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  1. So, a chance to get out finally, and a chance to see the front end properly, still like it but the number plate will likely be going back down to the splitter - so few cars get it that low and it’s a shame to not do it! So that’s I'll change at some point over the weekend. Well I say that, at the moment I am undecided - so I made up a plinth for mounting to the grill. Bent out of ali sheet to the same size as my (modifed) splitter level plinth. Prefer not to have screws in number plates if I can help it, so have a plinth for both the high an low option, this simply screws to the mounts in the grill: So using that I'll decide on the plate level out later in the year when I am out on the road more Anyway, here's the wider pics so it can be seen in more context: Next was the tow loop on the back end and a change of diffuser. The normal cup tow loop bracket comes in two flavours, vertical mount (as per v6 cup I think) and horizontal mount (as per 430) - as I was updating the diffuser, then I went horizontal as per the 430. Just a note, for the tow bracket the part numbers on the Lotus dealers parts list is wrong, you need to change the last digit. You need the bracket itself, two captive nut plates, bolts and a tow strap. I had a TRS in the garage from another car, and I think this is what Lotus uses, but who knows. Anyway the bits you need are below: When I first got the car I was going to get the garage to do stuff before I saw sense, they quoted 2 hours labour to do it. Total time was 20 mins including removing diffuser, so not sure what the official process is! But by reaching through the hole on the outside off the subframe it was pretty easy, offer it up, fish the captive nuts through. Bolts in, repeat for other side, remember you forgot threadlock, take out bolts, apply threadlock, bolts back in, torque job done. Loosening the exhaust mount makes it easier so you don't have to reach over the bolt from it too much) Not a great image, but here is the assembly in place, bolted to the subframe (exhaust mount misaligned as the bolts were loosened for access): Then you simply attach the tow strap. Tow strap itself was treated with smart fabric - so fairly water resistant to keep the roadgrime off. Next 410/430 diffuser, you need the diffuser and grill. There are two grills available, one with tow loop hole(430 one), one without (350/410 one). If anyone has had an S2 - this feels much more like that. The finish is the same, its riveted, its actually black (not the bluey/black on the old diffuser) - basically not a hacked up Evora part, so much better. You need to transfer the ducts from the original diffuser as they were not in mine. Just 4 bolts on each, then transfer the spire nuts. I also switched to stainless bolts, because shiny. Its these bits here: Rubber trim was actually not that great out of the box, lots of glue residue. I looked at the cars in the dealer - they were all the same. So after about 30 mins with glue remover they were back to being black, looked like this after removal of glue from the rubber, still needed to polish up the edges. As is the normal tradition the diffuser was coated with one coat of Gtechniq CSL, and two coats of Exov4 - it makes it a bit blacker, and makes cleaning easier. Rubber then coated with Gtechniq C4 protector. Additional parts to the grill and diffuser: M6 spire nuts x 4 M6 x 18mm bolt, button head (black) x 4 M6 washer (black) x 4 If it’s the first time of taking the diffuser off I'd change the fittings to stainless, but this was done in the past. Unbolt the 4 m6 bolts that hide behind the diffuser, removing the middle two will release this bracket that the standard old shape diffuser bolts to, not needed anymore and bolt back up to the old diffuser. You won't have the extra cabling at the top of the pic: Bolt the new grill in place. You will need to bend the heat shield to get access to the bolt on the top. Mount 4 m6 spire nuts to the bottom of the grill. I then mounted closed cell foam pad to the bottom of the tabs so the diffuser wasn't scratched on fitting. Then bolted it all up. Job jobbed. Much prefer it to the original rather plastic affair
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  3. Have just got hold of this recently. Has been stood for over five years. Have been playing with it this afternoon and although I should have probably changed the timing belt first, decided after a close visual inspection, to have a go at getting it running. After a few hours, a new condenser, carb strip, changing the terminals and a new battery, it fired straight up. The radiator fan is free and is cutting in and out with no weird noises. Most of the electrics seem to work with the exception of the interior fan and the lights don't go down. The interior is pretty good, however the headlining is shot. Body wise, is good and is mounted on a Spyder Chassis and trailing arms. I have an original workshop manual, but if I get stuck, hopefully someone on here will be able to help out.
