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Nickson's RenaultSport Megane 225 Trophy Progress Blog

Discussion in 'General Automotive & Motorsport Media' started by Nickson, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Nickson

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    Hi guys!

    As some of you are aware, I recently sold the Clio, and was in the process of getting a new car.

    Well..

    We set off at 5:50 yesterday morning, and arrived at our destination at 11:45, approx 335 miles later.

    Viewed the car, said yes, signed the documentation etc etc. And I was then the new owner of this:

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    The best bit for me: (I don't like mileage!)

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    Another 335 miles later, I finally got her home.

    The trip, from Poole to Houghton-le-Spring and back took approximately 13 hours in it's entirety.

    A very long journey, but in my eyes was very worth it!

    Absolutely love the car, so smooth in it's power delivery. No rattles/knocks/bangs. Everything seems to be perfect with it at the moment!

    The only problem is it needs it's cambelt doing as its still on the original, so is overdue. This is in the process of being booked into K-Tec for the following work:

    Cambelt + Tensioners
    Waterpump
    Aux belt + tensioners
    Coolant change
    Goodridge brake lines + flush with "Castrol React Dot 4"

    That's it for now!

    Definitely have some plans for it, such as removal of all of the stickers. I do not like them and think they "cheapen" the car.

    I also hate the numberplates with the Renault symbol, so I have ordered some newuns from Fancyplates!

    Brembo's are also needing some TLC, as someone has stick a red Brembo sticker over the black one.. Meh.

    It's a bigger, faster, and in my eyes, more fun version of a Clio. I love it!

    Enjoy :smile:
     
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    Good luck you're going to need it.
     
  3. Whiteley

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    Words from a wise man!

    (I just bought another Meg too)
     
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    looks well that, enjoy her!

    why you got another whiteley?
     
  5. bmh.01

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    I saw. Glutten for punishment the lot of us!
     
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    Looks very nice i want one.

    Why's that?
     
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    Going back to the one car, seems a fair compromise. Black R26 this time.
     
  9. Kris86

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    Your wallet is not going to thank you for buying a megane..mines always empty :worried:
     
  10. Ash87

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    ditto.

    good plan on removing the stickers they look pants bar the ones above the side repeaters.
     
  11. Nickson

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    Thanks :tongueclosed:

    I have already read through your progress blog numerous times :blush:

    Cheers Naith!

    Standard(ish).. I find it hard to leave my cars standard :disappointed:

    Ha, my 172 wasn't much different!

    Agreed!

    Unsure about the ones above the side repeaters, but they will stay for now.

    Have a little bit of progress already :blush:

    Started removing all of the nasty stickers that donned the exterior of the car this evening:

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    Unfortunately I was only able to remove the larger part of these stickers. I was using my fingernails to remove them, and they have now been somewhat chewed up in the process!

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    Will get the remainder of these stickers off tomorrow, and crack on with removing the sticky residue left behind from the rest of them!

    I am undecided on these for now:

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    No doubt they will probably end up coming off, but they are staying for now.

    Lastly, this is the amount of shite that came off!

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    Tomorrow I will also be removing the 3 "Megane Sport" stickers from the windows.

    No idea why the previous owner applied 3, but they are coming off, and will be replaced with a slightly more subtle version (if available).

    Cheers! :smile:
     
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    Thanks mate!

    Stickers don't look too bad on that!

    Just need to rid myself of that sticky residue now and I will be happy :smile:.

    Question, hope you can help out :blush:

    When it comes to locking the car, do you need to press the button on the card, or does it do it when the card is no longer within the proximity of the car?

    Haven't really had a chance to play around with it yet :blush:
     
  14. bmh.01

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    Push the lock button on the handle.
     
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    Or if they've broken, use the card.
     
  16. Kieran..

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    much better without the stickers, and think you should leave the trophy stickers on there :smile:
     
  17. quik99

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    Love it mate, good upgrade from the clio IMO and looking forward to seeing it sometime! :smile:
     
  18. Nickson

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    Ah, thanks guys! Much easier than getting the card out each time to lock it :tongueout:

    Thanks mate!

