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skusey_'s BG 182



skusey_

ClioSport Club Member
  OG Megane 250
So I've been on here a few years just rarely seem to post! But thought I would start a thread on my 182 and the bits I've done since picking it up back in Feb 2014. I had a 1.2 mk2 clio before the 182 as my first car, which I chucked some OZ F1's on, painted the mirror caps and added a sport grille before I decided to stop wasting money! Although in fairness it didn't put a foot wrong in the two years I had it.

On to the 182, it's a black gold (as per title) 2005 182 Full Fat. Here's how it sat the day after I picked it up.
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I bought it on around 80,000 with a ton of invoices, receipts and history. It drives really well and was sat on eibach sportlines, it also apparently had a remap although there was no paperwork on this, I've been thinking it was possibly a rs tuner map as it revs to around 7600 ish and seems to lack the '5k kick' that the standard map has. It also has a scorpion rs 192, which even after readjustment blows like a b*tch, and a decat pipe. I didnt have huge plans for it as I really do like the way they look and I didnt fancy any power upgrades due to only being 20 when I picked it up. So this thread is just about making the car my own, with some subtle mods and keeping it clean and tidy.

2014

To kick things off I bought some led sidelights as the halogen ones didnt match. Couple of quid ebay jobbies which looked pretty good imo!
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Dont seem to have a before picture with the yellow halogen sidelights, oh and also added a F1 sticker to the bonnet as I quite like them.
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Then the car stayed the same for a few months aside from cleaning it up every two weeks as black wont stay clean for more than 30 seconds. It went through mot just needing some tyres on the front so got some new hankook's chucked on as I had them before and the car seemed to handle well on them. The car then attended FCS which started off drizzly but turned out to be a nice day after the morning!

Following that I added a new style sport badge to replace the halfords badge which, as many have said, tidies up the rear nicely. I also added some yellow lamin x to the fog lights, a bit marmite but I like it, well for now.

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I had toyed with the idea of having some of the little bits (handbrake cover, a pillars, b pillars) flocked but I still haven't gotten around to that, but I did see a post on here in which someone had a gear gaiter made up in alcantara type material which I liked the look of, so this was up next. Ordered it from a seller on ebay and requested the material to be alcantara or similar as it would match the seats, bit of a bad photo fitted.

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PFC up at donington was quickly approaching so I decided to grab a 3M headlight restoration kit and have a crack at the headlights as they were looking a little tired. Before picture of the passenger side as this was the worst with most of the hazing at the top, and an after of both all done.

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After PFC I decided it was time for some new wheels as I'm not the biggest fan of the 182 wheels and there was a little kerbing on the front two. I like the look of turinis but wanted it to look a little different to the norm, so it was between 2118's and williams wheels. A set of white williams came up in the parts for sale section, tyres were really good all round and aside from needing a respray the wheels were in really good condition. Once they arrived I booked them in for refurb and chose to have them in anthracite as I think it goes best against the black gold.

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Then fitted.

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2015

Got a few compliments on the wheels from mates and I think they suit the car really well, however I did think the sportlines sat a bit high on them. Decided against coilovers and picked up some cooksports after waiting an age for them to come back into stock.

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At the same time I thought it would be a good idea to get the belts changed alongside the water pump, dephaser etc, as this was due in the summer. Got the car booked in with @lemonnobby and decided to get the springs fitted at the same time. Here's how she sat all cleaned up afterwards.

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My driveway is all over the place so it's a bit hard to see the difference but it definitely sits slightly lower on the cooksports.

The next few months nothing really happened with the clio other than changing the climate control unit for one from a dci, some of the buttons on the existing one were scratched off and I prefer the matte type feel of the dci one over the sticky feel on the 182 one. Also picked up the carbon effect silver interior strips, steering insert and gear insert as I prefer those to the standard silver ones. It went through mot only advisory being the numberplate light being intermittent.

Then had a few hours cleaning session in prep for FCS, I had picked up a karcher k2 and some snowfoam in the weeks before so treated the car to a snowfoam, then two bucket wipe. Polished the car with some meguiars ultimate polish and waxed with some autoglym HD wax. Cleaned the door shuts, cleaned up the interior, polished the exhaust tips with some meguiars metal polish and finally hit the plastics with some auto finesse revive. Came up alright for a 10 year old daily!

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Brining us up to speed the clio has been a bit neglected in the last few months, currently its needing a new numberplate light unit and bulb as the pins are corroded to sh*t and a new passenger side wing mirror glass as someone clattered into it coming down my road the other day! The windscreen washers need fixing as they haven't been working for ages (removal tool on the way for the wipers) and it could also do with a respray on the bonnet and front bumper due to a ludicrous amount of stone chips and some scuff marks on the passenger side by the fog light. Numberplate light unit and bulb turned up yesterday so got that swapped over, its bright to say the least!

