My old EP3
My old EP3
The 1.4s and EP3 I lived with my old man but like now I was lucky enough to keep it locked away and safe behind closed gates at the rear of the house
After having a new exhaust mount fitted by Renault, my exhaust is still knocking. A friend kindly whipped my car on a ramp for me to have a look where its hitting. My car is lowered 60mm at the rear on V - maxx coileys, however every time I go over a bump the centre pipe is hitting my rear axle and its doing my head in. I dont really know my options (no bodge jobs)
If you remember I purchased a set of 4 Goodridge brake lines off eBay, however it turned out they were for a 197 and I sold them on. Lewis Taylor kindly sold me his set of 4 Goodridge brake lines for £22 posted and they are as good as new. I also have just purchased a 182 4-2-1 exhaust manifold from Nick's 182 that has covered 63k for £30 BARGAIN. I arranged a courier as the car was being broken at BTM in Birmingham and I live on the east coast. There is a french car specialist breakers called Cit Ren around 25 miles from me and they are going to fit the manifold for me. It will take around 3-4 hours labour I have been told as they are going to drop the subframe. I have just recently purchased a k-tec stainless steel silenced de cat for around £160 that I am going to have to sell on, as a shorter de cat link pipe is required when fitting the 182 manifold.
I am also looking to purchase the k-tec lightened flywheel and a new clutch as I want to get my gear box refurbed. Its only covered around 44k but I might as well if I decided to do the flywheel.
AND finally I am going to look into getting the TDF ITB setup hopefully during the summer. I said to myself if I get promoted at work to Technical Supervisor, I will treat myself to the ITB's. I had the interview for the position last week however me and the other candidates are waiting to see who they appoint so fingers crossed.
I am currently on the search for a interior dash cleaner as the phase 1 is blue and grey and all the products I have looked at turn the dash back to black if that makes sense so any suggestions would be great.
Can i recommended Power and Performance Norwich, with regards to the 182 manifold fitting, and he could probably make you a decat too, just thinking that may be a better idea as he could move your exhaust backwards or forwards for better clearance over your rear beam and the decat would be made to measure.
I had him shorten my decat link pipe done a good job
Thanx Lewis, I will look into power and performance as it looks like it will be the better option.
Just read from the start to now, great project thread and a very tidy little ph 1 you have!! keep up the good work
Absolutely gorgeous car mate! It really is perfect
The ONLY thing I'd do if it was my car, is de-wiper the back window!
Thankyou for the kind comments...
I have had a little re-think, I have decided to keep my car set up exactly how it is. I made my decision the other night when I opened her up for a change on the dual carriageway against a couple of other cars. I think my cars performance is breath taking and the sound is incredible. I paid alot of money to have the car set-up by one of best if not the best mapper in the country (Matt TDF) and I think it would be stupid to undo all his awesome work by fitting a 182 manifold and messing about with lightened flywheels. I think these modifications are worth while under the correct circumstances.
I noticed it may be time to fit my front brembo max grooved discs as I nearly ended up going over the roundabout instead of around it. I just need to purchase some Ferodo Ds performance pads to go with them. My car is booked in soon to have the Goodridge braided lines fitted so I may have the discs and pads fitted at the same time.
As it was such a nice day today I had to clean the car and give it a pamper as I felt bad for driving her hard the other night. As I had nothing better todo with my time today I took some pictures around my town after the car had been washed, dried and polished.
There a a couple of jobs that need doing on the car and they are:
Refurb alloys (my girlfriend was supposed to get these done for my x mas present but she lost her job conveniently lol)
Send 182 door mouldings and bullets to spray shack
Get a set of 195/45/15 Toyo T1r's but this can wait
I promised myself ITB's if I get the promotion at work to Technical Supervisor, however I am still awaiting feedback and I am very nervous.
Puremotorsport front strut brace.
All sounds great and the car looks awesome I really do love Ph1's!
I can really recommend Spray shack they do a great job and the service you receive is awesome they also do wheels so you could maybe save on postage by sending the strips and wheels to them , Also the ITB kit is just EPIC aswell as the PMS Mounts and strut brace Enjoy!
Very tidy! Good shout on the ITBS, they completely transform the car. Car looks great though
As you may know I was waiting to hear feedback from my interview for technical supervisor along with the other 8 candidates. After a 3 week wait I had a phone call to tell me I was unsuccessful and I will not be taken any further. This was a massive set back for me personally and my goals I had set myself at the beginning of the year. The recruiting team believed it was too early for me and I haven't gained enough experience. I need to sit down with my site manager and ask him to perhaps expand on the feedback as I can only assume they mean life experience as im only 24 and the other candidates were alot older. You can only take the feedback and build on it.
