In a previous post I told the story of my Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI. It was a story about a fragile lion that saw two engines, three gearboxes, and countless other parts fail.
You think we’re talking about a lot of reasons to buy a gallon of gas and a lighter? No way! Aside of the fact that the 205 is always a fun ride, it was also the car that let me start to consider serious performance mods. Certainly, I don’t want to miss the Peugeot in particular on my personal list.
I – Custom-built oil pan
One of these days, I used the 205 GTI to do some laps on the Nordschleife, when I found the oil-temperature raising into critical regimes way too fast. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go for an oil-cooler, but I decided to add some cooling-webs to the oil pan. I crafted the webs and my grandfather brazed them to the pan. Yes – they were brazed, not welded, in order to minimize distortion and to maximize heat transfer from the pan to the webs. However, I never fitted this modified version. Just imagine what would happen if you’re involved in a traffic accident with razor-like fins all around. That’s definitively not a good idea.
II – Swap loud for fast
The next thing I put my attention on was the exhaust system. I removed the retrofitted catalytic converter. Well, it increased the amount of taxes that had to be paid for the car. Since the cat is also a power-eater it was simply a price to pay. A side-effect of this mod were those backfires that discharged all the time the gas was released. Awesome – rally-feeling, but it took anything but time until the cops caught me. They didn’t believed any of my excuses, but most probably the notebook on the passenger seat that was connected to the injection showing some real-time performance stats convinced them that I wasn’t some of the ordinary loud-is-fast guys either. I could save my neck in this situation, but for now I’d recognized that flame-boosts were a bit too much for a road-going car.
I reiterated my modifications, but instead of a solution I found one of the silencers to be finished. Unfortunately, I couldn’t organize an original replacement, recall it was a Gutmann sport exhaust system, and so I decided to replace the sport exhaust completely with the stock version. Plenty of reason to fear the worst, but the stock version turned out to be an excellent choice. Whereas the Gutmann silencers resembled a restrictive labyrinth, the stock exhaust was essentially a straight pipe all the way down from the manifold. Genuine quality that removed those backfires and gave a few additional hp.
III – Decals to make you faster
A major downgrade of my Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI was, however, the quite worn look. The paint had faded over the years, a typical problem of red, and some of the mounting foots had their best days some time back. I started thinking to paste over the most critical regions. You can see what I had on mind in the picture below– awesome rally-car, isn’t it?
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