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  1. Which is probably a reflection of the type of owner that chooses a Lotus. In 15 odd years of being active in owners clubs and forums and meeting literally hundreds of Lotus owners, I could count the number that I'd classify as utter bellends on the fingers of one hand - and I've made some great friends through my interest in Lotuses. Owners are generally good blokes. Well, apart from that cannibal serial killer gay porn star...
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  2. Rant time: Is it just me or are people buying/renting homes with less and less off-street parking and yet running more and more vehicles? I live in a very tight private 5 house cul-de-sac. The 4 long-term property owners all have less vehicles than combined garage and driveway spaces, so have never had/caused any parking problems. However, the 5th house has always been rented out and changes tenants on a regular basis. The current tenancy comprises 3 adults (including a couple), two of whom drive to work and the other walks (just across the road). That property has a single garage and a single driveway space in front of it. They have just taken delivery of their 4th vehicle, so now have three 10+ year-old boring family hatchbacks and a big company van to find space for. So where do they put all these jalopies? Well they're certainly not keeping one in the garage, that's for sure. I suggested this to them once and they looked at me as if I was mental! A car in a garage? Are you mad? That garage is for keeping all our crap in. So what they've decided to do is park at least 2 vehicles along the private access road, which means clambering in and out of their vehicles onto our own verge, which has rapidly turned into a quagmire over the winter. I even suggested if they insist on parking there, that they at least park with their vehicles pointing in the other direction, so that they can get in and out on the road side, rather than onto our garden. That would even save them getting muddy shoes in their cars and house. The guy agreed and did what I suggested. For about a week... and has long since gone back to clambering in and out onto our muddy verge. The insane thing is that he has to turn his car around anyway to get back out! We've lived here for 10 years and none of the other residents have ever parked there. Worse still, they're now blocking access for HGVs like the dustbin lorries, which often have to drive over the verge on the other side of the access road to get past their parked cars. That side of the road now looks like the Somme. Also non-residents are now also seeing these cars parked there and taking that as an invitation to join the queue. There's also another cul-de-sac nearby, which is even worse. All of the pavements are blocked every night (particularly with vans) so that you have to walk on the road to get about. Why do people insist on running more vehicles than they have space for? Why would you not use your garage if your were in this situation? I find it baffling.
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  3. Thought i'd post a few pics from our recent Bedford adventure... In particular I wanted to share the video, its been over 16 months since we had our little boy, and this meant Sarah missed out on track days and getting out in the car and driving it hard. So this was her first time out and on track and I reckon she did bloody good!
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  4. Will send it out to you
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  5. No, mine works but the lack of spares and knowledgeable repairers is becoming a problem for V8 owners. Hence why I am in the process of designing a replacement. I'm pre-empting the dark day when it might happen to me!
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  6. Tunnel finally complete and ready for fitting! Has taken months to get this sorted, fiberglassing and re fiberglassing. The ashtray mounting had to be completely remade as it was assembled back to front! Still its much better now and worth all the work.
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  7. Lotus should put a big effort into the UK which historically has bought more convertible/ roadster variants than any other European country. Unfortunately I'm not holding my breath as the Evora 400 has come and gone in the UK and not one of my friends or work colleagues have heard of it.. Only my trackday friends have and they steer clear because of build quality reputation. It's a shame as I bet the 400 after 6-7 years of evolution is probably a really sorted machine.
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  8. If he has a really short fuse he may upset somebody in prison who has a longer fuse but uses it to plan things more. So he may cease to be a threat to anybody that way.
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  9. Cheating. Copyright Colin Chapman 1948. All rights reserved.
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  10. Yesterday I got back into the workshop. I undid all the stainless fasteners holding the turbo on...hooray for stainless and Copaslip.... and took the turbo off. I rebuilt this turbo myself back in 2002? using a kit of parts I got from the "G-Pop Shop" in the USA. Nobody in the UK will sell you an overhaul kit for a turbo; they want to sell you an overhauled turbo for £250 to £300. The kit cost £65.... new seals and bearings and a few other bits. Getting it apart was parlous, as the fasteners all rust badly...but I managed it....and you have to mark the relative location of the turbine and the compressor, so that it stays in balance when you reassemble it...but a fairly simple procedure. I also tested it for vibration by running it with my high pressure airline on the turbine, and worked out the RPM from the musical note emitted in Hertz divided by the number of vanes and then converted from per second to per minute.... Anyway, I inspected this turbo and it is perfect! No play in the shaft, radially or axially, so it was a good job, then. Then I took out the plugs and inspected the insides with my endoscope; all nice and shiny with some honing marks still visible...so that's good too. Now for the manifold......there are four cylinders and three studs and nuts per cylinder thus 12 nuts to undo. Some of them are easy; some of them are difficult....and two of them are darn nearly impossible. People say they have taken the manifold off in situ....how on earth they did it with the motor still in the car, I am jiggered if I know. I have loosened 11 of them, with 4 of those actually off...the others will come off once the manifold has moved away from the head and there is enough clearance for the nuts. One of the buggers I can't even get a spanner on.....I know I have a 13mm very thin ring spanner that works...but I can't find it!! Tedious in the extreme. Last night at 1900 I gave up, the pancakes were calling my name from the kitchen.....I shall return to the fray, later today.....!!
