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Kangoo Compact (aka Racevan3)



Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
TDLR - im an idiot and keep buying scrap Renaults and a new project is in stock:LOL:

A few months ago in my old job i had a 68reg Kangoo, got it with delivery mileage brand new. Noted pretty crap in diesel form, and handling average however i had heard that the underpinnings were very similar to meg/mk3 clio, and confirmed when having a look underneath briefly.

Said van
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Returned when i left the job, good riddance to tracker and 62mph speed limiter. Thought to myself that it would probably be sound, with more power and better handling.

At the time i still had my old Kangoo 172 (Racevan2), which was leagues ahead. Lacked a bit of straight line speed, and deep down im a turbo man missed the turbo torque so sold which stuck some money back in the pot.

With the drive looking less cluttered and bank balance up a few quid said no more projects until my Extra (Racevan1) is back on the road.

Had the idea of a Megane rs powered Kangoo2 for a while, and seen the compact version. The compact is the same length as Clio2. Compared to the usual ml version of the Kangoo2 its like a micro machine.

Press pic of the compact next to ml
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Thinking this would be a great project to do once the Extra is done, sat on the idea. The compact is rare to find for sale, as from what i gather nobody bought them with the 4 foot load space in the rear making them pretty useless as a van.

Mrs was looking and seen one for sale on Facebook marketplace, needing a new engine and only down the road. Made the mistake of going for a look, looked pretty unloved but bodywork quite good, engine totally shot. Stuck a low bid in, scrap money and the fella was up for it.

Collected on the back of my mates truck this week
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Short arse
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Cleaned up and roof rack removed and pushed into position.
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Current engine bay half a dci lump with melted pistons on cyl 1 & 4 :LOL:

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Had a good look round and the subframe looks pretty identical to meg2 or clio3. Meg rs track control arms, hubs and brembos bolt on as one as already been done, so handling should be great. Mounts look identical to megane, so in theory a meg lump and ndo box should go in (pk box fits).

Wiring may or may not be tricky, however i have been thinking about this, and there is a few options, if all else fails standalone ecu and stack dash.

So will get the Extra done, and then start on this. Watch this space;)
 

Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
looks like postman pats van in length. Cant wait for this to unfold (y)
I reckon its one of the shortest proper vans available. Quite lardy at 1260ish kg, but still 100kg lighter than a meg. Once i ditch a few bits inside, and stick 300hp up front with lsd it should be alreet;)
 

cat171

ClioSport Club Member
I don't think I've ever seen one before! I like how the doors are basically half the size of the van lol!
It looks so wrong, but by the time you're finished it'll be so right!
 

Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
Cheers for the replys all, cant wait to get stuck in. If weather is alright over xmas, ill try and get the diseasel out for the scrap man.

Said to the mrs that the 250 cup would make a nice engine donor, did not go down well :LOL:
 

Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
Looks like the project might be starting sooner rather than later, just bought a meg r26 bottom end with a set of wossners and pec rods fitted, and a rebuilt 250cup pk gearbox.

If i pull my finger out, might make Cliosport festival😉
 


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