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  1. Done a bit of hunting around and managed to get hold of a set of replicas. They are slightly domed and, while not identical to the originals, are not bad as replicas, especially as they were only £1.80 each. I'm happy with the purchase A little picture heavy below, but I like you guys to have an idea of what you're getting, if you think of going for similar
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  2. Always up for a debate. I have some issue with this notion of moving the game on. It's trotted out by the car mags who exist to promote whatever's new. As a result many would consider paddleshift, electric steering, myriad buttons for sport, sport plus, sport super plus pro and the like to be progress because all that stuff goes unchallenged by the car mags. For crying out loud not one journo has mentioned the GT4's detuned engine or compulsory auto blip in sport mode! That's progress for Schmee who can't heel and toe to save his life but I'm not sure it's progress for everyone. Lotus need to service the more hardcore end of the sports car market (someone's got to!) so much of the gimmicky things associated with progress have no place in a Lotus - or at least wouldn't make the driving experience any better. Some might consider the cable handbrake a bit old fashioned but I am firmly of the opinion that an electric handbrake is a step backwards. If by 'moving the game on' you just mean increasing performance then going for weight loss over a token horsepower increase should be applauded. The Sport 350 has been given more performance than a 370bhp engine would offer due to the compound benefits of the weight reduction. I guess if many even here would be more impressed by an Exige 370S then there's not much hope for the wider car buying public. But I don't really want to join in with the whole internet thing about telling Lotus how to run their company. I'm done playing JMG. So many armchair experts seem so preoccupied with sales and how to expand Lotus into a broader market and the like. All I care about is that they make the cars lighter, faster and build them better - for me, or I'll look elsewhere. The market is an ass and buys whatever Chris Harris tells them to anyway. My idea of progress would be a more rigid and (if possible) lighter tub, not particularly bothered whether it's carbon or aluminium. I would be against carbon if it increased the price massively. I guess you could make it a bit bigger inside but then again it would be better to start with the Evora tub. I like the fact that the Exige is a car you wear and it's part of what makes it unique. I'd like to see the engine angled even further like they do on the race Evoras. I'd like to see more revs from the engine but that's not going to happen for a whole host of reasons. The Evora 400 doesn't rev as high for one. Nicer switchgear would be an easy win I'd have thought. Given the instruments aren't really doing much for anyone I'd junk them and put in a TFT screen, not because it's 'a la mode' but because it's a good way of cramming more information into a small space. Focusing on the gearshift is real progress and absolutely what Lotus should be, and are, doing. DCT gearbox wouldn't interest me but I understand it would be popular among the terminally lethargic. Surely for them the IPS is good enough anyway? Isn't the Exige's greatest attribute that it's a reminder that much of this modern electrickery is actually getting in the way of driving pleasure? I can't tell you the joy of being able to buy a car without an alarm or immobilizer. The things we need to have fun in a car hasn't changed much. A small, light car with a big engine. The recipe ain't broke, as the 311 will demonstrate shortly. Also isn't the manual-only GT4 a very successful step backwards?
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  3. I've watched it several times and am very offended.............by the lack of Lotus content............probably
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  4. No, I haven't put one in my gte and I wouldn't either for the reasons stated above. However, I did end up buying one of the original spec cars from the remaining cars that were to be scrapped off after the twenty were built. Sold for track use only, it still has Swindon engine in the back .
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  5. OK, so here's my Christmas present to all Male members of TLF. Girls SInging Christmas Carols whilst having an Orgasm. It's more funny than sexy and there is no nudity. If you think it inappropriate then please don't watch, especially at Work! http://damn.com/silent-night/
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  6. To all. Merry Christmas and a very prosperous and healthy 2016. Thank you for your assistance and advice. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can in 2016. With kind regards and compliments of the Season. Rick The Christmas cracker: I am Makkyh because that was my Sons first Teddy Bear, and the first name I thought of as a user name. And yours?
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  7. Very nice Marcus! Do you fancy becoming a full forum member?
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  8. Obviously not guys it's life
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  9. I have found the problem with the switch, as I've had the dash out to fit my air switches I could immediately see that the fan switch was broken, part of the housing was hanging off breaking the circuit. Spent a bloody hour trying to find the fault at the relay and it was the switch. I keep all the switches from my original dash (if you can remember my ugly green and cream interior) and I have a spare, so thats going back as soon as I get the chance.
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  10. On a side note of embarrassing moments in supermarkets, my 3yr old daughter was in the supermarket with my wife constantly asking for things and getting told no. Eventually she had a strop and started jumping up and down and whilst pointing at the popcorn and starts shouting at the top of her voice that she wants cockporn!!!
