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  1. Enough about bloody phone clips you say, what about the EX430 kit!? Okay, so here's my initial review; I picked the car up yesterday and drove it home to Peterborough from H111. The car was fitted with both the EX430 and the Komotec valved backbox system with carbon tips. Immediately on the way home the car was singing a different tune. The exhaust is far louder, deeper and more visceral, it's just sounds plain evil but not overbearing. Performance wise, initially, the most noticeable change was torque. The car now pulls harder regardless of gear selection, where as before you had to try harder to find that peak power spot. On the drive out to Northampton last night and on the road trip today is where it really started to show it's teeth! I think perhaps the ECU needed a settling in period in order to get used to what else was now available and at its disposal. The car is just more agressive in every gear, it pulls like a train and as I've said previously, there's far more torque and it's far less fussy with gears. In point, it's quite noticeably, considerably quicker! Soundtrack wise, the exhaust is pretty awesome, supercharger whine isn't as pronounced as I thought it might be but it's not a big deal. The car performed faultlessly for the 350 ish miles I've covered yesterday and today. Engine temps remained consistent with pre modification and fuel consumption wasn't notably more either. So, all in all, so far, I'm a happy chap! The only thing I'll need to change is the bit of tied off bungy cord holding the carbon airbox in place as I think that's pretty low rent... My initial opinion would be, if you do alot of track work then save up and go 460 with the peace of mind of charge cooling, but if you're mainly a fast road user, you can have not far off the same performance for 60% of the cost...
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  2. After much faffing about I've found someone had put a cap head bolt into one of the mounting threads. This was hitting some of the fiberglass dash and needed to be removed before you could remove the HU. 🤬
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  3. Shocking about the chassis. 😟 However a timely reminder for us to check our fire extinguishers and fuel lock valves.
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  4. Now eat that ferrari... Lotus even has its own brand of luxurious toiletpaper ( royale ), because that is exactly what a real lotus driver or his passenger will need after he exercised what his lotus is capable of on a race circuit
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  5. I would think the most likely cause would be either the voltage reg is stuck so its giving the full 12V all the time or the sender is the wrong one. There are many types of these, all different. I could run mine up to temp and measure the sender resistance if that would help.
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  6. We have a law over here that if you assault either a paramedic or a police officer, you are facing a 1 year mandatory sentence. Or you are meant to. James Haberfield was allowed to walk free after bashing a paramedic there to help him. Two women bashed a male paramedic and were allowed to walk free. I fear that some judges are very lenient or maybe should not be a judge?
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  7. I bet it costs a lot more that £10k to go from usable to concourse.
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  8. Refurbishment of the Distributor. The first two pictures show the distributor as is and with points removed exposing the breaker plate. In the second picture you can see a spring that goes over a post that is on the breaker plate Removal of the breaker plate, (unhook the spring) revealing the weights and advance cam. Just below the unhooked spring you can see the advance cam is stamped with a number. This number indicates the deg of advance for the distributor, in this case, as far as I can tell it's 11 The breaker plate is actually made up of two plates that rotate about each other and can easily be separated for cleaning. Next off is the vacuum diaphragm. Unscrew the wheel at the end, (there may be a circlip on it) you will need to pull the assembly as you do so to give you room to get it completely off. When you do remove the assembly be carefull not to loose the small spring that is on the rod. The second pic shows a close up of the weights and cam. There are two springs one thicker (the primary) and one thinner (the secondary) The type/strength/placing of these springs is important as they are dynamically tested to go with the particular weights that are in each distributor. To remove you would need to undo the screw in the middle, carefully remove the springs and remove the advance cam. The weights just sit on their posts and are easily removed. Changing/altering any of these componants will have an effect on how the distributor acts and ultimately how the engine reacts/runs. Once the weights are out, to remove the final plate requires the removal of a pin which is accessed at the bottom of the shaft on the outside. be warned though, it requires a lot of force to remove. As all was good with mine and there was no shaft movement I decided not to go that far. Having checked for free movement of the weights I decided not to do anything other than clean in situ and lightly grease the pivot points. Points will be replaced with electronic ignition. Everything cleaned up and replaced including a new vacuum diaphragm ( I am keeping the original diaphragm) hooked up to the breaker plate Electronic ignition fitted. Another piece of the jigsaw complete! Roland
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  9. Silicone vacuum hose 4mm I guess then. Life is easy if you know what to look for :)... Thanks. Ah, just had Lotus van der Kooi install your air intake, wasn't able to really try it out yet but the whine is terrific already!
