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Martin's Track Clio 182 Project Thread



  Mini GP2
Great thread so far, really enjoyed reading that. I like the route you have taken with the car, it looks close to a factory spec Cup car rather than some cheap project littered with ebay parts.
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
About time Martin... :tonguewink:
Tell me about it!!!

Damn I wanted those seats haha
Glad you got a thread up, good to see it from the start to what it's become
They've gone to a good home now though :) and will be part of an proper mint build once it's done. Aye @Ant_Smiggy

Great thread so far, really enjoyed reading that. I like the route you have taken with the car, it looks close to a factory spec Cup car rather than some cheap project littered with ebay parts.
Thanks for having a look. There's plenty more improvent pics still to come.

I've tried to modify the car in stages. So I could feel first hand what each upgrade did in terms of feel on the track.
 
  Ford Focus ST
Great progress mate! :smile: give me some ideas for my own Clio. That picture at Nurburgring looks good. I have just booked for go there in May for my first time, You any tips :smile:
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Great progress mate! :smile: give me some ideas for my own Clio. That picture at Nurburgring looks good. I have just booked for go there in May for my first time, You any tips :smile:
Best tip I can give you is to go easy and treat it like a B road. Especially on your first couple of trips. And buy a learners mirror so your passenger can help you keep an eye out for seriously fast race cars coming up behind you.
 
  Ford Focus ST
Best tip I can give you is to go easy and treat it like a B road. Especially on your first couple of trips. And buy a learners mirror so your passenger can help you keep an eye out for seriously fast race cars coming up behind you.
Yeah, Not going for be fast just the experience. didn't think of another mirror to be honest good shout. keep the work up with your Clio looks great.
 

sj2112

ClioSport Club Member
  Audi s4 avant
Great thread

With lots of pics, thumbs up!!

What is the miltek like with the cat in?

Keep the updates coming
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Yeah, Not going for be fast just the experience. didn't think of another mirror to be honest good shout. keep the work up with your Clio looks great.
That's the right attitude to have mate :) just enjoy the experience. The mirror was very helpful for me, there are some seriously fast sections of the track and the Porsches come up behind you in a split second. So having my passenger help keep an eye on cars behind me was very helpful.

Looks epic!
Cheers man.

Looking good Martin :up:
Thanks mate. Forgot to give your name a mention with the rear brakes photo sorry :blush: I'll make up for it.

Great thread

With lots of pics, thumbs up!!

What is the miltek like with the cat in?

Keep the updates coming
I've got so many more photos to come. Trying to sift through some of the boring/crap ones though.

The standard cat or the Milltek sports cat? The standard one was pretty tame, lovely sound but quiet on motorways. The sports cat made it a little louder and then the decat did the same again on top.

Enjoyed reading your cars progress Martin :smile:
Thanks man :cool: stay tuned :tonguewink:

Car looks great Martin, didn't realise you had throttle bodies fitted.
Looks a lot better now than it does in some of these photos :smile:

Had the bodies for over a year now, but the map was never finished so I've not been able to fully enjoy them. Taking the car to Engine Dynamics this weekend though so all should be sweet soon enough!
 

sj2112

ClioSport Club Member
  Audi s4 avant
Standard cat, looking to change my exhaust soon as i still have the standard one

Dont want anything droney on the motorway or stupidly loud lol

Looking at the miltek or scorpion rs192
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Standard cat, looking to change my exhaust soon as i still have the standard one

Dont want anything droney on the motorway or stupidly loud lol

Looking at the miltek or scorpion rs192
You'll be fine with both of them systems mate.

Even with the sports cat the Milltek was very reasonable. But I do have a centre section (resonator) too.
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
I will stay tuned. I also like fact that your a little ocd even on a track car!
A lot more OCD to come :blush:

When I touch or change things, I always think, "well I might as well tidy that up at the same time," and little jobs turn into much bigger jobs but it's all good fun.

Great car! Be good to see it end of Feb :smile:
When you fly past me you mean :tonguewink:
 

Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
A lot more OCD to come :blush:

When I touch or change things, I always think, "well I might as well tidy that up at the same time," and little jobs turn into much bigger jobs but it's all good fun.



When you fly past me you mean :tonguewink:
Not if it's wet. I have a set of road tyres and a set of DZ03gs. The road tyres have to get me home again aswell.... so if it is wet, I'll be pottering along enjoying the view 😂
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Right time for another big update. Ever since having the ITBs fitted there was a nasty smell of fuel drifting into the cabin. So as winter was now approaching it was time to sort out a mild engine refresh. I took the car down to Matt again, for the engine work to commence.

I decided that I didn't want anything punchy, and just a mild freshen up with reliability in mind.

Straight away he noticed a fuel leak. I think I was very lucky that it was noticed when it was and that nothing caught fire.


Anyway, Matt got on with taking the engine out and stripping it, whilst I was still deciding what parts to buy.

Omex loom:

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The loom through the bulk head was also rubbing and chaffing a bit so he sorted this out too.

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The @pure-motorsport bracket on the AC delete kit fell apart when it was removed. But as it was still within a year and had very little use they generously agreed to send me another one free of charge. Thanks for that chaps.

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My rad was a bit of a mess so Matt advised me that I should consider replacing this at some point. It's still on the list to do, but it works fine for now.

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Crank sensor (I think)

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The cylinder head bench in the workshop

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The gearbox bench

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My engine on the stand

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The oil being drained

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This nasty surprise appeared. Another bit of luck for me. The
engine could have died from oil starvation at any point, so I'm lucky I had it apart when I did.

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Nasty stuff!!

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The old big end bearings. Didn't look too bad to me, but what do I know.

