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Pearl Black 172 PH1

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Well, time for a big update :)

Decided to open the wallet and buy some upgrades for the Clio. The shocks of the car had been replaced a couple years ago (about 3000 km) with new Renault items, but the Bushes were still the original. The car was not knocking and passed the MOT with flying colors but i knew that i should replace them :) . So in order to address it i bought this :

Clio Cup Wishbones


Original anti roll bar bushes. I have read many times the poor fitment of the Powerflex ones and could not be bothered about it. You may also notice the Exhaust gasket set.


New coolant tank and Renault antifreeze


Regarding the lower engine mount, decided for the Powerflex since the reviews are all good and will provide a minimum increase in NHV.


And with all this parts will install my 182 exhaust manifold and 182 Cat to be fully legal.



To be continued :)
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- 182 Exhaust Manifold in place
- 182 Cat installed
- Cup Wishbones
- Anti Roll Bar bushes
- Tie Rods
- Powerflex lower engine mount



And now i am facing this problem :(


The 182 manifold/cat is too long to attach to the original cat back exhaust. Also notice how bad my center muffler is. Someone was there before and made a mess of it.

Will update during the week as the work continues :)
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And the car is back on the road :)

The engine bay with new coolant tank and fresh coolant.


And the 182 Manifold and cat together with the Std ph1 rear muffler. Quite happy with the 182 manifold. It seems to have some more torque down low.


Today I am going to give it a good outside clean and then will post some pictures .
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Well, went to give it a good clean and noticed the car behaving a little weird. It seemed to be low on power and with a lumpy idle (Worse than the usual) . Decided to change a few things.

- 2 X Lambda sensor
- Coil Pack
- Spark Plugs

Before starting the operation
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Plastic cover off

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The correct spark plugs

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The old coilpack. I believe it´s still the original. So 20 years. The wires have only a couple of years. I have a receipt for them from Renault.

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Intake off

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The old spark plugs

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And the new ones

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Torque to spec

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The new coilpack

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In place

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And then was time to replace the o2 sensors. Glad i sprayed wd40 in the previous days. They come out really well !

New vs old.

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In place :)

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The pre cat one

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All done regarding the o2 sensors :)

And the underside is looking good despite being filthy !

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Went for a drive and the car is definitely smoother.

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And time for another update . Decided to start cleaning the underside of the Clio. I always try to perform this on my cars for several reasons. First i can see if it the car needs something in short order (Leaks, Split rubbers etc) and besides that, it´s satisfying :D . Specially in cars like this that lived the whole life in southern Europe where there is no snow or salt on the road .

So, let´s start.

Left hand side rear arch


A closer look

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Very dirty from 20 years of driving :)
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The work continues :)

Removed the muffler

In very good condition considering it´s age.

How the underside was looking



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Gave the exhaust a good clean and after that high temperature silver paint. Turned out very good in the end.


Decided to repeat the process in the center section. It was looking a bit sorry for itself


After a few coats

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And the front of the car is almost done. When removing the plastic liners found a lot of dirt behind it and the bolts securing the liner were rusty. Removed all the dirt , washed and gave it cavity wax on those areas, despite having 0 rust. Thank god.

Some pictures:

The amount of dirt behind the plastic liner

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And the cavity wax that i have used

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And now how the front is after a good clean.

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Not perfect but considering it´s age, it´s ok.

I was thinking about changing the rear brake and front´s since i was there, but the brake pads on the front and rear are almost brand new. Will run them until the end and then will replace everything.

Next step is finishing cleaning the underside of the engine and gearbox (It all of them) .

Thanks for reading :)
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Time for another update :)

The front end cleaning is done.

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Noticed my rear lights had seen better days, decided to attack them with some polish compound. In the end ceramic coated them.


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And after

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One of these noticed that a bolt was missing from the plastic engine cover.

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After this the car was ready do drive again. So decided to visit a small local exhaust shop to solve the exhaust leak that i had near the cat and backbox .

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This gave me the opportunity to check the underside and take a few pictures.

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So, time for a small update. Last weekend decided to take the day off and went on a small road trip with my father. On the total about 800 km were made on a single day, and 550 of that on Mountain Roads .

Some pictures for you guys.

Leaving at 04:30










Endless mountain roads and the best part, 0 traffic.