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  1. Safetyman

    Clio 197 convert

    I picked one up for my daughter/son last year and totally agree. A hell of a lot of fun 😊
  2. It needs to be like for like. Similar year and body shape, so can't be from a facelift car if yours isn't nor from a 250. So base 2013 GT220 = 2013 cup rs Premium pack GT220 = trophy+ rs There's a thread in the ICE forum about it. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  3. +2 on the above. It has it's own personality. It's not a boy racer or track demon but like an RS, as speed builds it just seems to liven up and beg for more.
  4. I'm guessing the difference in wheel bolts is also due to the steel wheels themselves. The shorter bolts don't have the alloy collars. Could it be matching the different rates of heat expansion between alloy collared bolts matched to steel wheels? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks guys, I'd forgotten the reason why I'd ditched the steel wheel and gone to the 18" spare wheel. I have a Mazda rx8 18" wheel as a spare so I don't have to fiddle with front to rear exchanges on a country road. Same pcd, centre bore and offset. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  6. Ours is a beast. I can't pry my wifes hands off it. I can drive it just a hard as my 265 and have almost as much fun. It just requires correct technique which can be ignored in the 250\265\275 etc due to their having lsd and different front hubs. Front brake discs are the same as Clio IV RS, rears same as all the megs. Start/stop function is annoying but can be switched off after every start up. Unfortunately, there's no provision to switch off permanently like in the later meg RSs. It may contribute to the 4 year life span of the original battery whereas my 265 managed 5. Wheels can be shared with clio IV rs, not the megs due to similar offset. Engine is the detuned RS motor (via the ecu) and there haven't been many issues with megs which is why I moved across to the 2 megs. I'm very confident with their reliability. Interior is the same as meg rs although only sore point is the gt220 radio software for some unknown reason disables the front tweeters. Thankfully, it's a semi easy fix which just requires a matching radio from the same spec RS Meg. Door pulls should outlast the RSs as the door is smaller and lighter and the leverage is greater. I've upped the standard tyres to the 18" size fitted to the meg RSs. It's cheaper and lifts the profile which is better for gravel roads that we've smashed her along on camping trips. She's no track monster (although at some point I will get her out there) but she's definitely a very capable and comfortable GT cruiser, which is why I can't get rid of her. We had a Skoda RS before her and we still prefer the GT220. Also good, now that my son has pipped me with height (not hard) having the extra leg room in the rear as they have a longer wheelbase than the hatch. Oh, only mod I've done was adding a proper full size spare so trips aren't interrupted by flats. The standard is a different sized steel wheel which can screw around with front diffs. There's plenty of room under the bum for a full size. And a recent repair from a rear ender had the smash repairer praising renault for the way in which the rear plastic tub is fitted along with the material used. Same design principle as the VF commodore plastic tub but simply bolted in instead of being permanently glued, necessitating longer repair times. It also uses a more ductile material that doesn't crack like it does on all the VFs from any impact, leading to flooded boot floor wells. I think that about covers it. Anything I've missed, just ask [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  7. Don't you have a set of Recaros you can throw in there Chuck?
  8. Hiya Nick! Great to meet you there at Eastern Creek yesterday! How did your Little Miss go? Has she been bitten by the bug?
  9. Great meeting you yday bro & boy was it awesome 👏🏽 to see yr son driving a manual at 12!!! 

  10. Sorry, that was at the 60k too. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  11. Belts are 4 years or 100k (not 60k) whichever comes first. 60k service is a major one though with all fluids (engine oil, gearbox oil, brake fluid, coolant), air filters, pollen filter and spark plugs. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  12. Ditto!! Something tells me you really, really wanted that RB8 setup.... Nice work mate!
  13. I love my Recaros From my experience, it's such an awesome all rounder. He'll happily do lap after lap at the track and then toddle home and be the shopping trolley. I've also had him filled to the brim with camping gear with my son. The stereo sucks but it's easily fixed with an amplifier upgrade as the basic unit and speakers do provide decent quality sound up to a point. And for a car that steers so well, it doesn't have a ride that will require a visit to the dentist for new fillings after very outing. The French know their shit when it comes to finding the perfect compromise without resorting to electronic trickery. If your budget goes to a 275, go for it! If you're in the mood to tinker and personalise, go the cheaper 265 and use the change to stick some bits on it that will take it beyond a 275.
  14. Just saw this Dave. Yes it does. Just be sure Renault don't update the firmware on it. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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