what I’ve done! Best of both cars then:wink:
     
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  6. DarrenR27

    DarrenR27 Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    The whole lot is off to Chris at BeanieSport to go in to stock for the next Meglio build. Just not mine unfortunately.

    And to be honest, I think the NA engine is a pretty good balance. I did miss the revs when I bought the second R26!


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  7. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    Location:
    Manchester
    Car:
    albi blue 197 with boost
    looks like you have spent a few penies on your Renaults and also you know your stuff..as Ben mentioned above,we are very good at spending peoples money..anything you need just give us a shout..enjoy revving her up to the red line h07003.gif
     
  8. DarrenR27

    DarrenR27 Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Boring update:

    Powerflexed the two upper engine mounts as the manifold was knocking. Knocking is cured and has been replaced by good vibrations! Surprised at how much more taught the car now feels. Might do the bottom two in time.

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  9. KYFO.CO.UK

    KYFO.CO.UK

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    Location:
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    Car:
    R27
    Lots of stuff going on here and that shine on the black F1 is glorious! great work!
     
  10. Johnny 99

    Johnny 99 Platinum Member

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    Location:
    Inverness
    Car:
    Clio Renaultsport 200
    Welcome in. Looking forward to following your progress.
     
  11. Doogle

    Doogle Winner - POTM March 2018 Paid Member

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    Location:
    Plymouth
    Car:
    BMW e46 330cd
    Welcome bud! Black is always a great looking colour when its shiny like that! Bummer about the bad start but sounds like its worth it. These are never common cars and loads are getting broken (especially when its simple things)

    The Torque mount is the main one that makes it feel solid. The gearbox bush and dogbone bush dont add many vibrations.
     
  12. tombate911

    tombate911 Paid Member

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    Car:
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    Looks good mate. Shame about the problems at the start regarding the syncros and ball joints. They’re the main issues with these cars plus the manifold which all seem to be done. Once those big jobs are sorted you’re set for a while then!
     

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