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  1. Mine was also fitted for free. That dealer quoting 5k is on another planet. I'll do you a deal... Supply and fit it you for 4k 😏
  2. I had mine set up similar to this guys: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=15&t=1818288&i=140 I would agree with tex that it wasn't night and day different but certainly better and I would say a lot more progressive on the limit. I found with the standard set up that if the rear let go it LET GO, whereas now it slides quite controllably. Getting some professional training was the transformation for me, I'm no driving god at all but I had 20 minutes with a chap called Howard Hunt at Croft (brilliant track for the exige) and he managed to change my life that day and made me one of the fastest cars 😎 He's getting on a bit now but he's got plenty of experience and I will certainly be using him again on future track days. The main thing he taught was trail braking to the apex and getting progressively on the power and what a difference it made.
  3. You should confirm with hexis if the pattern is available. My detailer used the older 350 sport patterns but enlarged them slightly before cutting to size on the car. Obtaining the xpel patterns from an xpel detailer may be another option. My car was done March 2021.
  4. I did and it's still in the delivery box, I need to get the PPF removed under the splitter so it adheres correctly. If you have bought the sliplo then that's probably a better solution. Nope, That entire blue region is covered with factory PPF and it looks like fairly thick stuff so I wouldn't worry to much about having it double PPF'd. Seems an okay price for the amount of work being done and it's one less thing to worry about 🙂
  5. Mine came with the later steering wheel, probably just put the parts on that they had lying around at the time!
  6. Interesting mod for the taller driver and something I may look into, My biggest issue is that I can't twist my foot so I'm braking with my big toe and blipping the throttle with my little pinky toe! How much wider is that new pedal compared to the standard one?
  7. I don't think it was removed, I'd have to have a closer look next time its out. I think you would be better getting the 430 cup rubber seal thing for the underside of the carbon lip, I managed to catch the carbon lip on a steep car park entry literally the day after having it wrapped 😡. https://www.bellandcolvill.co.uk/deroure?qs=1&preview=1&make=1&model=42&groupid=11551 part 2a Light Blue area is standard factory PPF, Red areas are what I had done. One thing I would say is that Hexis did not have the latest PPF shape patterns for the 2018+ models and neither for the carbon bonnet hatch. The detailer I used had to oversize the patterns by 25% and cut to size. However the job turned out amazing and certainly better than some dealer applied PPF I have seen. The carbon bonnet hatch I had some issue with however, The pattern on file was for the standard bonnet hatch so some PPF was missed at the front of the hatch and of course sods law happened and a stone got stuck between the hatch and the front clam that caused damage to the carbon bonnet hatch. This will get rectified next time the car goes in for a proper clean. I have seen cars without PPF with 10k miles and not a stone chip in sight however if you track it then it is definitely worthwhile, The PPF has already saved a few stone chips on the front of mine. The ceramic for me is for the easier cleaning more than anything, I need to wash it after every use for the car cover and ceramic makes it far easier and quicker. The front clam Is made up of several PPF shapes, I don't think it can be done in one go. However a decent application can make the joins not noticeable unless you look for them. The sills and on top of the sills are definitely worth while wrapping, they get hammered with dirt. I paid 2k for what I had, It would have been 3k for the full car. Its expensive and I certainly wouldn't bother on a normal everyday car but I'm happy that it is done.
  8. Fitting the button for the exhaust is a 15min job, if you can wield a screwdriver then you'll be fine! If anyone is unsure if their car is compatible then you can simple remove the steering column cover, have the car started, locate the exhaust flap plug and touch the two pins together with a screwdriver or something conductive to simulate a button press. I tested mine before ordering the button.
  9. The guy I bought mine from did a beddington 88db day with it, they are super quiet to the point you can hardly hear the exhaust, great for track, bit boring for day to day driving.
  10. Mine had single stage correction. Exactly the same PPF as you are having, but not the a pillars, I don't think the PPF sticks to them. Nor the roof as I run the soft top. The side sills I only had wrapped up to the existing PPF and not over. I think I will be having the spoiler and the whale tale bit of the rear clam done soon as these have picked up the odd blemish. I had mine ceramic coated everywhere else with gtechniq, I have washed it quite a bit and it still looks great however I have noticed some very fine wash marks that only appear when the light is at a very low angle. The PPF used was hexis. If I was going to do it again I would have probably just got the whole thing wrapped, those minor wash marks would just need some hot water and they'd dissapear. Definitely glad I got the front clam done as it's saved a few stones from getting to the paintwork already.
  11. That yellow looks great! Shame that they have somehow messed up with the black pack. I suppose it shouldn't be super difficult to fix, they are all bolt on parts that need to be painted after all. At least you have got the transom in black! Personally I like the 20th edition paint scheme and if this was my car I'd definitely keep the front clam bonnet in black and maybe the rear hatch. But yes it will look better with the roof, air intakes and mirrors in body colour imo. Hopefully there is no colour variation with the parts once they are painted.
