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National Audio Show & Highend Headphones 1st Anniversary News, 10% Off!

Posted by Vipers in Vipers' Lotus and HiFi Blog, 28 August 2015 · 9 views

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Hi All,


I hope everyone has been enjoying the great British Summer, cough, cough, in between all the rain. Anyway this is just to announce a couple of headphone related events we are holding during September.


Headzone @ The National Audio Show - September 19th/20th.


First up is the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall near Silverstone, this is to be held over the weekend of September 19th/20th. Last year we ran the headphone part of the show, called Headzone, it went down really well so this year we are back there again but this year it will be a much bigger part of the show with many more manufacturer’s on board and all taking more space, so if you like your headphone listening as we do then this is the place to be with many new product launches and a chance to listen to the best selection of Highend Headphones anywhere in the county and a chance to talk to the manufacturer’s direct.


As last year any purchases made at the show regarding headphones willreceive a 10% discount on most products with only a couple of exceptions, please enquire for specifics.


Below are a list of the brands that Highend Headphones will be representing, all with their own booths or on our stand but all in Headzone to listen to -

  • Chord Electronics
  • Audeze
  • Astell&Kern
  • Stax
  • OPPO Digital
  • Ultrasone
  • Fostex
  • Schitt Audio
  • Audio Technica
  • Pioneer
  • Atlas Cables
  • Sennheiser
  • Final Audio Design
  • Lotoo
  • Snugs
  • AudioQuest
  • Trilogy
  • Mcintosh
  • HiFiMan
  • MrSpeakers
  • Grado
  • Abyss
  • Bryston
  • Burson
  • Beyerdynamic
  • Nordost
  • oBravo
  • Shure
  • SPL
  • T+A


Below is a link to more information regarding the National Audio Show, look forward to seeing you there -




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Highend Headphones 1st Anniversary - September 26th!


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Where did that year go? so the week following last years Audio Show we launched Highend Headphones, so again a week following the show we will now be celebrating our 1st anniversary with all the headphones on demo and some of the manufacturer’s present for you to chat to.


Its a great opportunity to come along and experience the best headphones currently available in a relaxed atmosphere, especially if you couldn’t make it along to the Audio Show, or if you had a listen at the show but would like to have a another listen to confirm your choice, as last year we will be offering 10% off again on this one day only for anyone who comes along and purchases, its just our way of taking the pressure off from having to decide at the show so you can go away, have a think then come along and have another listen if required.


It goes without saying that there will be refreshments served throughout the day and hopefully a birthday cake :-) so hope to see you there.







Lotus registration

Posted by Jimjock in Jimjock's Blog, 22 August 2015 · 47 views

Hello I have a car for sale with a Lotus registration L***TUS. It is not on retention, offers to Jamescatkel@msn.com. Thanks

Suspension and brakes rejuvenated

Posted by DaveyT in DaveyT's Blog, 12 July 2015 · 72 views

Took a while, but all parts grit blasted with 80 mesh Alox from Machine Mart before being sprayed with Rustbuster's FE123 as security against crevice corrosion, then sprayed with their epoxy mastic.


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Sprays on much better than brush application, and coat build is excellent.


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Wrapped ready for return^


Brake calipers were treated to the same proces before being coloured with smooth gold hammerite, which I hope will look good behind the silver of the BBS wheels. Caliper bores protected before blasting/ spraying


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pistons just slid into callipers without seals at present, refurb to be finished when new stainless lines refitted later on
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Back in Lincoln, all was loosely reassembled so we could get it off the ramp and start the bodywork...


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Ratchet straps come into their own again for getting the springs on:


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On to the bodywork...

Elise 20th Birthday Celebrations

Posted by jamesfromsmc in jamesfromsmc's Blog, 16 June 2015 · 98 views

Our little Elise is turning 20 this year. She would like to invite all of her friends to visit Stratton Motor Company on Saturday 4th July 2015 for her party.


