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Old 22-01-2019, 12:00 PM   #1
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The new french hot hatch

Okaaaaaay then so as in my previous thread the saxo is now my brothers car as he needed a car for his fiancee to learn to drive in and i fancied an upgrade haha

This car came about after doing some late night ebay browsing (probably should be banned from the car sales pages ). I happened to come across a car that i have been wanting since they first came out, this one being the right spec the right price and 1 owner i just couldnt resist viewing it so off i went to the dealership and there it was in the indoor showroom looking amazing , one road test and i had to have it so i bought it there and then.


So the car in question is this (picture taken moments after signing the papers )



Its a 2009 clio rs200 cup, a full cup so light weight everything no real mod cons just you a steering wheel and an engine

As soon as i got it home i had to give it a good wash as there “valeters” really want sacking lol



Next i put my private plate on it (must be a keeper lol)





Next up it had a little knock when pulling off or changing gears which turned out to be the top stabiliser mount on the engine so thought id upgrade it to stop it happening again
This is the arm/ bush which had worn


So simply knock the securing tab off with a hammer and screwdriver and the bush falls out easily

Heres all the parts to the new kit

And all assembled


And back in the car


Sooo much better now, though i do want to change the lower engine mount for a polybush too as theres still a little too much movement

Next up i decided to carbon wrap the badges
Before

After

Fitted

And the rear


And then fitted a sunstrip as these cars have massive windscreens


The saxo and clio together


Then i removed the rear wiper as i really wasnt a fan of it on the back of the clios

Had to cut it off as it was seized on lol

Motor removed

Glass plug for the hole




Looks loads better

Next up i clayed the whole car and jeez was this thing contaminated there was a lot of what looked like iron in the paint and white overspray on the windows, safe to say it looks a lot whiter now haha







Next up i got tired of the gearknob which is straight out of a megane and feel aweful so i found a tidy replacement while browsing in halfords lol


So removed the old one

Fitted the collar to the gearstick and the new gearknob screws straight on



Absolute 100% improvement to the gear changes it just feels so much nicer haha

I also attempted to clean the recaros though i only got one done




So thas is all for now, the car is back at the dealership currently as it developed the usual crunchy gearbox so its getting rebuilt under warrenty so im
Stuck with a dirty brown 1.2 corsa for a while


So progress will continue when the clio returns
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Old 22-01-2019, 12:04 PM   #2
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Nice motor 👍 what did you use to clean the seats?
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Nice motor 👍 what did you use to clean the seats?
I used some interior cleaner from turtlewax i think, not bad stuff great if you dont own a wet vac haha
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Nice gear knob but man,that's gonna be cold in the winter months!

We've had a few Renaultsports, really enjoyable cars and this one looks tidy indeed.

Enjoy!
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Is it only me that looked at the pictures of the rear window with wiper removed and thought you'd smashed it when putting in the grommet

Nice car - on my radar as a fun car to be added to the fleet later this year
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I’ve got a soft spot for these! Now subscribed, are we taking bets yet as to how long your going to keep it???
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Nice gear knob but man,that's gonna be cold in the winter months!

We've had a few Renaultsports, really enjoyable cars and this one looks tidy indeed.

Enjoy!
Oh yeah its freezing lol but i dont mind no pain no gain and all that 😂
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Is it only me that looked at the pictures of the rear window with wiper removed and thought you'd smashed it when putting in the grommet

Nice car - on my radar as a fun car to be added to the fleet later this year
Haha just looked at the picture again and it does look broken 😂 and i would deffinetly recommend one got to be one of the past proper hot hatches before everything got a turbo and paddleshift lol
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I’ve got a soft spot for these! Now subscribed, are we taking bets yet as to how long your going to keep it???
Haha im not going to make any promises 😇 but i have wanted one of these ever since they came out and its only been gone a couple days for the gearbox rebuild and i miss it 😂
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Lucky it’s getting fixed in warranty rather than after you’ve had it a year. Keep an eye out on the swivel joints. There prone to going and it’s an expensive job if they need replacing.
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