330mm 2-piece front discs

New set of Reyland 330mm 2-piece front discs to go on, along with a new set of Mtec rear discs finished in their black edition coating to stop the non pad surface areas from rusting. Plan to get the front rotors treated before fitting.

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Pistons not cracking after all!

Well the head was removed and it was noted that the pistons look fine, certainly nothing like the bore scope image suggested we would find. Due to the poor compression test results I requested to carry on and strip the bottom end, however once the pistons were removed they showed nothing wrong with either the rings or ring lands!?

Potentially I could now save a bucket load of cash (although already bought the Arrow rods) and carry on with a stock bottom end, but that would mean swapping the cams from 403’s to 402’s due to clearance issues. That in turn would also mean more cash could then be saved from not needing valve springs. However, I don’t want to compromise the spec I have already decided on so it is still full steam ahead 😉

Can’t really explain the orignial bore scope image though, must be a low resolution trick of the eye. Possible the poor compression result is down to the top end, should find out in the next few days.

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ITG Maxogen and Odyssey PC950

After the trail fitting I knew everything was pretty much going to fit, but I needed the skills of Paul at Tech 1 Performance to ensure the battery would be safe and secure. I also needed Paul to make a bracket to hold the ITG. History shows my previous brackets tend to look a little, well, ‘make shift’…

Great work again by Paul and it was no easy effort to get the battery mounted, despite considerable time spent trying to machine enough room we were just mm from getting the cage in the OEM tray. Paul made a great suggestion to machine a slot in one side of the tray by which to hook the cage into, thereby freeing up plenty of room to secure the other side down the usual nut and bolt route. It fits like a glove, is mounted on 12mm thick closed-cell anti-vibration foam and even positioned it’s self so perfectly that the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ negative terminals didn’t require any alteration or brackets to fit!

It’s not the smallest or lightest battery, but at 9kg I have still saved weight and will definitely not have any starting issues with it.
I have a funnel still to attach to the cold air duct and also some carbon fibre sheet and edging to make a battery lid, but the whole thing is fitting great. Sounding great? Well I couldn’t say, I can’t even remotely hear it above the current exhaust setup, but that’s no real surprise!

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ITG Maxogen trial fitting

Trial fitting on the new induction setup. Using the AB65H airbox as used on the EP3 Civic Type R, this airbox according to ITG is able to flow 300bhp so should cause no issues on the Clio running up to about 230bhp.

Using this airbox has allowed me to retain the OE induction hose to the throttle body, most other implementations of the ITG kits I have seen use the RAB65 airbox attached to the throttle body via a 90deg bend. I wanted to avoid using a 90deg bend at all costs.

I have modified the battery surround too so that when the Odyssey PC950 battery arrived I will produce a carbon cover so everything looks neat and tidy.

Still need to fabricate a bracket to hold the ITG, but I will get Paul @ Tech 1 to make that for me. At the same time he can ensure the battery leads if they need to be extended or altered in anyway then it can be done properly.

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