The crunchy 197

RSRowe

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Evening gents.

Probably sick to death of seeing all the project threads on here, but I thought I'd create my own so I can keep a bit of a history my time during 197 ownership.
My friend originally bought the car back in February of this year in the hope of starting to do trackside alongside me who had an ST170 at the time. Due to other commitments he ended up selling it to another mate of mine, and the on to me at the start of August.


The car is a boggo 197, complete with tatty paint, rusty boot, power increasing bonnet vent, and crunchy gearbox.
Over the course of my ownership I hope to turn it into a clubsport style track car which I will use on UK tracks and trips over to the Nürburgring.
The car is a very basic spec, having only a secondary decat, ktec (I think) cat back exhaust, drop in filter, and h&r springs coupled with cup shocks.

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Once Christmas is out the way I wanna try and get the box sorted and will likely chuck a diff and clutch in at the same time.
I'd really like to get myself some coilovers for next year's trackdays too, but the current setup feels that good I don't particularly want to mess with it.
 

RSRowe

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Bit of a boring update for this evening. Hit a pothole Wednesday night and it seems to of killed one of my tyres.
Shame as they're only 6 weeks old. Fingers crossed the rim hasn't buckled.....you can see on the lip where the rim protector has folded over.

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If anyone was wondering , you can fit 16" focus wheels over the stock brembos :sweatsmile:

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RSRowe

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Yes bud. There is quite a bit of clearance.
I do have 20mm spacers on though which helps.
 

RSRowe

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You're right. I do take them off every so often and clean the insides. Just going to be a bit annoying now having one fresh tyre.


Also, upon further inveinvestiga, the focus wheels bind against the calliper :oops:
 

Doogle

Winner - POTM March 2018
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Looks good! Rusty boot may be eligible under Renaults 12 year warranty.

If there some fancy setup with the vent or still stock airbox?
 

RSRowe

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Looks good! Rusty boot may be eligible under Renaults 12 year warranty.

If there some fancy setup with the vent or still stock airbox?
I wasn't even going to bother investigating it through a dealer as it's never had a full service history.

The vent is courtesy of the previous owner and does absolutely nothing..... I don't even think it would be beneficial with a k-tec intake tbh
 

Doogle

Winner - POTM March 2018
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To be honest, entirely depends on the dealer. Mine didnt bother, just checked paint depth and sent it off..
 

Doogle

Winner - POTM March 2018
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I might give it a bash then. Do they just paint the area or replace the entire boot?
Depends how bad, mine was quite bad but they opted to repair it. I have heard people have complete new bootlids. I guess that could be more down to colours and colour matching rather than how bad the rust might be? Worth a try anyway!
 
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