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japarn

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    FRB 182 Clio Cup

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  1. I agree with all of this on the Clio 2. However I think they’ll be more like a 205 GTi down the line. It will be hard to find a good one, but they won’t be crazy expensive. They’re just not pretty enough, like an Alfa GTA, to fetch big money across the board. However a good Trophy will appreciate, but that’s becoming a collector’s car not a driver’s car (and not relevant to Australia - yet)
  2. If you want a cheap-as-chips Clio then a 172 is the way to go. They start from around $2,500 and are sound cars mechanically, although electrics can be finicky. There are some cherished examples out there that are well looked after. I’ve got a 182 and I love it. Had it for over 2 years now and see no reason to sell it. Very fun at an speed. Yes I get that a 197/200 would be a more rounded car, but I wasn’t going for that. If I wanted a more rounded car I’d get something else (albeit a much greater cost). So I don’t think you’ll go wrong with a 172 and values won’t go down much from where they are - a contemporary Honda Jazz would set you back more!!!
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    Decision time...

    Yes this is the best advice. There’s loads of aftermarket stuff available for RS products, especially Clio II and Meg 3. So find the character of the car you want and modify accordingly. For example, turbo-ing or supercharging a Clio II is a well worn path if you need the extra horses.
  4. That’s a lot of notches in your belt! If you had to have one back, which would it be?
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    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Yeah the engine needs to be running.
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    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Hi my muffler is original and I’m on 130k km. My experience is pretty standard for Australia, as far as I can tell. Remember that we don’t salt our roads like the UK, which would explain the differences here. Anyway if you’re rust patch is excuse enough for an aftermarket exhaust, go for it! There are heaps to choose from and it’s something that I want to get around to myself.
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    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Hi Ben Welcome aboard! I’m a fellow 182 Cup, er, fellow myself! Your car looks super clean! In regards to the electric window, if you do the shortest of pulls up (or pushes down) you will invoke the auto-up/ down. If you keep your finger on the button for too long it won’t do this. Hops this helps!
  8. Great wheels! Now you just need to lower the suspension to match... Then get new dampers to match the springs... Then get a roll centre adjustment kit... Then change the final drive ratio to adjust the gearing... Well that’s how I think! p.s. I’m full of it! I’ve got so many ideas for my car and haven’t done one!
  9. Not just the cars, but the owners too!
  10. Thanks for this. Yes I have a driving course at Phillip island coming up in March! No point having a capable car but no driving capabilities.
  11. Hi, Thank you for all of your input. My car will be used for a daily driving to work (only a 4km trip!) and the odd spirited drive/track day. I am inclined to agree with keeping it stock-ish given how well these cars were setup in the first the place and how rare unmolested examples are. As such I reckon the following things are on the table: 1. New exhaust - the stock exhaust is supposed to be so prone to rusting out that it is standard to swap these out, especially as you can get better sounds and a few more ponies! 2. Tune - A tune that gives better drivability down low would be good as I don't usually find myself revving past 4800 for the French VTEC to kick in (yo!) 3. Shock absorbers - Maybe replace the current shocks (122k km on the clock) as they are bound to be getting beyond their useby date (maybe even put OEM items in) I'm inclined to leave these things alone: 1. Springs & ride height - I think the car is very well setup for driving around with the odd bit of sporty driving 2. Wheels - Yeah I know there are lighter versions out there, but I think that the OEM Cup wheels are an appealing part of the car 3. Cold air intake - Sounds better, but does this add power? I know that there any number of other changes that can be made around the steering and suspension components as well as ITBs. Are any of these things worth knowing about? Cheers, Jeremy
  12. Hi I just bought a 2005 Clio Cup. 100% stock! What mods should I consider? It looks like the exhaust is on the way out, so could I start there? Cheers Jeremy
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