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    David Walters
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    Esprit V8 (2002 Spec), Maserati Ghilbi, Audi A6 3.0BiTDi Sline Quattro (320BHP)
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  1. I think your door which is not locking needs adjusting. I once had to fixed my driver's outer door handle. When I refitted it I had the same issue with the door sometimes not locking. It's an adjuster between interior handle and metal rod I think which operates the locking mechanism from inside. It was a few years back so speaking from memory and I don't have my Evora anymore.
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    Busted rear lower arm bush

    I bought my bushes from PNM Engineering or PNM Parts
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    Busted rear lower arm bush

    Yes that's the one, it needs to be between other side of bush and arm.
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    Busted rear lower arm bush

    When you have installed your new bushes, did you tighten all the nuts and bolts when the car was jacked up in the air? If so, it's wrong, you are supposed to tighten it up with weight of car on ground. The lower link is a torsion bar and is twisted by nature. If you tighten everything up in the air then lower the car down, it will have so much more twist and stress on the bushes and everything else on suspension components. This is just what picked up when doing mine last month, I am no expert. Regards, David PS, Are you sure you've mounted it right and with all the correct snubber washers and other washers in correct locations? I see that you've installed the top link wrong. The big washer (snubber washer) shouldn't be at the end of the bolt, it should be where the bush is. Look at you Lotus Parts list for correct location.
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    MOT Emissions Failure

    Do you have sports cats fitted? Either way I think your cats needed to be hot. The readings aren't that bad another go wouldn't harm.
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    V8 1998 clutch master cylinder

    I've just had a look and found this, is it any use to you? I could post it today if you needed it urgently.
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    V8 1998 clutch master cylinder

    If you get stuck, I may have a used one. Try PNM and then SJ.
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    Evora grills matt black

    I used Wilko's Quick drying satin black plaint from a tin £6. I used a 1/2" brush and trimmed down the bristles so it didn't spray paint on to parts I didn't want painted by dabbing on to the grill. I also masked off the aperture to lower bumper, approx. 2". Paint does get onto the masking tape so you do need to mask the bumper aperture. Having just looked at the info on the paint, it says it's water based so I suspect there are much better oil based paints that will give you better protection. During ownership of my Evora, the rust didn't come back. I like the covered of the paint from Wilkos and also the finish once dry when using a brush. Other paints leave too many brush marks and makes the grill look bodged. So I would try a couple of different paints and se which best suits you. Something to bear in mind, I used a quick drying paint which is mostly water based to it dries quicker. Using an oil based paint, you will need to apply much lighter and keep an eye on drips and runs over a longer period because it will take hours to settle and dry. The paint I used, I made sure I only put a bit on the end of the brush and applied lightly. The reason is that the paint will still run and start to fill the bottom on the diamond shaped part of the pattern to you grill. You want to avoid this. If it starts to happen, go over with an unloaded brush to dab the excess off. I hope this helps!
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    Esprit v8 interior colours

    Hi there, i know the differences between the different models and later ones having a wider tunnel etc. With a carpet set, you always get more than the actual bit it’s fitting. I.e the side walls lap onto the floor under the base carpet. The rear I think you have to trim slightly and laps onto floor. It’s only the floor mats that would differ if at all. Personally if you get pursued Steve into making some then I’d bite his hand off!
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    Esprit v8 interior colours

    I bought carpet set for my 90 turbo from SJ Sports Cars back in the day. Not sure if they do them for the V8 and what the differences are?
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    Esprit v8 interior colours

    I’ve just had a look and there is no reference or markings to suggest what colour or code it is, Sorry.
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    Esprit v8 interior colours

    You’re right they don’t have colour charts as there are so many shades of the same colour and also Lotus used different manufacturers on different years etc. This is why they ask you to send a sampl in. I have the red colour code as it’s the same as my V8 and I think we used the same. I’ll try and find it in the morning and post it. I’ll look into the Black for you.
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    Esprit v8 interior colours

    You can change the colour using Gliptone leather dye and using a spraygun. I used a hobby one as it's much finer mist but took a long time. Back in the day I change another member's seat colour from all grey to black with red insert. See pictures below.
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    labour time for b service.

    I haven't been reading every response to this thread so forgive me if someone else has already mentioned it. When my mechanic used to bleed my V8, he always used to jack up the back end to get the air locks out. Then he bled the radiator bleed nipple followed by the bleed nipple on top pipe in engine bay. I assume you've already bled the one in the engine bay after the one on the radiator? have you got your heater on as well to get rid of air locks within that pipework?
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    labour time for b service.

    I had my MOT done last month and my rear lower link bush which the lip had only gone on one side came up as an advisory. I don't like any outstanding work on my Esprit so looked into getting the work carried out. My local garage was busy so that's when I decided to have a go myself. The old bush that came out was 10 times better condition than the one on those photos you posted, so I am surprised yours wasn't flagged up? I did the work myself last weekend and it was a pig of a job to do. After taking advise from guys off the Facebook/Esprit group who are also on here, I managed to do it and the whole job only cost me £90 (new stud, one-piece polybush, snubber washers, washers).