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  1. I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-d
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  2. Thought I'd say hi and introduce myself, my son and our recent addition to the family. As a 10 year old boy my son is car mad. At three years old he could recognise any car logo we showed him and he now takes it the the next level with models, stats and the like. Let's just say he put's his dad and grandad (former designer and engineer) to shame. As a boy who's face was constantly stuck against the glass of the local car dealership (who also stocked and serviced Lotus cars) and whose dream car was white and turned into a submarine it's great to have grown up sufficiently to finally own one. Th
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  3. My personal experience with 2bular. 1. Me “I want an exhaust for my V6” 2. Jim “will you track it” 3. Me “occasionally” 4. Jim “in that case you want the track system as I don’t like valved systems in track use” (I argue I want the valved one but he insists it’s not right for track) 5 exhaust arrives and I fit myself and love it. 6. Me “Jim, it’s probably going to be a bit loud for my local track” 7. Jim “no problem, take these development add on silencers free of charge just let me know the dB readings” 8. Add on silencers arrive (107db with / 98 dB w
    5 points
  4. Hi all you guys! Let me introduce me and my better half. I'm Kuba from Warsaw, Poland and I've been a relationship with Lotus Esprit s1 for almost two years now. We get along pretty well but not perfectly - we do have some issues that we will try solve and hope for support from reputable Lotus therapists at this very forum! This is 1977 s1 and interestingly we are exactly the same age. As you can see in the pics my partner had interventions at some point of hmm... her life. ok, seriously. I know about a half of car's history. I bought it from Mr Rzepecki (Rzepecki Classic Auto)
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  5. Hi there. Interesting concerns regarding colour as I thought the exact opposite! I went for a relatively ‘safe’ colour to fly under the radar in London. The metallic grey is classy but shows off the car’s lines perfectly imo. Here’s a video of the car from the dealership I bought from - will show colour under a different light:
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  6. Speakers, subwoofer and reversing camera were all pre-installed at factory to my surprise! The head unit is the Pioneer Avic Z710DAB. Sure, big decisions! Let me know if you need any other info 😊
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  7. Just back from the ice hotel in Sweden. One of the activities we had booked was having a go at Ice Sculpture. Not for me a heart, ball, initials. how old I am. No, I had to have a go a making my Esprit! The instructor was a bit sceptical with me having absolutely ZERO artistic talent but I insisted. He was quite complimentary at the end,(I suppose he has to be!) and I was pleasantly surprised that it actually did vaguely look like an Esprit. However I'm not giving up on the day job!
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  8. 10K to move to the 410 sport is little compared to making yours into a 410 sport, so man maths already wins. Opinions on looks? Very personal, but I prefer the look and the interior of the 410. I might want to lose the stripe down the side to make it less 'brash' but that's about it. Plus 2 isn't needed unless you have young kids. Manual vs IPS- again personal preference. Go and drive the 410 and see how it feels. (DON'T forget to take your cheque book)
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  9. I’ve just been advised of this thread and quite timeley too as I’ve just published a detailed video yesturday on the new 2bular manifolds and exhaust system plus some other updates I’ve installed on my Lotus Elise Cup Race Car for this season. If you want to see the quality of this system in detail check it out 👇 VIDEO >> New Exhaust & Manifolds for Lotus Elise Race Car!!! + Build Update | Racing Diaries #4 In regards to Jim / 2bular, as a paying customer, my experience with him has been nothing but informative, honest and helpful. Just a few weeks ago I called f
    2 points
  10. The spare is held in by a very thin, long bolt which will shear in any impact of significance, nothing else holds the wheel in place. The spare tyre was never factored into any impact protection.