    Still undecided on the side repeater stickers, will keep them for a while and see how I feel.

    The de-stickering continued today!

    For some reason someone has stuck red Brembo decals over the original black ones.

    Ok, in all fairness the black ones aren't perfect, but IMO are miles better than these red ones!

    So, I got cracking and took some pictures in the process.

    Only an after shot on the drivers side unfortunately:

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    Before passenger side:

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    Passenger after! (Ignore the cigarette on the floor, I don't smoke and it appeared on the drive out of nowhere!)

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    Both done:

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    I had a good nosey around in the arches whilst I was down there, and to my surprise, there was an awful lot of rust!

    This isn't what I expected from a 28k mile car! The Clio was cleaner than this and that was double the age and mileage!

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    The rest of the car, bar the exhaust doesn't have a spot of rust! Very bizarre!

    I also had a quick nosey around in the engine bay, looks clean to me! :up:

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    Found a weird looking sticker though, any ideas?

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    So yeah, so far that's all!

    Looks like I am going to have to start a list of things to do!

    Such as replace those lower arms and all drop links. Possibly clean the rust up on the rest of it and give it a good Hammeriting :wink:.

    Cheers! :smile:
     
  19. bmh.01

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    Its had new track rods+ends both sides recently, it is a little on the rusty side but nothing more than surface rust really.

    Sticker could be anything really worst case its had a replacement engine from a breakers, would have to look for signs its been out before. Is the right period with the cam cover bolts though, see the oil seperator is happily leaking away as usual.
     
  20. bmh.01

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    They're only a fiver each for new ones! :tongueout:
     
  21. Ash'

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    Nickson, I loved your PH1 mate really enjoyed your proggy. Nice Meg you have as well btw :smile: and you've made good progress already too. Any BIG plans? :smiley:






    100th Post

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  23. Nickson

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    Yep I noticed they look brand new! Still had copper grease on too!

    Fair enough ref the rust, will have to give them a wire brush and a Hammerite! After all, the car has had to endure the Northern weather it's entire life :wink:.

    Ah ok! Are there any tell tale signs it's been replaced?

    Where would I see this oil seperator?

    #noob..

    Luckily they all work.. So far :blush:

    Thank's very much mate! It was a shame to see the PH1 drive away, but onwards and upwards!

    Ref the progress, I cannot seem to stop tinkering. Even if it is removing stickers, I'm sure there will be a few nice changes to this too! :tongueout:

    Stay tuned for more :wink:

    <3 Thanks Mark :blush:

    EDIT: Also, the car is now booked in for it's big (expensive) service at K-Tec.

    Cambelt
    Auxbelt
    Tensioners
    Waterpump
    24k Service
    Gearbox oil change

    £722!! :worried:
     
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    <3 Im going to look at an inferno 225 tomorrow :smiley:
     
  25. bmh.01

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    On the head back righthand side, usually found staining the head a lovely oiley colour. 99.9% of them leak from the factory.

    Also noticed looks like your nearside passenger diff seal is leaking a bit from the staining on the gearbox casing.
     
  26. Nickson

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    Oh yes!

    Please do it and join me in the newly 225'ed club :blush:

    It's rather exclusive :wink:

    Oh right!

    Will have another look when I get the chance! Can anything be done to stop the leaking? :smile:

    Ooh, I see what you mean about the passenger side on the g'box. There was no wet oil down there when I checked, but I will be keeping an eye on it!

    I have a question for you Mr bmh.. :smile:

    I NEED your BOV in my life. I have watched all (:blush:) of your Youtube videos and it sounds superb! Point me in the right direction of one of those puppies? :tongueout:

    Also, with ref an engine swap. Everything looks so be spot on in the engine bay, nothing looks to have been disturbed in the past. Maybe it's just a random sticker?