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  4. Hi All, Well, I still haven't managed to get the ALDL to USB lead working but, it does look like I've sorted the code 26 with systematic manual checks. I checked through all of the quad driver controlled relays, solenoids, connectors and circuits with my multi-meter. I quickly found the faulty RPM relay and repaired a cracked solder joint inside. This RPM relay actually turned out to be the rad fan control relay. Their positions in the engine bay relay enclosure had been swapped around. Both are quad driver controlled so no worries. Everything else tested ok but, I decided to look at the secondary injector circuit in more detail. I eventually found another broken solder joint inside the ballast resistor case. The balance resistor previously tested fine but I later found that the pressure on it's terminals from my multi-meter probes made the resister test ok. When the resistor was sat in its terminal block, it was open circuit. I took the ballast resistor case apart and found one of the resister legs had a dry joint. I cleaned the joint up and re-soldered, hey presto, no more CEL. Many thanks for everyone's help and especially to Derek for kindly loaning me an ECU along with lots of PM advice, and to Barry, for his EMH pages and motivational words, "You'll crack it👍" So, I've been out in the SE all day driving around the Lincolnshire wolds in the sunshine. CEL stayed off and the car ran flawlessly. Cheers for now, Andy.
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  5. The only person remotely surprised that Philip Scofield has come out is his boyfriend. Why can’t he just continue not having sex with his wife like the rest of us? 😁
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  6. Put the new ref on the car today.
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  7. So adhesive instructions say apply steady pressure and sealant should be tack free in an hour, hmmm, can't be bothered to lean up against the car for an hour soooo 🤔
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  8. Our fascination with celebrity is just so wrong. I probably along with millions others do not give a flying frig leaf as to his sexuality and his sexuality makes no difference to me and how I view him etc. He is just another human being and no more special than anyone else. Why does he need to "show off", or "come out" like this. Why like the majority of people can he not just quietly get on with his life and the decisions he has made.
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  9. Gosh tough crowd. 🤣 The weekend is here guys. Enjoy the dry roads and trade some miles for smiles. 🤩 Peace to all lovers of all cars. 😇
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  10. Just to clarify some points on your original post, the Komotec Upgrades phase 2&3 are complete kits with altered files reflashed via the OBD port to the original Ecu plus hardware. They are the only changes ,everything else stays as OEM. Ie traction / stability control, idle etc. The only other option is a replacement ecu and new mapping and the hardware to complete, this would move you much further away from your stated goal, if you are tracking seriously all be it a limited number each year , I would agree with the above 220/250 cup or exige however if it’s more for the road I would stick with what you have , I have 2015 s3 the only thing that let it down was the exhaust note and to be honest the parts that made up the complete system, they work , but on a car like these they deserve a bespoke setup , and there lies the rub , you require the new ecu info to enjoy there benefits. on the 17.5 year cars like Neals they sound great from the factory. plus ,most mods costs will not be realised if you wish to sell and insurance has to be considered . last of all ,the cups cars look amazing ,and I came very close to buying Neals car ( best Colour), but if you go to places as we do for our holiday etc there no way the Aero kit would remain intact . After doing the bronze / silver days at Lotus the standard setup is more than capable for my ability’s on the road.
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  11. You can even claim the majority of folks wished to remain 🇪🇺
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  12. You wait til Gordon the gopher goes on record.....