    2 points
  11. @[email protected] I really don't have an axe to grind in any of this, but if and when the time comes for me to consider purchasing an exhaust I will appraise the market and spend my money where I see fit. My decision will be based on a number of factors, this thread is only one example of where a vendors style may influence my decision, but it's certainly not an isolated incident. It would appear that Gekko has failed to disclose/confirm all of the facts, I'm not disputing that, but as a business owner there are ways to address such claims from a disgruntled customer and come out of the
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  12. Thanks! Need to get a trackday in so I've an excuse to wear it. There's only so many times I can get away with wearing it sitting at my desk! The filler cap surround is pretty straight forward. Remove the filler cap, then get all the bolts undone from the surround. (Make sure you double check your allen key is properly seated within the bolts, they're quite tight and easy to round off). Get a flat plastic trim removal tool and work your way round the outer edge of the surround prizing is away from the bodywork being careful not to damage the cork gasket too much. The surround will event
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  13. Not here to defend Jim necessarily, but if someone takes to social media to have a pop at him regardless of the reason then his right to reply is fully acceptable, albeit maybe not too everones taste. Too many people post up ridiculous unfounded comments which get misinterpreted just like Chinese Whispers . I am sure Luca has good reason and is probably exasperated but not the way to do it . Other people pile in with opinions and naturally the self defence senses kick in of the person who is being criticised. Most people would not express their critical opinion Face to Face, so why f
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  14. Nothing wrong with spinning, I believe... Jokes aside, for me it is simple - even if 2bular is THE best exhaust for Lotus in the world, I will settle on the next best should I need one at all. And not because of Gekko and Gekko's experience, but because of Jim
    2 points
  15. @Lo2zz, but he surely can express his views and share his experience with regards to the product? And surely it is not acceptable to turn the discussion into being person and not product orientated? Adoption of the story of high speed spin bringing an end to everything in the car is just ridiculous - a spin is not an impact, it normally causes no damage. Your judgement and formulations (e.g. "look rather silly", "wouldn't be tolerated", "without evidence", "with any level of intelligence", "angry wild stab in the dark", "based on 2+2=5 logic") are utterly disrespectful and not adequate i
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  16. Thanks to Thomas(USA) and Andy I have the Aircon bits. Now the centre consol .can go back together. Thanks Chaps!Pete at PNM has been invaluable in helping with parts and the engine. I have reached a milestone. The Cylinder head is going back in today with a new gasket. I have new shims and should be able to get on to the valves soon. I have had to invest in a new torque wrench that can do 6 ft lbs and upwards. There's a lot of kit required to assemble the engine correctly.I have been enjoying the engine build.but as I say without Pete who has been doing this for forty years it would have been
    2 points
  17. That's why the S1 is fun. It's all simple.
    2 points
  18. Hi there that’s my car at Hoffman’s It was an ex press car for pics/ media only as the black one at B&C was the one driven by journalists (see YouTube videos on 410 sport). It’s been an absolute joy to drive and everything in prestine order with no squeaks, and given it’s age and mileage, wants for nothing. I know the owner before me (like me) kept it garaged, did not track and put little miles on it. I added the headunit to replace the blank silver plaque. It was serviced at Leeds Lotus last year with zero faults/ advisories found as part of their inspection. Let me know
    2 points
  19. Hi all, I've had this a few weeks now so thought I'd better stop lurking and sign up. I wanted an Orange one but saw this for sale at a Porsche dealer for a good price so snapped it up. The forged wheels were a real plus point for me! The first thing I did was take it over Snake Pass in the pouring rain which was pretty eventful! Other than that, I've driven it up to the Lakes via the North Yorkshire Moors (where the photos were taken) and have become obsessed with the thing! Such a sense of occasion every time I drive it - and that's coming from an ex-Caterham owner.
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  20. I didn't intend to predict the direction of resale prices per se but I'll kick in my 2 cents as it bears on what the immediate future holds. I'm inclined to agree with Ccd that 400 prices will remain depressed for the foreseeable future. What is "foreseeable?" I don't know but I think it extends well past the arrival of the GT. At this point we're unlikely to see a rebound in prices until the cars are no longer in production. This is an irony! I can go into detail or we can just look at the strange way supply and demand works in the extreme weirdness that is the used exotic car m
    1 point
  21. Yes its in a machined recess inside the body at the base. I should have taken some pics when I had it apart.
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  22. Thats my video I miss my Exige S, the 2bulars sounded good but they also looked great.