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  10. I find the engine heat dries the window almost instantly? Get yours hotter 🤣👍
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  11. No, unfortunately due to bright sunlight it was difficult to get a good representation as the light was bleaching things out. They do match the wheels in reality though 🤣
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  12. Very practical cars! I've had my road bike and (separately) my TT bike across the back seats. I put a blanket underneath to stop them marking the seats.
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  13. Okay today's little jobs; 1. Some of us drive our cars 😲 during this crazy foolhardy process I've noticed that when it gets (shock horror) wet, the little rear view window to the engine compartment gets covered in water droplets and condensation pretty quickly. This is probably due to the holes in the engine cover 🤣 Anyway, all joking aside, it's a pain, so as I'd invested in some rather magic Gthechniq G1 glass coating and had some left over, I thought I'd treat the little window to a coating. It was a hernia inducing feat of contortion to apply it but as it's meant to last for two years, I thought it'd be worth it 😁 2. Changing the colour of the rear spoiler struts. Most people go with black but as I have a fairly unique wheel colour, I thought I'd try and match that. Although I'm fairly handy, I'm also quite impatient so can't be bothered to mess around with lots of preparation and primer etc. With this in mind, I wanted a direct to metal paint that was resilient, easy to apply and roughly matched my wheels. That came in the form of Halfords anthracite engine bay paint. I stripped the fin down this morning, fortunately or unfortunately it's still waiting for warranty work to be completed by rebonding the horizontal section to the uprights but in this instance it just made it easier to take it apart! Struts removed and wiped down with white spirit, layers built up gradually. Left to set for an hour. Then baked in the oven for an hour to cure hard and put back together, must say I'm pretty happy with the result 😁
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  14. When I changed mine, I seem to remember that there were some screws on the old HU that caught up on the frame as I pulled it out. Is there anything that you can use to act as a wedge to move the mounting frame out from the side of the HU casing as you gently wiggle and pull it out? You’ll need to push the unit back in before you try it in case the screw head is caught around something. That’s what worked for me (I can’t remember if I used a small screwdriver or the trim removal tool).
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  15. Ok. If you have a full cage rather than the brackets I have, it is possible that the cage has been pushed in with the side cut out tabs engaged in such a way that they catch on the metal surround of the trim fascia. These tabs are often triangular shaped and cut on two sides to enable them to be bent outwards to 'catch' to fix the cage in place. See if you can get a slim metal tool down between the fascia surround and the cage itself just where it stops moving. Other than that it may be a whole front fascia removal job. Not difficult but it is time consuming.
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  16. See my thread bur I didn't have any real problem once those 4 screws are removed. On the Alpine 520r their isn't a cage but two seperate side plates that are screwed to the hu. As you pull the hu out, those side plates can catch on the sides of the fixed dash facia. Manouvre one side forward if you can, then the other. Good luck.
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  17. None chap - most will either sheer off or give up when presented with the anglegrinder and 1mm cutting discs. It’s a two man job fitting it back up really. you might want to stock up on plasters
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  18. It's a Marcos GT. Originally a 2-litre but got a 3-litre Ford Essex engine in it. Another project but relegated now the Esprit is back.
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  19. Aloe Vera. We have two plants growing in the backyard for such things. Break off a little piece and rub the sap on. Works for bee stings, burns, soldering iron burns etc.
