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Project #56; Clio Trophy



I'm going to try and keep this thread for everything that will be done to the car, as with my 1.2 I ended up doing more to it than I though and wished I'd have done one.

I'd been looking for a new car for a while, Really couldn't decided what I wanted then Trophy #56 popped up at a good price and simply had to have it.

Ended up trading in my old 1.2 completely standard, which looked like this on its last day at FCS 2011.

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After FCS got everything put back to standard and went to pick up the T.

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Didn't have it long before the exhaust started blowing, Had it gummed up only to notice that it was practically falling apart. Went out one night and suddenly got a lot louder, a nice inspection and this is what I was left with.

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Got it cut out and put a straight through pipe in instead as I had heard it gives a bit more noise which I was happy about.

Had it two weeks now, I've had the car checked over by my trusted Renault specialist garage where my 1.2 always had work done and they said the car was fine. Only noticeable that the front passenger side damper needs a refurb. After I did a 'push' test noticed that the damper was very soft compared to the drivers side. Also get some knocking sometimes over bumps because of this.

Got my cherished plate put on. Just waiting for a rear clean number plate as I hate the dealer one. I managed to save my shorted plate. Also waiting for some velcro coins as I preferred them over the velcro strips I put on as a temporary measure. When taking the old plates of the bolts were mega rusty, that bad the heads had no cut out for a screwdriver. Had to get the plastic cover's cut off with a knife then get a pair of grips to turn them out.

So today, I decided to give it a semi detail, as it hadn't been cleaned in sometime.

Method Used:
  • Snow Foamed
  • 2bm w/ Dodo BTBM
  • Clayed
  • 2bm again
  • Rinsed
  • Windows treated with Werkstatt Prime
  • Wheels cleaned with Wolfs De-ironizer
  • Interior Plastics all done with PB's new look trim

Not mega detail as in the next month I'm going to get it paint corrected and give it the full seal and wax treatment with my Zymol Carbon.

Before:
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Snow Foamed:
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Wheels Treated:
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Final shots:
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Changed the foot rest that I had in my 1.2:
Before:
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After:
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Inside cleaned:
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Also Removed this as I hated it:
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My plans for the car are quite small as I intend to keep it as standard as possible.
  • Some of you may of noticed my door handles are quite pink, so I'll be getting them done soon.
  • Silvertech's as I've only got one set at the moment
  • Possibly get a Milltek or Scorpion Exhaust
  • Dampers refurbed
  • Wheels refubed

No doubt I'll do more than the above so I'll keep it all logged here.
 

Keith185

ClioSport Club Member
Very nice, think most Trophy handles are going pink now, mine are.

If the dampers have started loosing pressure try to get them sorted asap just incase you end up scoring the piston
 
Cheers guys.

Very nice, think most Trophy handles are going pink now, mine are.

If the dampers have started loosing pressure try to get them sorted asap just incase you end up scoring the piston

Yep, It's on my main priority list to get that done first. The gas hasn't leaked as the reservoir hasn't moved, so I'm assuming its Oil.
 

SharkyUK

ClioSport Club Member
Looks great, mate... and I have handles that are going pink on my Trophy, too... Even though it now gets stored in the garage more often than not.
 

Chris205

ClioSport Club Member
  Many Things
I miss my trophy :( the more I see them, the more I get that gut wrenching feeling of why didn't I take it to a propper specialist.

Good to see you've got one that you're taking care of though, they're a cracking car and really reward you if you learn how to drive them hard
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Welcome to the top of the pyramid ;)

You buy a 1.2, you take s**t. You join Cliosport, you take more s**t. Your post count gets a little higher, you take less s**t. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere of Trophy ownership and you've forgotten what s**t even looks like.

Welcome to the layer cake.

Good choice of car BTW :D
 

welshname

ClioSport Club Member
Scrubbed up excellently. Glad you got rid of the sticker (was it k-tec??). Has the smokey smell completely gone now then? Will have to take me out for another spin in it with the straight through one. I imagine it sounds much nicer than the blowy one.

