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  • LY Megane R26 - 487bhp

    Hi all,

    Thought i would put up an owners diary/car blog here.

    I run Appreciating Classics Limited, along with my better half Carly (here on a social point of view only & not as a trader) - Carly is massively in to her cars like myself.
    We have a few cars that are our 'keepers', our main one being our Evo 5.

    But we had been keeping an eye out for a car/toy for her.

    Saw a few bits that were interesting but nothing that made Carly say, yes i would like that.....

    A while back we had a R26R which we both really liked, but with only 2 seats it really was not practical. (we have 3 kids).
    So whatever it was, Carly was specific that it needed 5 seats with 5x proper seat belts, and a decent size boot.
    It will not be often that we need all 5 seats as we have a family car, but if ever we did all want/need to go somewhere in it, Carly wanted it to be 'practical'.

    One of the cars we did discuss was a Megane R26, but we both knew that at around 300bhp she/we would only want more and that gets very expensive on them.
    Then i spotted this car go live on a Facebook page.
    Being Liquid Yellow i knew Carly would like it as it is her favourite colour, and the fact it has had serious money put into making it one of the best spec'd examples means Carly will not get bored of the power.

    I traveled to view the car a couple of days later, checked it over, had a drive, and reported back to Carly.
    A deal was agreed, deposit paid and we collected it at the weekend.













    So a brief spec as follows when we bought it.....

    46k miles
    Fully forged by RS Tuning
    Carillo Pistons
    Manley Rods
    Catcams
    Supertech valves & springs
    RSTuning turbo kit with GTX3071
    Turbosmart compgate 40mm external wastegate
    850cc injectors
    Hardpipe kit
    Pro Alloy intercooler
    Mocal oil cooler
    External pump & swirl pot in spare wheel well
    3" decat with Miltek system, KTec backbox
    AST 5100 Coilovers
    RS250 front brake conversion with PF pads
    Gripper plated diff
    TTV twin plate clutch
    595R Tyres
    Corner weighted & Geo set up for track


    Various carbon bits, and other parts.
    All work has been done by RS Tuning.

    Has 4 maps, 330, 420, 450, 487.

    We have since done a lot to the car since buying it, and spent too much money on it
    I will post some updates below to get us up to date.

  • #2
    Giant spec
    Good news is Paul has done the work so that will be good.
    I'm sure I have seen the number plate somewhere before

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    • #3
      The car was built to perform, but needed cleaning up in some areas for us, we are both quite particular so set about a major clean up inside & out.

      Did a full led interior bulb conversion just to give it a slightly more modern feel.





      Fitted some gel plates to tidy it up a little, along with de-badging it and painting front/rear emblems gloss black.

      We did the cambelt kit, water pump, etc.
      Whilst the bumper was off for this, i repaired the splitter and mounted it much more securely, painted the badges, and lined everything up better.



      For Carly's birthday i got a spare wheel and gear knob, sent them over to Royal Steering Wheels to have them trimmed, then fitted them & some new Renault mats as a surprise.








      Gary at APT has replaced the offside driveshaft for us, renewed the gearbox oil (millers) and set up the geo to a more 'fast road' setup than full on track set up.
      Also had a oil & filter change (millers again).

      Also removed the Federal RSR's to replace with Yoko AD08R's (vast improvement).




      I also purchased a spare gearbox just in case lol.


      Whilst at it giving it a clean, i took the wiper arms off for a quick lick of satin black, new wiper blades all round, scuttle panel removed and bulkhead drain plugs unblocked, sound deadening removed.

      A few pictures after the clean, these were before putting the wiper arms back on, and scuttle panel back on properly.
      Also before fitting the door badges we had made.




















      The engine bay is still a long way from how we want it to be, but that will come with time.
      Also fitted a new cabin/pollen filter.

      Also notice the Turbosmart boost controller flapping around in front of the gear lever, that is how it came but sorted now.

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      • #4
        Recently had the mirror covers and exterior door handles done gloss black, whilst i had the handles off i managed to sort out the passenger side as it was sticking open.

        Fitted fire extinguisher on passenger seat rail (a must imo)

        Fixed the passenger window, and the rear number plate lights.

        Aircon leak seems to be sorted now, replaced the condensor - it looked to be leaking where the lower pipe enters, got a new rad and seal kit just to be sure and we have aircon

        Also removed some of the old decals, fitted a FASTR sunstrip in place of the old tired looking one. (Our very good friend runs a Time Attack & Drift race team named FASTR)

        Made a vent gauge pod for the Turbosmart boost controller as well, so that is nicely mounted in the drivers side vent, sits perfectly and much better than it flapping around in the centre console.

        Fitted a a pair of Audison Voce 6.5" speakers in the back, running them off a Audison SR2 amp.
        Speakers - https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/332070030775 Amp - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005C8LRBQ/?tag=rsmeg-21

        Also fitted a set of Hertz ML280.3 tweeters - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UCDF208/?tag=rsmeg-21

        Just the front door speakers to do, and headunit but already it is a huge improvement!

        Will be getting a few more interior trim bits painted gloss black.
        We have fitted some carbon bits, but it gets expensive.



        Still a lot to do, but slowly taking shape in to the car Carly wants it to be.
        Need to get the track wheels painted, replace one of the R888R's and get it on track once we are done with all these little bits!

        A few pics here and a little clip on this video at a local meet. Megane is at 2mins.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fa3tzmkvuo&t








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        • #5
          Looks great

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          • #6
            Awesome! What an engine!!

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            • #7
              I spy a Escort Cosworth!😎😎❤️

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              • #8
                Awesome!, nice little touches you have done. I like it when people pay attention to the little details as well.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the kind words.... still a long way to go.

                  just got to be careful i do not get carried away & make it too good as i have a habit of doing.

                  it is a massively fun car to drive

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                  • #10
                    Both Cars look great. I am sure I read about the Evo somewhere else. Both cars a credit to you.

                    I am sure FASTR were at Donington Park yesterday.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Andy P View Post
                      Both Cars look great. I am sure I read about the Evo somewhere else. Both cars a credit to you.

                      I am sure FASTR were at Donington Park yesterday.
                      Thank you very much, the Evo has been magazine featured and has a build thread on MLR - plus some pics on my website etc.
                      Yes they were at Donnington yesterday, think they took the M3 out for testing?

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                      • #12
                        A few pictures of the Evo - From how we bought it to how it is now.
                        We have pretty much stripped and rebuilt the car, spec has changed hugely but still not 'finished' - they never are.



























































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                        • #13
                          Sorry for so many pictures - that is a very small insight in to some of the work we have done on the Evo.

                          Still various bits to do, but with a business, 3 kids, a house we are doing, and other projects, it will stay pretty much as it is for a while lol.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RichardB View Post

                            Thank you very much, the Evo has been magazine featured and has a build thread on MLR - plus some pics on my website etc.
                            Yes they were at Donnington yesterday, think they took the M3 out for testing?
                            Yes, I am almost sure it was the M3. They were in the garage next to us. Was going very quick also. That's when you mentioned FASTR it rang a bell.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RichardB View Post
                              Sorry for so many pictures - that is a very small insight in to some of the work we have done on the Evo.

                              Still various bits to do, but with a business, 3 kids, a house we are doing, and other projects, it will stay pretty much as it is for a while lol.
                              Looks fantastic, a lot of work but very satisfying when completed.

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