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Clio 182 project



Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Hi just thought id say hello as a new member

Finally back in a clio sport after 12 years since owning my 172 cup 😁 forgot how much fun these little hatchbacks are! Decided to bite the bullet and buy a second car as daily driving my evo ix is no fun and costing me a fortune on v power 😆

So when this 2005 182 with 78k on the clock with some good light mods to start me off 😁 (pure motorsport cat back, decat pipe, itg carbon intake, cooksport springs, powerflex dog bone + engine mounts and some turinis) came up i had to buy it! Started out being a cheap runner with the idea of maybe an occasional track day or two.. until i started to really enjoy the car it never fails to put a smile on my face! So i started to give the old 182 some attention one thing lead to another and ive ended up putting a fair bit more time and money into the car than i ever intended too 😐
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Those grills and fog light surrounds had too be sorted as they made the car look tired (also the scuttle and wiper arms) so after trying some c4 trim restorer and deciding it was too far gone decided to get them painted along with fitting a skoda splitter, a 3/4 front plate and sorting that silver intake out
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Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
I started onto the rear of the car as suspension wise it just felt a bit worse for wear. So i decided to remove the rear beam
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While that was removed i fitted powerflex beam bushes, camber shims, and cleaned and sprayed stonechip to the rear arches and floorpan
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Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Looking clean didnt remove the shocks to spray as i had new cup shocks on order 😀
 

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Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
While the beam was stripped down thought i may as well clean and paint the calipers along with fitting new, nipples, ferodo pads and a fitting kit
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Didnt want to go anything too fancy with the colour so i thought black would look clean cant believe how well the caliper came up with some wheel acid and a detail brush 😮
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Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Started work on the front suspension and brakes
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Subframe off. Was sent to the powdercoaters along with the arms and arb. Came back looking like this 😍
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With new inner and outer powerflex bushes. The inner ones were a b**ch 🤣 new lemforder ball joints, powerflex black series wishbones bushes and pms strength plates welded on. While the subframe was out seemed silly not to change the rack bushes so swapped them out for powerflex ones.
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And fitted genuine renault rack arms and dust covers and some lemforder track rods
 

Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
New cup shocks and pms solid top mounts 😁
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Must say the car feels so much tighter after this. And while the brakes were off decided to rebuild and paint the front calipers with pistons seals and slides along with some ktec carbon braided lines all round
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Again happy with how these turned out. While the drive shafts were out thought i may as well put new boots, clips, abs rings and regrease them as well as giving them a lick of paint 😋
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Bolted them back together
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Just finished off by throwing some dot 5.1 millers brake fluid in and finally getting back to being able to enjoy the clio again 🤣
 

Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Starting to gather bits to turbo it as well so if anyones got any advice on that it would be greatly appreciated 👍
 

HaveaCuppa

ClioSport Club Member
Looks bloody brilliant that!

How much of an arse was the rear beam to drop? I plan on doing the same thing soon and have read about the bolts being a git to get out.
 

Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Looks bloody brilliant that!

How much of an arse was the rear beam to drop? I plan on doing the same thing soon and have read about the bolts being a git to get out.
Thanks mate 👍 not too bad i read somewhere not to touch the plates that go thru the rear floor and drop the tank a bit and take the bolts that run through the bushes out instead. All came out and back in fairly easily with a hand off my mate
 

HaveaCuppa

ClioSport Club Member
Thanks mate 👍 not too bad i read somewhere not to touch the plates that go thru the rear floor and drop the tank a bit and take the bolts that run through the bushes out instead. All came out and back in fairly easily with a hand off my mate
Good to know, thanks. I’ll try that before attacking anything with a grinder.

Looking forward to seeing the turbo build (y)
 

jameswrx

ClioSport Club Member
Great job.

Why turbo it? Brilliantly balanced little cars IMO. I really don’t see the extra weight out front and a load of turbo mid range improving the way they drive? Even my remapped 172 with the usual breathing mods spins like mad in the damp, must be unusable power with a blower. And fwiw I’m a turbo lover as it’s pretty much all I’ve ever had (except the 172)

I reckon they’d be perfection with 190-200 bhp in N/A guise. My money would go on mods to go that way.

I also think you’re creating a special car there with that work and the future appeal of these cars will be around standard. Be worth decent money in a few years.
 

Joshjones

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Yeah i get where your coming from they are balanced and it probably wont improve the way they drive and If it somewhat ruins the car it will be getting removed. I just think it will be a fun project to get the engine out and bolt a turbo on 😂 i havent been in a 190-200 bhp one i just think mine gets a bit bullied anywhere that isnt a turn
 


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