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Silver Clio 182 (non cup)


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Thanks @Darren61

Glad you like the read. It’s hard because I always read other threads from people smashing out loads of awesome stuff and getting really stuck in then there’s me pootling along with relatively menial things. Got big plans but need time/money/knowledge. 😄


ClioSport Club Member
Thanks @Darren61

Glad you like the read. It’s hard because I always read other threads from people smashing out loads of awesome stuff and getting really stuck in then there’s me pootling along with relatively menial things. Got big plans but need time/money/knowledge. 😄
I think it’s great to see people’s individual ideas come to life. And it doesn’t matter at what speed it’s done, as long as you’re enjoying it and learning along the way.

That’s what I’ve found with mine. Have a read if you haven’t done so already..

I used to own a Titanium 182 so like to see them being looked after, like yours is 😊👍


ClioSport Club Member
  williams + 182's
Its better to work gradually at your project. Enjoy the car while u work on it. Sometimes people get bored with their cars too soon because they've done everything in a few weeks and theres nothing to stay interested. Keep up the hard work. Looking good. I used to have titanium and loved it,!


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
So got a bit bored recently so set about painting my door bullets to match my mirror caps and badges. Really pleased with the results!

Below is my new stockpile of parts/service goodies I need to sort! Fresh coolant (Renault type d), oil (Petronas 5w40 full syn), Renault filter, spark plugs, manifold seal and gasket, cabin filter, braided lines and brake fluid.

And finally a bit of a downer. Moved the car to get to the garage and spotted this oil on the floor. After a bit of investigation I saw some on my front ARB. Realising it was coming from above the ARB I looked at the coilover. Leaking!!! The plastic guards had gone brittle and cracked open and shattered off at some point leaving the kit exposed. Grit has got in and killed it.
I was warned about cheaper coilovers when I purchased them but it was what I could get at the time. Looking to upgrade now (perfect excuse). Thinking of Bilstein B14 kit but open to other suggestions. Up to £1000 I think is my limit.

Cheers for reading and ideas!


ClioSport Club Member
I’ve got B14’s, haven’t driven loads of miles with them yet but they’ve held up well on the track days I have done.

Although someone will be along to say they’re too soft and there’s better prospects with a £1k budget (which I’m sure there is) but they seem to be a good entry choice so far..

Shame about the leak but these things happen for a reason... and a great excuse to upgrade 😁


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
All stripped down early this morning ready to get underway with changing my spark plugs and printing my inlet.

Once the various sensors and tubes were removed from the upper inlet I spotted the area around this seal that looked as though it may of been blowing slightly. Just aswell I’ve got a replacement!

Old plugs removed. As I’ve never done plugs on any car before I’m not sure wether they look bad or good. I think pretty good tbh. These have covers 12,000 miles according to service paperwork.

Fresh set to go in. After reading up a lot beforehand I decided to stick with the OEM recommendation.

Inlet all masked up ready for a wire brush attack and paint. I’d sprayed my fuel rail guard earlier in the week with Halfords metallic black (chosen because it actually looks more like anthracite). It should look great against the carbon engine cover!

All sprayed up and lettering rubbed back to bare metal. Really chuffed with the result. Being patient when masking went any tidy up after was minimal.

In position and all put back together. First start up and it revved at about 2k constant ..... crap! Nothing major after some poking around found a vacuum hose (I believe) off! Not so put together then😄.
After putting it back on no problems. Sounds quieter now on idle and a bit smoother. I did replace the gasket between the top and bottom inlet also as well as all the o rings on the sensors etc.

Did replace the cabin filter today as well. Just need to get it jacked up to get at my lambdas so I can do those next.



ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Finally got some time to get the car jacked up and get at the lambda sensors. Bought a pair of genuine Bosch items to replace with as this was the recommendation of many people. The old ones came off surprising easy (only smashed my knuckles once).


The post cat sensor looked ok I reckon.

But the pre cat looked cooked! Is the blackness a sign of anything (running rich etc)?

Also changed the oil today with a fresh filter and sump plug to. Took my cap off and noticed this!!! Haven’t noticed the coolant draining or being oily. Was told this can be condensation from small journeys which this typically does. Hope it doesn’t point to anything nasty.

So with all the above done I really need to do my coolant and then braided brake lines and fresh fluid. And source some coil overs to replace my leaking ones before it’s first track outing March time! Tick tock!!


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Unfortunately I’ve had my family car in the garage recently which meant I couldn’t really buy any coilovers until I knew the cost of the repair. Got the bill. Good news is is that my original budget of £1000 still stands and I can get looking again! So many choices and good and bad reviews on almost all! In the meantime I purchased some tarty bits 😋 Picked up these carbon skinned dash inserts and fitted them promptly. Looks awesome IMO.

I tidied up the excess tar in the footwells and boot area with some proper tar remover. Now looks so much better. Just need to get the seats out to get under those then it’s done.

Then lastly I decided to tidy the loom cables coming from middle of dash and going to the seats. Not massively different but definitely makes the cabin look a lot better.

So on the hunt for coilovers I go ...... must not be tempted to buy 15” wheels instead 😅

Cheers for reading


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Finally pulled the trigger on a set of coilovers. Picked up these bc racing DS from KamRacing. BC changed the name from DR to DS from 2018 onwards.