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  13. Fascinating thanks Andy....lots of good reasons there for me to avoid a Model S and stick with RangeRover - phew! However there's lots there about charging. The Tesla charging infrastructure is held up in EV circles as exemplary - and certainly beats the madness of the separate and uncoordinated networks of different standards that the rest of us in the EV community have to put up with. I have used various public chargers just to see if I could and it is very much hit and miss if its going to be available and work when you get somewhere. Nowhere near a practical proposition for the non-warriors at the moment. But for our use of the i3 we've never yet HAD to get a charge away from home, so none of those points impact... I think the Lithium batteries chemical issue you talk about has also been marginalised by BMW (and some others) in their charging software. The usable capacity is displayed on the dash going from 100% to 0%, but that isn't really what the battery sees. By only displaying from (I'm guessing) 10% to 90% in absolute terms much of the bad stuff is avoided - it never fully Discharges and similarly isn't "topped up". Also the charge rate drops dramatically when over 80% full (indicated) and loads of time then put into "cell balancing". Again aimed at battery longevity. As is a relatively slow max charge rate of 11kW. Clearly building these margins into the battery charge cycle will give less headline "range" and slower charge times. These are very bad points in terms of increasing the number of people the car will suit...but for those of us that charge slowly overnight on Economy 7 it simply doesn't impact. Certainly from all I've read in the i3 community such an approach seems to be paying dividends in terms of battery health. And the car being online to BMW also has some upsides. I got a notice of a charging cable recall on screen when driving to get the fish and chips tonight - all very down with the kids.. Nothing about my car ownership is about saving on running costs or being Eco. I like having whatever car I want which I think is the right car for what I want to do. The i3 replaced a Jimny we enjoyed for 10 years. The i3 is fun to drive (yes really! - but that's in context, within 50 miles of home with little motorway use and mostly round trips to the nearest town), narrow for the lanes, good for the two of us as we have the back seats folded which gives a large load area (shops and dump). It was ridiculously expensive to buy compared with other similar sized hatchbacks, but has been (so far) ridiculously cheap to run. I reckon once you've got used to one pedal driving your wife's EV you'll find yourself borrowing it more often than you'll admit to...
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  14. - Unfortunately I wasn't able to insert the relevant photos at the relevant points in the text. You'll figure it out Forward. This is all of the info I amassed over a number of years searching for a Lotus branded radio cassette unit for my Esprit S2. I won't touch S1 cars save to say there was a Philips unit [not rebranded for Lotus] in the mix at least during some part of S1 production as far as I know, and there seems to have been some radio/cassette cross over between S1 and S2 production. I'm saying some S1's may have also had Motorola units, idk for sure. When I got my car I was happy to see a period Sharp radio cassette in it, and it being old, I assumed it was factory. Then my certificate of provenance landed and the accompanying letter states that the car had been full spec, which meant it had metallic paint, leather upholstery and a Lotus branded radio cassette. It also mentions that the unit was manufactured by Motorola. 'I'll find one of those then', I thought. Wrong. Well kind of wrong, I just got one. It took four and a half years though, and I was extremely motivated* in my search. Which means nothing really in a sense, but it means I have now have a little file of my findings during that search. There's so little info on these units out there, I figure it might help someone else. So you've likely been all over TLF and you've found a few references to the Motorola model numbers of the two units that were allegedly fitted to S2 Esprits. The model numbers often stated; LT551 and LT558. I say allegedly, not with contempt, but because whereas a photo may surface of a unit [resembling those below] fitted to an Esprit, I have never found proof that a radio/cassette with 'Lotus' printed on the facia, actually bears either of those model numbers. I'd urge any owner who has a car with a Lotus branded radio to gently pull the unit out far enough to read the model number [usually on the label on the top surface of the unit], and post it here. These units are incredibly rare and won't be any less so for info shared. It's not so easy these days to stump a Google