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Trophy #417 freshen up



mikeh

ClioSport Club Member
  182 Trophy
I originally owned a 182FF back in 2011, I've always had a thing for Clios and naturally, a Trophy always topped the list.

In the years since, I'd sort of moved on from the Clio in all sorts of fun and interesting cars from an R26, various M3s, S4, M2, K20 Elise, Exige - all sorts.

I regularly found myself looking at Clios but never really had the justification to own one, until now. I wanted to replace my little Swift Sport run around, that's mostly used with the Mrs steals the family car for something a bit more fun. I was willing to put some more money into this run around, so long as I could find something I wouldn't lose money on.

I stumbled across this little gem with the help of a friend and fellow Trophy owner.

It's a little rough around the edges; in need of a new bonnet, some paint on the bumper and a syncro or. two but the fundamentals seem spot on - including a recent refurb engine fitted by Birchdown and a recent suspension and brake refurb.

As a result, the car drives great, looks OK and is a great base to tidy up. The progress of which, I'll be sure to post here.

But for now, I can enjoy it;

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First step was to replace the missing splitter. I didn't fancy the £300 I found for an OEM one, so jumped on a group buy for the ktec one on the trophy forum

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Then, one of the first things I wanted to improve was the audio to make the car a bit more usable every day - both in terms of sound quality and things like Bluetooth.

I decided on some Focal AS130 component speakers for the front, Focal RCX-130 co-axial speakers for the rear and a Sony DSX-GS80 to power them. The special thing about the DSX-GS80 headunit is that is has the power to drive the speakers without the need for an extra amp (4x100w max / 45w RMS).

New vs. Old - A big difference in size!

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Fronts fitted re-using existing wiring and tweeters in stock location :)

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Rear was super easy:

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And the headunit in - I'm just waiting for a new steering wheel adapter lead to arrive. It turns out a normal Clio 182 lead is no good, and I actually need a canbus one from later models.

The improvement in sound is incredible. I'm on the fence on whether I need to add a sub. It would definitely benefit from it sound wise, but it sounds great as it is and it's not really following the Trophy ethos.

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While fitting all this, I discovered a leak - a fair bit of water under the rear seats.

I tracked it down to this silly little grommet.

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Hopefully that's the only place that water is coming in.

Now just need to try it out with the help of a heater and dehumidifier.

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dave120

ClioSport Club Member
Looks like a good buy and definitely something you wont lose money on.

Is that 182 FF seats in the back. Get a Cup bench back in there mate.

Personally, I’ve never understood putting more stereo equipment in small, lightweight hatchbacks but that’s just me.

Did you replace the boot Grommets with new ones ?

Good luck, will be following along with your progress.
 

mikeh

ClioSport Club Member
  182 Trophy
Looks like a good buy and definitely something you wont lose money on.

Is that 182 FF seats in the back. Get a Cup bench back in there mate.

Personally, I’ve never understood putting more stereo equipment in small, lightweight hatchbacks but that’s just me.

Did you replace the boot Grommets with new ones ?

Good luck, will be following along with your progress.

Yeah, it's a shame about the rear seats. I bet someone did it at some point thinking they were better. I shall be keeping an eye out for some cup items.

Regarding stereo stuff - I like my music and do a lot of long journeys, I'm just trying to make it usable in case I need to use it for them :)

I just siliconed the old ones.
 

dave120

ClioSport Club Member
Yeah, it's a shame about the rear seats. I bet someone did it at some point thinking they were better. I shall be keeping an eye out for some cup items.

Regarding stereo stuff - I like my music and do a lot of long journeys, I'm just trying to make it usable in case I need to use it for them :)

I just siliconed the old ones.
Good man. Ive seen a few people put FF seats in the back of their Trophy but the Cup bench is much better IMO and obviously OEM.

Totally understand if you like your music. I’m not massively into music myself.

I just replaced the Boot grommets on my car with new items from Renault. I think they were a couple of quid each.

The new ones are a much tighter fit and have little clips on them which have more than likely perished on the ones on your car. For the price of them, I’d just get new ones.
 


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