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  11. Spell-check error---should be "bend over"....
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  12. Oh THAT Trident !!!!
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  13. If you are on Facebook you will have enjoyed this!
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  14. I agree with Andy, The real world difference between a NA and a S is not huge. I test drove both, and decided on a NA. The NA Evora is a properly fast car, sounds lovely and so far mine has been totally reliable. If you are driving the car daily, you are rarely going to be able to explore the edges of the car's performance. I'm considering moving to a 400, if the dealer and I can thrash out a good deal, but if it doesn't come off, I will perfectly happily stick with my current car. Even the jump to a 400 isn't a 'no brainer' decision. The Evora in all of its guises is an epic car, on UK roads which are crowded, it is the handling and ride that set the Evora apart, not the BHP. Lots of cars have equivalent or more power than all the Evoras, very few are as much fun to drive. Tris...
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  15. That beetle is tasteless to the extreme (I rock a mic like a vandal, light up the stage and wax chumps like a candle). The thing it will do very quickly is lose you money.
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  16. Last time I watched darts, it was on Not the Nine O'Clock News.
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  17. Not sure it has got as far as Aberdeen to be honest. They are just bring oil barrels still as plenty spare now and not worth selling it. John as others have said I don't believe that there is a big difference in NA or S as is made out. Both will not disappoint coming from the cars you have been driving from a performance and handling aspect anyway. I have a Feb 11 Registered one presently having started with 3 x NA's and one of the first 15 cars made and the first 2 had the long box. If you were doing lots of miles then the fuel consumption is noticeable but you like me are playing with these, so it is less important. The Sport pack on and early car I think is important but later cars all have it. The fact I have stopped changing cars at an early S and not further upgraded is a fair sign of how I'm happy with my lot and don't consider the extra £££ worth it. (Not so sure my logic will remain with the 400 Roadster though!) Lets face it I have done the SR look and a few choice extras like seats, new ICE and any of the extras you think you want are all back fittable so chose the car with dry carpets in a colour you like and then make it the car you love. Remember Craig Moncrieff is independent now and available to help transform.
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  18. As a cop in the early 90s I had an orange stripe sprayed onto my White Elan when some of the local youth realised what I did, quite funny in hindsight but wasn't amused at the time. And unconnected, random attempted car theft, had the roof of the same car slashed. The alarm went off and I chased and caught the drunk culprit and was close to being charged with assault. It was worth it.
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  19. @johnpwalsh Vredestein Sportrac 5 - Rear: 225/60 VR15, Front: 195/60 VR15 - £235 delivered Pirelli P600 - Rear 235/60 WR15, £360 delivered I've got Vredestein Sportrac 3's on my Esprit, 5s on my Excel. The ones on the Esprit one have "filled out" to 235, and @Buddsyreckons they are wider then the Goodyears he took off his car Images stolen from this thread
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  20. thanks guys for all the help. I have now got it working ! So, the way I fixed it was to firstly disconnect the crossgate extension rod at the back where it joins the bellcrank lever. I then got in the car and put the car in 1st gear. I then got back under the car and manually moved the gear lever selector rod into neutral - then using my hand, pressed the bellcrank lever right into the gearbox as far as it went and whilst holding that position, slid the gear selector back into first. Once I had that position, (proving 1st gear), i checked where the crossgate extension rod was sitting. I adjusted the crossgate cable at the adjustment point below the clutch slave cylinder so I that when at the other end of the crossgate extension rod, I could screw it fully out and fully in either side of the current position of the bellcrank lever hole where the crossgate rod slots into (with pin). This way, I could now leave the adjustment below the slave cylinder alone and work on screwing the crossgate extension rod in and out - watching from below until the holes lined up. The other trap is that you can manually pull the crossgate extension rod with your hand and push it back in again. There is about an inch and a half movement each time. So, armed with that information, i realised that you are pushing the crossgate extension rod to the rear of the car for reverse, and pulling it to the front for first. I started by pulling the cable back all the way and then i twisted the extension rod about half way out until it lined up with the hole in the bellcrank. I put the pin though the hole and then got back into the car and went through all the gears a few times and then put it back into 1st gear. I got