image search, but the phrase; 'Lotus Motorola radio cassette' comes very close. A photo of my unit, having been on a recent auction listing, is the sole relevant result. Before I get into the details, let's address the elephant in the room; these are not set the world on fire units. Motorola are a brand steeped in history and world firsts, and they build quality items, but this is not a particularly good looking unit, nor is it particularly advanced. It has a charm though that in my eyes is coming around, with it's uncluttered UI, '70's type face, sporty colouring and 'U' marked FM band. The Unit. This is I believe the only photo of a Motorola produced, Lotus branded radio cassette on TLF, until now. - SEE PHOTO #01 - Unfortunately I can't remember the thread it's from, possibly a member's S2 build thread, but the unit passed between two TLF members for what would certainly be considered mate's rates now, and I think the photo being on a weighing scales, was taken by the original owner but uploaded by the receiver. I've also read at least two other posts here of owners who's cars still have the original Lotus branded unit, and another by a lucky owner who randomly found one for £10 at a car boot sale. This unfortunately is one of those items that no one posts photos of. After seeing that and periodically trying every related search term for a unit, I have seen photo's of three cars that were clearly fitted with a Lotus Motorola unit. The first was a bright blue Lotus Eclat that appeared on Car and Classic. Someone had attempted to make it a cabriolet and cut the roof off. It was listed at stg £650 and changed hands twice during my search, ending up on the continent I believe. The original seller wouldn't part with the radio cassette separately. The second was again an Eclat, red this time and in what seemed like good original, and useable condition. Offered on ebay by an independent dealer in the greater London area iirc, again the seller wasn't willing to remove the unit. The third was in an Esprit S2 in the United States. It was listed [and presented] as an original car but had no engine or trans. I had no more luck with this gent than the last two. Unfortunately whilst I can find the remnants of these three ads, I don't seem to have taken screen shots of the cars, or the units. The radios looked identical to the one I have received. The LT Family. The Motorola unit fitted to Lotus cars seems to have been part of a small range of models that consisted of at least three specs; a two band radio, a two band radio cassette, and a three band radio cassette, the latter being our target. The two lesser specified models appear semi-regularly on the auctions, and can usually be had from £15 to £50. These can be found unbranded, branded for Motorola, or for a number of the British Leyland marques. Our three band radio cassette seems only to have been fitted to Lotuses. Do I need to mention it's rarity? Interestingly, and infuriatingly the BL units wear only BL model numbers, so there are no more clues to be had there. Unit #01 - The two band radio - SEE PHOTO #02 - Unit #02 - The two band radio cassette - SEE PHOTOS 03, 04, 05, 06 - Unit #03 - The three band radio cassette - SEE PHOTO #07 - My unit is not an LT551, nor is it an LT558. It's an LT648. This likely means that it's an updated model in the same line. Whether the earlier model numbers were radios which looked similar or not is anyone's guess. Perhaps the LT551 and LT558 are the two band radio, and two band radio cassette pictured above. There may never have been an LT551 or LT558 in a Lotus, perhaps they were part of the original deal between Lotus and Motorola, but by the time the order was fulfilled the models had been superseded, who knows. It's heartening at least that it the three band Lotus emblazoned unit bears an LT prefix. I'll leave you with some of the BL model labels, and some detailed photos of my unit. I hope this helps someone, or at least provides some reference for what is a funny little item to be one of the rarest parts of a late 70's Lotus Esprit. SEE PHOTO #08, AND REMAINING IMAGES - * By motivated I mean that for three years I treated the search for the radio unit as a weekly exercise. I contacted all of the main Lotus indy specialists, who each will tell you they've a list as long as their arms of owners desperately looking for a unit. I contacted Lotus who have no information about the units, outside of some cars being fitted with Motorola made radios. I contacted Motorola Heritage, who usually don't engage with Joe public but who were intrigued, as they also had no record of the models or of any dealing with Lotus cars. Unfortunately some sort of data error means I've lost the emails from Motorola Heritage, but since receiving my unit I've contacted them again to update them, and if I hear anything back I'll post it here. If you're looking for inspiration it's worth noting