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  11. To all TLF members Merry Chirstmas ?and a Happy New Year? from Denmark
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  12. Treated myself to a K&N filter as my mate got me one for £30 to replace the old paper one. Seemed like the car deserved it but it's in bits at the moment so haven't driven it with the new one yet. Be nice to know its breathing easier even if there's no performance lift.
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  13. Or "Clit Bang" as my mother infamously said loudly in one supermarket!
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  14. Yep - the acidity in the stuff works. Or go the whole hog and grab the cillit bang !!
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  16. The gearbox only takes 3 litres, so adding 3/4 litre does seem quite a lot. Which reminds me I should check mine...
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  17. Luke, now why don't you fill that tank with Nitrous? Read the article about the Panther after getting a copy of the mag - very good piece - you've really put a unique take on that one Cheers Ant
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  18. *faints* This pic needs posting twice, I think.
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  19. I knew the lotus fraternity would get this in one. Other forums might struggle with it. Yeah, spot on, they're my new air paddle valve switches, almost a direct fit into the dash so they can go there without major disruption to the giugiaro dash. There's two pressure dials I need to add but they can go under the dash or in the glove box. I've had a very busy few days on it, added my tank and hard lines and have started my fabrication of the new improved rear airbags. All coming together nicely, still lots to do and getting your head around all the different imperial pneumatic fittings is a proper headmash!
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  20. My understanding is the headers are a pig to install and from what I could research I think budgeting around £700 for the fitting was not unrealistic. Yes 400 itch is strong but still cannot get my man maths to accept it is worth £50k + my current car. I'm just gonna stay with my NA and "fettle" around with it as to be honest it is more than fast and capable enough for UK roads and I'm looking at getting into racing next year in some form. That'll provide the adrenalin rush better even than a 400 on UK roads tbh.
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  21. It would be a major faff and an extortionate expense to install it. You'd have to buy a new ecu to control it and also a new multi function dash to talk to the ecu in order to get any meaningful data displayed up in front of you. The cost of the engine along with a new ecu and dash will be easily 10k and that is before you have got someone to install them and set them up, then dyno the engine, and then, and then and then... I very much doubt LMS would want to do the work either, else they would have done it for the twenty cars they completely rebuilt this last year, they had more than two engines available to them back when. Reading between the lines, it seems they didn't have any ecu code for the Swindon spec engine as the development wasn't done in-house by them, and the engine ecu was all tied in with the automac gear change system ecu they had put in them. The advert states they are 90% stock engines. Cams and conrods is all they have different. Lotus motorsport do have code for 420hp on the std lotus ecu with a cam swap. This work can all be done without removing the engine ,wiring, dash and ecu. Don't know the cost but if I were to ever upgrade mine that is where I would go to keep it "factory". I don't believe doing an engine swap on any of the 20 factory cars will result in monetary gain, I believe they are worth more exactly as they left the factory.
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  22. Got the radiator back in, although it has two Ebay fans cooling it now as the Nissan Micra one couldn't be modified to fit the cowling and not touch the radiator without a fair bit of fabrication. Removed condenser block and associated equipment as far back as the firewall so happy with a bit of weight saving. The radiator went back in surprisingly easily, and the fans seem to be doing a job and keeping temperatures stable when idling (not tested on the road yet as I'm SORNed until spring... if we ever have a winter). And even more surprisingly, was that when I turned the key it fired up into life without any issues. Have also taken the time to fit a Powerspark electronic ignition and managed to source a brand new starter solenoid so am pretty pleased with all of that. What I have found out is that I definitely need a new battery. Took mine to a local garage for testing and they were saying they couldn't understand how it was even providing enough juice to fire the engine up! So I've got my eyes on a Yuasa 093 (http://www.europeanbatterysupplies.co.uk/index.php/yuasa-professional-093-car-battery.html) which should fit my existing terminals and provide the cranking power I need. Also need to get a couple of new front tyres before long. There's nothing wrong with them condition-wise, but unless I'm mistaken the markings on them have them both being made at the back end of 2005 (see below). Unfortunately, there's really no real good replacements out there for 205/60R14 at the moment (http://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?s_p=Summer%20tyres-205-60-R-14-H&one_size=205_60_R_14&dsco=110&m_s=3&sowigan=So&kategorie=6&ranzahl=4&Speed=H&suchen=1) More pictures to come as mini jobs get done through the winter.
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  23. I replicate all good wishes for the season - hope everyone enjoys the holidays. Oilmagnet - simply every time I go into the shed I come out covered in the stuff - inexplicable? 477 is part of the phone number lol
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  24. New issue of EVO. Nice recommendation in the 'Used Rivals' piece following a review of Japanese sports cars such as the Evo, Skyline, NSX etc. Good to see the old girl is afforded the respect she deserves. But I am biased if course.
