Megane Engine Conversion - Radiator

Discussion in 'Engine, Gearbox, Exhaust and Air Intake' started by Ljacobs, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Ljacobs

    Ljacobs

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    Hi, I will be transplanting my 225 engine and gearbox onto my clio soon. The car is not used every day and is just a weekend/trackday tool.

    I have been reading into the radiator options for the conversion and it seems like there are two choices:

    1) clio radiator and custom intercooleer
    2) megane radiator and megane intercooler

    Since its used on track I need to ensure that the engine temperature is stable when pushing on therefore I think the only feasible option is the megane radiator. From what I have been reading it's not a direct fit, has anyone managed to fit the megane radiator without trimming the bonnet catch section by lowering or moving the radiator mounts?

    Any advice or guidance would be great.

    Thanks
    Lee
     

  2. Mark_L

    Mark_L Platinum Member

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    I'm afraid there is no way you can get a megane Rad in without cutting the slam panel. I lowered my mounts and I cut a few of the raised sections in the bumper tray.

    For some reason pics won't upload? I'll try again later.
     
  3. Mark_L

    Mark_L Platinum Member

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    @Big Ben is using a clio rad from memory and he tracks his car all the time.
     
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  4. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    I use a Clio rad and a Forge intercooler and don’t have any temp issues. Needle only moved above second line once in an incredibly hot day at Brands after a 15minute stint.
    As long as the Clio rad is functioning 100% you’ll be fine imo
     
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  5. Ljacobs

    Ljacobs

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    If you could upload some picture that would be great.
     
  6. Ljacobs

    Ljacobs

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    That's good to know. I have read so many posts that have mentioned overheating with the clio radiator. Do you have a link to what intercooler you used and did the standard megane pipework fit?
     
  7. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Location:
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    I got my intercooler direct from Forge and used their hardpipe kit as well
     

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  8. Ljacobs

    Ljacobs

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    Car:
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    Good to know, thanks for the picture.
     
  9. Mark_L

    Mark_L Platinum Member

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