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Renault Megane Berline 2.0 16v F7R swap



Hey guys, time to show my project :smile:

So, this is my Megane berline ph2 from year 2000. Original engine is 1.4e and after 318 000 kilometers it decided to blow it's head gasket for the 3rd time.. I didn't want to invest in 1.4e engine anymore and then i came up with an idea to put and hybrid inside.. 1.6e K7M block with 1.4e E7J head along with k7m intake manifold fitted with F7R ( 2.0 16v ) throttle body and Elia 4-1 exhaust manifold. I've ported and polished the head, we've ported intake manifold to fit the f7r throttle body and we almost installed everything but found out that the 1.6e block was bad, really bad..

So, as I was dissapointed with everything that happened i've decided to put in 2.0 16v F7R engine. It was easy for me to find it because my brother had 1 complete car to use as a donor and 2 other stripped out.

The fun began.. We thought it was going to be easy, just change the engine at that is it.. but no.. We needed to change everything, from interior wiring loom, wipers, climate control, everything you can imagine.. I was doing the swap with my 2 friends, it took us about 1 month total..

So, without further talking i will post the pictures and try to describe everything..

First the 1.4/1.6e hybdrid phase..

After opening 1.4e engine

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Porting intake manifold and fitting F7R throttle body.

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Porting 1.4e E7J head

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Yes, R21 Turbo gauges in the back
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And elia 4-1 exhaust manifold
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Now the 2.0 16v F7R swap part..

Old engine out and ph1 wiring in.. adding new conectors and figuring out where everything goes..


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Engine exhaust manifold restoration
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Egr ventil closed
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New parts!

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Engine cleanup and belts replaced

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To lock in crankshaft
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Almost..
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In with the engine

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New thermostat

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Front suspension upgrade. 2.0 16v shocks stiffened and Eibach Elia 16v special springs

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Wheel aligment
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Front camber -2.50 because of 2.0 16v hubs

Alsow we lowered the torsion but i didn't take any pictures..

First startup

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And how she looks today

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Thats it!! Hope you undestand what i wrote and hope you like it :smile:
 
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Congratulations on completing the build!

It looks like the build was a lot of hard work - full respect for that, I can't even be bothered to wash the car when it's under 20degrees outside 😂 lol

I hope you enjoy driving it, it will be an excellent 'sleeper'!
 
It was a real pain in the butt.. Lots of moments where we didn't know what was going on and i just wanted to smash it.. But luckly we figured almost everything out and she's on the road now.. I'm getting her prepared for MOT
 
New wheels! OZ F1 16". Will be restored, painted to original colour.










Engine fresh up!
New crank & camshaft seals, new clutch ( i believe this was factory on the engine.. ), new radiator, intake manifold taken down and cleaned, it's full of gunk and i will be fitting oil catch can, gearbox sent on reparation as 3. gear is toast ( cheese JC5..)


































And got my hands on Devil exhaust manifold..



Master brake cylinder new seals..


More to come!
 
Haven't post in a long time. Time for an update!

As the engine is out, this is the chance to tidy up engine bay. Front subframe was covered in thick grease from many years and 318 000+ kilometers.. First step was to wash it with high pressure washer, and then sent to sandblasting. When it returns it will be painted in matt black.

As i have steering steering rack from 16v i decited to upgrade it. The difference is big compared to my 1.4 8v rack. Carriers it self are double in size. Got new parts for that + new lower ball joint and got my hands on complete strongflex for front suspension.
Everything on the suspension is new.

Gearbox got new syncros..

Thats pretty much it, it should be put togeather in a week/two. Can't wait :D



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Had to get inner joint with width of 293 because mine is original that size, and because my width of the car is bigger compared to ph1 16v
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Subframe sand blasted and painted with epoxy primer and polyurethane paint.

Came out really nice looking.

Steering rack from ph1 2.0 16v, subframe and lower control arm as well as anti roll bar ( 25mm) from mine ph2.

New lower ball joint, steering rack ends and inners, strongflex polyurethane control arm bushings and roll bar ends, and middles.

It's a shame to put it on the car..

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Lots to write here about..
Engine loom tested and cleaned. Covered in tesa tape and plastic casing, now it looks oem.
As the car was finished and it was time to test it, a trackday on carting track came up and it seemed like an ideal oportunity to stres test the car. Track is small and 2nd gear is all you can get, on the straight 80 kmh is top speed, but it's technical and friendly for your pocket so it's lot's of fun.
In 3 days i drove almost 500 kilometers. Things that need replacing are, thermostat, outer balljoint on passenger side, new front brakes. Now are 262, i'm going to put 280mm. Tires i drove on were NS2R, dot 1316, pretty old, and i felt that on the track, but on the road they are perfect. Also for the track day the car was without interior and with 4 point belt, omp steering wheel. Amazing feeling.

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Seat from cabrio.
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So.. time for an update.
Got some new parts and cleaned a little bit :)
To start with powerflex camber bolts, because now i have too much negative camber (-2.50), to lower it down to cca -1.
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Cleaned drivers wheel arch, and protected the plastic.

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Finally wheels came from painting, so good looking

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Aaand few new parts. New thermostat, front & rear discs, ebc yellow, oil & filter, bearings for rear discs, repari kit for front brake calipers, ate typ200 brake fluid.

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Also passenger cv joint was worn, took out the driveshaft, dissasembled it, and one big mistery. The cv joint doesen't exist. Literally. Outer teths 23, inner 22.
Anyways i figured out the driveshaft isn't 16v, so i am in process of getting one. Hope the abs starts working then.

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And fitted the thing for the corrector of rear brakes
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Some time from my last post..

Managed to brake 2 cir clips.. Will try to find an solution with my friend who has lathe..

Cleaned the passenger wheel arch, didn't make any photos later because it got dark and i forgot, Front end is now complete and got my hands on speedline maracana with caps and 2 keys..

Also brake calipers ready to be painted in red.

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1st
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2nd
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Megane has been put on it's own feet, need to install circlip reinforcement and test it.. Since i got the clio, all the brakes went on it and megane got left overs from clio .. Still better then it had previously.
Calipers are a bit rusty but i will paint them. Have no clue what to do with this car since i cant get it to pass MOT without investing a quite a lot of money in it but that makes no sence since i got the 172.. Maybe turn it into full track car..


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