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  1. Mods We need a general Lotus pic home thread. Has a quick look on Classics but don't see any thing? Apologies for thread drift but a couple of mine. Please move if this is in the wrong place.
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  2. TLF members, Thank you for responding to my request for help. I have finally received more specific information from Lotus about the rear hatch and the wing. The GT 430 rear hatch is re enforced to sustain the downforce of the CF wing and is structurally different than other rear hatches. This means that you cannot boot on the wing to any other rear hatch safely. The CF wing also requires additional modifications to aero parts of the car, mainly the front number and the rims and tires. I am waiting for additional data. Thus, I will be ordering a GT 430 rear hatch with the holes for the CF wing and already have the CF front bumper. More on this later. Appreciate all the help and will let you how I progress.
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  3. Have to remember that the next time the wife finds a pair of tights in the car. 😋
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  4. Spotted it is 10% off today at Seriously Lotus, so ordered a few bits. New rear springs with a softer spring rate and new wheel bolts as old ones have rusted again. Might order new discs later in preparation for when they next go...
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  5. Deffo satin. Gloss if it's body colour.
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  6. just a quick one on your criteria...... I have an N/A and never use 95ron.......Im sure it says in the petrol flap not less than 97ron as for IPS.......you'll find it adictive as for depreciation........I think the cars you are looking at have done their depreciating........ I dont think colour has any bearing on issues with any future sale....... I tried several before I jumped..........partly because I waivered.........I missed 3 because I was too slow....... I went with a colour I hadnt looked at........and the gearbox Id never tried before (IPS)...........I love it...... which ever you choose you wont regret it........
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  8. Here's a pic of mine on removal. They're located on the one the pump cover screws and the other end as you say to the inlet manifold nut.
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  9. I think someone looked into this recently and I am sure the outcome was to take the engine out, then the fuel tanks, after that it's a piece of cake.
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  10. This has been discussed quite a few times before and the easiest answer is just to accept what Imran is saying is correct. 👍 I cant figure out why it makes difference either but it’s been shown a good few times now that it does 😬
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  11. Hold item on scale and then deduct your weight
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  12. Taking out camber shims helps the front end of the car hugely, I’d see it as a nice positive it buying a car Personally, is a car has been looked after, I don’t see any issues with it being tracked. Most owners don’t get near the limits anyway 😆
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  13. Test drove the yellow one. Absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, the wife declined to drive it due to the narrow roads in the middle of East London, so going to test drive the red one up for sale by Supercar Sourcing. I am aware this car has been tracked and is running additional front camber (shims removed). Ex lotus CEO car, so if anyone has any info, plus or minuses, please let me know. Done 9500 miles and recently service by a Lotus main agent. If this car isn't any good and the wife is happy, will probably put down a deposit on the Yellow one if he hasn't sold it, otherwise will continue to look. Thought the steering weight was OK, even at standstill for a non powered setup and was beautiful when moving. Showed up all the faults of the Z4 with it's crappy steering feels, poor damping etc.
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  14. And this was part of the problem for me with the frog march towards a Federal European State. Oh, but how silly of me, it must have been about immigration and the fact that I'm a right wing, stupid, bigotted, racist according to many in the Remain camp who were just sleepwalking over the cliff edge.
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  15. I’m glad that Lotus got back to you. It is very apparent that the wing has been engineered as an integral part of the duck tail and is built to withstand a fair amount of stress. (Not least from dropping it from a decent height to allow gravity to close it properly). The whole thing is quite heavy in part due to the base reinforcing of the wing struts. It’s definitely not a ‘rice rocket stick-on’ part! Expensive undertaking this mod, but you will have saved yourself a pile of grief by getting the right spec parts to do the job properly.
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  16. That'll be me then. 🙄
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  17. On balance - most of mine have been utterly trouble free once excessive fettling and spending on them. They really suffer with tight-fisted shortsighted owners
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  18. Tried SOR for the first time when selling mine last November, sold within 11 days at the price I wanted. Market conditions may have been better then though & it was £12k cheaper As @C8RKH points out, at this price level many prefer the comfort of dealer warranty/finance
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  19. Just an update to this thread for anyone having similar problems with the electrical side of the a/c system these seem to break a lot in the same way. Ive repaired my acu control unit completely for less than £5! Bought a new correct resistance range and type potentiometer and led and repaired the pcb and housed it in a junction box. Now operates the compressor clutch and fans and have a working led. Now just to see if it will hold gas (I’m not confident in this!)
