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  1. Thanks for the reply’s. I don’t have an engine crane at home so would prefer to leave it in for now and don’t worry Barry I’m used to doing the belts and tensioner with it in 😁 Gives me a chance to get on with it tomorrow and find out where the compression from no4’s gone hiding. Hopefully just a valve, boroscope looked ok, but you never know.
  2. Just a quick question, is it possible to remove the cylinder head of the 910 in my SE without removing the engine from the car? If so will I need to remove the mounts and shift the block so to speak? Just looking at it then and though, mmm that looks tight (what isn’t on an Esprit though), so thought I’d better get some opinions before I pull the camtowers and then end up pulling the lump anyway.
  3. Rockauto in the end, they were fairly helpful answering questions etc. I didn't mind a refurb part just so long as they were genuine ones (Bosch made pintle injectors) complete with the real part number so I could confirm flow rate etc. All the alternative new (non Bosch) ones looked to be either ball or disc type rather than pintle and I never got a direct answer to this question, just that 'they'll work for your application' or 'they're an equivalent' etc. The repro's are that cheap that we had a bit of discussion about ordering a set anyway and giving them a try just to see. I think the FJ20 part number was farmed out as the best alternative but I decided that the Bosch type was what I wanted. The FJ20 again looked like the disc or ball type, not pintle, but I have since seen some marketed as this part number with a pintle cap etc so it maybe luck of the draw which type you get.
  4. Well it lives! I managed to get a set of genuine 5EZE's from the states in the end, fitted them at the weekend and just completed a long shakedown run... Better than ever now ? Thanks for all the help with this.
  5. Just re-read my post, made some sense but my grammar left a lot to be desired (bloody tiny phone screen, well that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it ? ). Thanks for the reply Travis, mine's an '89 SE also so this option looks to be favourite at the moment.
  6. Oh and final question, will Rochester 17104224 fit. It comes up as a cross ref for the original, just thought I'd ask if anyone's used this type yet.
  7. I've been looking into injectors and Rochester's are available on the other side of the Atlantic. Not very convenient but do-able. Travis has stated that he has used E5ZE's in the past and I can get a matched set of these fairly easily. The design is better than the Rochester's as they use the Bosch pintle pattern, so better volatilisation. I also found that this used to This used to be the injector type supplied by five-o. I also noted that when looking into specs these are rated at 370cc/min but at only 2.6bar (they flowed nearer 390 - 395ish at 3bar when tested.) Travis how did this work out? Any issues with over fueling?
  8. Thanks for the info guys. So five-o's aren't recommended then, glad I found that out before ordering. Qavion, WC sell the RC ones afaik, but I thought that they were of a higher flow rate than the Rochesters fitted as standard. Did you have any issues with fueling after fitting them? I'm just outside Warrington, still not much closer to Austrailia though ?
  9. Hi all, I'm after a little advice on this one. My SE developed a misfire, well to be more accurate I lost two cylinders. Using the 'which bit of the manifold gets hot or not' technique, it looks like 2 and 3, they share a coil and injector driver so I,m glad it wasn't 1 and 2 etc. I first looked at coils, but all was fine, all in good condition to look at and lots of power with a healthy spark from each. So injectors next, unplugged no2 and it's back on three out of four. We're getting somewhere now, so I measure the resistance across each injector. 1,3 and 4 give 2.8ohms but 2 only returns 1.5. This looks enough to cause a drop to me so now the rub, does anyone have a spare that they could lend/sell so I could see if this cures it? Are five-O still the best source for matched sets, as if this cures it I may as well look into a new set. Thanks in advance.
  10. I thought that this may be the best place to ask this so here goes. Will a power steering rack physically fit a SE? If so does anyone know if the pivot point of the trackrods differs form the original and if so by how much? I've seen Hilly's electric column conversion (Corsa / MGF etc) but I don't really want to take this route. Thanks in advance
  11. It will be the LFA V10 (well that's where my money would be.) Dare I say it, prospective Esprit buyers will have the money to put the petrol into it besides, Lotus already have a good line-up of four cylinder fuel efficient sports cars
  12. I sold an S2 Elise to buy an Esprit but ended up with a S1 Elise, a Rover T-series engine and a load of turbo bits (not quite sure how that happened it just did) but it's now finished which means I will get bored soon and I'm already looking at Esprits again.