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  23. If you can get past the extra cost, the 410 really does look lovely. Yours is cool......but the 410 is cracking with all that carbon, has arguably a nicer rear end design and I personally love the 410 stripe😎 Might be down to how well you get on with the carbon seats compared to the leather ones in your car. I’ve got the carbon ones in my Exige and love them👍
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  24. Noticed that SJ now sell the seals: https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/SJ754.htm I spent ages trying to find the right size when I replaced mine. From the picture they are using 12mm ID, as I ended up with, which is pretty tight on the shaft, 22mm OD, but 5mm thick whereas I used 4mm thick.
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  25. ^^^^ MJK confirmed the spare was nothing to do with impact protection. buddsy
    1 point
  26. I can relate, bought a cheap £30 helmet back in the day for go karting with friends, and eventually sacrificed it to become a decoration for my reptile tanks... Used to play xbox with it on for a laugh
    1 point
  27. I just received mine. WOW effect. Very good quality 🤩. Good work @alias23 . Now I just need my car 😓
    1 point
  28. Great bit of advice....going to have to check my spare ‘non Lotus’ Lucas distributor now.
    1 point
  29. I read with interest the topic and even if I do not want to upset anyone (and for that I would better just keep reading only lol) I thought I would add some comments in no particular order. I would say that apart the fact that there is some a little too agressive tone on both parts (that are probably not necessary or polite even if I have the opinion that they should be tolarated a little more from a random consumer that is there to buy a product and spend money while a company should do all they can to stay professional but let s not start a debate for that just my opinion) I would also
    1 point
  30. Going one further it was only rage after: - Buyer ordering wrong exhaust - sending a replacement exhaust (FOC from what I can gather) - Using the exhaust on track - which isn't warrantied - Spinning off track and ending up in gravel at high speed - Driving back on track after the spin and not noticing there might be an exhaust leak - Incendiary posts on this forum - Claims of Chinese manufacture How would anyone else react? Like to think there has been an element of balance brought to the thread by people that have known Jim for years and had not
    1 point
  31. Hi Mark I am not sure f this will be helpful in your situation but my right hand motor (1984 Turbo Esprit) would occasionally keep rotating so that the light would keep popping up and down. Quite amusing but not very practical! I swapped the right hand motor out for one that I had lying around (that is another story) but the same happened. I then put the old right hand one in the left hand position and the problem was fixed. (I say "I" but I mean Cos at Sportomotive - he tells me that it is quite common for one motor to cause a problem on the other side) As I say - probably
    1 point
  32. Late January Bedford went well yesterday....sent home after 3 laps for blitzing the noise meters. | I knew Bedford is stringent on noise but having read a build thread over on the Lotus Forum where a chap had no problems all day in his Exige, I was at the time, surprised at the banishing! However, reading further into it, it turns out the early V6 S variant of the Exige has a quieter exhaust. When Lotus updated the V6 platform, they seem to have made everything loud! You live and learn... This week A quick update to keep the thread alive... After b
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  33. check the jets are clean, i had invisible blockage of some sort, just blowing by mouth cleared whatever it was, now runs well, Was also crap on low revs intermittently. Fine when going.
    1 point
  34. I run AD08’s on the front in 245/40 x17 and AO52’s in 295/35 x 18 on the rear and find them a great tyre, just need a bit of warming in the winter
    1 point
  35. Cześć The chassis no is 7707028336. Let me know next time if you plan to visit - we'll work something out @silverfrost I will probably convert it back but not in the near future - I have other cars related expenses for now. Getting S1 bumpers and getting rid off ducts is an easy job. What worries me is the front lower section which bumper and spoiler are atttached to. I believe I would have to replace all this lower-front section that is glued (?) to the upper-front section of the car? Am I right? Has anyone done this?
    1 point
  36. Just to follow up on this, TFL have formally accepted my Certificate of Conformity and my 1998 Elise will be exempt from this charge. I would imagine the same would apply to any K series Elise (certainly the ones not with uprated engine specs) but you will need to find the certificate for your actual car- I have mine from new and the certificate came with the car documents. Lotus should be able to provide (whether they will is another matter).