First impression is wow. Lovely looking bit of kit with a host of nice features. Went with 8kg rate front and back. Now I’ve got to get my arse in gear and get them on!


Cheers for the read


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
So I had a meet and dyno day yesterday not far from me! Got the turd cleaned up and ready Friday afternoon. Artsy shot for the gram!


All strapped down and ready to go! Was looking forward to seeing if the new exhaust, cat, plugs and lambdas sensors had helped her out on the power front. Appreciate these cars aren’t about chasing power but nice to see some extra ponies!

Then I got this dismal printout! Gutted to say the least. The rollers did work as some other lad with a low boost turbo 182 said it would make 230 - 240bhp and in it came out at 231bhp I believe! 152.7bhp at engine and 150lbft engine torque was my result! So torque looks about right but the power is terrible.

I have checked the resistance of the injectors, all coming in at 15.5 to 15.8 ohm. Took the rail and injectors out and spray tested them on some cardboard. All look ok. Could be struggling with load but I don’t notice and stuttering or spluttering?!

Wondering if when I changed the spark plugs with new manifold seal and gasket I potentially haven’t got the seal that sits under the manifold sat right and it’s leaking air? Coil pack? Leads? I’m a bit stuck as I have no real misfire or juddering. Idle can sometimes seem to hunt very slightly. Lambdas were both replaced within last 2 months also. Any advice or help much appreciated!



ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Small update. My @MarcB battery cover arrived. Got it fitted asap and the improvement it makes to the bay is great.

Quality bit of kit that looks awesome!

Another small task (not on my car) was to deal with these badly hazed headlights for a friend. I think he will be very happy with the result. MOT is due soon and the lights probably would of failed if they weren’t dealt with.

Unfortunately funds are low atm so no real progress is being made. Got to try and save a bit to get the ball rolling again!


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
So I’m finally getting started on fitting my new BC coil overs. Got the car up and on jack stands to get at the old kit.

The leaking damper up close. Was that bad if it went on it’s side the oil was dripping out! Glad to get shot of these now.

All off and ready for the new parts. I’ve ordered some coilover covers and ACF-50 ready for the new coilovers before fitting them. Want to give them the best chance!

Then I decided to get on with clearing the path for some brake ducts that I plan to get on at some point. This meant removal of the acoustic valve. I’ve blanked the vacuum hose to the inlet as per the pictures. I think it looks pretty neat. And the connector is left hanging which from my understanding is ok?! I do plan on removing the canister on the other side but that will require some more reading. So many different opinions about they bloody fuel tank vent. I’ve gathered that I require a 25ohm or there abouts resistor (heatsink type) and the inlet side gets blanked but the fuel tank is still confusing me!

Got the horns out and drilled another hole in the bracket to relocate the one horn up and out of the way. Bent the other side of the bracket as I may use it to mount a CAF that I want to try and make that will cut off from the brake duct and go up to the air filter above.

Just awaiting the arrival of my covers and ACF-50 then full steam ahead!


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Took my delivery of ACF-50 and coilover covers late last week. As soon as it arrived I began coating the coilovers and arch areas so that they would be nicely protected!

Fronts fitted and dressed appropriately. Although I was told to leave them at the height they arrived at I did adjust them higher slightly and I’m glad I did. The fitment came up nicely I reckon.

Getting the car turned around and then getting on with the rears. A bit of trial and error as I originally put the 5mm space under the spring. This was a bit to high for me so I promptly removed those and much happier with the result.

Sitting pretty!

I did mess around with the compression damping and put the fronts at 10 from hardest with backs at 15 from hardest (halfway). My god it was hard on the normal road. I put both down to 5 from softest and it felt great. Still stiff enough but enough compliance! What an upgrade from my previous lower spec ktec coilovers (as was expected).

Looking for recommendations on a good motorsport specialist to set her up and maybe corner weight it to!?



ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Sourced a second hand PMS shifter for the car. It’s the older version which I think I prefer the look of tbh. This has been on my list for the Clio since day 1 so to finally sort one is great.

All the old s**t (especially the ridiculous add on the shaft) removed. Was a bit awkward to do but got it out eventually.


Cleaned up the mating surfaces then applied a bead of RTV silicone along them to seal the new turret. The adjustment wasn’t that bad as I followed the PMS fitting guide and set it from reverse. All gears selected first time!

On the test drive I was really impressed with the shift, precise and solid feeling.
Such a massive improvement. Did notice the very slight rattle but I’m not bothered at all as the car is a weekend toy!

A before and after shot. Massive improvement and really looks purposeful in the cockpit!

Cheers for the read


ClioSport Club Member
  2005 Silver 182
Been a good week for the Clio! Had the car booked in with ktec to get my braided lines fitted along with fresh brake fluid, gearbox oil, coolant and coolant bottle tart the bay up!

Getting it filled and taking the obligatory picture at the pump.

Took a while to get down there with morning traffic but once arrived I took to having a gander at some of the lovely motors they had. The Williams Clio looked so so good! Never seen one up close and personal before.

Bought some powerflex exhaust mounts to hopefully remedy the only thing I feel let’s down the cars looks, my wonky exhaust.

I will update when these are fitted. On the hunt for next mod. Maybe some buckets or 15’s.