We are planning on meeting at Stratton Motor Company at 9-9.30am for tea, coffee and cakes and to see the 20th anniversary edition, which is currently on show in our showroom.


At 10.30am we will all then convoy to the Lotus factory at Hethel, where we have been allowed access to the factory site and track for a photo shoot with all the cars.


Once all the pictures have been taken, we can all make our way to The Bird In Hand at Wreningham for drinks, chatting and something to eat if you wish.


If you would like to avoid the wait, then please visit www.birdinhandwreningham.com or call Alex and his team on 01508 489438 to book a table. Food can be ordered on the day, but there could be a wait depending on numbers.


If you wish to attend please let James Betts know by phone on 01508 530491 or email on lotussales@strattonmotorcompany.com so I can get an idea on numbers.


Hope to see as many Elise owners as possible for a memorable day.

S4s ignition and oil light problem

Posted by Rossy in Rossy's Blog, 18 May 2015 · 92 views

The red ignition light on my Lotus S4s is constantly on and the oil light flickers on at 1.5 revs or below. The car runs at just under 2 bar.
Should I have it checked out by a garage or is there something I can do?
Can I still drive the car like this?

Air conditioning

Posted by Neil Potter in Neil's Esprit Turbo refurb, 03 April 2015 · 147 views

This might turn out to be a protracted blog, but here's the story so far...

The air con on the car has not worked in my ownership, which is the only mechanical bit which doesn't work. The receipts file shows a new condenser was fitted in 1997, and was converted to R134a at the same time, but that's a long time ago. I had a specialist look at it, and was told that the system was holding a vacuum (slightly surprisingly) and the electric part of it was working fine, but the compressor was duff and needed to be replaced.

Part 1 - compressor replacement


I managed to source a second hand Sanden SD508 compressor from Ebay, for a bargainous £45. It came off a Saab 900 apparently. The compressor has an interchangeable backplate, where the hoses go in, and I was aware that the Sanden I had bought had two different hose ports, so the backplate from my old compressor would need to be recycled onto the new compressor.

That necessitated new gaskets. I managed to get a gasket set from a company in Australia, but it took a bit of research. I think if you are able to buy the backplate with the flanged connections (as required to fit our hoses) from a Sanden dealer you may well get the required gasket included.

IMPORTANT... You should note that the compressor actually has two different gaskets, one either side of the reed valve plate which sits between the backplate and the compressor body. If, when you are trying to separate the backplate from the body, you end up separating the backplate and reed valve plate from the body (as I did) you'll need both gaskets. If you do ever have to do this job, take great care to keep the valve plate attached to the body as gasket removal on these compressors is an ENORMOUS pain in the bottom.


Remove the hoses before you remove the compressor, and you'll probably need lots of WD40 to free them off. My system was empty, but if yours isn't I think it's a bit illegal, and a bit dangerous, to remove the hoses and release the gas.

Actually getting to the compressor isn't too hard, but I had already removed my alternator for rebuild. There are two bolts fairly easy to get to from the top, then another two you can get at below. You need to remove the belt tensioner to get at the final bolt.

Fun with gaskets

If you need to replace the backplate, once you've got the compressor off, you will put it in a vice and start hammering away to get the backplate off. Use a chisel or something, carefully, to try and prise it. It'll be stuck like concrete.

When you've got it off, you may well be faced with lots of old, gloopy, brown oil. Drain it out of the compressor body via the drain plug, and clean up the face of the reed valve plate before trying to get rid of the gasket material.

Gasket scrapers were next to useless in this task. I ended up using a dremel sanding disk, got through about 6 discs for each surface. A very time consuming job, and not ideal as you'll remove some of the metal from the surface. I then cleaned up the surfaces with some fine wet and dry paper. If you've unintentionally split the reed valve plate from the body, you'll have up to four sufaces to clean up before reassembly...

Use some PAG46 oil to lubricate the gaskets and surfaces before you reassemble.