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  25. A quick word or two on the EVO print 'first drive' of the Sport 350. I doubt it could have better. An outstanding 5 star review. That is all.
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  26. Or just leave it off... Which is what I've decided to do since mine is also AWOL Apparently it is only there to reduce 'drive by noise'. My sports back box negates any effects so I've decided to leave it without. Besides, I'd be constantly removing it to get access to regular 'service' parts
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  27. I'd go with a third party system - the standard system is crap/ancient/heavy/unreliable (delete as you feel is appropriate). I have a large Kenlowe on the V8 and a pair of 10 inch fans from ebay on the excel - both are a quantum leap ahead of the standard set up. One of the fans failed recently ont he excel, but as the standard set up only had the one fan, it keeps its cool nicely on one.
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  28. Take a good look at the picture, on the right of the gearbox, the same position that the oil cooler is installed. The size is 25cm x 40cm. From the original radiator it goes to the extra radiator to the engine
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  29. I have never had any overheating problems in any Esprit I have owned. The only possible concern I have noticed in the past is, if sitting in traffic stationary for a while, with the rad fans on, the temp rises to a worryingly high level. This is to do with the volume of water circulating around the system, not enough volume to get all of the engine heat to the rad owing to the long pathway of the system. The way around this is to increase the revs slightly and the temp immediately drops.
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  30. From what i've gleamed from a couple of sources, the rear clam is more 'swoop'. The air intakes I believe might be more along the lines of the old S1's intakes - just less 90's . Mind you, that was a couple of months ago it was mentioned.
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  31. A few more details: "Next big addition to the range will be the Roadster, which we'll see in November. As previously discussed, it'll be a 'Targa' style roof with two removable carbon fibre panels weighing just 3kg each. They'll be quick to remove and easily stored behind the rear seats, promises Gales. Think new Boxster Spyder levels of faff here in that it'll require a little more manual labour than many are used to. With a similarly focused and appealing pay-off, we hope. Mechanically it'll be identical to the Evora 400, with comparable weight and performance, but it'll have a style and look of its own thanks to an entirely new rear clam." (My bold). From http://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-britishcars/lotus-looks-ahead/33458
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  32. Caution says that you can never get enough cooling capacity in an Esprit. Especially if you insist on living somewhere with nice weather...(!) Fans only matter if you are stuck in traffic...but then they become essential. You can bite the bullet and go for the conversion, or leave it standard and keep an eye on how it performs...and do the conversion if it seems inadequate. My concession was to fit a switch across the Otter switch so that I can turn the fans on myself!! Saves the terror of waiting for the Otter switch to operate...Will it? Won't it?....!! Sitting in traffic now, CLICK! and the fans are running....
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  33. He He - I love good knock-down drag 'em out ding-dong!! Anyone recall the Seloc days of King K and Scuffers et al - superb stuff - informative too Let's roll back a few pages to when Yvo-tk started all this by dissing my 3-1 V6 manifold design and calling my dyno graphs fake. Now, I have a few cars, an interest in even more and I'm on a few forums - great for info etc. I have never seen a forum sponsor take a pop at the competition - it just doesn't happen. It's desperation. Well. ok it does happen on the US site LT but the sponsor in question is a fantasist and no-one listens any more. Soooooooo, you have to blame Andy (Bibs) - if he wants a nice quiet forum, with no (highly entertaining) spats between his sponsors he needs to police things better - and not just delete my contentious posts. This forum doesn't belong to Yvo-tk - much as he would like it to be. Aaaaand another thing - I have NEVER threatened anyone personally Mr Tk. I do hope you phoned the police immediately - can't think you would miss an opportunity like that - I would have. Ok, it's Saturday night - need to go spill someone's pint
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  34. 1/. You're just another re-seller - you have no involvement in the manufacture or design of Larini exhausts. 2/. You're dronnnning on again - but I have seen no dyno graph of your Larini manifolds. You only promised to bring that to the forum when I presented mine - still waiting ............................... and waiting. 3/. You said were looking again at the system to make more noise - with a little knowing wink - as if you knew anything about exhaust design - you're just another re-seller. 4/. You need to deal with Jez at Back on Track and Phil at Bell & Colvill - two very unhappy people with your Larini exhausts. 5/. Looking at the Seloc post about your dronnnnnning Larini exhausts - there's several posters on there you need to deal with too. 6/. What is your solution to this dronnnnning problem? And I don't mean looking at the rubber mounts?! 7/. Your small-bore Larini system doesn't cut it on the supercharged motor - when will Larini bring out their 70-mm bore system. 8/. Will Larini offer a better tailpipe option than the small old-style 2ZZ oval tip? 9/. Even your V6 systems dronnnnne - what's your solution for that?
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