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  20. They can use the lotus name all they want, Lotus has been registered by many companies as their brand. Lotus is a common name, the number of companies in China alone using Lotus is mind boggling The only things Group Lotus has registered are the CABC Lotus roundel and the Lotus Cars moniker, and even there, there are a few problems...
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  21. You need to get the TLF cover through Bibs, I've had one for each Evora now, excellent quality, customizable coloring and piping and price is very reasonable.
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  22. Following a beautiful blue 430 :
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  23. What an unbelievably large dose of dickhead - 72mph in a 30 zone. Who gives a shit about the points - this knob should be in a cell for 30 years.
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  24. I think you should see at least that 20hp, perhaps even 30 if you altered the exhaust manifold. One of my Excels has a flowed head and standard exhaust manifold and the power delivery is noticeably different from my standard Excel.
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  25. Oh. You must be a fellow smartass then lol.
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  26. Modern Classics magazine have an edition out now with my Sport 350 featured alongside a TVR Tuscan and Aston Martin DB7. They have the following prices quoted for the Esprit Sport 350: Concours - £65,000 Good - £60,000 Usable - £55,000
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  27. Thanks Richard. Well thanks to Smithy111 on here and an accurate temperature measure there's nothing wrong! The engine wasn't hot enough To activate the thermostat. The gauge was overeading by about 30 degrees! New voltage regulator should fix the guage. Tuned again. Pretty good now! This is with the fans on.... About 1 or less difference. All level with no fans.
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  28. @trcmI would suggest you contact the dealer and suggest they pursue getting one removed from the production line (it has worked for me before). If they are reluctant to act then contact Neil Turner and whilst explaining to him politely how many beans make five, suggest he does the same.
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  29. mmmmm..........didnt work for the watch tho'......lol who knows................. it still irks me that the Europeans decided in favour of the Spanish......... when you bear in mind that they only changed their name from Lorus to Lotus not so long ago.......but Lotus has been a brand for considerably longer....... no one stopped Ferrari from making a watch............ sorry I digress........rant over....I'll get my coat
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  30. With the scarcity of second hand chassis now it does seem criminal. Aren't new chassis in the 2k region? To think I got mine for £100 5 years ago!
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  31. So when I purchased my Evora a few friends said it'd get swallowed by a verge! Turns out they had the right words, in the wrong order...
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  32. A little update . The exhaust started to be a bit louder again . So time to check the experiment and open up the muffler. I noticed that there was a small hole where the tube enters the muffler. This has nothing to do with the fact that it is made repackable, but was caused by an old repair. So I had some welding to do. But back to the experiment: I openend up the exhaust and indeed, there was a lot of rockwool missing. It wasn't empty, but a lot was gone. After inspection, I noticed that where the rockwool gets hot ( around the perforated tubes ) the fibres are becoming very fine and brittle ( almost like dust), so it is evident that they are blown away rather quick. To be honest, I expected it So the new plan was to buy some exhaust packing material in a motorcycle store on line. That was the plan, but I have no patience, so I started a new plan with materials I had lying around. 20190811_180711 by gvygvy, on Flickr I wrapped heatresistant heatwrap around the two perforated innertubes, before repacking with the rockwool. It looks like the stuff that is used as exhaust wrap, but it is an industrial product used as insulation around steampipes. Before using it I made sure that it is really heatresistant, so I used the open flame from a gas blowtorch on it for some time....perfect. The idea is that this layer is very resistant and will not just blow out and it works as an insulator against the rockwool that is not touching the perforated pipes and in order to prevent the rockwool fibres from blowing out. I also want to try a different approach as a gasket to close up the muffler. The heatresistent silicone had done a good job. It stayed sealed , but it took some time to remove it and open up, so this time I want to use a roll of flexible self adhesive gasket, to test if this makes opening and closing more easy. The silicone sealed well but takes some time to remove and clean. picture of the wrapped perforated tubes, before I started filling with rockwool. 20190810_133722 by gvygvy, on Flickr And at last I use some exhaust clamps to close up this time. This allows me to open up and close, just using a spanner. 20190811_181059 by gvygvy, on Flickr So let the test begin. The car sounded a lot more dampened again, so that is perfect. Let's see if the rockwool will stay in a bit longer this time. If not....I order some motorcycle 4 takt exhaust dampening whool.....
