Newish 197 owner

Discussion in 'New Members' started by MartyR, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. MartyR

    MartyR Paid Member

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    Hi I'm Martin,

    Had a 197 for a couple of years now but have decided now is the time to start caring for it as it looks a bit scabby. I've signed up a few days ago and been lurking for a while but feel like I should say Hi and I hope to be able to contribute to the forum.

    I will hope fully post some pictures soon and have had some inspiration from the forums on which direction to go with the car.

    I'm not a mechanic but do work in precision cutting with Plasma and Water-Jet so will hopefully be able to fabricate some parts and would be happy to help others out if they needed anything.

    Cheers
     
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  2. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Welcome aboard Martin. Look for ward to some pics. Maybe start your own project page if you’re planning on doing a few bits
     
  3. Johnny 99

    Johnny 99 Platinum Member

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    Welcome in. Looking forward to the pictures.
     
  4. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Welcome aboard .... needs pictures
     
  5. Foxspeed

    Foxspeed "the new red baron" Moderator

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    welcome :french:
     
  6. MartyR

    MartyR Paid Member

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    Thanks very much, will try and upload some tomorrow and then you can shout at me for how scabby the alloys are . I’ve been reading for the how to’s over the past few day and the knowledge on here is great so I look forward to picking people brains and hopefully giving some of it back.
     
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  7. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    welcome to the club :thumb:
     
  8. petercronin

    petercronin Paid Member

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    Welcome along.
     
  9. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

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    Hi Martin, welcome to the forum!
     
  10. MartyR

    MartyR Paid Member

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    Location:
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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

    I have uploaded a picture of the beast.

    So since owning the car I have improved it mechanically as it had some issues:

    Replaced the manifold twice, once with a salvaged OEM unit and the last time with a toyo sports one (as im tight).
    The salvaged unit failed massively on the A38 and it sounded like a tank :smile:
    Had all the springs replaced. (the fronts were my fault).
    Required new control arms.
    Various little jobs.

    On going issues:

    Fouling from the Toyo Sports manifold under load.
    Scabby Alloys
    Very slow Oil leak, which I suspect will probably just be a gasket on the sump.
    At some point the bumper has been off and there is a slight panel gap now.

    Plans:

    Sort the manifold out.
    Refurb/Respray the alloys.
    Sort Oil leak out.
    Either now exhaust system or just cut the centre box out, op the suggestions.
    Lowering springs but not too low. :smile:
    Bracing
    Remap??????
    New headlights
    and anything else im open to suggestions.

    As you may be able to see I have had a go wrapping the trim in digital urban camo (cause I can) and didn't do a great job (cause im useless) but I'm keen the get the car looking good as it is a fantastic little car and great fun to drive.

    I would like to have a little bit more power at the bottom end so again if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

    My other plan is to potentially fit a double din unit and think its possible by moving the start/stop, hazard, central locking into a fabricated panel that fits below the main panel but will have to have a think about behind the dash. Just an idea for now but want to get the important things out the way first.

    Hopefully I'm not be too ambitious and I'm always open to advice and better ideas.

    Cheers

    Martin
     

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  11. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Uprating gearbox mount and upper torque arm bush to power flex items can potentially solve your manifold from fouling under load. Worth a look
     
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  12. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    And they improve the feel of the car massively for such a small mod!^
     
  13. MartyR

    MartyR Paid Member

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    Where would be the best place to get them? Ktec?
     
  14. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Ktec
    Kamracing
    eBay
    Purple series are best imo
     
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  15. petercronin

    petercronin Paid Member

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    Eurocarparts sometime have them too and gou could also check a place called rival motorsport, they’ll probably not list them on their website but they can get pretty much anything you want and at least price match other places.

    Regardless of where you get them the price is pretty similar it just seems to be the postage that varies. When you first fit them there’ll be vibrations but stick with it as they settle down.
     
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  16. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    this..thanks Ben :thumb:
     
  17. silverclio4410

    silverclio4410 Paid Member

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    Welcome matey
     
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