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From gravel to road 172 PH1



tadas

ClioSport Club Member
  RS Clio 172 Ph1
Good day all!

It has been pretty much seven years since I have posted here on the forum about my gravel Clio rs 172.

Basically, I have raced it in snow, ice, and gravel. I was not kind at all to it.

It does have quite a few special bits to it, and it even has a special VIN number.

Good bits:
- Full cage
- Seat, belts, steering wheel, flocked dash
- Brake regulator
- Custom rally shocks
- 182 gearbox
- 182 mani + 2.5" custom exhaust
- Rally sump guard
- Custom intake
- Custom engine mounts.

There are lots and lots of bad bits, but my plan here is to revive this little beast for slalom and local track days.
Here is where I will start with the project and see if it is worth while:

- Clio 172 shocks with grams springs
- Toyo Proxies T1R 205/45 R15
- New rubber exhaust mounts (now it has solid metal ones)
- New Sabelt steering wheel
- Fix the brake regulator (it is stuck)
- Fix the rear light and turn signals.
- Fix the electrical gremlin (it seems like the obd does not connect to ecu)
- Change every rubber suspension bit that is worn out.
- Front tow strap.
- Maybe change the cracked front window.

I would like to cut out the old side skirt parts and re-weld new ones. However, for the life of me, I cannot find body parts for this little Clio.
If you do know who makes fiberglass bumpers, fenders, side skirts, or have some ideas please let me know.

Also, the brakes suck, but first I need to get out there and test the car properly.

I wonder if you can find how many different Clio's are in my car?

I plan to keep this ridiculous theme going with mismatching colors.


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Is there a more trashy/funky Clio on the forum?

Tell me what you think!
 

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tadas

ClioSport Club Member
  RS Clio 172 Ph1
Update time!

I had quite a bit of work done to the little Clio.
- Spark plugs changed
- T1R tires
- Grams springs with cup shocks
- Exhaust fixed
- New brake rotors, pads, and calipers.
- Fixed the brake bias regulator.
- New alignment, camber of negative -1.5.

Question of the day - what is the best camber/toe set up for track days?

Also, it just happens so that one eye of the car got punched out.

So, I have looked all over the world to try and get these used or new parts for my car, but they are now ULTRA rare it seems.

I got myself a new bonnet, new headlight, and a side skirt/body metal repair kit for the rust.
Furthermore, I found used front bumper and both front fenders! I am so glad I got them.
Also, got rear bumper and both sideskirts from a 172 ph2.
Lastly, I got a fabia splitter.

I cannot wait for my beat up rally car to become a colorful refreshed frankenclio for track days/road racing.

There is still a weird noise of rubbing coming from somewhere and quite a few issues left with it.

I will keep you posted!
 

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tadas

ClioSport Club Member
  RS Clio 172 Ph1
Darn pandemic got in the way of me going racing again, but that does not mean I shouldn't prepare the little rocket for fun.

First things first, as noted before I got almost all used exterior parts that I wanted/needed to be installed, as well as my rear fender arches and side skirts welded.

I spent extra money being silly - I got my hood painted 197 alien green color because I think it is cool AF. Also, hood pins are expensive.

The only things that I wish for exterior-wise are a trophy spoiler, tow straps, trimming exhaust pipe, sport/cup172 badge, and foglight mounts made into air inlets.

I got no idea where to get those plastic foglight things tho.

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I want many things for this harlequin-looking beast, but I need to start with some more maintenance:
- Full belt change, gearbox/engine oil, coolant replacement. Clean the air intake.
- 2x KTR engine mounts and Powerflex bushings for transmission mount ( I hope this is a good choice? )
- I want a bunch of interior things like a second seat and Sabelt 330mm steering wheel.
- After all engine stuff I want to try and figure out why the damned RS tuner won't connect to my car.
- Maybe change my front anti-roll bar bushings
- Maybe order speedline corse 2118 wheels, does anyone have those for sale? ( I really like the look! )

Maybe there is an electrical/Rs tuner guru here I could message, or is the service totally dead? I got 2x RS tuners. Here is the old link to it:

Any comments about things to improve my track project are very welcome!
 

tadas

ClioSport Club Member
  RS Clio 172 Ph1
Update:

I spent much more money on the little devil:
- Changed all the belts
- New dephaser pulley and other rollers
- New ball joint
- Water pump changed
- Injectors washed (one replaced)
- Transmission oil changed
- Oil sump seal changed
- Changed transmission and engine oil/filter

Ordered the desired parts, but they did not show up yet, once they do I will make an update.

The engine feels so smooth and fantastic now.

Just need to sort the little bits that I found wrong after first serious track:
- Turn the brake bias towards the back more and test tire lock-up
- Change the wheel bolt that is knackered
- Fix the damned electrical gremlins (the lights never work properly)
- Mount the fire extinguisher properly

Also, is there a contact here for EFI? I sent them a few emails and got no answer.
 


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