Clio 197 (Nimbus Grey)...Attempt #2

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by suj, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Thanks mate, yeah i'm fine, it was so slow, but literally all I could do was try was try and countersteer, didn't help :worried:
     
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  2. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    It's horrible isn't it Sean, like when I go ice-skating (I have no control haha)
     
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  3. Sean197

    Sean197 RIP Albi :( Moderator

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    Yeah that juddering of the pedal when the ABS kicks in, knowing you're going to crash and there's nothing you can do about it... not something I want to repeat!
     
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  4. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Agreed mate, well described.
    If I was speeding for the conditions, I deserve it, but I was actually driving really sensibly, this is the first car i've never had winter tyres on, now I am 100% getting some for these wheels!
     
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  5. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Not nice Suj!
    Good thing nobody’s hurt. You sound quite upbeat I must say. I’d be in pieces!!
    Hope you’re up and running again soon
     
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  6. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    "If you don't laugh, you'll cry" rings true.

    Thanks Ben.
    It was out my control, i'm not even hurt, just my pride and wallet really, just means some mods will have to wait, but I was actually in a better attitude than I thought I would be lol.

    So ordered Brembo disc and pads off George Snee @ RTRP, hopefully pick up the bits from Lee who is breaking a Clio 197 tomorrow also, so then I can have a look at the damage and go from there.
     
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  7. turkie172

    turkie172 Paid Member

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    Your lucky the side impact airbags did not go off, if your doing the winter tyre thing make sure you put all 4 on the first time in this country I used snow tyres I went up the road the car got stuck so went straight home changed to the front snow tyres went straight back to the same spot 30 minutes later a bit of wheel spin but they worked so on the way back small road slight crest knew the conditions no problem it was as if I pulled the handbrake right round going backwards off to the left hand side of the road which had been cleared for a new entrance to a house or something but a 15ft drop into a river I got it stopped about 3 ft from the drop off by getting the car into 1st and flooring it while going backwards after that it was 4 snow tyres or nothing.
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    All this was not there thank god or it would have been wrapped around the car
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  8. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    shitty to hear Suraj..glad you weren't injured or anyone else...
    you managed to get away with it quite ok i guess..not many broken parts which is a bonus..hope you are up and running soon buddy :thumb:
     
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  9. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Thanks, yep I don't see the point of putting only 2 winters on, i've always had 4, I even have 4 wheels off my BMW 740iL in the shed with winters on haha.
    Yeah I got away lucky, but time to fix her up

    Thanks Pavanator, yeah so all good in that respect, today i'll find out what's really broke lol.

    So ordered yesterday at 3pm from George Snee @ RTRP, came today at 9am....HOW? Magic!

    Picking up parts today after work, then I am gonna jack up the car and see how it get's along.

    Thanks for all the kind words guys :smile:
     
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  10. Barney626

    Barney626 Winner - POTM December 2017

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    Always hurts to see a picture like that, especially when you've had a similar experience...

    Caught my 'snow crash' on dash cam:



    Road was totally gritted and clear, then sudden sheet ice on the crest of the bridge. ABS instantly kicked in and just under steered into the curb. Cost about £1500 to fix :money:

    There was a BMW E45 following us who went into the curb at about twice the speed and took out a fence and road sign. His airbags went off too...
     
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  11. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Shit, so yours cost £1500 to fix? What happened to yours?

    Yep you are literally a passenger aren't you? Cannot do anything as you're just sliding.

    I'm glad you got it sorted mate, like me yours could have been worse too, but either way it's horrible to see :worried:
     
  12. Barney626

    Barney626 Winner - POTM December 2017

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    Did a fairly detailed post about it on my progress thread, post 155 on pg8: http://www.clio197.net/threads/barney626s-nimbus-2008-197.57864/page-8

    The feeling really is horrible, being totally helpless and seeing the crash coming....

    Think I've learned my lesson with driving on country roads in the snow though...
     
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  13. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Oh I remember reading about it actually!
    Yep that is what is worse, like you I wasn't even driving quick, if I was then I deserve it, I was driving sensibly, just hit ice like you :worried:

    I'm glad you got it sorted mate, I hope mine isn't a massive problem, but i'm not holding my breath lol.
     
  14. turkie172

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    We have a large bridge you cross before joining the A road everyone local knows about it and the amount of people that slide on and across the A road and down the bank and through the fence is quite high you have to remember that a bridge can freeze quicker that a normal road especially a thinner concrete modern bridge because the air cools it from above and below so ice can form quicker and rain can instantly freeze when it hits it because it can be cooler than the normal road surface.
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  15. Barney626

    Barney626 Winner - POTM December 2017

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    What was strange for my crash was that one half of the bridge was gritted and clear, but the other half was ungritted and sheet ice...

    I went over first, had my fight with the curb. Then the BMW came over and took out the fence/sign, then a little puma came over and went into the BMW...

    We got the bmw out and heard another car coming only to see a landrover defender coming over the bridge literally sideways :tearsofjoy:

    We had to send someone over the bridge to slow people down and even then there were a few close calls when people didn't realise quite how bad it was...
     
  16. Pav

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    nasty stuff boys..let's bring warmer weather and have some dry fun :thumb:
     
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  17. ///M

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    Suj, just to say I'm absolutely gutted for you mate. It's such a horrible thing to have happen.

    Wishing you the very very best of luck for getting back to normal asap.
     
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  18. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    Hey Mes, how are things dude?

    Yeah nothing I could do, no point getting all sad and that, just got to sort it out.
    Thanks man, I hope so too :smile:


    In other news, yesterday was productive, went down to Lee who had the bits I needed (he is also getting one in today for breaking again).
    I got:
    * Driveshaft
    * Wishbone
    * Swivel hub

    A proper gent, he stayed when I was running late due to typical M5 traffic.

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    I also got car up in the air, to find out why the wheel wouldn't straighten, it was quite obvious when I got it in the air, the driveshaft had broken and was wedged between the wishbone, so I freed that up (with a lot of swearing and "rhythm stick"), it's now straight...ish (with some epic positive camber haha)

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    Got a recovery guy i've used in the past coming tomorrow to get it and drop it off to a garage, as I am away for the weekend, so I might as well get them to fix it, I just don't have the time and I can imagine it being a pain with potential more broken things.
     
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  19. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

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    Suj, all going well thank you mate. I'd love to think the same for you but clearly it could be a LOT better.

    Really admire your pragmatic attitude about it all. It's the only way really. Glad you've got it moving already and again, I hope it gets sorted as quickly and affordably as possible.
     
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  20. Barney626

    Barney626 Winner - POTM December 2017

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    Always worth getting this sort of stuff done by professionals. Don't want to be driving down the road and the new wishbone you installed to just drop out because you thought you could do it...
     
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