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    Stephen Humphreys
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  1. I'm what's called an Oracle DBA - diagnose some poor performance issues on one of our financial databases!! :-) I jest, of course, but I guess what I'm saying is ... Oil change? Yep.... Spark plugs? Can do..... Stupid indicator bulb slipped out of the front left indicator - PITA but did it with much blood spillage. I wish I could do it but it's over to the professionals - which I'm thinking was your meaning anyway (i.e. lesser man hours). I think I may be sorted re: the bits. Will find out tomorrow. I shan't go into the other issue yet - well maybe - nutshell time - car runs good at low speeds - car runs good when gradually winding the revs up to the 7k mark - but put your fut down for max turbo and at around 4~5k revs turns into a tractor (both the sound and the performance). First things first. And thanks for letting me know that it's not an engine-out thing - or equivalent. Do you want to buy a 1 year old Civic GT type -R ? No? Well I thought I'd ask.... :-)
  2. I've sjsportscars and pnm engineering and there *seems* to be availability - seems to be a costly state of affairs (e.g.. the springs costing more than the dampers)
  3. Hi. My S4s failed it's MOT yesterday - I had given it over to SW Lotus to get an MOT plus fix issues that may come up. Failed on the rear shocks I thought that shocks would be like tyres - i.e. one size that would fit a variety of cars but alas no. So it's my job to go and find some shocks / springs / bolts etc relating to the rear shocks. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding trying to source these? I'm about to do a big search but I thought I'd put this question here up front because sometimes you find that one post to this forum and someone somewhere is kind enough to point right to the answer. So - it's a 1996 S4s and SW told me that shocks from the S4 and later do the trick. Thanks in advance for anyone who has a good answer! Off to google land now......
  4. good answers. thanks. Comment: "I can't see what the problem is. The driver's seat has plenty of adjustment on it." Every time you bring the visor down it moves the rear view mirror - which then needs pushing back. About the original screws. Yep - they are like they're welded in place. I've bought one of those kits where you can get rounded / seized scores out. I'll give it a go
  5. /some time back my centre mirror decided to break off. i cant remember how it got broken but that's how it it. I bought a mirror that fits nicely (vauxhall caliber, held by mirror stick strips ) in place and hides a DVR camera - very neat. Two problems came up which i thought I could get used to. It's been years and it sort of pisses e off a bit! FIRST: To adjust the mirror you have to move it around because the width of the mirror is too wide SECOND: (and I hate this) The rear view vibrates with the hum of the mirror - great if you've got double visions My question is - Has anyone replaced their review mirror which fits well.? Obviously there's "fit the original" -however I believe they're rare so Has anyone fitted a non Lotus mirror and does it look the biz?
  6. Thats very kind off you but I've got the rubberised one now. If it looks crap then I may well be back!!! Obviously someone else could get in there to buy yours first, but thats my problem if happens it happens. [thinks: should have come here before ordering it] Again, thanks very much for picking up on this
  7. It would be nice if they had quoted prices - they look like a fantastic company
  8. Thanks Jacques - I may well take heed of your advice thanks again
  9. i received delivery of a 'rhino lip - via international mail from the USA this week. It looks like quality There's a load of literature with it and pictures of Lotus cars where they claim to have faithfully built a very comparable copy. Time will tell re:how good it looks - I'll be giving it to better hands than myself. They even enclosed a brand new whole punch still in its package maybe i should have a go at fitting it- does anyone have any horror stories?
  10. Hey - that'll be good. Consider me a possible customer if you do decide to sell copies. I suspect the postage might be as much as the item though! Why is it that no-one has come u with that idea here in the UK ? (I'm making a massive assumption, there)
  11. Sorry about not responding Sorry for the lengthy come come back regarding the situation but Ive been off the roads due to to lack of money ( almost a year) however i found on eBay a pair of drive shafts on eBay and went fir the risk of them being ok. I had to pay for then because price was very acceotabe. They sat in my house for ages and when i got an income due to finding work (hooray) they were the first to be attended to . What a perfect decision! I have two professionals work om the old ones in every way they good but it cost money to being told it wasn't quite right especially when it leaked until a week or two. I'm happy with the route I took. Get your eBay to show daily Lotus parts and scan every post to east to west (etc) and crossed fingers/. I might create a list of obsolete parts and make a parts bin- one by one
  12. Hi everyone - long time etc etc - life has been awkward but back in gear now so to speak. steve williams - the chap in maidenhead - sorted a load of issues on the S4s very recently . one of the things he did was to get rid of worn paint and cracks and stuff. I had bought a rubber lower front lip spoiler off ebay which listed the S4s as being compatible - trouble is it would not fit - basically the corners were tough - too tough to make a good connection around the swcorners so we shelved the idea as it looked better with no lip that the one I bought . I think it looks ok without but others say they can see a 'difference' despite the minor change but they're 'right' in respect to originality . Apparently the sport 300 used a rubber version of the 'underspoiler' . So my question is - has anyone else used an aftermarket front lip / spoiler thing made from plastic or plastic-like material any help with this matter would be v grateful Thanks
  13. Well - having driven it for a few weeks with new 'old' bits I'm no longer leaking. So to speak. Infact I was under the car 2 weeks back using rust converter on all the sites fr surface rust and without thinking too hard I noticed how clean two 'things' were before remembering they had just been put on. Steve hinted at costs versus living with it and more or less said - a bit of oil dropped on the floor spreads quick and for the amount of oil that in there it can usually be safe but with a top up at each service. So thats another angle on it
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