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Ben_Stevo172 - White Supercharged 172



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  White Evo V
Heres the story of my beloved Renaultsport Clio 172:

I bought the car on the 1st november 2008, a mint 2002 monaco blue 172. I payed £3995 for it, the car was totally standard apart from a Magnex 6x4 oval backbox. It had all the usual extras: Air conditioning, Cobra alarm, Xenon headlights, headlight washers, automatic wipers and headlights, 6 disc alpine cd changer, onboard computer, 16" alloys. The car had 58000 miles from new and full service history. Although on the way home from leictershire the exhaust started blowing, at first I thought it was a badly fitted backbox but once I got home and had a look I realised the centre section was corroded and split, so the next day I took it to Longlife exhausts in Leeds and had a 2.5" stainless cat back fitted with no silencer:

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The first thing I decided to get was a set of wheels, I opted for a set of white 16" Team Dynamic pro race 1.2's, I also purchased a white 172 inside sticker for the tailgate and colour coded my bullets with white detailing:

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I then decided that I wasnt keen on the Team Dynamics wheels. So I sold them and went for a set of silver 17" O.Z superleggeras. I think these suited the car better as I felt the old wheels looked too small and didnt fill the arches:

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I had some spare money so I decided to do a bit of forum shopping. I bought a set of unused 40mm Apex springs for £50, a cup spoiler for £160, a Janspeed decat for £65 and a carbon cup splitter for £50, Bargains!! The next available weekend I painted and fitted the spoiler, aswell as the springs, decat and splitter. At the same time I sold my bullets to another member and took the 172 inside sticker off as I felt they now didnt tie in with my theme, I then painted my calipers blue:

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I then made the biggest mistake I have made since owning the car! I decided to paint the bullets, diamond and mirror covers orange! :dead::dead: This lasted about a week before I put the orange parts for sale on here and replaced them with standard parts again!

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I then decided to paint my bonnet as it was very stonechiped and had a small dent in. So the stonechips were sanded out and the dent was filled. A really good coat of highbuild primer, fully blocked down, then basecoated and lacquered. Whilst I was buffing and polishing the bonnet I decided to do the whole lot, so I used fine compound and machine polish with the buffer and then finished off with a coat of Maguires carnuaba wax, heres the result:

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After this I wanted some more grunt out of the 2.0l engine so I fitted a silicone bend and an induction kit. I then realised it wasnt a very good one as the car felt slightly slower but had a nice sound so I left it on and compromised!

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After driving the car for a few months like this I was hungry for more power, I then saw that K-tec was doing a good deal on a new kit they had developed, a low pressure turbo conversion. I was very interested so I spoke to K-tec and got all the details, off I went to get a loan!! :D
I then spoke to Steve off of the forum who was having the conversion done at K-tec on his Trophy at the time, he told me it was going to RS Tuning for mapping during the week and luckily I was off work so I nipped down to see it hoping he would take me for a spin so I could see what the power was like before I splashed out the cash! Upon seeing the results I was quite dissapointed as K-tec claimed 220-230bhp and Steves only made 208bhp! This did feel quick but I couldnt help feeling slightly dissapointed. Paul at RS Tuning then mentioned he could do me a supercharger conversion for the similar sort of money but that would give me approx 250bhp! I was exstatic with that and gave Paul the go ahead! I then paid my deposit on the 25th of April and off he went to start development on the parts. A week after this my clutch went so instead of replacing it with an OEM clutch I thought it would be wiser to upgrade, especially with the supercharger conversion on the way! I spoke to Paul to ask his advice and he got me a kevlar clutch for £325, the next day this was fitted by my mate who charged me £80:

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I got the car back from my mates and drove it home. On the way back I noticed the gearbox was crunching into 2nd! So I called him, he asked me to nip it back the next day so off I trot down to his place and he had a look! The synchro had one on 2nd gear!! This was not the news I wanted, my loan money was getting smaller and smaller but he did me a good deal and rebuilt the box for me for £150! I was pretty happy with that as I knew the box and clutch was going to be nice and healthy for the conversion.