that most of my efforts produced little more than the information contained in this post, the radio ultimately came from a simple saved search on ebay. Here are some ideas I employed that helped in my other searches for rare items. set saved searches on ebay & local online classifieds [as in automatic search notifications, there were no other bidders on my radio ] politely contact people selling period correct Lotus parts politely contact people selling Lotus project cars with the radio in tact ask anyone you've just purchased a related item from attend auto jumbles & car boots place a wanted post here [in the wanted section] remember to mention it to any car guy or Lotus enthusiast you talk to offer for barter other rare items you may not now need, in exchange
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  15. Sorting out a cupboard, I found a small section of my Concorde stash. It's all over the house, and I've forgotten a lot of it, so I've decided to catalogue and photo it as I find it. I'll post them here with a bit of history if applicable. Some might find it interesting... A Terence Conran cutlery set. After the Air France accident, the type was grounded (don't get me started about that), and eventually modifications were mandated to return the aircraft to service. BA saw this as a rebrand opportunity, and revamped pretty much everything onboard, with Terence Conran designing the new crockery and cutlery. This design flew only once. On its first post-modification proving flight, full of staff testing the new service, the aircraft was forced to turn around mid-Atlantic and return to Heathrow. The date was September 11, 2001. Thereafter, metal cutlery was banned on all commercial flights until well after Concorde's final flights. Final design BA Concorde baggage tag. I have a few of these; some signed by Captain Leslie Scott when I met him at the USS Intrepid Museum in New York, home to Concorde G-BOAD. Les was in charge of Alpha Delta for the fastest ever commercial Atlantic crossing of 2h 52m 59s on Feb 7 1996. Please, if you have any Concorde memorabilia or memories, post here!
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  16. MLOC are pleased to announce that Lotus in the Peak 2020 is now available for booking via the MLOC store. This year's event will run very much on similar lines to before. There will once again be a Friday night barbecue at the Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington for all those wishing to make a weekend of it. Saturday is a leisure day allowing people time to explore all that the Peak District has to offer. Sunday is the main event - There will once again be 3 early morning runs, this time starting from either Ashbourne, Whaley Bridge or from Hassop Station for the 'classic run'. Both Ashbourne and Whaley Bridge will have 3 run paces to choose from whereas the classic run from Hassop Station will be run at a slower more leisurely pace only. All runs will stop for breakfast at Hassop Station Cafe and will then combine to form one large procession to Peak Rail Rowsley where we will have our car of the day competition, kid's competitions and of course our not to be missed raffle. There will be loads of fabulous raffle prizes on offer with proceeds going to our chosen charity for this year - Rainbows Hospice for children and young people, providing care and support to life-limited children and their families. So please dig deep and purchase loads of raffle tickets for this most worthy of causes. https://www.rainbows.co.uk/ A gourmet picnic can be booked for the Sunday and you can of course also bring your own along too. We hope to see you there. Further information and booking details can be found via the following link:- https://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/litpbooking/ Thanks The LitP Team
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  17. Not that anyone really cares I guess but since when did 'what you are' define 'who you are? At the end of the day, what is more important? All we know now is that yet another celebrity is a self centered prick who, in order to 'find his own happiness' has given up on vows he made 27 years ago. 'For better or worse' anyone.............. I feel for his family. I mean, it isn't like 27 years ago (1993), men weren't afraid to come out of the closet. Mercury died in 91. Just sad
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  18. NIce day - new suspension is in. Jacques
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  19. You're welcome to debate chaps but any more personal insults and I'll intervene more formally.
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  21. Looks good @MrP_ i have the say I like the number plate higher, really cleans up the front end in my opinion.
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  22. Do you still have all the stickers on the car @RoflOnMyWaffle?
