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About Apu

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    Sydney
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    2008 Clio 197;
    2008 Civic Type R;
    2000 Integra Type R - track car

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  1. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    Had a short drive yesterday and the car is a lot flatter, stiffer than stock...as would be expected. I’ll be at the Renotech track day so it will be interesting but haven’t tracked the car on stock suspension so I have no comparison. I’ll go for a longer drive either to Singleton or Wiseman’s and have a better idea then.
  2. Oh yes! I recently test drove a GT wagon and was so impressed i wanted to trade in the SUV for it...unfortunately the gap was too big to absorb at the moment. But i will buy one in the near-ish future!
  3. Apu

    New Driver To Euro Cars

    Clio’s aren’t too different. Drop out of the rev range and you’re in a VTEC-like hole.
  4. Apu

    New Driver To Euro Cars

    I’m not sure the FN2R would be that quick. I always wondered if the claims were optimistic. That said, I’ve seen good gains with the K20/K24. At the end of the day though, it’s how the car drives in the real world. My son and I take both cars out for weekend runs and whilst the Civic is faster the Clio is a more relaxed, easier drive.
  5. Apu

    New Driver To Euro Cars

    Very nice! I’m still straddling the Honda / Renault divide. Both great cars but I also recognise where the Clio will be an easier drive than the FN2R. The FN2R has a K-frank so will outrun the Clio any day but on bumpy roads, it’s a handful whilst the Clio will just ride over everything.
  6. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    ...uhyyyeeeeesss...
  7. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    Thanks! I’ll look into the cost
  8. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    I went with Bilstein B14s.
  9. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    So something in the fuel line gave way recently...I've been traveling so haven't had the time to go under to have a look. In any case, the car is going to Renotech on Wednesday to have coilovers fitted...will have to get it onto the trailer. As I have to get it onto the trailer, I also decided to upgrade my hand-o-matic winch and get an electric one fitted. That will of course require a battery, so I'm thinking of using the one from the 197 and fitting a lithium battery into the car. Has anyone used one on a daily? I have an SSB one on my track-only Integra and it's pretty good, but keen to see what others have done. Good way of losing some weight and clearing some space in the engine bay!
  10. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    Thanks Moosey! Disappointed not to see more around. Keen to start modding the car - thinking of lightened flywheel, LSD and lithium battery
  11. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    Thanks dn2blue! Loving it so far...but really wish there were more cars available for parts!
  12. Apu

    Clio 197 convert

    A quick hello! Just picked up a Clio 197 supposedly for my son, but I suspect I'll be having more fun in it. I've had a range of cars including a couple of Alfas. In recent years though, an NB MX5 which I turbocharged and a few Hondas which I still have. The DC2 Type R is a stripped out, track only car and the FN2 Type R is road registered weekend toy with a K-frank in it. Very torquey, very easy to drive but oriented toward smooth roads and track days. And that brings us to the Clio. Picked it up in Singleton, and had a run through the back roads on the way back to Sydney. It's ultimately not as quick as the Civic, but I had so much fun it! A couple of things need attending to (engine mount, shocks wearing out, and steering rack bush) but MAN it was fun and so easy to drive. The car is at Renotech now getting the engine mount and drive shaft seal attended to. I'll slowly get to the suspension and steering rack...can't wait to get it back! I have to say though...much fewer 197s around than I expected.
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