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  1. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Yeah. Never driven it. Too lethal. Doing full rebuild so it doesn't kill me. Clio build a walk in the park by comparison!
  2. Regarding Km, a car can do 300k gentle km or 50k hard (poorly treated and maintained) km. A road test and thorough file of service history will tell you more than the odometer. Good luck.
  3. Always buy the best you can afford* especially if you want to keep it as a nice streeter. *- unless you can do the work yourself and it's very very cheap. I bought a 182 that needs a fair bit of work and had 250k but it was $2600 and it still pulls like a train. These are very simple cars so don't be scared of doing some work yourself. I'll also be racing it, so we kinda have an obligation to not trash nice examples on a track. But there's no substitute for good paint, intact trim and impeccable service history. You might pay 6-8k for a minter, but you'll pay more than that at workshop rates bringing a scruffy car up to standard. It'll take as long to bring a poor car up to standard as saving up a bit more $ too... Food for thought. You'll want to look for replaced cambelt and VVT pulley, some suspension and engine mount bushes by 200k, and brakes in good condition (check disks for grooving and pads for meat). This on top of evidence of regular servicing. Also good tyres will be @180+ per corner, so if it has worn tyres or weirdarse Chinese brands, factor that in too. 👍
  4. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Thanks will look.
  5. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Ha! No it's OK. A lot of people have never even heard of roll centres. I know struts are easy to fix re roll centres, but like all suspension work you can't always predict the results and sometimes changes lead to counter-intuitive outcomes. I have a Hillman Imp with mid mount V8. I'm rebuilding the chassis in that and have the chance to reset the rear roll centres there. Now THAT is a job I don't want to mess up. 600kg, 300hp, 2m wheelbase.
  6. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Thanks! Nice to meet you too.
  7. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Roll centres are a constant point of conversation especially for strut cars. Problem is few people have science behind them so there's a lot of guesswork. Not to say resetting roll centres can't be important, just it takes physics not seat of the pants to get it right. If I go down this path I'll get someone with the right software to help out. Cheers for the input though.
  8. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    No adjustable spring seats on Konis though
  9. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Yeah Konis in my Alfa. Never used Bilstein.
  10. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Ivanhoe. What shocks are considered best? Also I'm chasing a set of Cup wheels if anyone has any. Can be rough, will be repainted. Will consider other 16x7 or 16x8 wheels.
  11. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Great thanks. So simple! I race an Alfetta and there's literally nothing off the shelf. I find it hilarious looking at the Clio. It's so simple. I love it.
  12. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Any diameter you'd recommend?
  13. RBFR

    New Clio 182 owner

    Hi everyone. I'm Peter and I'm the proud new owner of a 182. It's a little weapon! It's going to be raced in Improved Production so I'm all ears for cost effective ways of making these things faster. The whole idea is bang for the buck racing in a fun category. The car itself is a bit tired but it's already great to drive. Early plans are cage, gearbox rebuild, a straight through exhaust, powerflex black bushes, Ds3000 pads and some coil overs. Any recommendations between Konis or Bilsteins for racing? Need to be able to be serviced/revalved, preferably in Aus. Any fancy shiny parts won't be on this car. If it doesn't make it faster, I'm not interested. My other cars are Gp S Alfetta GTV, NC MX5 and V8 Hillman Imp sports sedan. My Insta ID is RaceBreakFixRepeat, so that's where build pics will be. Going to do YouTube build videos too. Fun!!
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