I decided then I needed to upgrade my brakes before my car went to RS Tuning, So I bought a set of front and rear drilled and grooved discs with new rear bearings off of ebay for £129.99, some new OEM rear pads from the local dealership and a set of new front Ferodo DS2500 pads off of a member on here for £70.

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On the 23rd of July I got a very pleasing call from Paul, he finally had all the parts developed and delivered for my conversion!! :D:D After pestering him like mad for the past 3 months it was finally time! So I dropped the car off at RS Tuning for the work doing.

That day I decided that I wanted to go back to 16" wheels for handling purposes once it was charged so I advertised my wheels for a swap. I wanted to do a deal with my 17" superleggeras for some turinis or O.Z F1's. Liquidforce off of here pm'd me, he had a set of 16" O.Z F1's in satin black, these sounded perfect, I couldnt believe it! I arranged to meet him at RS Tuning to do the swap as thats where my car was, I did him a swap plus he gave me £100 on top towards some new tyres as the ones on his wheels were pretty knackered and mine were like new!! By this time Paul had the charger mounted, aswell as the intercooler, rad and oil cooler:

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My uncle bought a sticker machine and I wanted to spice the wheels up a bit and make it stand out so he made me some O.Z RACING decals in yellow which were pre-curved to the rim of the wheel. I couldnt wait to fit them and see what they looked like so I nipped to Pauls to stick em on:

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Paul mentioned that the battery in my car was a little bigger than usual and I needed to get a smaller one so it would allow room for the intercooler pipework. My mate had a stainless battery tray and wanted £50 for it, so rather than waste a good battery I bought it off him and nipped down to RS Tuning with some wire to fit it to allow Paul to carry on with the car. I decided to fit it in the wheel well and get shut of the spare wheel to save a little weight, I also fitted a can of tyre foam incase of emergency:

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Paul called me on the 3rd of September with some great news! My car was ready and running healthy! It was better than xmas day!!! I went straight down and handed over the rest of the cash and he took me for a spin in the car! WOOOOOWWW!! :eek: It was awesome, sound was amazing and I just could not believe the transformation! The power was totally immense! The car was running 251.9bhp and just over 200lbft at 0.6bar of boost at peak! He printed my RR graphs and we had a chat then away I went with a massive smile on my face :approve:, All just intime for TRAX 2009:

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Before TRAX I painted the calipers Gloss black to tie in with the new theme and gave the paintwork a full polish using Maguires polish then Maguires carnuaba wax and finished it off with a Diamond Bright paint pretection stystem:

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It was now the 6th of September, TRAX 2009. I was excited because it was the first time I would be able to get some good pics of the car. My brother took an awesome one when we were on the motorway on the way there:

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These are all the pictures taken from TRAX 2009 on the club stand:

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TRAX was awesome and it was really good to have a nice long drive in the car and meet a few of the cliosport.net members! The car was running perfect and I was happy with the looks of it too! I wanted to fit a boost gauge to keep an eye on everything and ensure it was always running tip top so I had a look on ebay. I managed to win one for £10 which came with a universal gauge pod. Once it arrived me and my brother set about mounting it. After about half an hour my brother came up with the idea of mounting it where the ashtray is, it never gets used and would be a nice subtle place, I didnt want it on show! We took the ashtray out and cut the gauge pod to the same shape using a dremel. We then used the spare plastic and a soldering iron to plastic weld the gauge pod to the cetre console. We soldered the positive and minus wires for the backlight on the gauge to the cigarette lighter, couldnt of been in a more perfect place! We routed the vacuum hose through the bulkhead and plummed it in, heres the result:

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I then wanted to fit a dump valve. I know it has no real use on a supercharged car but I wanted the noise! I had a Forge competiton dump valve in my toolbox which had a 60mm t-piece connected too! Bonus! This was from my old mk4 astra GSI. I fitted it but the spring in the valve was too soft, it was constantly open until the car got on boost from the way the supercharger works on vacuum, so on idle and low revs it was constantly hissing which was really annoying! I spoke to Forge and they sent me some shimms and a stiffer spring which once fitted work perfect! The dump valve is totally silent unless the car is over 0.4 bar of boost which is approx 5k revs so it only works once your giving it the beans, which in my opinion is the best way! Heres a few snaps once fitted:

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AND, thats the story so far!! I have a few plans for the near future which are: new exhaust, coilovers, blue silicone water hoses, painted engine cover, and a low compression bottom end for more power! :D. I will keep you all updated with progress in this thread with pictures, videos and info on how car is doing! Hope you all enjoyed the read? ;)
 
  Coupe/Defender V8
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Nice read. Just fingers crossed for your sake mate that engine takes all that abuse!!!

Aslong as my car is my every day it's staying NA!
 
  182, SRT8, RS4, GT-R
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Good read and nice pics, but as someone said...you didn't seriously take a loan to mod your car, did you?

I guess it's your money either way so as long as your happy and you're comfortable with the repayments, enjoy it!
 
  It's A Reno
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

That's a good read!
Lovely car too. Nice colour. ;)
 
  B/G 182 + PH1 Track
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Impressive, Now get it on track and drive it properly.
 
  White Evo V
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Good read :)

But please tell me you didn't take a loan out to get the supercharger!?

Good read and nice pics, but as someone said...you didn't seriously take a loan to mod your car, did you?

I guess it's your money either way so as long as your happy and you're comfortable with the repayments, enjoy it!


Yeah I got a loan! Whats wrong with that? :S My GF works for Halifax and got a 0% interest loan over 12 months, borrowed £3000, pay back exactly £250 a month! When you have your own house and 2 cars to run then you dont tend to have £4000 lying about! I saved £1000 up then got a loan for the rest, it will be payed off in April! :D
 
  M140i
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Looks great Ben :) Pauls work is top notch as always. Almost makes me tempted to get hold of another trophy :p
 

Waitey

ClioSport Club Member
  Alpina D3, AC Cobra
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Loan to mod a car is pretty much = to burning £3k.
 
  182, SRT8, RS4, GT-R
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Yeah I got a loan! Whats wrong with that? :S My GF works for Halifax and got a 0% interest loan over 12 months, borrowed £3000, pay back exactly £250 a month! When you have your own house and 2 cars to run then you dont tend to have £4000 lying about! I saved £1000 up then got a loan for the rest, it will be payed off in April! :D

I know it isn't easy, I have a house and several cars and a new baby and a Wife determined to spend as much as humanly possible! Still wouln't ever take a loan to mod a car though.
 
  TTRS & V50
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Sounds quick. Definally get some coilovers on there.

Loving the tuners banter, lmao.

cough*danny and paul
 
  E36 328
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Meh, the loan decision seems ok to me, 0% and if youre ok on paying it all back then thats ok! Just dont forget/let it slip lol

I dont know s**t all about afrs blah blah so cant comment on that. Car looks well good on those wheels though! Going to be tracking it anytime soon?
 
  Inferno 182
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Good read! I saw you at Trax, looked awesome :cool: and how you paid for it is up to you... as long as you're happy with it! :D
 
  Clio 172
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Loan to mod a car is pretty much = to burning £3k.


Whats the difference if its a loan or not you still end up losing the money when you sell on!.

And his loan is 0% so no worries.


Looks wicked i bet it goes a bit too! Love those wheels can you still get them?
 
  White Evo V
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Meh, the loan decision seems ok to me, 0% and if youre ok on paying it all back then thats ok! Just dont forget/let it slip lol

I dont know s**t all about afrs blah blah so cant comment on that. Car looks well good on those wheels though! Going to be tracking it anytime soon?

