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  1. With about 4mm of tread remaining and a 4000 mile round trip to Spain planned, last September I swapped out the 19" rear P Zeros for a pair of PS4S's but kept the Pirellis on the front as they still had 6mm+ on them.

    The Michelins are certainly quieter and when pushing on a bit, they do seem 'stickier' with the front end showing a slight tendency towards understeer. As I don't always drive like I stole it, this didn't bother me so I was happy to live with this compromised set-up for the time being.

    A few weeks back, I decided that it was time to change the fronts (they've still got about 5mm left on them and will be 'recycled' for use on my daily driver which will shortly need a couple of tyres, conveniently takes the same size, and is currently running P Zeros anyway) and of course came up against the problem of the PS4S not being available here in 18". 

    On the recommendation of Baptiste ( @rallyesax ) , our resident Michelin expert, I set out to order some Pilot Super Sports for the front as they are seemingly as close as you can get to the PS4S in terms of compound and construction. Unfortunately, nobody had them in stock and I had to wait for a batch to be manufactured. Finally, just yesterday, they arrived from Camskill (£98.65 each FYI) and I'll be getting them fitted in the next few days.

    I've got great expectations of improved steering response and a further reduction in road noise - fingers crossed, 🤞 . 

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  2. Big shout out to @EuropaSman , who having spotted my 'disaster' above, PM'd me to offer a genuine OE gaiter at a bargain-basement price with first class postage included, :thumbsup: .

    Not only that but there was also a gaiter for the gear lever in the pack, and they both have an inset Oyster stripe so will look even better than the all-black ones currently in my car - every cloud and all that!

    All I have to do now is work out how to fit the bloomin' things without destroying the surrounding metal trim, :rolleyes: . Looking at the exploded diagram in DeRoure, it would appear to be held in with simple spring clips so here's hoping.

     

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  3. Recently, the handbrake had been becoming harder and harder to apply, with the car still creeping unless you yanked the lever all the way up. Some of you may have seen the photo I posted the other day in the "What made you unhappy" thread of what eventually happened - if not, here it is again anyway.

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    I had a look on here and found the 'how to' thread. Armed with this wealth of information and buoyed with confidence, I set about the task but in the end I couldn't get any improvement, had to concede defeat and take the car to the 'doctor'.

    It turned out that one of the rear cables had completely seized and the other wasn't far behind. Also, in my efforts to get the brake to hold by pulling hard on the lever, and clearly not knowing my own strength, I had succeeded in ripping the brake cable guide eyelet clean out of the subframe, 😮 .

    Two new cables, a specialist welder to reattach the eyelet, and my wallet lighter to the tune of £425 later, I now have a handbrake that holds on the 3rd click. Yeah!

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  4. Finally, only 6 months after collecting it at Hethel from @a7esk, I got some free time coinciding with a couple of hours of reasonable weather and so got the Radium CAI fitted to the Evora.

    A bit of a phaff getting the old air box out - Lotus must start with it and then build the rest of the car around it - but it seems to have been a worthwhile exercise. I've only managed a quick run down around the village so far but already I'm aware of the throttle response being noticeably crisper.

    All I've got to do now is retrieve the jubilee clip that was securing the hot air vent pipe to the heatshield at the bulkhead, which managed to disappear down into the engine bay during removal.

    At least the air molecules don't have as far to go now, and won't get lost, on their way to the inlet manifold, 😀 .

     

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  5. 18 hours ago, 21gg said:

    I would be surprised given its had one new clutch in it already! Although if you've been thrashing it!

    It's treated with the utmost mechanical sympathy, Gavin - always has been and always will be.

    To me, it's no heavier today than it was the day I got it. Last time I was in at CMC, Craig invited me to sample the pedal in an Evora that had just had a new clutch fitted and admittedly, it did feel somewhat lighter than mine. Having said that, I've also experienced one that was heavier still than mine so it would seem that there's quite a bit of variation in pedal feel from one car to another.

    I'm happy with it the way it is. I like a bit of 'weight' in the pedal and it's almost exactly the same feel as the clutch in my Alfa, which incidentally has just been replaced at 107k miles after the dual-mass flywheel centre bearing collapsed - there was still a good bit of meat left on the bones on the friction plate too so I wouldn't say I had been sore on it either.

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  6. 24 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    There is no reason why any Evora could not go for 150k miles, with proper maintenance, before any serious mechanical overhaul was needed.

    I hope so Andy - mine is going in next week for service #9 with 69k miles on the clock, although I can already hear in my head Craig telling me (again) that the clutch pedal is heavy, 🙄 .

    I've no plans to reduce my usage of it, in fact I've just upped the projected annual limit on the insurance to 12k. I've got a daily that I can use but it only does about half the miles the Evora does.

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  7. Last September, en route to the '70th' event, I drove my 2010NA from Murcia in Spain to Millau in France (almost 1000 km/620 miles) in just over 8 hours driving time and got out at the end of the journey feeling like I'd only been around the block.

    Over the following 2 days, I covered a further 1250 km/780 miles to get to Norwich and still felt as fresh as a daisy, albeit famished as a Eurotunnel delay meant I'd had to skip lunch on the final leg but that wasn't the car's fault.

    Only downside is that all those hours of running at high motorway speeds (like Valencia to Barcelona in 2 hours, :whistle:🚔 ) with a CR box and a valve-open 2bular may be the reason why my tinnitus is now a bit more pronounced, :rolleyes: .

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  8. As the title states, it's that time of year again. Can't believe that 4 years have gone by already since the Evora first graced my driveway - doesn't time fly when you're having fun?

    The paperwork arrived today from AiB - £614 bar a few pence so pretty much the same as last year and not bad considering the various modifications made to the car.

    Nonetheless, I did a quick trawl around t'interweb for comparative quotes but there aren't that many companies out there offering exactly what I want. There was only one (Flux Direct) offering a cheaper price (£554.20) but their excess was considerably higher, they had a very restrictive mileage limit, and didn't offer any cover for driving other vehicles so that one was dismissed.

    Of the 5 others who were willing to quote, 4 of them wanted around the £850 - 900 mark. Bizarrely, Admiral gave me 2 prices - if I was willing to fit a 'black box' (like I'm going to drive an Evora as if I'm chauffeuring Miss Daisy just to win brownie points, :rolleyes:) they'd give me an INCREASE in my premium of £20, :dizzy: .

    I've saved the best for last though - Owners Club Insurance Specialists (the name sounded promising) would be happy to relieve me of.................................wait for it............................ £12,135.08!!!! WTF? :shock:

    So it looks like @AIBinsurance have got me for another year.

  9. After having had several weeks with a different random selection of LEDs illuminate in the front clusters each time I turned on the Evora's sidelights, they now seem to have had a union meeting and agreed on strike action (or should that be inaction?) in that once they are out, they stay out. MOT due in 6 weeks - great! :angry:

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