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Pearl Black 172 PH1



  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
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

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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.

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New coolant tank and Renault antifreeze

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

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

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To be continued :)
 
  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
- 182 Exhaust Manifold in place
- 182 Cat installed
- Cup Wishbones
- Anti Roll Bar bushes
- Tie Rods
- Powerflex lower engine mount

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And now i am facing this problem :(

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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 :)
 
  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
And the car is back on the road :)

The engine bay with new coolant tank and fresh coolant.

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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.


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Today I am going to give it a good outside clean and then will post some pictures .
 
  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
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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  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
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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  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
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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  Evo 6 , 172 Ph1
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

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A closer look

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Very dirty from 20 years of driving :)
 


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