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  33. Dont remove it - There is a good chance a big leak will simply be a hose, although the compressor seal will probably also be junk too R134a works absolutely fine in the Esprit Have a look at this thread' Project A/C R12 to R134 in a G car
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  34. I’ve now spent a good few hours, (around 500 miles worth), driving the GT430 on a variety of roads in good weather. It has included long motorway cruising and B road blasting on some rough road surfaces. But no track sessions yet! I thought it would be interesting to draw a direct comparison with the Sport 410 which I had from new for 2 years & 4.5k miles. Some direct comparisons have already been made by others on here, notably Jonny @The Pits who has accurately nailed the differences, but it is probably worth providing another perspective. The 430 is a more precise and uncompromising car. 65-70% track as opposed to road orientation. The 410 is the other way round 75% road and 25% track oriented. (Roughly from my subjective view). Both cars are quick, but the 410 runs out of puff a little in any gear beyond the 5-6000 rev range. The 430’s power band has clearly been adjusted to concentrate at mid-range and it is a complete ‘rocket ship’ from 4,5k revs all the way up to the red line. You also know you are going fast! The 410 is better able to cope with the variety of poor road surfaces usually encountered in the UK. The ride height and suspension allows the car to flow smoothly and easily at speed down any B road. Unsurprisingly the 430 is not able to cope as well. The Ohlins dampers are uncompromising and the ride height & front splitter do not lend themselves to spirited B road driving without damage to the car, your spine or both! For this reason the 410 has greater utility and ease of use. Ergonomically there is nothing to choose between the two when the carbon buckets are fitted. The steering feel is a real strong point in both cars, but is a little more precise (verging on skittery) in the 430 probably because there is more rubber on the road. Summary & residuals. If you want a performance car that has a wide utility on road and occasionally on track the Sport 410 has got to be the bargain the century. The GT430 is more focussed car and in terms of engineering & aero perhaps represents the absolute high water mark for Lotus in their analogue ‘petroleum driven’ era. It is very doubtful that we will see anything like it in future. For this reason my 430 is a definite keeper and will be driven and enjoyed. It is a beautifully aggressive, “does what it says on the tin” thing to look at. Hopefully it will hold, or increase its value in years to come.
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  35. Hello All, For the benefit of those who wish to rebuild Dellortos, or for that matter other sidedraught carbs like the venerable DCOEs, I suggest one check in at the Sidedraft Central forum hosted on Yahoo by Keith Franck. KF is a very meticulous researcher/developer who has been diligently testing such carbs for well over a decade and has in the course of this created components offering distinct improvements. His most recent are alternative emulsion tubes, which are receiving accolades. As well as the components, which are available at his webstore, there is a great wealth of information available via the forum. There is much to be had in terms of understanding proper set-up of these carbs and not all the conventional wisdom has held up under scrutiny. FWIW Sidedraft Central - Yahoo Groups.url Webstore Online Auctions for Member DCOE_Tuner.url
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  37. One of my reptile lights blew this morning, not bad considering its on 12 hours a day for the last 30 months I'd say... In my rush to take it out and diagnose if it was the fitting or bulb itself, I grabbed the other reptile lamp (ceramic) to swap out and sort it. Brain clearly not engaged. The second my fingertips touched the bulb I can hear them sizzle. Followed by immense burning pain. Luckily only 2 fingers, as I tapped it to see how hot it was before going full ham fisted grip... Won't be doing that again! A near hour in cold water, still burning like hell.
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