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Some of my plug threads weren't the best so I had some timeserts fitted

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New Renault bearings

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Quick check over of the pistons

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And the cylinders

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Time to fit the new bearings

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All four were just within tolerance

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New oil pump

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Some mild head work

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Quick lick of paint on the block

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Sump tidy up

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Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Next he fitted the new light weight alternator pulley from Pure Motorsport.

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Another PMS light weight pulley ready to go on

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New head botls and head gasket

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Supertech valves going in

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Cylinder head bolted on to the block

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Jenvey ITBs on with new 120mm trumpets

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Pipercross filter fitted

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CatCam 438s fitted back in

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Rocker cover ready to be fitted

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Getting there

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Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Good you got it sorted mate before it blocked the oil pick up pipe.
Far to much sealant used.
I know mate. Very lucky. Sometimes I think I wasted my money doing this mild refresh, but then I think, what if I hadn't done it, the engine could have been dead by now.

Matt said he hates silicone being used on engines.
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Next up was to get the new cam belt fitted

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New light weight crank pulley, again from Pure Motorsport.

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Cam cover back on

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Some Nimbus heat shield fitted

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There was some heat shield left over so Matt made some wind deflector plates for the front brakes out of it rather than throwing it away. Nice touch in my opinion.

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Engine was then almost ready to go back in

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Engine sitting ready for a new standard clutch and sexy billet flywheel

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Light weight KTR billet flywheel. When Matt saw this he said it was 'pure porn'

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ARP flywheel bolts

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Flywheel on

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Valeo Clutch being fitted. Thanks @GW200 for the mates rate price on this :tongueout:

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Clutch now fitted

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Gearbox back on

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Engine back in

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New Pure Motorsport light weight aux pulleys ready to be fitted

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Pulleys fitted

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New aux belt

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Alternator and new Pure Motorsport AC delete kit fitted

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All in place

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Quick compression test before start up. Same pressure across all four cylinders.

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New coolant

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New gearbox oil

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The OMEX ECU was remounted tidily in the dash, rather than handing loose beneath it.

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Air deflector plates fitted. It also covers the exposed aux belt a little bit, which can't be a bad thing.

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The bumper was put back on and all was now done. I basically did a reliability refresh (well Matt did) replacing anything along the way which Matt thought would be wise. The only things we didn’t change and maybe could have, were the valve springs & guides and the piston rings. But Matt said this wasn’t really necessary for a car with miles this low and said all looked fine upon inspection, so we left it at that.


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Massive thanks to @[email protected] for all his work on the car, for updating me at every step along the way and for taking loads of photos for me. It's a real shame he has now relocated to France. I already miss his OCD touch.

Engine bay shot when I got it home

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Gave it a quick clean up, nothing special. I had also decided by now that I was going to put it on a serious diet. So I sold the leather Renault Sport seats to my good friend Anthony Smith and purchased some lighter Recaro SPG fiberglass seats from a member on here.

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Then got the tracking checked

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Took a cheeky under body shot whilst it was being done

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Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
Excuse my ignorance, but who is Matt?

Whoever he is, top notch work!

Top bloke. He did keep under the radar which was a shame. He was a Master Tech at Renault and then worked at Quaife before starting his own business.

@sonny172cup used him with his race car so can also vouch for the quality of his work.
 

JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
How much did the rebuild cost you, if you don't mind me asking?

PM me if you don't want it public.
 

Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
I took the car back up to Mike for a quick tweak to the map. He said it was getting a lot more air with the longer trumpets and it needed more fuel, which ultimately meant more power. But unfortunately he couldn't get any dyno time again to finish the top end off, or to do a power run, so I took it back home for an upcoming track day at Bedford.

I then bought these :cool:

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Stripped it out some more. Removing the sun visors, which meant I needed one of these

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I lost a fuel rail bolt at Bedford, thanks for noticing it Dom. So when I got home I fitted some nice shiny stainless items

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I then put the car on stands to start with the full suspension refresh and some more tidying up. The rusty parts under the wheel arches were bothering me so I had to do something about it all.

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I also bought another set of OZ F1s from @Coops Turbo because I like wheels

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@Kelv then came over one sunny weekend and helped me remove all the old suspension components and brakes. I had never done anything like this before so it was good to have someone to show me what to do.

I gave my hubs to good old @GW200 for a refurb. He bead blasted them and sent me these photos whilst I set about ordering some new bearings.

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Martin.

ClioSport Club Member
By this point I had all the suspension components taken off and the car sat dead for a good month whilst I got everything refurbed.

I then started to get bits back from the powder coaters and was over the moon with how they all looked. I probably went far too over board for a track car, but f**k it, I enjoyed doing it all.

Once everything was received I started to do some reading on how to refit it all. It was a slow process at first but I'm glad I cracked on with it myself as I now know how easy it all was. Well apart from refitting the front ARB which was a right ball ache.

Front ARB

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Subframe support brackets

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Wishbones. Thanks @GW200 for pressing in the bushes for me

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Wishbone supports

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I painted the rear beam, stub axles and calipers. Also cleaned up the bearing surfaces

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I fitted new discs and pads. Thanks @G 172. Wouldn't go anywhere else for my brakes now

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Whiteline ARB

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I stuck this back on the car and fitted the rear coilovers whilst I was at it

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I got my front hubs back with the new bearings in. I spent ages rubbing these down with a chisel, George then very kindly bead blasted them for me and sprayed them with some rust prevention and a quick lick of paint. I then spent a long time making the paint perfect and rubbing down the mating surfaces. I think they look awesome

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I refitted everything to the front

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Stuck the new discs on, painted the calipers and stuck them back on too

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