  12. Had mine out at Anglesey yesterday and had a look over the car. I'll take back what I said about maybe not needing PPF... It seems to have saved the front clam from a few stone chips already. With the factory PPF, it doesn't cover the entire sill moulding, the front of the sill up to the start of the air intake is unprotected, I had the unprotected part PPF'd along with the front and to be fair it's useful if you end up accidentally catching the sill with your feet getting in and out. I believe there is also some PPF under the rear bumper where the rear wheels may Chuck up stones. Just remembered I also had some PPF applied on the rear bumper sides behind the wheel. The rear sills definitely get hammered with dirt so the factory PPF is a welcome sight.
  13. This was the picture that made me want millitary grey, it looks amazing. I actually viewed this very car when it was for sale at hendys down south. The colour gets alot of attention. You'll definitely get a lot more attention in the purple. I'm not totally convinced PPF is required, having viewed several cars including a black one at 10k miles with no stone chips. However I think it would be at least worth getting a stage 1 polish and ceramic coating. Mine is ceramic coated with PPF on the front and side sills. Of course I have managed to get a minor chip on the little whale tail part of the rear clam where there is no PPF 😠.
  14. You have just ruined my day! This is indeed the colour I saw and I had no idea there was another purple. I would have probably gone for the plum crazy. Oh well, I heard the military grey is the best colour anyway so 😝
  15. You know that looks awesome there, but I remembered reading that someone had viewed a plum crazy and said it was a very flat colour in the light. That is what led me to discount the plum crazy as an option. I sort of don't want to see one in the flesh because I may end up regretting my choice of colour 😂 Be certainly worth keeping hold of yours for a while if its the only one in such a unique colour, I can't see these end of an era cars losing too much money in the long run.
  16. I have had a few quality control issues, mainly one of the padded door sills was obviously not fitted correctly and a bit of paint had chipped off one of the spoiler spars but these have been remedied at 1st service. other than that its been fine. At the end of the day the main components 'should' be bullet proof, the car is literally a toyota engine/gearbox, 4 wheels and 2 seats, there isn't a great deal to go wrong. Its certainly not a new defender with its 80+ ECUs! As matt says you'll be rewarded for your patience. I also had the front access panel alarm thing that had me scratching my head until I remembered I had been playing around under there!
  17. Looks a good choice, are you going for the optional seat padding? I'm looking forward to hearing how much extra headroom you gain with this seat.
  18. Not sure those lotus carbon seats will be your solution. I have them and they lightly dig into my thunder thighs causing slight numbness on my right. However you should try them out if you can as they may be better than your standard seats but equally could also actually be a tighter fit. Maybe see if you can try a seat out at your local lotus dealer. Never tried the tillets so unable to help there. Good luck, it's a pain in the ass (quite literally) being tall in these cars!
  19. I viewed a solid yellow 380 and it is indeed very yellow! it will look pretty good out on the road where you live, just be prepared for plenty of attention. Wrapping the rear will make things look a lot better, I would have thought you could get the rear wrap sticker from deroure. 5k for paint is a bit obscene, I think I was quoted 1.2k for the military but must be different from country to country.
  20. The driver side brackets will not fit the passenger seat. I believe the passenger seat is offset as close to the sill as possible allowing more room for the driver seat. I'm not a 100% sure but I think the handbrake and gear stick tunnel are also offset. Either way the passenger seat uses different mounting holes and you can see these other holes on the driver side if the car was going to be the other hand drive. I could probably design and fabricate some brackets but I don't really see that there would be a demand for them, I also have to order ten sets at a time so there is an expense issue. My driver side brackets owe me a fair amount of money so I could do with shifting the other sets first before contemplating anything else. However let me have a look next time I get the car out to see if these driver side brackets could be modified to fit, it may be simpler than I think. Thanks I do like the colour, Its been stage 1 polished and ceramic coated so its quite reflective in some photos, does seems to get a bit of attention. What colour did you go for? Here is some more photos for you:
  21. This past weekend I was out testing my new seat brackets along with a geo set up and a track exhaust. Seat Brackets - I had installed my new fixed brackets a couple weeks back but had not been out for a drive until the weekend gone, On the drive to the track I found the seat a little close to the peddles, Using Cad I had determined to gain the extra 2.5 degrees of tilt I needed to move the seat forward 30mm, I followed this guide but from looking at the seat position there was a good 30mm of room available to the rear speaker. In the morning I took the seat out and moved the brackets back 20mm. 20mm does not sound much but it certainly felt different in the car. Below are some photos showing the height difference achieved with the drivers seat. I think the above is one of my favourite photos for showing the difference between the seats. As I have said before you can't have everything, I