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  1. Same as S4s apart from alcantara. But at the time, some Sp300 were ordered with normal leather and also normal sports seats, not the Sp300 specific bucket seats. Also other trim options. Kind regards, Jacques
  2. Thanks Giniw, but since I am in Denmark, and Royal Steering Wheels are in the UK; there's a seriously heavy economical penalty if one would be taking them on their offer. Both for shipping forth and back, and for insurance of this steering wheel, as well as a heavy 20% fee on top for customs, and finally a further 25% tax on top of of all. I think it would end up being the same. I've been using the local trimmer a couple of times such as Sp300 seats and the rear shelves for Little Red Riding Hood, and they do make a good job, I just think I've been in a thinking bubble in the last two years, so I came to be fairly surprised of the price You know they are getting too much money when they begin to call you by your first name as soon as you enter the door, ha ha! Kind regards, Jacques
  3. Driving Little Red Riding Hood, I need to get a grip on things, as she is definitely a handful. Well, it's taken me 6 years to finally find a Sp300 steering wheel, and it was a pretty steep price. Then, it was recovered in thick leather in some strange colour on top of the old one. A too thick grip, I'd say. So, some measely 7 and a half month ago, I delivered it to a trimmer I trust, to be redone in alcantara as it should. No fancy middle stripe or other such things. Finally got a phone call, and picked it up yesterday and I like it. Oh dear, I think they are recouperating some of their potential lost income by now, as I can nearly get a second hand vw flop for the price this steering wheel reached, mglp... Never mid, it's paid, and one quickly forget such small matters. Anyway, I test fitted it to the car, and it works well. Propper installation maybe later this year or some time next season, as I've got a nice heated dry parking lot inside, but no place to work on the car any more. Grrr.... But Little Red Riding Hood told me, she likes it very much, and I can better grip her and twist her. Well, somehow. No more funny driving way too fast on a backroad, and hands sliding on the slick leather steering wheel, although I do use driving gloves most of the time. This new steering wheel will enhance that grip for sure. Kind regards, Jacques
  4. I already have one, and will build it into my new gearbox project along with all sorts of other "better parts". I chose a Quaife as they are easy to get. More roadburning today, although this time it was a bit colder at 11 deg. cel, so relaxed on the throttle or it would have been a recipe for disaster Oh, and went to the cinema the other day and watched the new Bond movie. I wanted to take the Esprit and part it right putside the cinema, but unfortunately there is a huge roadwork going on right now, so couldn't do that. It would have been nice, though... Cheers, Jacques
  5. It often is like this with these sellers, both in the UK, USA and elsewhere: they fabricate some nice bits, but does not always promote them. You got to ask. Last Saturday, it was nice and sunny, roads dry and temp was about 16 deg. cel. so took a drive along my fav. back road route. Despite the huge tires and soft compound, it just spun it's wheels often, coming out of turns, as if Little Red Riding Hood said "look what I can do, isn't it fun?". Yes, sure it is, but an lsd would make it more fun. I need to start my special gearbox project. That's a fast car. Also compared to many newer cars with many more horses under the bonnet. Kind regards, Jacques
  6. As I also discovered on mine as well. So, I decided to do it myself, and all angles and setup are now spot on. Took a whole day, but well worth the effort, as we are talking supercar with super performance. A required safety in handling. Kind regards, Jacques
  7. Hence why I don't really like the Evora with it's strange roofline and more bulging more compact looks, not taking into account the power and steering capabilities,, which are fine. Thanks for posting. Kind regards, Jacques
  8. I like the pictures, but looking at this one in particular, I am surprised how much taller the Evora is looking, more so as it's behind the Esprit. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards, Jacques
  9. Hi all, I am normally an Esprit guy, but this time around, I am asking on behalf of a friend who recently bought a Series 1 Elise (Rover K engine), as He is having a series of problematic issues, and trying to repair, overcome these. 1/ So, first of all, he's got the impression, that the generator, or alternator, is not working correctly. Normally, on my cars, I would start off by having the engine off, ignition off, and then measure the Voltage between + and - on the battery. Next, I would repeat that, but with the engine running, to get a picture of the performance of the generator. There are of course, wires and earth wires in between, but still there should be a measurable difference between the two readings. He is right now using a normal closed type H2SO4 acid battery. So, what is the the expected normal voltage to see on these cars? and how many Volts are to be expected when running? 2/ Secondly, are there any known issues of the generator/alternator on these cars melting down for example the voltage regulator, such as can happen on the Esprit cars? The black goo on the diodebridge melts and drips into the alternator, preventing the spinning copper parts to be read and send voltage to the regulator's diode bridge. 3/ Does anyone know if there's a compressor kit that can be installed on to this Rover K engine? No turbo thanks. Only compressors, such as for example a twin scroll or others. He would like the car to have more omps at low revs, not needing the engine to be spun up to 5000 rpm to deliver. The car is currently running some emerald box, seperate injector houses etc. Apprx. 185 hp. He did not tune the car, but bought it in this state from a previous owner who had driven the car, but never done anything to the car. 4/ The exhaust manifold is flapping pretty loud when cold, slowly becoming a bit more subdues when warm. Have to be corrected. Any know issues on this? And any good advice before risking breaking the studs? (method of releasing them). All advice are much appreciated. Kind regards, jacques
  10. They are original seats and runners. As far as I understood, the copies are pretty good, possibly apart from the runners, which is maybe not totally correct. But hat can be remedied. They are okay tight for the hips, so if one is a little bigger around the hips, they may not suit. Apart from that, they are actually quite comfortable, well, not in the ordinary sense, but it's no problem for me to drive far. I wouldn't mind driving across Europe in them, which I intend to do, once my parking brakes are in place and the bans because of the virussituation are lifted enough to be possible to actually do the trip. They really keep you seated and support well. Highly recommended. I always advocate for them, because I find them to be far better than many other sportscars seating. Kind regards, Jacques.
  11. Now, it's double of that where I live. Kind regards, Jacques
  12. Thanks, I am working on it. Meanwhile, I am also working on something a bit more interesting for the car. But there's a HUGE line of people waiting to have this company do something to their car og speedboat or whatever. More later. Kind regards, Jacques
  13. So, having these parts in hand, the steering wheels themselves, are interchangable, but the horn button and it's subassembly, are not. So there, a little bit of creativity is needed. Now working on that. Kind regards, Jacques
  14. HI all, I am looking into possibly installing a later type non airbag Nardi steering wheel and it's adaptor on to my 1990 Esprit Turbo SE. So, apart from the horn function, would it fit my car? (thinking of steering column etc.). I think it's the same on S4, S4s and Sport300? The one I am looking at, is similar looking to a sport300 except for the covering which is not alcantara, but normal leather. The center pad is similar. Kind regards, Jacques
  15. Interesting read. I'm advocating for that - a bit faster spooling turbo that won't run out of breath on the top. Meanwhile, I did install a rebuilt Sp300 turbo and despite being bigger that the stock SE item from 1990 model, it spools faster and does not run out of breath (with an added pump and fpr plus the right Sp300 ecu. Then I read all sorts of things with the modern scroll ceramic ball bearing turbos. Now, I want to point out that I have no personal experience with them, so it's just readings, of which one should be a little cautious. Anyway, the modern turbos are so fast, allegedly, that the GM ecu item cannot work with that speed. Hence a new ecu setup. I know there are many contributing factors, but that was the sum of some of the readings I found. Was that some of the same findings you did Erik? Kind regards, Jacques
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