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  23. Do you understand BEV's and electricity or are you just chucking random stuff out? If so, do you have any idea of the electric charge/current that will be required to fully charge an Evija in 12 minutes? Hydrogen high volume and not convenient - sorry, but that's nonsense - the average hydrogen storage tank for a car to travel roughtly 350-450 miles when full are 6kg in weight and they can be moulded into convenient shapes - the hydrogen gas is stored under pressure. It's easy to transport and you can reuse the current natural gas pipelines to reduce the infrastructure investment required. I have no idea where you get the idea that water vapour is a major greenhouse gas. Please enlighten me. I also assume you do not ever have tea or coffee, never steam your vegetables to cook them, nor ever have a hot bath or a hot shower in that case? Did you know that Hydrogen is currently being piped in to Peterhead and Aberdeen and used to power local buses? Or that hydrogen is being injected into the national gas network to provide a more efficient and environmentally efficient "burn"? Many garages already have LPG pumps and storage facilities and these can be easily re-purposed for Hydrogen. The North Sea will see it's next energy boom using re-purposed oil platforms, connected to offshore windfarms, to produce green Hydrogen on a massive scale. Why would you not use 100% environmentally friendly Hydrogen for fuel cells instead of Lithium based electric cells that currently cannot be recycled and cause a huge environmental impact when the lithium and cobalt is mined? Graphene is years away from commercial use. As for Petrol stations. Why do you think Shell bought First Utility? They are developing their consumer energy strategy that ties in the home, garages and personal transportation. We could go on for hours talking about all of this. I've worked in the utilities and energy sector for 24 years. I fully accept and believe we need to change to improve our futures and those for our children, however, sometimes discussions around BEV's just feels like it is blind leading the blind and people just swallow whole the buzz, throw out isolated random stats and hype to justify why it is all so good and wonderful and to shut naysayers down. Let's see if Kia sells what it thinks it will by the end of the year. Saying your going to sell, and actually selling, or two very differerent things. @Barrykearley - I've driven BEV's. I've had several as hire cars. I can see how and why they are attractive and I can see how and why people would buy one. They are just not for me and for the use I make of a car. The wife might get one, and that's up to her. Andy yes, I'll drive it when I need to. But, it will not be my first choice of transport.
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  24. And in the garage @RobinB5 awaiting your collection are two bottles. One of base coat - and one of top coat for that leather sorting hat 👍👍
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  25. https://www.lotustalk.com/threads/flushing-heater-matrix-with-clr-worked.181850/#post-2543178 Everyone is encouraged to turn up the heat a little at least once per drive. Most heater flow issues begin because the coolant never 'flows' while we are driving. I keep our heater control pointed at the 5 o'clock position...enough for the heater coolant to flow, but not enough to create noticeable warmth in the summer. 🤗
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  26. Hi Rolls, sorry you gave up on the loom. I have tried both a new one and updating the old. Now I would always update the old. The looms from S and J are fine and I installed one in my S1. Its very important you match the loom to the spec of your car. I found circuits missing such as the fasten belts and twin headlight motor wiring. I had to convert it to twin headlight motor from single and put in all the missing circuits. I could have just updated the old one. The S2 loom I think is more standard, but make sure its the correct spec and you should just be able to install. There are always problems though, it is a Lotus after all!
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  28. Frankly, I don’t care whether the exhaust valves are filled with sodium, custard, or the wife’s shampoo. I’m not passing comment on any others, but as far as my own cylinder head is concerned, it’s in the best professional hands, and I’m leaving to those who have a proven track record and know exactly what they’re doing. As for the weather, well it’s a bit warmer today, so I might be able to make up some lost ground in the degreasing. Well, apart from the bloody rain, that is.
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  29. I agree, he is likely to win again in November. Assuming he wins, it will be interesting to see what follows. While I don't think I would bet money on this happening, I also won't be surprised if a "grassroots" movement to revoke the 22nd Amendment (the one setting Presidential term limits) suddenly springs up.
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  30. Thank you. The Exige V6 is also much simpler, not requiring engine out for clutch or gearbox.
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  31. Sooo, attended HPE automotive today, had the nitrons bolted on. Have to say Dan's a top man! Nitrons went on first, then he did corner weighting, she weighed in at a healthy 1129kg with 2/3 of a tank fuel 😁 she was fairly well balanced to begin with having only about 7kg difference between axles. Next up was geo, front end was good and we left ride height the same as with the Eibach lowering springs; 135 front and 140 rear. Rear needed some work though as things were a little out. Then we moved onto Alias23 carbon side scoops. Install was fairly straight forward following Imrans comprehensive instructions but as the carbon outer shells required bonding on we couldn't attach them as didn't want them coming off before the adhesive had .set on the drive home. Got home and had to try finishing off the install, I've used 3M tape for now and given it a good yank. The advantage being that I can probably prize it apart if required as it still needs a little fettling on the passenger side. On the drive home the ride was very impressive. More compliant but also more on rails through the bends. For now they're set to the mid point for rebound and I'm quite happy with that to be honest.