When bolting up the backplate, check the interweb for the useful Sanden SD series service guide PDF. This specifies the torque settings on the bolts, which are 14 ft lbs intially, then 24-27 ft lbs for final.

More fun, this time with pulleys

Around about this point, I noticed that the pulley on the new compressor was different to the old one, to the extent it wouldn't work in the Esprit. The Esprit one has two grooves, whereas the Saab one has one groove at a different distance from the compressor body.

This isn't too bad to sort. You'll have to:

- use some bolts in the 3 threaded holes on the clutch plate, in order to hold the pulley steady and allow you to remove the retaining nut
- prise off the clutch plate (I used a small bearing puller on the bolts I'd put into the threaded holes)
- use circlip pliers to remove two circlips holding the pulley in place against the bearing (one "outty" around the compressor shaft and one "inny" against the pulley on top of the bearing outer race)
- use a largish bearing puller to remove the pulley and the bearing

I swapped the bearing from the Saab pulley to the Lotus one as it felt a lot smoother.

Then do the reverse of all this to get it back together again!

I think it's probably wise to install oil in your "new" compressor before reinstall, as the drain/filler hole is at 90 degrees to the vertical on the Esprit install. As I don't know the right oil I should be using, I'm leaving that to my specialist to install in situ.

One Esprit-ready compressor, ready for action.

Fitting it back in the car is pretty straightforward, but it probably helps to have someone hold it while you start securing bolts.

Fuel tanks finally done

Posted by vintaylor in vintaylor's Blog, 17 March 2015 · 139 views

Had a set of custom alloy fuel tanks made up.

I had the engineer make them slightly smaller to make the job of ever needing to get them back out much easier.

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Very happy with the result and one step forward in the restoration progress :)

2 wires engine bay

Posted by john genders in john genders' Blog, 13 March 2015 · 119 views

hi guys looking for a bit of help as I cant remember, 1985 lotus excel I have 2 wires running along the firewall to the passengers side I have the water bottle connector block that's straight forward but I have 2 other wires as well any suggestions were they go many thanks

lotus excel

Posted by john genders in john genders' Blog, 09 March 2015 · 111 views

hi guys shot in the dark any one near north wales that owns an excel need to have a look at an engine bay memory not to good any help would be appreciated

2000 Esprit

Posted by boondock in boondock's Blog, 28 January 2015 · 152 views

2000 V 8 Twin Turbo..

34000 miles

Manual 5 Speed//////

For some reason......Clutch in,, I cannot achieve reverse??????

Is this a common issue?

Power Antenna Wiring

Posted by MacLotus1 in MacLotus1's Blog, 28 December 2014 · 150 views

Power Antenna Wiring Hello everyone! I would like to know if anyone has a power antenna wiring diagram or wire color code chart for an 1988 Esprit Turbo. I am attempting to see if this one works or not so I am trying to locate the power on and up wire that is connect to the antenna. I have the blue one coming from the after market stereo, just trying to find the connection. Someone else had the car and mad a mess of the wiring.

Accidentally found some Eclat Sprint wheels...(soooo lucky!)

Posted by LOTUSPOINT in LOTUSPOINT's Blog, 08 August 2014 · 256 views

As written in title, I found some of the most rare factory fitted Eclat wheels.
The problem was, the seller knew that too!

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Even though I had to buy them - and paid what he was asking for :huh:

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And now I' m able to give some new knowlege about these wheels...
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Road trip

Posted by jonny english in jonny english's Blog, 07 August 2014 · 209 views

Road trip 19 Hr drive, 5 day trip through the Canadian Rockies,!
Its amazing how much camping gear you can cram into an elise.

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excel restoration

Posted by john genders in john genders' Blog, 21 July 2014 · 224 views

so 21/7/2014 this is were I stand to date 3 rear brake pipes to fit then the body is going back on then its of to my mates paint booth which I borrowing for a few days for a full inside and out black basecoat and five coats of clear coat, followed by a trip to the upholsters for a full black leather interior in carpets and head liner

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noisy elise above 69mph

Posted by lola in lola's Blog, 16 July 2014 · 225 views

has anyone any idea what may cause chatter noise from under elise caused by chattering between the two floor pans, should these two be connected together in the middle?