The mishaps didn't end there either, my girlfriend had a night on the town last night to celebrate her birthday with her friend. My girlfriend asked me to pick them both up but I couldn't as her friend is on the larger side and I never carry back seat passengers unless there female, hot and willing. Anyway I retuned home to an angry female (every mans worse nightmare) she opened my passenger door shouted abuse, I asked her kindly to f*ck off and she slammed my door real hard. Now my electric window does not work. She is lucky my back garden is brick weaved otherwise she would be asleep under it lol. The window went down but not up and now it doesn't work at all either way. Luckily I could pull the glass up by hand to secure it into position for the night.
Today I investigated by removing the door card to see the damage. The motor was in a birds nest so the first job was to untangle it all. I then tested the motor and it works both ways. I then removed the drivers side door card to see what it should look like. I could see a couple of clips that holds the top cable into position was broken. I am going to have to book it into Renault to have the problem corrected. My partner will brunt the full cost or shes out on the streets. I have left the door card off so the guys at Renault dont have to rip it all apart again.
My cars booked in tomorrow to have the front and rear braided brake lines fitted.
Despite not getting the job, in the next couple of months I am going to get the ITB's. It is something I have thought alot about and alot of people like in this thread have given them great feedback.
Last edited by Correy; 25-03-2012 at 20:18. Reason: spelling errors
Shame about the promotion Good news on the ITB's you'll love them
bad news on the promotion but good news on making me laugh at your recent update
Bad luck with promotion. Seems they always want more experience than you always have in my experience, just use it as fuel to develop yourself.
Car looks really tidy
thanx for the encouragement, I need to stop looking at it as a complete failure and look at it as a success just by getting considered for an interview amongst candidates that are more than twice my age. Therfore I have decided to go ahead with the ITB's after speaking to Matt TDF this morning.
I dropped my car off this morning at a French car specialist to have the goodridge braided lines fitted. He then informed me it was last Monday the car was booked in for but he said he would get it in. I noted the mileage and left it with them. I then called Renault to have the car booked in for Wednesday to have the window repaired. I finally called Matt TDF to discuss the ITB package. I currently run 428 catcam shafts but I know with a stand alone ECU I can run more aggressive cams like Lewis Taylor's phase 1 (421ns). However Matt said with the cost involved it is not worth the money to chase approximately 5bhp depending on the healthyness of the engine. Matt went on to say I should make around 205bhp to 210bhp. My cars currently running at 192.4bhp. Now ive looked at the figures it seems alot of cost for not a huge amount of bhp. I just looked at the turbo conversions and will make a decision by the end of the day. I see Team Dynamics do a turbo conversion for £2800 that will make around 230bhp. Advice and comments welcome on this decision making
http://www.engine-dynamics.com/epage...0Conversion%22 link for turbo
Never seen that turbo kit before. If it is any good its seriously cheap!!
I called the guy earlier on and he said hes got a test car with the kit fitted, so i could have a test drive. However it works with the standard cams and I would need to replace my 428's back to the standard cams undoing all of Matt TDF's work. I dont know wether it will work with a decat as on the website it sais sports cat or standard cat. I searched for reviews on the kit on the forum and I could only find one. It states its reliable and faster than an ITB package as you would imagine with an extra 15bhp. The guy said the punch you get from this kit is well worth the money (the throw you in the back of the seat feeling).
However all the past threads ive read all say go ITB route and especially with someone as good as Matt fitting and mapping it all. Hes done such a good job so far and I would like to build on the set up so far rather than ripping it all apart again. Do you settle for 230bhp and a s**t load of torque with a turbo conversion or the ITB set up which I imagine will offer greater drivability if that makes any sense. I know my Type R was 197bhp and for a front wheel drive car the balance was just about perfect ????????? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I have now got the goodridge brake lines fitted to the fronts and rears, the system has been bled and new brake fluid has been replemished. I have spoken to Matt TDF again and I am going to go with the ITB package. I am also going to go with the longer trumpets which means removing the air con and fitting a slim line radiator. The longer trumpets should give me a little more bhp and the car will be abit lighter without the air con. I will also beable to use the ITG filter with the backing plate which is the better than the one without a backing plate. The car is booked in on the 25th April and it will take roughly 3 days give or take.
It looks like I will need a new window regulator for my passenger door as confirmed by the garage earlier on today. I will let Renault sort that little number out on Wednesday. I may even take it to a breakers yard before tomorrow to see if they can resolve it and hopefully save a little bit of coin. I am currently on the search for a Cup air con delete kit, it will save me alot of money buying it new from TDF.
You'll love the ITB's no need for a turbo with your cams will be more than enough power! Remember these cars are alot lighter than the ep3's!!
Matt is right about the cams stick with what you have you'll be surprised how close your power will be to mine.