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A new mirror glass should turn up tomorrow hopefully, and I may look at a respray for the bonnet and bumper in the new year. This is how she was sitting around a week ago.

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Thanks for reading!
 

skusey_

ClioSport Club Member
  OG Megane 250
Not much has happened with the BG over Christmas other than being constantly dirty, winter ftw!

Then en route to Gloucester on Wednesday night my xenons decided they didn't want to work anymore so I found myself waiting in the services to be rescued. Both bulbs went out which had me thinking it was possibly ballast and would be a bit more effort than swapping bulbs out, bit more costly too!

Took the plunge on some 5000k bulbs anyway as I had the multimeter out and all seemed ok. Got them fitted today without taking the bumper off and both lit up nicely! Found out that the old bulbs were 10000k which goes a way to explaining why they were bluey!

Anyway they look pretty good, a night pic will be up in due course!
 

skusey_

ClioSport Club Member
  OG Megane 250
Another minimal update, but managed to source a replacement passenger side wing mirror for the clio after someone clattered into mine last October! The paint suffered and the mirror glass I picked up off ebay was half hanging off, so a replacement in a very good condition went on in its place.

Last weekend I gave the car a wipe over with some products I picked up from Auto Finesse, namely, Lather, Avalance, Imperial and some microfibre mitts, towels and lambs wool mitt.

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Given a generous lashing of snowfoam.

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After cleaning I realised the front tyres had alot of wear and it was time for two new ones, popped up to the garage and grabbed two Pirelli's to go on the front as it was late in the day and didn't fancy driving around on them any more. Here's how she sat afterwards.

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The Pirelli's seem to be decent and offer decent wet grip which is a welcome change from the TR1's complete lack of grip in even drizzly conditions. Lacks tyre shine I know, but it was too cold by the time I had got back haha!
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skusey_

ClioSport Club Member
  OG Megane 250
June 2016

Few months since the last update, and not a lot more has happened as I keep looking at cars I wanna replace it with! So I've not been spending money on any new mods currently as I do like the way it sits anyway. Have done a few bits and bobs that needed doing, my windscreen washer jets front and rear, were not working which is now sorted and it has also recently passed its MOT with @lemonnobby. It will be needing a CV joint on the passengers side so will have to get that sorted soon and some new tyres on the rear were also popped on the day before FCS.

Had the car on the CS stand again this year at FCS and it was a really good day with a great turnout! Gave the car a spruce up on the Friday so it was looking respectable the following day. Gave it the usual snowfoam, two bucket wash, and hand polish with tripple to get it looking shiny, then shined up the exhaust with meg's metal polish and hit the trims with revive as they were starting to look a little faded again.

Decided that I fancied the front badge sprayed black, so grabbed some plastidip in case I got bored of it and decided I wanted it back silver again.

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After
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A little bubbly on the surface but not too bad given the little experience I have with spraying things. Next up was to change over my passenger side headlight as it had crazy amounts of hazing on it and the plastic was seemingly past salvageable. So whipped the bumper off and swapped it over with one I got from the bay with minimal hazing on the top. Below is the best picture I have of the old one and that was a month or two ago.
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Anyway here's another poor photo of the front end after the new headlight went in and plastidipped badge went on.
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With the car all cleaned up and the front end looking fresher this is how it sat on the stand at FCS

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Pretty much identical photos as last year haha! Was a great day out nonetheless and it was nice to speak to a few on the day.
 

skusey_

ClioSport Club Member
  OG Megane 250
August 2016

A few weeks back the car developed a strange issue where it would run quite lumpy for 5-10 seconds on a cold start. When attempting to drive in these first 5-10 seconds the car felt like it didn't have any power and would almost kangaroo until the car corrected itself, once corrected it would drive completely fine. Stumped, I took it over to @lemonnobby 's unit so we could diagnose it with CLIP. The car threw up a few upstream oxygen sensor faults that made sense as the car would be almost struggling for fuel for the few seconds when running lumpy.

Ordered up a new lambda from Euro and got it replaced this weekend gone and the car now runs completely fine! So nice easy fix all in all and big thanks to @lemonnobby for plugging in the car to have a look.

As mentioned earlier in this thread I had been looking at cars to replace the Clio with as I fancied a change. One came up just up the road from me and was too good to let go! So it's a 2005 Cooper S John Cooper Works, mods include KW coilovers, a GTT induction kit, strut brace of some kind, a milltek manifold and a remap. Have a print out for 220bhp and I must say it's pretty fruity, the whine is addictive and the JCW catback pops and crackles, inducing massive grins. Will get a thread up on it with a picture or two.

So the Clio is now up for sale, I'll be sad to see it go but I can't afford to run both!

Thanks for reading!

Fin.
 


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