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I know Paul, my mate Aaron races with him.
This is the problem with S1/ SB or any other standard production category..there is always suspicions and whispers about cheating etc ..I replace my struts and rear dampers every other year, it's daft not to at the price they are. I've got a supply in readiness for the day that Renault stops selling them! You can change the rears without even taking the wheels off...
Interesting to know that the springs are no longer available. Have you tried KTec? Their parts chap seems able to get things from France that are no longer available through UK dealers.
The SC regs are a bit tricky in terms of replacement parts. It's surprising how quickly people can become very competitive and willing to challenge stuff if someone in the class is winning with a suspect car. A bloke in my (Welsh) championship last year turned up with Ohlins coilovers on his 'standard' MX5, but he was so far off the pace we all took the piss rather than crying to the stewards. Not sure how I'd feel if I was beaten by someone with Eibach springs though; the Cup understeers a bit too much for my liking but it is what it is and I live with it... don't know whether different springs would address that but I think it's only natural to feel a bit peeved if you're beaten by someone with mods, however small.
I must stop putting my onboard videos on YouTube...This is the problem with S1/ SB or any other standard production category..there is always suspicions and whispers about cheating etc ..
That's why a few championships wont entertain it ..Midland have recently introduced it but were sceptical ..The problem with the Clios is that standard parts will be coming obsolete or hard to find so it's my guess that they ( msa , or whatever they called now ) , will raise the year for standard cars to say 2006 say ..to outlaw standard 172/182 clio in standard form ..just for that very reason of rare standard parts and force them into modified , just as they did with the peugeot 205s ..imo , clios are very hard to get better than Renault sport designed them without spending big money ..that's the point of the standard category, any improvements should be with the driver and not how big your wallet is or your engineering nouce..
For instance , I went nearly 2 seconds faster this year at prescott over last years time , not because of mods but by watching in car videos and identifying the areas I can improve ...changing into first on the way in to "Pardon" as opposed to at the top of the hill and fumbling the gear change prob saved a second for instance ..that's the fun in hillclimbing ..and when it comes together the improvements in time can add up ..very satisfying ..
Funny you say that, I fitted a new Klarius (spelling?) exhaust from ECP to mine on Tuesday. I haven't had that much fun since I had my ingrowing toe-nail pulled out.In regards to standard parts and the pain of getting them ..I changed my exhaust and the best option was a pattern part from Euro car parts ..it took 3 different garages to get it fitting properly...was all shapes ..in the end the mot station had to take it off completely and cut a little section off and reweld it up ...pain in the backside ..at least I got quietest car of the day at prescott for all the efforts lol
Yes ...it was the flange angle that was the problem iirc..Funny you say that, I fitted a new Klarius (spelling?) exhaust from ECP to mine on Tuesday. I haven't had that much fun since I had my ingrowing toe-nail pulled out.
To be fair, it fitted loads better than the previous one which needed the flange modifying with the die-grinder to fit the CAT and didn't align well (understatement) at the joint for the back-box.
Happy Birthday mate. I'm always happy to help you go faster.Well if familiarity increases speed I'm having a good day, it's my birthday today and my awesome wife has got me a new GoPro and Hague headrest mount So hopefully I can see between runs where I'm losing time, and show more experienced folks like yourselves or even be cheeky and ask other in my class to get some feedback.
To date I get out the car and it's all a bit of a blur what I did on the lap or maybe that's age catching up on me