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  32. A tongue in cheek view of the Tesla 😉
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  34. Moroso baffled sump. As fitted to my Exige V6. A work of functional art. Also, here’s my 2bular exhaust system with Zircotec performance white coating. Stunning to behold and gives me a little buzz every time I catch a glimpse of it through the engine bay or under the car.
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  35. Check page 8 in @Lotusfab - Esprit Turbo project car - part3 - the further continuation - thread. The in situ shots are above the post the below link goes to, and the individual tools are at the bottom of the page.
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  36. I’ve owned many Lotus cars in my time, the last 3 all bought brand new, and the one thing that really dismays me is, in all that time I have never once received any communication from Lotus, absolutely zilch. I’ve bought other cars new, mostly Mercedes, and have always received regular communications from them. The usual ‘thank you for choosing etc......’ but also regular news in which I might be interested, such as new car announcements or updates to existing, plus the occasional dealer events etc, etc. A friend of mine has bought a few new Porsches and he is almost inundated with similar. Now, probably like everybody on here, I love Lotus for entirely different reasons and, in the past, have always accepted their shortcomings with regard to keeping me informed. Now, however, and particularly since the Geely takeover plus a new management structure, including marketing, there is absolutely no excuse for not keeping in touch with your existing customer base, never mind your future potential customers. Modern methods of communication have made it a complete no brainer to do so but not, it seems, for Lotus. I find this all very frustrating and would have hoped that by now the Geely influence would, at least, have changed this one aspect. I do understand there hasn’t been a huge amount for them to talk about but how about sending news on the recent ‘Softer’ Evora or prior to that, the Evija. Ok, I know that wouldn’t be on my shopping list but, nevertheless, it would help ramp up some excitement and let everybody know what they are working hard on. Marketing emails cost no more to send to 10,000 people, or more, than they do to 1, so why not? The only way I get to find about new or enhanced models or, indeed, any other news about the company is from forums such as this, which is fine but not really what I expect from a company in the 21st century. Lotus have my email address and when I try to sign on to be kept in touch, just get a reply saying I’m already on their list. Well if that’s the case Lotus, why don’t you bloody well keep in touch with me, a long time customer and fanboy since the 1960’s??? I once had a Subaru Outback that we used for things like taking rubbish to the dump or for shopping or just for carrying over large items, rather than mess up the Mercs and it was quite brilliant for the role. Well I sold that car some 8 years ago when I no longer needed it but I still receive updates and news about new cars etc from them approximately every quarter. So come on Lotus, show me you care about your customers too. You never know, I just might be interested in buying one of the next generation of new cars!
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  37. Agreed. I wish the ambition was to succeed as a ground breaking sports car maker not a me-too volume car maker at any cost. I have to admire McLaren's refusal to produce SUVs.
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  38. The big question then is whether or not a car that would to appeal to normal people could ever be a true Lotus?