P.S hope you've started to use proper fuel now ;)
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Lols at the Pyramid!

Love the Trophys mate!

I have to laugh at the detail haterzz on here.
People wonder why their handles are pink?

Unlike the old pink Vauxhalls Capsicum red is a Clear overbase. So it's lacquered. The sun has simply penetrated the lacquer and faded the basecoat. By waxing/sealing you're protecting the underlying layers.

I'm just going to make a thread on it actually as we had one in at work recently. :)
 
  Lotus Elise
You buy a 1.2, you take s**t. You join Cliosport, you take more s**t. Your post count gets a little higher, you take less s**t. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere of Trophy ownership and you've forgotten what s**t even looks like.

Welcome to the layer cake.

HAHAHAH FLOL. Love it
 

Feirny

ClioSport Club Member
You buy a 1.2, you take s**t. You join Cliosport, you take more s**t. Your post count gets a little higher, you take less s**t. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere of Trophy ownership and you've forgotten what s**t even looks like.

Welcome to the layer cake.

LOL! Yes!

Car looks great Jon!
 
Scrubbed up excellently. Glad you got rid of the sticker (was it k-tec??). Has the smokey smell completely gone now then? Will have to take me out for another spin in it with the straight through one. I imagine it sounds much nicer than the blowy one.

P.S hope you've started to use proper fuel now ;)

Yep was k-tec I believe, few people said leave it but looked gash. The Trophy and the #56/500 on the boot lid will be staying for now.
Yep pretty much gone now, its masked with poorboys I believe, Also have a California scent air freshener in there too :)

Lols at the Pyramid!

Love the Trophys mate!

I have to laugh at the detail haterzz on here.
People wonder why their handles are pink?

Unlike the old pink Vauxhalls Capsicum red is a Clear overbase. So it's lacquered. The sun has simply penetrated the lacquer and faded the basecoat. By waxing/sealing you're protecting the underlying layers.

I'm just going to make a thread on it actually as we had one in at work recently. :)

Yep, exactly It'll all be done properly just like my 1.2 and never had any fading problems (only from the prev owner).

I'm going to buy a spare set of door handles and do them myself, and see how close the match is to the current door. If its not right I'll get somewhere to blend some new handles so they match the age of the door.
 
Small Update,

Had a few bits to put on the car, New rear plate from fancy plates, AUX cable for the HU and locking wheel nuts for while im away.

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Plate on:

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Ordered some of the discs I use on my 1.2 for the plates as they hold better and look nicer when the plates are off, so stuck replaced the current velcro with these:

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Went to Glastonbury last week in the T, 3 of us plus all of our kit filled the car. Recaro's were perfect, car was faultless and returned 35MPG after the 400 mile round trip.

Also spoke to Ben at BG Motorsport, so I'll be getting the dampers re-built in the next month and possibly getting the compression adjuster upgrade.
Just ordered some Hankook V12's for the front to match the rears and thinking about changing the brake set-up to Brembo HC's and Mintex 1144 with a brake bleed later in the month.
 
Another small update

Bought some air fresheners off ebay last week to keep the inside smelling awesome:

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Borrowed a machine polisher of seb (sofaboy) to have a crack at the swirls and general condition of the paintwork. It's been looked after and clayed recently but it is swirled and 'gritty' in places.

Set about coming up with a good cutting/gloss combo with the DA, then ran round the car with the DA and some PB's Blackhole which is awesome stuff. By no means have I got 100% correction, or anywhere close but its better than it was.

Clayed, Polished, Blackholed, Werkstat Primed, Zymol'd Results:

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I'm thinking of changing the Renault Sport badge on the right hand side to the new RS200/RS250 Badge in the same place. What are peoples thoughts, yay or nay?

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To this:

 
  172 Cup
Looks fooking awesome dude! i know how lovely they look after a bit of work...my bro's trophy looked mint after we machine polished it and added some zymol glasur.
 


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