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  20. Well in my opinion I would never buy a Porsche!! 🤣
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  21. Yes it seems that PS4 is now available in this size. That is pretty recent. Could be a decent combo for the most "Touring/Road Oriented users"
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  22. The project still lives on - I know who built that engine and what is contains. It's got forged pistons and the motorsport plenums, but the rest of the engine is stock. http://projectm71.com/M71.html It's going to be a cracking project when it get's completed.
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  23. Ag, but he is probably distracted by the problems he's going to face as he's said that for a HG he cannot just take the head off he instead has to drop the whole power-train out of the bottom. That will be an awful job, he's have to pretty much do it piece by piece.
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  24. I better work on my ride height....looks like my "roll center" is below ground level. Fun with the V6 CupR .....
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  25. Pictures from Snetterton... More pictures from Snetterton (with friends)... Car making friends in car parks...
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  26. Righto, time for a VERY long over-due update. It's been a bit of a crazy summer with a (temporary) change of job and a lot of triathlon training/racing culminating in my second successful Ironman in Vichy at the end of August. Now that racing season is over, I'm hoping to be able to focus a bit more on the Exige. Since my last update in March, these are the changes I have made: ECUMaster ECU & mapping from RRR - this is the most drastic change. I ummed and arghed about this for a long while but in the end decided to give it a go. The fact that H111 and KT seem to be supplying them now and that RRR were great to deal with convinced me in the end. I also wanted to make sure that I wasn't tied to KT for mapping given the different hardware I am running at the moment and likely to run in future. It offered maximum flexibility. The dyno results from RRR showed that the car is now producing just over 350bhp at the wheels, which they say is around 400-410 at the crank. It certain feels really strong, especially at the top end and really rips through the revs nicely. However at the moment the mapping is till a bit rough on start-up/at idle/when crawling in traffic. The car is going back to RRR in the next few weeks so hopefully they can smooth this out. At the same time they will (finally) be fitting the ECU Master ADU dash and the Lotus OEM traction control adjustment knob, which will allow me to exploit the capability of the ECU to offer adjustable traction control. Service from RRR has been terrific. Rob has been my point guy there and is an absolute legend. 2bular EPK with Zircotec coating - I previously had the 2bular track valveless silencer installed, which looked great with the big 100mm carbon tips (although I still prefer the titanium versions, but these were sadly not available) and also sounded good (bit deeper than OEM, not boomy, and no problems on track). Since its purpose is to allow you to get on track, it's not a crazy screamer but that is the trade-off I guess. I sent the manifolds and downpipe off to Zircotec for them to apply their Performance White coating. Expensive (very expensive...) but I thought it was worth it since I had the time before I was going to fit it to the car and anything that keeps heat out of the engine bay has got to be a good thing. I am also taking the approach of going for the absolute best I possibly can whenever I do anything, so it kind of fitted that theory. Plus it does look sweet when you glimpse the white in the engine bay! I am sure that the full exhaust system has contributed to the increased power and response, and the bespoke mapping has allowed me to maximise the potential of the system (along with the KT airbox I already had installed). Without wishing to get drawn into the eternal 2bular debate/slagging match, what I will say is that Jim's service for me has been absolutely excellent. He was highly responsive to my many questions and delivered all the kit very quickly indeed (within 2 weeks I think it was). The whole system really does look first class and I had no noise issues on track at Snetterton (tested 94db static). I couldn't ask for more. KT gearbox oil cooler and Moroso baffled sump - given the increase in power and that I am trying to increase the amount of track time I am doing, I thought that it would be sensible to have BoT install these while they had the car. The gear change felt rock solid and totally consistent all day when I was at Snetterton during the heat-wave we had and no engine issues at all, so probably worth while and more of a preventative measure than out-right performance gain anyway. Ohlins TTX - I bought these nearly-new rather a long time ago now for a good price and had H111 fit them at Easter time while we were away in Japan. I am absolutely delighted with how they have turned out. I fitted the slightly softer springs (800lb/1050lb road rather than 950lb/1250lb race springs) and, with the Cup 2 tyres (see below), the ride is absolutely fine on road. On track they are great. I got a chance to play with the settings a bit with some help from my personal mechanic for the day @GFWilliams (excellent service, very reasonable rates, brings all his own tools...) and that made them even better. Really helps balance out the effects of the LSD nicely. Everything I hoped they would be, and gold of course! Wheels/tyres/brakes - I am still running the standard cast wheels at the moment but fitted Cup 2 (215/265) tyres. These are bloody brilliant. Great on track (very predictable and loads of grip) and great on road (ride comfort is better than the old Pirellis I had on). I had been looking at some BC Forged wheels for a while but couldn't quite settle on which design I liked best, nor