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172 Cup (HK52 ZFH)



  172 Cup
Hi! Collected a 172 Cup in mondial blue last week so thought I’d start a project thread. The cars been on the forum previously. It was rebuilt with high compression Wossner pistons, CatCams 438 cams, ARP bolts, poly bushes and some other goodies 20k ago. My plans are to cosmetically tidy the car up then take it on some track days.

so far I’ve replaced the ITG filter, replaced the steering wheel for the original Cup one and replaced a few other little pieces of trim.

looking forward to getting stuck in.
 

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  172 Cup
Had a spare few hours today, I’d ordered a few OEM parts from KAM Racing to freshen things up a little. Fitted a new grille as the old one had broken clips and was discoloured, new genuine wiper blades to replace the horrible aero wipers (controversial opinion), new Clio mats, new 172 cup stickers on the doors.

I then removed the rear bumper and wing mirror caps, dropped those off at the body shop. The BTB Ninja exhaust system is still in great condition.

also replaced the drivers side check strap as the noise was so annoying. The bonnet mechanism also needed replacement as I couldn’t open the bonnet without someone holding the leaver inside (not ideal).
 

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  172 Cup
over the weekend I fitted new spark plugs and changed the oil, spark plugs looked past there best! Then I cleaned behind the bumper ready for the return of the bumper which came back today along with the mirror caps. Cars actually starting to look tidy now. Still need to get the wheels refurbished, find a replacement front fog light and then I can start on the upgrades.
 

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  172 Cup
Ended up buying two genuine front fog lights from Renault parts direct, small change but they look much cleaner. Also ordered the gaskets for the inlet as I didn’t change them when I did the spark plugs. I’ve no idea how old they’re. Next I’d like to take the car to the Dyno engine dynamics aren’t far from me so I think I’ll go to check the map. A wheel refurbishment and some new tyres are also high on the list. Then the modifications can finally begin
 

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  172 Cup
Done a few more bits to the Clio over the weekend, changed the plates for plain ones with a smaller front plate.I ordered these ages ago but accidentally entered the wrong registration number! Ouch.
replaced the Renault Elf sticker in the back window and the gear knob H pattern that was missing.

I then decided to remove the side skirts, I already knew that there has been some questionable jacking up in the cars life time, this had left the sills a little bent unfortunately. I knocked them back, wire wheeled the surface rust, treated the areas with rust converter then etch primed, base coat and some clear coat. Looking a lot better. Also cleaned up the side skirts machine polished and replaced the rivets with Riv-nuts and stainless hardware for ease of removal in the future.

I’ve ordered a pure motorsport rear ARB so awaiting and a few other parts.

hopefully get the dyno booked this week
 

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Few more little bits done on the clio, removed the rear door cards to check the rear quarters. Luckily there’s no rust! Treated with some cavity wax, good clean for the door cards and rear seats.

also replaced the speed sensor as the speedos been intermittent for the last week, thankfully that cured the problem.
Replaced the wheel bolts for some fresh ones, looks a lot better. Dyno runs booked in for next Tuesday so hopefully all goes well.

pure ARB should be delivered tomorrow so I’ll get that fitted over the weekend.
 

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It’s been a busy week for the clio, Firstly got the PMS rear ARB Fitted. Was a bit of a pain having to drop the rear subframe but got it done.

fitted some powerflex steering rack bushes, another job I wouldn’t want to do again!

I then went down to engine dynamics for a dyno run and data logging, unfortunately this revealed the cars rather down on power. Only made 160BHP Ouch! Luckily this is purely down to the map and bad timing. The plan going forward is to fit a K-Tec sports cat, get the cams timed more aggressively and get a fresh map. This should see 190BHP with the high comp pistons. Disappointing but exactly why I got the car checked!
 

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Did some more bits over the last week. Fitted powerflex black series wishbone bushes, new ball joints, brake calliper slider kit from big red and a new selector bush. Has tightened the front end up a lot!

next on the list is track Rod ends and powerflex top mount bushes.

Ordered the K-Tec sports cat, unfortunately that’s not going to be in until next week at the earliest.
 

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  172 Cup
Haven’t used the clio since the last post! I decided to remove the old Cat ready for the K Tec sports cat, which took over a month to arrive!!

on the bright side, I sold the stock cat for £500! So the sports cat was free lol

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fitted the new sports cat with a new fitting kit, unfortunately on first start up it sounded like it was leaking urgh! Ended up taking it off and using the original fixings! Much better

Think I’m going to replace both lambda sensors as they look past there best!

hopefully I can finally get it back down to engine dyna

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