3.15.14 Spring outing

Posted by v8vantage in v8vantage's Blog, 16 March 2014 · 301 views


The seasons have changed for the better and Spring is in the air with dry roads and glorious sunshine. What better day to give "Mario" his first outing this year. It was up early and on the road for a 180 mile round-trip to the cars and coffee get together in Portland. Every Saturday exotics/rare cars from around the area meet for an informal get together at a local coffee shop, it's become a regular fixture around the USA.


This was the first time I had done any distance on the new original shocks and boy does the car ride nicely. Tyres were set to 25 front and 33 rear, the result was a smooth ride and nice light steering. It also seemed to remove the last of the vibration I had all but eliminated last year. I'd also replaced the rear radius arm mounts as they were on their last legs. The left rear drive-shaft was checked for any defects as the right one had failed late in 2013.


The Seafoam fuel additive I put in the tanks at the end of Autumn worked a treat staibilising the 10% Ethanol blended gas and there was no hesitation or rough running during the trip. All the work done over the winter was fruitful and 136S ran effortlessly. A brief stop at the Ferrari/Maserati dealer on the way home finished off the trip nicely.


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Damper failed

Posted by andydclements in E 906 return to the road, 02 February 2014 · 417 views

Well, since restoring this car I've not used it much. That's not much for a car that I planned to be my daily driver. I used the red one quite a bit until I finally traced the misfire issues and so had confidence in being able to get to the destinations and return under the car's own power. I used the Berlingo when the weather was cold as it has a heather that is effective in less than 10 mins of engine running. I've now purchased a Signum as I'm ferrying my elderly parents around a lot and they cannot fit in the Excel and my Mother had difficulty getting in the rear seats of the Berlingo, and the Signum is more reassuring to drive than the Berlingo so there's less of a fear issue driving the Signum.

The last few times I drove the gold Excel I noticed a knocking noise on uneven road surfaces. I tried the exhaust, driveshafts,. I tried spacing the damper further from the A arm so that they couldn't possibly make contact.
With the car on the ramps (supported by its wheels) I discovered that the knock was replicated if I merely applied a small amount of upward force to the subframe. I managed to eliminate the body/subframe mounting form the list of options and so remove the damper. On inspection I have discovered that the damper has a knock in it giving circa 5mm of longitudinal movement without dampening, almost as though low on oil I suspect something inside has come apart. As the dampers are probably more than 2 years old despite the low mileage I doubt I'll the the manufacturer to honour the warranty, and without finding purchase info I doubt they'll even agree to assist in the funding of the repair, so I'm going top purchase just one damper (which is something I'd normally not do) on the basis the other damper (driver's side) is very new and has had very little use so it should be a reasonable match to the new one.

Alternator Output in Amps

Posted by Aston in Aston's Blog, 20 January 2014 · 341 views


Does anyone know what the factory Alternator output is for a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo ? We have one in the shop which is printing Bad out of a Sun VAT 45. It shows 85 Amps with a voltage of 12.95 V with a full load on at idle. I'm guessing the full output would be around 105 - 125 Amps .


Lotus Espirit Turbo 1983

Posted by alexander28 in alexander28's Blog, 04 December 2013 · 563 views

Hi Everyone,

I am new to the forum and would like some advice on my new toy which is a Lotus Espirit turbo 1983, the vehicle has not been driven for a few years & was wondering where and what costs I should be looking to pay to get a full service & cambelt done on the car ?, I am based between surrey/west sussex my local garage is main delaer Bell and colvill anyone had any experience ?, also anything else I need to look our for etc, this is the first time I have owned one and am very excited with the project ahead !!, if anyone can shed any light on if there was a limited edition turbo with the black badges etc the former owner told me so !, any help will be much appreciated ??


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