could I afford to pull the trigger given the expenditure on other mods. Then out of the blue I got an opportunity to buy some nearly-new Simply Lotus forged wheels with a set of lightly used Cup 2s (215/285) for a price that I really couldn't refuse. I still don't love the look of the Lotus forged wheels to be honest, but for the price it was a no-brainer. Will be getting them fitted shortly and will be interested to see how different they feel. I have heard from a number of sources that it is quite noticeable. Front brake pads needed replacing so went for Performance Friction 08 pads, which matched what I already had on the rear. They seem to do the job very nicely on road and track without any issue. Special thanks to @Arun_D for delivering the wheels for me. Was lovely to meet you and your partner Cindy too. Bodywork/aero - my @alias23 side sills arrived and were installed by BoT. They are great quality and look very nice indeed. Subtle but finish the car off nicely. Terrific service from Imran too of course as always, and I love being able to support someone in our community who is so passionate and doing such great work for us all to benefit from. In fact, that is why I have also ordered one of his new "road" spec splitters, which is being shipped to BoT as I type, as well as the new mirror stalks and mirrors that Imran has developed in conjunction with George, which hopefully should be ready in a few weeks. Update to follow on those in due course. I would have loved to have gone for the full "track" spec splitter but there is no way I will be able to get that into/out of my garage given the annoying dip I have to traverse! Hopefully the street version will add just a bit more aero and aggressive look to make it worthwhile in any event. I have also bought George's old DJ Racecar rear wing and KT mounts. I am having the end plates painted Ardent red to match my car (and also having a second set of plain carbon end plates made that I plan to have stickered by Divine Handcraft) and then the wing will be fitted by BoT in the next couple of weeks at the same time as the splitter. Finally, I ordered a 430 Cup style rear diffuser from Lotus with George's, so that has also arrived and will be fitted by BoT as well. The service from BoT has been excellent as always, and Sam has been fantastic to deal with. Great bloke too. I think that's about it in terms of mods(!) so the only thing to add now is about driving. I've not been able to drive the car quite as much as I wanted given the amount of triathlon training/racing I have done this summer, but have still managed to get out quite a bit. The unquestionable highlight was a day at Snetterton that we had right at the end of July. Great turn-out from @Gordon S, @Ali tuck, @BatMobile, @GFWilliams and @AlanSears as well as a few other Exiges. We hired a couple of pro drivers for the whole day between us, which was a brilliant idea from @BatMobile and a massive learning experience. I had one high speed spin that was a proper brown-trouser moment but fortunately somehow managed to miss the barriers (through total luck not judgement) and no damage was done. Other than that, I enjoyed it more than almost any other day I have had with the car. I can only reiterate what I and others have previously said - these cars need to be taken on track to really show what they can do, and the best way to do that is with other owners, who are almost invariably great company. Even got a shout-out on Track Time! Last weekend I took the Lotus down to Bill Rawles Classic Cars in Four Marks for their coffee morning. My Dad and some of his car buddies are regulars there but this was my first time. The place is amazing and I would highly recommend a visit if you like classic cars. I took my wife with me and my Mum also came, so it was a real family outing. We had a great time (the classic car geeks seemed to appreciate the Lotus lurking amongst their Healeys and E Types) and a lovely pub lunch afterwards - including meeting a P1 in the pub car park! The drive down in the morning along the A272 was great and really suited the Lotus well. Finally a few pictures to follow below. Thanks for reading!
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  27. I'd wondered what had broken the fibreglass of the body shell below the windscreen where the aircon unit blows into the screen vent moulding. It's because an 18kg aircon unit it fastened to it with two M6 fixings! It's also fastened to the bulkhead, but these are really just to pull it forward onto the bulkhead. With 18kg bouncing up and down on these fixings every time the car goes over a pothole there's no wonder the fibreglass cracked. I'm planning to add some support from the transmission tunnel to stop this from happening in the future. I've added a couple of flanges to allow some of the weight to be taken by the tunnel: These flanges will fasten to brackets bolted to the tunnel. Hopefully this will stop the body shell from cracking again. Pete
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  28. So, the car is essentially finished and off to be MOT'd for the last time next week. Going over to Tomorrow's Classics on Monday for familiarisation and inspection. Super excited. In the meantime, I had some other people build a garage for said Esprit to live in... (door is on order)
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  29. Damn right, I’d ceramic coat the kids if I could get the grease off them long enough! New diffuser looks great, much more aggressive than the original!
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  31. I took a friends 12 year old son out for his first Lotus ride on Sunday. It will be a few years before he can get one of his own, but we have a new convert
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  32. Still waiting for Lotus to supply the parts, this is a bit of a joke, more than a month without my only vehicle. You'd think they could grab one off the production line, they are the same part after all.
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