back under the car and made sure that 1st was indeed selected -which is was. I then got back into the car and put it in reverse gear. Got back under the car to check if it was in reverse - but it was not, it was actually in fourth gear. I could tell this because the bellcrank lever had only pulled the rod out of the gearbox about 1/2 inch (my earlier inspection with everything disconnected had showed the rod in fully for 1st/2nd, 1/2 inch out for 3rd/4th and 3/4 inch out for O/D and reverse). I then had to disconnect the crossgate extension rod (simply pulled the pin out) and manually put the bellcrank lever into the reverse position (just used a block of wood and screwdriver to move it out from the gearbox) - once it was in reverse, I got in the car and put the shifter into reverse. I then got back under the car and observed the crossgate extension rod and saw it was out of position over the hole by about 1/4 inch. So, I screwed it out a few more turns until again it lined up - put the pin in and again got back into the car and went though the gears a few times. I put the car in first gear -then got under car to check it was indeed in 1st - it was. Got back in the car, put it in reverse - got under car to check and yes, in reverse. I then put the split pin into the pin and got in the car to take it for a drive - and yes, success ! So, all in all - a big learning curve. I am still not 100% happy with the gear change, but will replace bushes and the like to get it a little smoother. I hope this helps the next newbie with this issue to sort it out
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  21. If you had the old 505 I think you will have the same wiring harness as I do. If so, there is need to buy a new wiring harness. I bought the "new" harness that was listed as a requirement for the 920 and all Lotus did (through deRoure) was send me the exact same one that was already in my car! I'm not sure the later harness exists (if it does, Lotus couldn't find it) And yes, I did order the correct one... No fault of deRoure I hasten to say, and they refunded me in full as soon as I returned it. All you have to do with the original harness is cut the old reverse signal wire (green/ brown) and splice it into the one of the wires on the harness that plugs into the main connector on the back of the 920 (position 2, speed sensor from memory, but I'll check!) There's a whole thread about exactly where that wire goes on here. Without this, the reverse camera won't work obviously. If you have the Imprint unit, the sub-woofer is wired through that, so you'll have to lay another wire for the amp/ sub-woofer direct from the head unit (I don't think the Imprint is compatible with the 920). I'd also leave the old GPS and Bluetooth units in-situ unless you fancy taking the entire top part of dash apart to remove them. You can either use an adaptor for the original microphone, or wire the new one up provided with the 920. I did the latter and moved it to just above the steering wheel. I looped the new GPS aerial under the passenger footwell and attached it there, works perfectly. Also check the settings on the new unit for the revers camera, I can't remember if it's direct or aux. setting you need to use (again on the other thread) but you need to set that correctly to make it work. The unit works fine with the original camera by the way. Light years ahead of the 505 in my opinion, I can actually use the GPS on this one!
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  22. Congratulations. I've updated the lotus register accordingly.
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  23. What has changed since the Exige S won the 2012 ECOTY? I at least thought Evo would be somewhat neutral or maybe even in favor of the few remaining British car brands... I am German and I am a long time Porsche fan ... long time ago, I even worked for them ... the regular 991s have gotten pretty boring but I still love the 991 GT3 and GT3 RS ... those are great and very fast driver cars, no doubt. Nevertheless, 991 Turbo S fast than the 991 GT3 RS ... that smells ... no matter what, ignoring the figures the Exige for me is as close as it gets to a real drivers car that still delivers real emotion in way that is rare to find anymore even for twice or 3times the money.
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  24. I'm definitely on a mission now then :-) Gonna get us sorted with a programmable TP unit. A nice interesting juicy project!
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  25. Sorry for the delay but as requested....
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  26. Mine did exactly the same thing, had since I got it so I thought it was normal. I took the car to sparky a while ago for him to fit a charge cooler pump. I mentioned how hot it got, he said it wasnt right and found the cable going to the sensor not seated correctly. Pushed it back on and now all is fine. and once sparky is a hero. ?
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  27. Have you topped-up the coolant since the rad job? It's normal to have a few air bubbles in the system, at first. Takes four or five drive cycles to get all the air out. High-RPM running is another good way to purge air. It's FUN, too. BTW the coolant level sensors are known to stick, so you should not ASSUME that the level is OK.
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