Clio 197 Ultra Red 2007 from Finland

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by Antti O, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. suj

    suj Gold Member

    356
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Nimbus Grey 197
    Could you not get a passenger seat from a UK car and use the foam and cover?
    Most passenger seats will be in very good condition, then you could have your trimmer swap it all over?
     
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  2. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Foam and fabric is not problem, but seat heater is.. I dont think your car do have heaters? Heater elements are 1 piece for complete seat and price over 400£ :worried:

    Finally bumper off, and grills prepped for paint

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  3. suj

    suj Gold Member

    356
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Nimbus Grey 197
    Oh I thought the side bolster foam is separate? So I meant more steal the side bolsters and steal the fabric cover, as the central foam should still be intact? Sorry I'm not sure how the heating elements on the Clio are, but on other cars it was only in the central area.
    As I had my old Recaro seats from a Golf GTI apart to change the side foams, and the heating elements were only in the middle.

    This car is so clean, makes mine look like it has been left to rot for years haha.

    Good work mate :smile:
     
  4. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Front grills ready. Unfortunately 1 clip is broken.

    1. Abrasive pad
    2. Pre paint liquid
    3. Plastic primer rattle can
    4. Semi gloss rattle can

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    Some cleaning for washer bottle etc.. tomorrow i will assemble car.

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  5. Yiannis197

    Yiannis197 Paid Member

    London
    Clio R27
    God this car is clean!
    Jealous of your garage mate!

    Sent from my D6603 using Tapatalk
     
  6. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Many thanks, i agree garage is cool.
    It is not expensive, it is rent garage.. I like it.

    Grill project complete and front end complete.

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    Right front spring is snapped, i took that bit away.
    I have to order 2 genuine springs and 2 front shocks. I think because car is almost 110.000km driven, it might be just good idea to replace front shocks too.. All in all approx 400£ for 2 springs + shocks from RPD. I have to think some days if i need any other parts. Do you know how difficult rear shock replacement is?
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    Some winterbeater news
    Maybe this will be last winter for this clio 197. I dont want to ruin it in salt anymore.
    I have "winterbeater" ready. This is BMW E46 316 1.8 4 pot slugghish.. but it will take me work. At least it has good history, my father bought it 2005 new so basically it has been in my family from new. It is 254.000km driven, all working well.
    It has engine/interior pre-heaters (230V AC) + seat heaters.
    I have lot work with this car in this summer. I will polish paint work as good i can. I have too much spare time.. ? Yesterday i did inspection 2 service, BMW is so cool to service. Easy work.

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    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
  7. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Okay.. here it goes.

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  8. Big Ben

    Big Ben Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    You don't do things by halfs Antti...
    New parts will make the car feel and drive better for sure. Enjoy
     
  9. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    In my opinion Clio197 is so perfect car to drive with standard suspension. I dont want to change that experience. Faulty springs are instant mot failure for sure.. have to fix.
    And if i have to strip down shocks/springs, it is good time to replace shocks too..
    What i found from How-to section, rear shocks are easy to change.
     
  10. Big Ben

    Big Ben Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    Yes rears are easy. Fronts are time consuming
     
  11. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Clio out for a drive.
    It feels SO good after E46 standard seats & small engine. :smiley:

    Winter plans

    -4x Shock replacement
    -New front springs
    -Front brake caliber soda blasting / paint / seals
    -Front radiator support blasting/paint
    -More machine correcting..

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    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017
  12. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    I am currently considering special register plates for this car. How expensive those are in UK?
    We can only choose 1-3 letters and 1-3 numbers. For example CL-10 or similar.
    Here price is 850euros + registration+plates, total will be approx 900euros. Those plates are for 1 car only, you cannot take plates with you when you sell car..

    900euros = 745£

    4 Shocks and 2 springs ordered from renaultpartsdirect.co.uk, interesting to see how long delivery time.
     
  13. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
  14. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    I am currently having annoying clutch pedal squeek..

     
  15. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Clutch fixed. :smiley:

    Luckily i have friend who is really good mechanic. He did master cylinder swap and clutch bleeding.
    I bought DOT4 motul (seems to be working brake fluid for clio 197, at least better option compared with dot 5.1 fluids) Thanks for the tip @tombate911 !


    Motul RBF600 DOT4 from my local motor part supplier, 15eur/bottle..
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    New Valeo clutch master cylinder. Maybe DOT4 only would be enough to fix sticky clutch, but i already had this part in my garage so why not to change..
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    Work in progress
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    It took 1 hour me to take enough parts off from car so i can reach clutch components. That battery casing was quite interesting to remove and install back.. :smiley:
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    French way to bleed clutch.. not difficult with bleeder machine.
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    Now clutch is much lighter to use. Pedal feel better and absolute no any squeek anymore.
    Job done..
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
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  16. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Clutch is now perfect..

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  17. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Moderator

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Congrats at getting rid of a squeek !

    Always 'good times'.

    Gearbox / clutch will probably thank you too in the long run :smile:
     
  18. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    happy days!!
     
  19. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Yes i am sure about it :smile:

    Yep, lets hope those will last :smiley:
     
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  20. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    999
    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Some photos from this evening. I hope you like it :smile:

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