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  39. I bought our ev because it’s overall cost of ownership and comfort is superb value. I do my absolutely very best to personally offset this by drinking Herefordshire cider and trying to eat as many of those pesky polluting cows as possible
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  40. You simply can’t buy new mass produced consumerist goods on eco grounds full stop. The bulk of all emissions is on manufacturing
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  41. So back to some changes. Over the winter I have been trying to work out what to do with cars, should I change modify etc - that really is undecided but I thought I would go about changing a few more bits that I think could be better on the Exige. First was something I had an idea would work, but wasn't sure till I tried it - removing the ugly plastic grills. As I have the carbon access panel, the standard plastic hex stuff was gone from there. Side scoops also are now meshed, but the front was still there and it annoyed me, so I wanted rid… First I got some spares of the grills on the front end so I could go back to standard if I messed up: Then I started cutting, removing the mesh leaving only frames: Next became the far harder task of cutting out the mesh to fit - it took forever to cut and bend to shape and cut my hands to bits, which was nice. Once bent and cut, I bonded with epoxy, then covered that with silicon adhesive to keep it all looking black. They looked like this in the end: All screws were still accessible through careful lining up of the holes, so fitting and removal is identical to OEM - just a bit more fiddly. Then trial fitting - all looked how I wanted so then I had to cut for the towing eye (towing eye bolts missing as I was taking it on and off to measure. Also moved the number plate up and removed the plinth - may move it back as I am not sure on the higher number plate position. We'll see when out in the light properly, but I had to pack up and head off at this point. Towing hook hole was lined to keep it looking neat, but I need to make final adjustment on alignment . Ignore the dust and stuff I took photos before the clean down. And that’s it - will probably make an uncut version without the towing eye, but that’s for another day. Anyway, to my eyes it's lifted the look of the front end nicely - it may be marmite for others!
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  42. As I posted before, some will benefit from brexit some will lose out. Many will do both at the same time. There are no winners or losers as we are all in this together. We are where we are as a result of a democratic event. It would have been nicer if the result had been more clear cut rather than pretty much 50:50 which is why we have had so much antagonistic bullshit posted here and many other places. Half those who voted are upset and half are happy pretty much. Referring to people as 'remoaners' is deeply insensitive and a pointless cheap shot, one that Boris should be ashamed of for using himself. What are users of the term trying to achieve other than being antagonistic - very childish. I don't doubt equally derogative comments have been made about Brexiteers, but surely this forum can rise above the populist tabloid mentality shown elsewhere. As has been posted above this is a once in a lifetime event, unlike a General Election, with no opportunity to return to the EU any time soon even if we chose to. We are where we are, as I said above, so let us move on together and stop playing silly games.
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  43. Essex vin number 10896 was a pre-production model so not a numbered car . Speak to Steve Tryner he has the full list of Essex cars .
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  44. A bit of bonding at today's large cars and coffee event at Wynyard Hall, NE England.
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  45. Lol good to catch up. Yep some nice details on car . Some pics below of certain curves on car and other features that are some times missed in shots.
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  46. Little update on my car, loving every drive still! Had it up at VMax and managed 156mph (GPS) which was a little disappointing, but the corners made up for it. Getting the hang of it now, it drifts pretty well but you have to be very committed to do fast smokey drifts! Good way to finish off the rear tyres though Since I've got the car I've now changed the gear cables to SSC ones, put the 2bular road exhaust on, changed tyres to Nankang NS2R, wrapped the back end, put Tillett B5s in the car and as of yesterday I got Jez @ BackonTrack to change the front camber on the car. I'm very happy with everything I've done to the car and each thing has improved it over the factory spec which I got the car in. I can't believe the difference each thing has made, but the camber change yesterday is instantly noticeable and has hugely reduced the understeer and the front end just bites the tarmac so much harder! If you haven't already I highly suggest that you get the camber checked. I went from 0 degree to 1 degree negative camber. I've got a busy summer planned with the car already, potentially having the car out in Europe to enjoy the amazing roads out there. Oh, and here are a couple of shots with the roof off enjoying the recent nice weather
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  47. The changeover from dry to wet sump was affected by air conditioning. The dry sump cars had the A/C compressor mounted at the bottom left of the engine which was only possible because there was no sump in the way. When they went to wet sump there was no room for the compressor owing to the sump on the bottom left and the remote thermostat plumbing and the turbo plenum on the right so the first wet sump cars were all without A/C and all A/C cars were still dry sump. Then a few months later they solved this problem by redesigning the water plumbing and auxiliary housing to mount the alternator higher up and further forward so it cleared the plenum and allowed room for the compressor on the right side of the engine on wet sump. (removes anorak).
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