Yeah I wanna take it on the track next year, hopefully should have the low comp bottom end in then too!;)
 
  Ph1
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Who gives a flying f**k how he payed for it. Looks like the green eyed monster coming out...

Get some vids up ;)
 
  182, turbo rx8, 911
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

I know it isn't easy, I have a house and several cars and a new baby and a Wife determined to spend as much as humanly possible! Still wouln't ever take a loan to mod a car though.

I'm sure the money you earn also affects this ;)
 
  e91 330d/type r mini
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

sweet as you like mate:) who cares how you paid for it thats your business
 
  White Evo V
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

I now have a spare set of upper and lower inlets that I am going to get matched aswell as a ph1 cylinder head which has bigger inlets than the ph2 head! I just need someone to fit the valves for me??!!

Once these are fitted should see alot nicer flow of things and a little more power!! :D
 
  ITB'd MK1
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

I just did

must be right then FPMSL. f**king awesome installation, dont get me wrong, it looks amazing. but WTF, that's the kind of AFR you'd expect with 2 bar of boost on a 500bhp turbo, and it's at near enough 11:1 from 4.5k hahahahahahahahahahaha
 

bill

ClioSport Club Member
  535d / t5 caravelle
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

lovely mate, suprized any flash t***s in it yet? and i couldn't give a f**k how you payed for it either :D
 

S23

  The Cleee-O
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

That is fappin' awesome! Really like that, like a hell of a lot. Superchargers are the way forward! Love the whining :cool:. Awesome looking car too, hope to see it in person one day :D
 
  BG 182 FF
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

car looks awesome must sound amazing. Very nice, great work!
 
  e60 M5 -172- dciheid
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

love it. good work from paul. sounds like a cracking way to 250bhp. Must be good to drive.
 

GavC

ClioSport Club Member
  Black Gold 182FF
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Really awesome build mate! I would love something like this when I am older :) The engine bay looks sick and the fact you havint stripped the interior etc makes it all the better in my opinion! The dump valve is a nice touch as well, this must make some ROAR :eek:
 
  White Evo V
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

lovely mate, suprized any flash tw*ts in it yet? and i couldn't give a f**k how you payed for it either :D

Haha, yeah suprised a few! Had a few people putting the window down and sayin 'whats in that then mate!' :eek:. Funny as f**k seeing there face when your roaring past! :rasp:
 
  182, SRT8, RS4, GT-R
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

must be right then FPMSL. f**king awesome installation, dont get me wrong, it looks amazing. but WTF, that's the kind of AFR you'd expect with 2 bar of boost on a 500bhp turbo, and it's at near enough 11:1 from 4.5k hahahahahahahahahahaha

Are you the godfather of tuning or something??

The guy has a reputable business and has done for a few years I think. I'm guessing he knows what he's doing.
 

RSTuning

ClioSport Club Member
  R35 GTR
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

must be right then FPMSL. f**king awesome installation, dont get me wrong, it looks amazing. but WTF, that's the kind of AFR you'd expect with 2 bar of boost on a 500bhp turbo, and it's at near enough 11:1 from 4.5k hahahahahahahahahahaha

Oh sorry my bad

There's a reason it's rich and it's staying that way. Thanks for your helpful comments though.
 

Waitey

ClioSport Club Member
  Alpina D3, AC Cobra
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

TBH on a OEM bottom end i'd rather the fvcker was rich!
 
  ITB'd MK1
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

TBH on a OEM bottom end i'd rather the fvcker was rich!

PMSL. heard of bore-wash? there's safe rich, and there's just bloody wrong. Ignition timing is how you should be reducing EGTs. But then what do I know..... ;)
 

bill

ClioSport Club Member
  535d / t5 caravelle
Re: Ben_stevo172 - Supercharged Monaco 172

Haha, yeah suprised a few! Had a few people putting the window down and sayin 'whats in that then mate!' :eek:. Funny as f**k seeing there face when your roaring past! :rasp:

he he good man, i miss my mi16 for that lol
 
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