have chosen to gain headroom at the sacrifice of leg room. However raising the steering column and adding a steering wheel spacer has made things acceptable. I'm glad I went with the 7.5 degree of tilt as it has made a big difference for me, I actually feel in the car instead of on it. The rear of my helmet also sits slightly under the roll hoop instead of on it like before so I have ended up in a good position. I do just fit in with the roof on but there is only about 10mm of headroom left so where to go from here? well I think I have gained all the room possible with the seat. I spent a bit of time trying to find a helmet with less padding on top but it appears all car helmets are the same. Perhaps I need to look at some motorbike helmets. Anyway some photos of me inside the car, I'm 6ft 3 with 32-33inch leg. So yes the brackets were a great success! Geo Setup - I followed a geo set up by Ecain from pistonheads but did not have the car slammed to the floor, Initial thoughts on my first track outing "oh no what have I done?" The car was very understeery and not confidence inspiring at all. At one point I had a 4 wheel drift in a corner and promptly called it quits for that session. Back in the pits I adjusted the tyre pressures to 2 bar front and 2.2 bar at the rear as per the set up, also learned a friend was sliding everywhere too so I must have hit some fluids on the track. Went back out and it must of took a good 4 laps but the car suddenly changed and just started working, honestly so much better, however this happened for every session, 4 laps of rubbish before everything warmed up and started to work. I did end up really liking this set up and will keep it for the foreseeable, found cornering a lot better with the increased camber and any slides happened gradually and were easily controllable, with the stock set up, slides happened suddenly and required a change of pants after. Track exhaust - Fitted the used lotus track exhaust.... It had done 1800 miles and some would have you believe that the packing would have disappeared out the exhaust by now. Anyway I checked it out and the packing is still there and looks good. Everything went smoothly until the coupler fixing the stock exhaust to the downpipe, it just would not come off, after 2 hours and with seriously low blood sugar I fetched the grinder and cut the bloody thing off, even then it was still fighting me! Also found the car is built on a 380 cup chassis, this is probably the same for all 410's On track the lotus trackday exhaust is very quiet to the point a friend was asking if the car was electric so this means it works perfect and I have decided to keep it on, plus I have no desire to try changing the exhaust again! Anyway the 2bular is for sale on the classifieds.
  22. Look a bit odd those, do your rear tyres measure the correct width? Assume they're ps4 too.
  23. Hey Inversed, From what I have heard you can't even have the standard seat fully back with the harness bar, But it should be possible to get a harness bar in, There is another 70mm of forward room available from where I have my seat at the moment, I could just go forward 20mm and a harness bar should fit.... My legs wouldn't fit though! so, no harness bar for me. I will get some photos at the end of the month with some better lighting and a better view of the seat in the car. Being tall is a compromise with these cars. I'm 6ft 3 seem to be long torso and legs somehow, I need that full 7.5 degree tilt and the seat as close to the rear bulkhead as possible to fit in with the helmet and roof on. I will get some various sized friends to sit in the car and take some measurements and photos but I would have thought if you're around =<6ft 1 then you could just stick with the 5 degree tilt and move the seat forward to easily fit in the harness bar.
  24. 2nd update: Bit of a more general one. I had a komotec steering wheel spacer sat in the spare room that I thought I would give a try, its about 30mm I think and ended up being around 100 quid delivered from Germany! Now it's supposed to be made for airbag cars but It didn't exactly fit, the car has the newer steering wheel so maybe this is why. Anyway the newer steering wheels have a tab on the rim and there is no hole for it in the spacer so I had to drill a hole into the spacer. Next issue was the bolts supplied were no where near long enough: Ordered some 50mm replacement bolts and it all went together well after that. I quite like it, The wheel rests on my wrist now instead of in my palm, the indicators are not too far away and I have gained some more wheel to leg room. If I was to do it again I would try and source one from the UK so you don't have to pay a ridiculous amount on shipping. Car issues: Had a bit of a weird issue with the car not starting properly. Usually these cars start and rev up with some va va vroom but mine started to almost struggle to start and would go straight to idle. This was fixed by either disconnecting the battery or cleaning the MAF sensor. I did both at the same time so not sure which is the culprit but its now fixed and starting properly. Exhaust: Finally after 4 months it has arrived, A 2bular QP track system with all the trimmings. But what's this? Yep, that's a lotus track day exhaust too, in my frustration I have ended up with two track day exhausts 🙈. One needs to go, I'll be fitting the Lotus one first for a track day at the end of the month as that is already used, So I'll give that a go and depending on the results early next month one of these will be for sale. Prices will be: 2bular: Brand new never fitted, Seems to be £2155 on the website. Lotus: Used, £1550. Collection from Sheffield area or I'm usually traveling for work up and down the M1 to London way.
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