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  1. Right, so I think most of us know the feeling of a well working new car, being firm, no slop anywhere, and good steering and no floppyness in the suspension and track arms when braking. Contrary to an old car, and where most old cars are just worn, with not enough propper service. Too long braking distances, sloppy steering, rattling from the suspension department, Worn out soft suspension bushings and strut tower bushings, dead soft brake hoses, under par brake components, sloppy adjustable suspension that were made for other brands/models and adaptated to an Esprit but being too fishy in their dampening and rebound, crappy under par old tires etc. Not much performance, safety and joy in that. Changing it all and a propper alignment, new tires, Wheels trued and being radial, steering rack renewed or refurbished, new suspension springs and dampers (maybe even a better ones - oh yes, they exist) etc, bring back a sharp good driving experience again. I am all for that. And eliminating a too soft car in the process (I get pain in my body driving something soft). Not to mention new head lights, firm seat cushing, new Wind tight door seals etc. Only then we can in my view see how a specific car reacts and really drives. If I can even improve on that, I do. Kind regards, Jacques
  2. Yep, it's different. I just wanted to point out my own experiences with various polyurethane bushes and rubber ditto, in relation to their use on the Lotus Esprit, with which I have had no bad experiences so far, in more than 21 years. I may be of a different view here tahn some, but it seems to me as Lotus for many years strived to obtain the best possible road holding in combination with a high level of comfort. Personally, I prefer road holding over comfort, so I strive to improve the road holding a bit more, willingly loosing a bit of comfort. Actually I really dislike driving a comfortable car, being too soft. In this light too, the poly bushing is no sacrifice at all, but instead an improvement in roadholding. The Esprit is still a comfortable car to drive. Next up for me, is stiffening the chassis to allow for some stiffer springs. Again, not a revolution, but more of an evolution. This, in my huble view, has so far brought an even higher level of sharp steering and precision = more joy driving spirited on curvy hilly back roads. Kind regards, jacques
  3. As the above. I have the rears, and need a set of front AWI's to suit. No tires needed. Kind regards, jacques
  4. As I wrote in the above, I only use purple ones from SJ to hold the front arb on the two middle posistions (the "u"-shaped brackets). Other than that, I use Lotus poly bushings. No problems what so ever. Kind regards, jacques
  5. I've been running some aluminium bell 2 piece 322mm discs front and rear on 4 piston calipers with various pads for over a year now, and no brake noise or squealing. Earlier on I've complained of the lack of bite with this setup, and I was told that it needed some 500 Km's to bed in (like normally). After the first 500, it became a little better, and after 1600 km, it became a little bit better still. But only now, after two driving seasons (cannot see km's right now), it began to brake quite well. I will still try out other pads later on (if they will ever send me some parts... sigh...). Parking brake spot pads are a joke. Unfortunately, I also run that joke... Kind regards, jacques
  6. I like the Sport350 rear wing. Jacques
  7. My take on arb bushes and others. Go poly from Lotus, as they are made specifically for them, to be softer than say anything from most other Companies. The two lower middle ones can be swapped out for SJ's purple one, so they fit the SE's thicker front arb. I wouldn't use rubber bushing in this application as they are remade to a different standard and go bad after not long time - driving or not driving. I also bought the complete set of Lotus bushings for the Esprit Turbo SE in general, and right now, the 8 smaller ones for the rear track arms are installed. The rest will follow this Winter. In my humble opinion, the complete set removes old sloppiness and make s for a more precise and predictable car. I ordered PNM's new poly bushings for the gearbox (2 pcs) but haven't received them yet, so cannot comment on how they are, but supposedly a little biit firmer than standard rubber items, but not track like hard (like Black ones from other Companies). In general, I've been using other brands of stret poly bushings on my former Golf2 and my present day Corrado G60 for over 21 years, and I never, I repeat never, had any problems what so ever. No torn bushings, no extra stiff ride (but firm), no broken pieces anywhere because of too hard bushings etc. No problem. But on the contrary, I've had plenty of great drives on all 3 cars, Sharp steering, less move under hard load, hard braking etc. So for me, it's a total no-brainer. Go poly, but use the propper ones. An dI smear them with the accompanying grease, and they don't squeak.. Oh, and I've never used split poly bushings (to ease install). Never. Not in my book. Kind regards, Jacques ps: I am gratefull that Lotus after so many years, researches and makes upgrade and better parts for the Esprit. Speaks volumes about Lotus.