    1 point
  37. Agreed. My Evora S is my daily driver doing similar miles ie 10-12k pa. Totally flawless and you still get that sense of occasion every time you get behind the wheel, or even just look at it.
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  38. Stocks coach work shas just put aset of comps on ebay 2k , Like buses, non around and then they all come at once lol Great work on the rims Fabian, pain to keep clean and not factory finish but they will look the nuts
    1 point
  39. 100% agreed mate, done a few 1-2000k+ trips and it is ridiculously comfortable, just eats up the miles. Most cars this comfortable, don’t offer anywhere near the same amount of feel and driver involvement.
    1 point
  40. Oh. After listening to many view points I have decided to use paint and ACF 50 on this engine. Paint peels but has its place. I have used it on the block. I can't bring myself to paintnover the other castings as they look stunning. So I have turned to the aircraft industry. ACF 50 is a corrosion inhibitor. I plan to coat all the parts with it. Now for the great Reveal! These are the rarest wheel lips you are ever going to see. Polished to perfection by a Chap called Angelo in a little workshop just south of Horsham in a village called Cowfold. I think your agree it's a stunning job. Of c
    1 point
  41. When I was at Komotec about two weeks ago, Alex told me 4 hrs to take out, 4 hours to put back. Alex also told me he can also open up a box, do for example a main shaft repair, box up, also in 4 hrs. So maybe 14 hrs is pretty good? I’d take that rather than a standard Lotus change. My clutch failed in my V6S after 300 miles, sure it was 40+ hours. Give them a ring. cheers Mark
    1 point
  42. I cannot drive my Evora WITHOUT the loud button being on. I've tried it but just can't do it. I can't help making the exhaust pop, crackle and burp and when overtaking I have to give it the full beans because the noise, oh my, the noise. I do however feel guilty at times when I get home as the noise must possibly scare the shit out of some people. I beat myself up and call myself a knob and feel bad. But the next time I drive it I just cannot not doing it all again If this pattern of abuse involved alcohol, I'd be an alcoholic. If drugs, I'd be a druggie. Both have support groups. A
    1 point
  43. For those criticizing Jim's customer behavior, I just want to highlight that not everyone is a people person. I don't know Jim personally but I'd imagine he could be an introvert that started off making exhausts in his garage out of boredom and then turned it into a business and became popular. He probably would rather not have to deal with people but does so because it's a source of income. His people skills might be horrible and his PR is the worst, but that's probably because he never studied it and his personality is just normally aggressive and passionate. Not defending his behavior,
    1 point
  44. Why? I don't imho. On the playground I only wind up folks about Brexit, without me getting sweary or name calling like almost all the others. I currently have that thread on ignore. As for TLF, it is a great forum. I may pull the odd leg now and then, but that's about it. I have commented about yourself on this thread, once to confirm gear ratio's, and now as you are thing of replacing the irreplaceable. I did contribute some thoughts to your dilemma over the carbon roof defects, but those were all positive and sincerely offered. Happy to be pointed toward the error of my ways if you
    1 point
  45. Finally got round to getting my 70th event poster framed proper like. In Lotus Racing Green!
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  46. Had a terrific day at Snetterton 300 yesterday (Sunday) despite (or perhaps because of) the horrendous conditions. Some thoughts: 1. Javelin organised a great day. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Admin dealt with quickly and painlessly. 2. My car passed noise test no problem. The chap said I read 101 at around 6k. 3. It was wet. Really wet. Wetter than an otters pocket wet. Cars were going off all over the place and there was more sideways action than a Tokyo Drift day. I spun on standing water coming out of the slow hairpin early on, but managed to carry straight
    1 point
  47. Haven't update this in a while so here goes: Copied straight over from PH so excuse any generic Exige characteristic explanations.... End of October: PH sticker on (as I do with all my cars) Mid November: Went for a quick blast on Sunday making the most of the dry and salt free roads! Having only previously driven Snakes Pass in the Exige on a dark and stormy night, I fancied round two - but this time going via the Strines. The Strines was nice and quiet leaving a few opportunities to open up the taps. Snake was packed full of people dribbling along wh
    1 point


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