    The belt's still look original, very old and definitely needing to be changed :tongueout:

    Is there an engine number I can look out for? I have looked through all of the service documentation etc I have and there is no engine number in that lot (I don't have the log book yet).

    Should be reeeeeeeeeeeeeet :smiley:

    EDIT: Also, annoyingly, all of the past advisories have been removed from the service history of the car. The MOT certificates say under the "Advisory Notice Issued" YES!, but they appear to be missing.
    How annoying!

    Looking forward to getting the work at K-Tec done though. Give me a chance to put her through her paces, as I've been taking it easy with the car being on a 5/6 year old cambelt!
     
  27. d4vy

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    Do love the trophy, but anything ph1 (in any megane not just the 225) is just..... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Before anyone eats me alive the ph2 isn't much better. :tongueout:
     
  28. Nickson

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    Haha, don't worry, I know what you are saying :wink:

    My PH1 172 was a money pit! I was expecting the same from this to be honest!

    I'm just hoping the low mileage will play to my advantage when it comes to breakages, and that nothing major goes :tongueout:
     
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    I think all of them are low mileage to be fair dude, I haven't seen that many with big miles, nearly all on autotrader are <30k.

    I think the 225 makes up for it though by being so damn good to drive!
     
  30. Nickson

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    Reeeeally?

    The only other ones I have seen for sale are 45+!
     
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    Mines not a trophy but its on 68k now :blush:. Its not really a Ph1 thing as everyone thinks just that they get to 4/5 years old then everything wears out at the same time! Ph2s are starting to suffer all the same faults.

    Oil seperator wants removing and resealing, can clean the staining up best as possible whilst you're at it. G/box is a new seal but you need to remove the driveshaft to do it, if you're changing the wishbones i'd think about doing it then.

    DV wise get on ebay and pick a hks ssqv up but make sure its geniune! Will have to pay around £125-150 for one, then you need a 25mm spigot adapter for it again these should/are/were on ebay. Then you want a forge blanking plate to remove the original recirc valve and a tpiece to replace the standard cold side to throttle pipe hose and you'll be reet.

    I'll find some pics.
     
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  33. Nickson

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    Yeah it's alright, I was expecting to have to spend money on things going wrong anyway, it's just a trait of French cars, or any car for that matter.

    I still cannot see the oil separator, maybe it's just me being blind!

    I'm also guessing that will be a gearbox oil change/top up when the seal is changed as it must be a wet shaft that side? :blush:

    I have had a look on eBay, but they all seem to be a hell of a lot cheaper than the £125-£150, I'm guessing these are the fakes!

    Does it make any difference to the engine etc? Apart from the sound obviously. I'm a complete turbo noob, so all of your help is hugely appreciated :smile:.
     
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    SSQV + Spigot Adapter

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    Just about see the blanking plate on the turbo here.

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    No difference just the noise, yes there are a lot of fakes out there don't even think about bothering with one they will leak. I'd try to stick to buying one in the UK as you just never know with the far east sellers.

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    Have a read: http://www.cliosport.net/forum/showthread.php?348663-My-225-Updates
     
  36. Nickson

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    Thanks very much for that!

    Very helpful, will get on with buying one as I love the sound of it!

    Where did you get your Forge boost hoses from by the way?

    I have looked on K-Tec and they do not sell them :worried:
     
  37. .Adam.

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    I can confirm this.

    Window regulators in my Ph2 have just gone, which I suppose isn't too bad an issue with the winter now upon us.
     
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    http://www.forgemotorsport.co.uk/ :wink:
     
  39. Nickson

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    Ha, I am such an idiot it's unreal :blush:

    The silicone boost hoses seem too cheap?

    Going to grab myself a set of those :up:

    Wanting the SSQV, but don't fancy buying the whole Forge fitting kit if I only want the T-hose. Hmm!
     
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    No not too cheap just no k-tec tax! There isn't one thing they sell that isn't overpriced.
     

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