  8. Filip, just a question: Are those 104 degree cams you mention not standard? Or are they power cams, cams on certain markets or something else? Kind regards, jacques
  9. Good Work! And nice car too. Don't be afraid of taking out the rad pack, as it's not that difficult. I did it over a pit, but others have done it on a ramp, or justlifted the car a Little from standing on a workshop/garage floor. if any breaks in the abs plastic fan shroud, it can be melted together with a bit of nail paint remover. If not done before, you may find a fair amount of road dirt, leaves etc. Mine had a bit of that too, but the cooling was just fine. I delivered the main rad to a specialist workshop to have it rebuilt and had onelayer more (thicker) and small micro cooling fins too. Just to up the capacity. I swapped the impeller pump for the charge cooler, for an Electric kit. In my Humble view it's worth doing. Working on the oil coolers was a bit tedious, as I ended up breaking off the steel fittings from the oil hoses off of the aluminium oil coolers. I got new original ones from pnm and they were not that expensive. I added a dab of Wera ceramic anti seize paste, when reassembleing. I dissolved teh broken off aluminium fitting inside the oli hose steel fitting with some nasty Chemical. NOT to be done inside, and take every precaution wearing special suit, gloves and chemical mask. Very dangerous stuff. After some 15 minutes in a glass jar (from marmelade or similar), the steel fittings were perfect, with no trace of any aluminium bits inside it, and clean as new. Most kind of you to write the weight of the original SE fule tanks and the ultra nice alloy ones. I have those too. Saves a good amount of kilo's. Apart from what the others said about what makes the biggest difference on the Turbo SE, was for me the Sport300 seats I installed. That made me sit exactly where I want, and it feels so much more in control. Worth mentioning. And brake sof course. Feel free to take a peek at Little Red Riding Hood. I'll be following your Work. Kind regards, Jacques ps: maybe take a close look at those old fuel lines.
  10. I always leave the battery connected in the car (1990 Turbo SE). I use a good ctek charger. Only seldomly I disconnect the battery if I need to Work a bit more thorough on the car. Never had any trouble during my 6 years of ownership. Also, it's the same battery as when I bought it, so now more than 8 years old, working perfectly. Usually, if battery has been disconnected, I let it warm up as usual, and then drive on. ECU learns what it needs after apprx. 40 kms. As I have an alarm and imobiliser installed in the car since new (from Swedish Lotus dealer/importer - which was a must at the time), there's a Little current Draw, but it easily last two months, and can still start the car with a fast spinning starter. Those are my experiences. Kind regards, Jacques
  11. Well, if only... But 415Nm that is. A fair amount. Yes, I think it's not very clear, an deasy to order wrong tires as well. Kind regards, Jacques
  12. Alright, so went with Yasuo from here to Knutstorp Racetrack yesterday, as there was a trackday with a famous italian brand with a dancing donkey and McLaren. After having read and seen all kinds of not so pleasing stuff related to the later brand, I thought I'd better go there myself and take a closer look. All I can say is this: long lines of porches, and also long lines of ferrari's, lot's of McLaren cars, 1 viper and this Esprit. None broke Down during the day of 6 hours of constant racing. On the huge carpark inside the track, where guests could park their sportscar, the Esprit caught an insane amount of attention. I'd say near equal to the Senna Edition from said McLaren. Everyone took Photos of Little Red Riding Hood and some asked questions. Unbelievable that a 30 year old Lotus is so lusted for. Most pleased on behalf of Lotus. They (Lotus) should direct FAR more attention to this and all of the old cars. In Sweden and Denmark, there's zero happening from Lotus. Read: nill, 0, zero. What a shame. Anyway, they must have done something right 30 years ago All the ferraris' and Mclarens went around the track the Whole day, Again and Again and Again, some cooked their brakes, most didn't. But good fun it was. Sorry, didn't have time to take some snapshots, so here's just one from the now Electric ferry home from Sweden, to the Motherland of Denmark Looking at the Photo when I came home, it appeared to me, how overdesigned that new audi behind Little Red Riding Hood is. Chaotic lines going in every direction all over. Not my cup of tea, really. But clearly, the audi must have been upset by the beauty of a 30 y.o. because it looked so angry Also visible is how easy a set of 10,75" rims with 315 rubber hide under those standard Esprit Turbo SE Wheel Arches - no rubbing, no trouble. Nah, give a 30 y.o. Esprit every time, and I'm a happy bunny. Kind regards, Jacques
