Hey guys, first proper post on here, just want to say thanks for the help so far. I bought this R27 back in late January I believe..... turns out from a raging liar on EBay. Without getting into too much detail I've had to replace one of the ball joints, an inner rack arm & I'm about to book it in for a new gearbox as the 2nd gear synchro is giving up. I was aware of the chocolate gearbox's on 197's, so when I bought it I took it out for a bit of a drive, and it was fine even @ 4 & 5k revs. Turns out, the problem occurs only when the engine is fully warmed up. Must be the metals expanding due to the heat? I don't know. Anyway... looks like I got burned. I'll be honest, it looked like the previous owners didn't really give a s**t about the car, and I was taking a risk when I bought it... so I guess its my own fault but as I work from home and only really use it to go to the gym and daft road trips it was going to be a project anyway.... didn't plan on it being this expensive though. Probably was a bit naive about people selling stuff on EBay too. Anyway...so the project begins. The work I've had done so far; Inner rack arm. Ball Joint. Alloys/Hubs/Calipers Refurbed. Set of anodised Wheel nuts/bolts. Stuff in the pipeline; Gearbox. Paint job tidied up. (Pics.... its not the best). Door handles painted black. R27 badge removing. Recaro's reupholstered. Steering Wheel reupholstered. Dashboard trim dipped/painted. Its had an ITG induction kit put on it (no idea if this improves performance) decat (whatever that means...I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to cars), and it sounds like its had a pop & bang map too. It sounds great to be honest, but its probably not too healthy for the engine I imagine?! Even with the new ball joint and rack arm, there is still a knocking in the steering, feels a bit fisher price compared to my 13' Astra. I've heard the springs are also prone to failing, but I can't see anything there, a little rust maybe... kinda stumped on this one. With regards to the Recaros & Steering wheel refurbishment. Just wondering if anyone knows a place in the North West that does this? I know I'm probably looking at around £200 for the steering wheel, does anyone have a clue how much the seats would cost? It would just be both bases I think. The mechanical stuff has been done at Midlands Renault and I cant fault them. Great service. Will be booking the gearbox in next pay day. The paint work I have a guy near me that I might book in with. A mates booked in with him at the moment so I'm waiting to see what his handy work is like before I book mine in. Seems right on the money though. Anyhow, I'm off out on the bike, lovely weather up here in Manchester today for a change! Thanks for any help!