  13. Ah ha. You passed me in the Mrs's car heading up the M6 later that day (evening) and I nearly flashed and waved like a nutter but luckily stopped myself at the last moment. (You may read this as I got the wash wiper pull instead being in the Jap mobile). Cheered up an otherwise dull journey
  14. I knew that this would happen....................................I've just spent
  15. I've had quite a few performance cars but I have worked my way up, so to speak and been on a few track (training) days early on in life. Firstly the thing to look at is handling characteristics rather than performance. Front wheel drive as per the Barchetta is reasonably beneighn. If you are a bit clumsy with the throttle mid corner (think wet road) then the front will simply wash wide. If you then lift a little you will restore composure. You can have all the power in the world but basically this is the way the car will behave. You really would have to provoke to get oversteer in a FWD so that is why this type of layout is viewed as the safest for newer/less experianced drivers. You can still get into trouble but it's very unlikely that a heavy right foot will cause this. Ignoring 4wd, front engine/rear wheel drive is probably the next step of natural progression. Now the back end will move around if you have a heavy right foot (even in a straight line if conditions allow) but generally with this type of layout is easily corrected by lightening/balancing throttle (notice not just jumping off it as when cornering this can still upset things.) Generally this type of layout has little weight over the back axel and this will lead (usually) to all of this happening with relatively low inertia, ie. quite slowly and with a good degree of controlability (unless it's a TVR!!) Looking at mid engined/rear drive cars another degree of driver experience is needed and a precise control of throttle a must. Basically if we set the same scene as above (wet corner / roundabout) this time the rear of the car will move with more inertia (usually explained as a snap rather than a slide) and this will be instantly compounded by a throttle lift (usually a lift at this point will lead directly to a spin). This characteristic is probably the end for a lot of Elise's and, of all the people I know who own and run one, almost all have had a spin in the wet with most suffering at least some light damage as a result. Looking at the Elise, the S2 is probably a better choice for first Elise than an S1. The S2 will understeer (to some degree) to give some warning of what is about to happen and again 'the later the car' the more chance of driver aids being fitted (although this is only going to be ABS unless the car is less than a year old and the owner payed for traction control). I'm not puting the Elise down by any means (I have a S1 with over 200hp that I use as my daily driver) but it commands 100% concentration in poor weather (try one in the snow and you will see what I mean) and has no driver aids at all. I'll put the S2000 forwards as a best fit. It's rear wheel drive, has plenty of driver aids (which can be disabled when you want to play), more than enough power to make things exciting and has that all important thing to any 21 year old............ image. Hope this helps I just feel that an Elise will bite hard if not treated with respect.
  16. I was interested but it went a little bit higher than I had set myself (I was trying to bear the cost of a full respray in mind when bidding.) May have another go if it doesn't go to mental but I have a feeling it will, the buyer will see it and realise that the paintwork will require more work then they though, and walk away again.
  17. Ah, so it was your Esprit (very nice I've got to say )........I was looking at it and it may have given the other half the final push needed to persued her that our Elise needs upgrading to something more Stevens shaped Apparently we've just got to move house first Oh and Garath thanks again for all your efforts.
  18. The Sport300 on the ClubLotus stand was my car of the show, well that and Russ's racecar on our stand but I've got to say that (I'm P.A.T. on NORLOG, Exiges and SELOC, really need to change my profile on here.) We manned the NORLOG stand on Sunday in the rain Simon you sound much like myself I'm keeping a keen eye out for an Esprit, just got to convince the bank manager (she may agree one day) I'll probably see you at Oulton over the weekend (I'm there both days in a Black Elise S2 ST with satin wheels)
  19. Bibs, thanks for taking the time to do this. I was just interested in whether someone from this board had built it etc but I have taken all your points onboard and I think I'll wait for a straight one to appear within my price range. Again thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response to this question and Bibs if you do findout the history let me know as I'm intregued now
  20. Easy now lads! Righty then, I'm from Warington (UK) currently own an Elise S2 ST and I'm quite handy with the spanners (though not to the levels of some on here ) I agree with the above comments and wasn't expecting an immaculate example V8, with 1987 plates and 17,000miles on it. I just wondered if anyone knew of it's past/who built it etc (I know it's a long shot but usually someone in the Lotus community does ) I've always wanted an Esprit (I came very close last year but then went back into Elise ownership) I do like the turbo'd 4's but really have always wanted a V8. I was planning on looking at it from a trackday/road POV with minimal comforts and little weight (thus chopping about an immaculate V8 SE etc would be a shame.) Thanks for all the reply's BTW :yes Dave do you post on NORLOG/are you going to Oulton for the Goldcup on Sunday/Monday? Just out of interest is there any way of telling if the early V8 has had the clutch/flywheel and liner issue sorted? Oh sloblocks I've just realised that my profile is way out of date Edited as my grammer degrades by the day!
  21. Does anyone have any information on this one? Clicky
  22. I'm in Warrington. Who did the carb rejet (or who supplies the jets?). Could be worth seeing about an aftermarket charge cooler and hard piping kit straight off if I look at this route then.
  23. Thanks I'll have a look. Basically I've wanted an Esprit for years (an SE would be perfect) but I've been offered a Turbo that I know the history of and I'd rather not take the gamble if you see what I mean. I've tuned and bare shell built various Jap cars (Impreza, S13 200sx etc) but them bought a house and had to sell all toys. Recently I worked on a friends Elise and was very impressed with what I saw. This got the Lotus bug fired up again and after looking at a couple of Elise (is that how you say it, plural) I remembered the Esprit SE / Turbo would cost about the same. Basically I want to know if I could get 300bhp with the carbs or would I be better ditching for injection. Your power figures do sound promising though so what spec is your car currently? Turbo wise I've got a lovely GT28RS 60A/R and a hybrid ball bearing core sat in the garage........... I wonder if
  24. What are the options available for tuning the 1988 esprit turbo with carbs. Ie can you add a charge cooler / convert to injection etc Is there an after market throttlebody / injection system available? I've never tuned a turbo with carbs before.
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