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  • Birthday 19/01/1974

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    Esprit S4, Tesla Model S P90D, YZF-R1, BMW K1300S
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    Sports Cat, Grooved drilled discs & Greenstuff pads, Custom grilles, Lotus Marques Custom ABS Switch, Electric CC pump & Plumbed in fire extinguisher if I ever get time to fit it!
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    Bedfordshire, UK

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  1. I've ordered the Goodyear as they look like a better tyre and are slightly cheaper. I was leaning toward the Dunlop due to its superior hydroplaning and wet weather grip, but realistically if I'm out in wet weather I'll just take it steady and enjoy the the better dry weather performance of the Goodyear 👍
  2. After a bit more research and reading the EVO tyre test from 2019 these seem the tyres to go for: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Continental PremiumContact 6 Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 I think the Dunlops would suit my needs best, and although the car is light I think I'll go reinforced as that's what Dunlop recommends for performance cars as they have less sidewall deflection during cornering. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 215/40 R17 Y (87) Car Tyre - Reinforced Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 245/45 R17 Y (99) Car Tyre - Reinforced If anyone has
  3. Hi all, I'm about to replace the ageing tyres on my Lotus Esprit S4 and am looking for ideas. My tyres are 215/40/17 Front and 245/45/17 Rear and the last MOT tester said to replace them as they are like plastic and starting to bulge in places. I won't be doing trackdays or sliding around, and tyre wear won't be an issue as I only do around 1000 miles a year. At the end of last year I was looking at Toyo Proxes but I'd have needed Sport on the rear and TR1 on the front as they don't do the exact sizes, so I didn't do it. Then having looked again today I see that I can get
  4. Good luck, let us know how you get on. I'ts going to be tricky looking downwards through that top hole if you needed to 🤔 I just fitted the blanking plug and HT lead bracket. Be careful not to push it in too hard when inserting the blanking plug.. I oiled the O ring first but it was still a bit tight. I almost pushed it too hard and it disappeared right into the hole, but there was just enough lip to lever it back out a touch through the top hole. Just two quick points 1) I have quite small hands so I found it easier to install the blank and HT bracket with my arm do
  5. I've not seen it done this way before so I thought I'd start a thread in case it helps someone else in the same situation as myself. For all I know this may be the official way, all I know is it was a lot easier than reaching around and under the intake manifold. This way of removal might involve removing the boot floor first. This may be easy for some, or not worth the trouble for others, but I had mine out to do the gearbox linkages and replace my rusty coolant header tanks anyway. It might be possible to do it this way with the boot floor in place, I won't know if you'd hav
  6. It's pretty easy to do if you have gauges, everything you need to charge it up is easy to access. I bought all the kit to do mine myself.... including a vacuum pump & a 6kg bottle of R12 (very lucky find!) but mine needed repairs, not just a charge. Your biggest issue may be getting the gas (especially if it uses R12) as certainly in the UK it's a regulated industry for environmental reasons.
  7. Hi Bernie, Welcome to TLF I used to own a 1985 Porsche 928 (S2) but that was about 24 years ago. It was an incredible car to own in my early twenties while all my mates were driving Novas and Corsas..... 12mpg wasn't so much fun though 🙄 Mark.
  8. I'm hoping to pick up a late model Lamborghini Gallardo LP (or maybe an early Huracan) towards the middle of this year once my parents house gets sold, then a factory visit will definitely be on the cards 👍 (It's been a miserable couple of years with losing both my parents, so a supercar should make life a little bit more enjoyable from this point on). Still keeping the Esprit though 😍
  9. I didn't realise so I've just Youtubed it! It's a shame, but I think the other 20 or so bikers I'm meeting there would be a bit perplexed if I turned up in a car! 😳
  10. Not much help, but I'll be doing it in June on a motorcycle, multiple times! (Staying in Cortina d'ampezzo for a week, about 100 miles from it).
  11. I'll be at Bicester on Sunday with my Esprit... but parked up with PH 🤐
  12. Sorry to hear that, I did wave back when I saw you parked there, but it was a bit last minute! (Relieved to hear it wasn't an accident)
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