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Sbfdave

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  1. It's certainly possible to remove and refit the grille and ductwork on the LH side after removal of just the wheel arch liner. However it is a bit of a stretch to tighten the upper inboard nut of the 4 that hold the ductwork and grille in place and if I was doing it again I would just remove the undertray. It will definitely not be possible to remove the RH grille solely by removing the wheel arch liner due to the presence of the oil cooler. I was forced to refit the ductwork and grill on the LH side after the 4 bolts that are bonded to the bumper to bolt the grill to became detached, leaving the grill and duct loose and rattling about. So be careful and don't overtighten the 4xM5 nuts that hold the grille and ductwork.
  2. Perhaps my wife is crazy but she specified body coloured as new since the black ones just looked like Mickey Mouse's ears sticking out of the yellow car to her.
  3. Mine is an S and has body coloured mirror covers
  4. I noticed that the part number was updated, and the changes did not seem to relate to the bushes or spherical joint. For the record (or anybody peering at their wishbones) both my failed ones have casting dates of March '13, although the car was manufactured in May '14.
  5. It is very easy to check. You can do it by looking through the wheel since the outer end of the wishbone is visible above the brake disc, and the failure site is right on the nose of the spherical joint housing where the casting/moulding line is. It should also be obvious if the spherical joint has moved within the wishbone and I reckon this would occur within a few miles of the crack appearing.
  6. Car went in for its 7 year service at 35000 miles last week and was found to have cracks in both rear upper wishbones along the bore in which the spherical joint should be a press fit. Consequently both wishbones were free to move along the spherical joints until they made contact with the retaining lugs on the hub carriers. The first picture is the left hand wishbone and the second is the right hand and clearly shows the the contact area with the hub carrier after the spherical joint has slipped due to the relaxation of the interference fit in the wishbone bore. It is also apparent in the first picture how far the joint has moved since this is the as removed from the car state, i.e. the joint has not been pressed out following wishbone removal. I suspect these both failed on the same day (last LEGS breakfast run) and within a couple of hundred miles of each other but there was no noticeable effect on the handling. We have had the car since new and it has never been tracked, never been off-road and never even been kerbed, so the failure is not due to excessive or abnormal loading. Has anybody else experienced this.
  7. On our way back from Goodwood. I think we might have been towing the tangerine since it was stuck behind us all the way there and back.
  8. I'm not scheduled to be working that day either, and the weather appears to be scheduled for rain, so Sharron and I will come along.
  9. I replaced mine earlier this year due to the same issue since it is as cheap to buy a new set as a replacement key. The evo5 set 983/5 as listed on ebay at about £30 fit a treat - I bought them from tdcautomotive who even went and measured them for me to confirm that the bolt heads were the correct (small) diameter to fit the Lotus wheels.
  10. 1/ Archie +1, breakfast + parade 2/ Jim S , breakfast + parade 3/ Andrew & Alister, breakfast + parade 4/ Sharron & Dave, breakfast + parade
  11. 1 & 2 Ian Corse + 1 - Breakfast and Car Collection 3 & 4 Andrew Laing + 1- Breakfast and Car Collection 5 & 6 Allan Matheson + 1- Breakfast and Car Collection 7 Brian King - Breakfast & Car Collection 8 & 9 Archie Buchanan +1 - Breakfast and Car Collection 10 Jim Selkirk - Breakfast & Car Collection 11 David Boyd - Breakfast & Car Collection 12 Andy (C8RKH) - Breakfast and car Collection 13 Tony Samuel - Breakfast and Car Collection 14 Clive Swantton - Breakfast and Car Collection 15 John Diamond - Breakfast and Car Collection 16 Mike Clarke - Breakfast and Car Collection 17. David Darling - Breakfast and car collection 18 & 19. Jamie and Michelle Lewis - Breakfast and car collection 20 & 21 Barry and Suzanne - Breakfast and Car Collection. 22 & 23 Dominic Shanahan & Ron Gordon, Breakfast & Car Collection 24 & 25 Dave MacPherson +1 - Breakfast & Car Collection 26 Richard (Evoman) - Breakfast & Car Collection
  12. 1 & 2 Mark plus 1 (Fullx2) 3 & 4 Brian & Jackie (Full x2)  5 Jim S (Full ) 6 Mike C (Full)  7 & 8 MarkT and SJ (Fullx2) 9 & 10 Andrew and Alister (Full x 2) 11 & 12 David and Maryann (Full x2) 13 C8RKH - bacon rolls 14 & 15 - Tony and TBC - just a quick drop in for a cup of coffee before heading back to Ballater for their annual vehicle parade. No need for breakfast 16 & 17 Sharon and Dave (Full x 2)
  13. Sorry Brian, we can't make this as we are taking both cars to Thirlestane.
  14. 1 & 2 Brian & Jackie  3 & 4 Tosh & Jane 5 David (flying solo for this one) 6 & 7 RIchard +1 8 & 9 Stephen & Isla (only provisional - dependant on picking up new Exige on 5th) 10 & 11 John and Marge 12 & 13. Liam +1 (still no Lotus 😥) 14 & 15 Sharron and Dave
  15. Many thank Brian I should be able to attend 1&2 Steve and Julie 3 Duggie - but only if anyone else turns up 4 . MarkT 5 & 6 Sharron and Dave
  16. 1 & 2: Al. + Debbie? 3 & 4: Steve & Julie 5 & 6: David & Jennifer 7 & 8: Johny & Audrey. 9 & 10: Dave & Sharron
  17. 1 & 2. David & Jennifer 3 & 4. Steve & Julie 5. Fergus 6. Duggie 7 & 8. Sharron & Dave
  18. Just to remind those visiting the station that :- "Each participant over the age of 16 must bring photographic ID on the day of the tour. A passport is the preferred form of ID, but if someone does not have a valid passport then a photo driving licence supported by your birth certificate is fine."
  19. In addition to emailing Sharron to advise her that you are attending please add your name to the list below 1 Shirley 2 & 3 Andrew and Alistair 4 & 5 Mark and Kay
  20. Please note Sharron's e-mail address in the above post is incorrect. It should read [email protected]
  21. 1 & 2 Brian & Jackie - Breakfast & Bunker visit 3 & 4 Johnny & Audrey - Breakfast, Bunker visit and fish and chips too 5 & 6 David & Jennifer - Breakfast & Bunker visit 7 - Scott McCaughran - breakfast, bunker and chippy 8 - Mark McCaughran - breakfast, bunker and chippy 9 & 10- Kay and Mark - breakfast ,bunker and chippy 11 & 12 - Mark and Jane - breakfast, bunker and chippy 13 - Duggie - breakfast, bunker and chippy 14 & 15 Sharron and Dave - breakfast, bunker and chippy
  22. 1 & 2 Brian & Jackie 3 & 4 John & plus one tba. 5 & 6 Alan & Gwen 7 & 8 Steve & Julie 9 &10 Dave & Sharron
  23. 1: David (Alfa2Evora) (no Jennifer this time as she'll be in Peru) - breakfast only. 2: Andrew and Alister 3: Ian + 1 possibly. B.fast and gliding although I have a contact at the gliding club so hope to fly with him. 4. Andy (C8RKH) - Breakfast only as they'll need a glider the size of a 747 to get me off the ground! Edit (They have a BIG winch!) 5. Mark and Jane 6. Steve and Julie - Breakfast and spectate at gliding, and maybe take the odd photo :-) 7. Dr Rick - Breakfast only. 8. Sharron and Dave - 2 Breakfasts, I Gliding
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