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Recent content by Flying Scotsman

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    Moving on from Clio’s

    Been there, done it, got the T-shirt. I moved from an Audi Coupe S2 Turbo quattro with 280bhp on tap to my present MK2 172. The straight line performance of the Audi was a blistering 5.5 secs to 60, even in the wet but compared to the Clio on the twisties no comparison. I miss the unique noise...
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    Servicing Q + Central Scotland

    Hi Mac, Ive just had a 12K (4.5K on clock :oops:) service done at Parks. They appeared to do a good job and charged £157 which appears to be the going rate. I checked the mileage afterwards .. excatly the same, so they never did a test drive as was listed on the service schedule they...
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    Heat Shield Rattles

    You really need to get right under the car using a lift or pit to adjust the heat shields properly. I found that by "plucking" the edges of the shields like a string on a guitar highlighted any problems. A little bit of bending here and there soon gets rid of any problems.
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    MK1/MK2 172 rear light!

    I currently have MK1 clusters on my MKII 172. Have a look at and apply a bit of reverse logic. You will def need the MK!! bulb holders before can complete this conversion. Hope this helps
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    Ive done a few cars over the past few years. If you want to do the job properly forget the toy spray cans and "pump-me-up" canisters. They only half work when the ambient temps are quite high (been there with canister in hot water). The only way forward is a decent 90 psi + compressor, wax gun...
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    im finished with optimax!

    Batesyboy: I ditched Optimax about 4 months ago (used it solid for about a year) and now use BP Ultima all the time in both the 1.6 and 172. I find that the bottom/mid-range when heated up is definately much stronger, but like you say things are definately much more "spluttery" during cold...
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    What should I expect...

    Ive had front and rear OMPs fitted on the 172 for a couple of years. Use them for a good while then remove them. Then you will notice the difference. Its only slight but the car definately feels a bit more wooly over bumps and corners. Biggest difference I found is when you remove the rear...
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    Single best thing about your Clio

    squeeks and rattles... apart from that my Magnex!
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    Carbon coming out the exhaust

    Youve been done mate .... youre cars a 1.9 diesel:)
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    Oilcooler fitted!!

    Ah right .....sorry mate, just checking :) I forgot some of the later systems had a wax thermostat embedded in the sandwich plate. Much better. The ones I used in the past were discrete dual port inline versions. You should notice a big difference in cooling on the track. Oil is much more...
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    Oilcooler fitted!!

    Wheres the oil thermostatic valve? ..... essential during normal road use with oil coolers otherwise oil can take ages to reach temperature in colder weather with obvious results.
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    1st post-Help needed with 172 Alarm....

    When I bought my past 2000 1.6 16v sport (later badged RSi) it came with a Cobra alarm (user manual in documentation) fitted and CAT 1 certificate. The central locking/alarm was operated using the standard Reno keyfob.
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    Had a look in Halfords. They sell Ripspeed holders. They sell the same but with balck screws. Not sure if they are the same holders. But alas not repair kits. However, found this on the Richbrook/Speeding website .... Bingo...
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    exhaust has had it

    My standard 172 exhaust is in the best place ... my loft, and cut into two pieces!. It is an over-designed piece of "junk" that spends most of its time "tinging/rattling" and is certainly not stainless steel rich-D. I went for the SS Magnex CAT back .... what should have been fitted standard to...