  13. Cheers. Maybe you want to write back here after having driven with the tires for a while, to aid others in the future. Might be good to have atire thread based on actual experience from several users. Kind regards, Jacques
  14. I'll try to clarify: I've had both old and new versions of the Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Old were good down to the last mm. On a light car. Newer version is a totally different patern, and they don't stick or last as well. Cornering is equal and wet weather drive is okay'ish on the old version (arrow) and a bit better on the new version (non-arrow). But of those two, I prefer the old arrow version. The sets I've done on Toyo Proxes T1r, and currently also have, are a good precise grip on dry warm road, but crappy as soap in damp or wet weather,. I mean that. Really! If you want to be able to drive securely in wet weather, or just even damp roads, please, please take other tires. But again, on a dry warm road, they are good and steer well and brake well, and they stick well. The T1s is a better tyre in my humble view. The T1 Sport is again a much better tyre again, a whole different level. I've been using them in 235/40-17, 285/35-18 and the performance from them are really good. They warm up easily, they don't destroy themselves in hard driving (not track use, but let's call it spirited back road driving and hard repeated braking and steering, with full use of the 330 bhp and 4145 Nm from my Esprit. They are consistent down to the last mm, and the first set lasted only 3500 kms on the front, but more on the rear. Second set last better on the front, as I've redone the geo. They stand up to the 4 x 322mm semifloating 4 piston calipers and discs from AP well, and I trust them. For example, I've done torrential rain with them 3 times, and they are just fine. Normal silent rain are fine as well and the Esprit does not feel insecure. I should mention that I drive easy and nice in rain and avoid it at all costs if at all possible. They don't spin around all the time in wet weather or on damp roads. Coming out of a corner or out of a roundabout, I can give more gas (not much, bit more) than with the T1r, and note: on wet roads. Another example is a dark night, driving on a narrow road, and speed was, well somewhat higher thn recommended on road signs, and suddenly I saw a fairly high stone on the right side of my lane, right in front of me, and I quickly made a sharp steering inout and back again, and they jsut stuck to the asphalt. No sliding around. Coming a bit hard into a corner, I don't find that they understeer, but seems to be pretty neutral, with sharp steering response and precision. Better than F1 for example. And better than T1R or T1s. I also use a set of Pirelli P Zero Rosso Asimmetrico, and they are on the same level as the Proxes T1Sport. Very good grip, stays consistent, good wet road grip and secure braking. Very good grip in corners and not easy to break loose on normal clutch'ing. Still my engine can just fine spinthem on a warm dry road in 1, 2 and third. But a very good tire. Suits middle weight cars as the Esprit turbo SE well. Won't be worn down in a giffy. I will try the Michelin pilot sport later on to know how it's like, and better still, the toyo R888R. Not milage but heat cycles are important here. But fast back road driving are not enough to take a full heat cycle out of them. Milage are supposed to be better than the R888. Have it from other Lotus drivers. I've been on track with a set of R888R, and they stick ultra well, and are easy to control when sliding, pressed through cornering on Knutstorp race track. But to do a set on my Esprit, I need yet another set of wheels… So anyone who have a set of S4s Futura's in euro sizes up for sale? I'm aware of the new Toyo Proxes Tr1, but that is not relevant in our sizes on the esprit, so I cannot get those to try as well. Maybe on my Corrado and I'll be happy to report back here later on. In fact I am so tired of the toyo Proxes T1r, that I will probably take them off (1/3 worn) and throw them away, and install a better set of tires asap, read during the winter, as In never drive a car or motorcycle in the winter, so a good time to prepare a new set. Hope it make it more clear, what my personal findings are. Kind regards, Jacques
  15. Are you asking if anyone else would like to share the expense having new parts made?

    If so, are you speaking about the standard two parts from the differential, or the Sport300 diff or the Quaife diff?

    I am asking, as I am now clear what you mean.

    apart from that, i have alocal Esprit friend here, WHO participated in a modified V8 and it had a Quaife diff installed. One semi wet autoum drive, they spun out, hit a thick lightpole and smashed the Esprit to bits, while both ending in hospital for weeks.

    They said that having the Quaife diff made it stick better in turns, but not spinning both rear Wheels equally, but in the same time, while having a higher limit, once it went, it was more difficult to catch, hence the crash. At least that's what they told.



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