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  1. Not a new member but a returnee if you like. I enjoyed my Exige V6 S but it was a right pain in the balls for “big” driving/camping trips like LeMans, Spa GP or even Silverstone Classic so never really got used as much as it should. Went “sensible” with a BMW 1M which wasn’t sensible at all - thuggish (in a good way) but a bit of a blunt instrument. Current toy is a Cayman R which is wonderful but have placed an Emira deposit as I love the Lotus brand (more “me” than Porsche is) and it seems to be exactly the car I would want and can use. V6 manual, green & tan, silver lightweight wheels - don’t care about any other options. If it drives anything like as well as the Evora 400’s I should have bought instead of the Exige I’ll be very happy.
  2. I'm sure there are better track/track day tyres but for road use the PS4 is an excellent tyre on the V6, way better IMO than the P-Zero Corsa.
  3. Link for exhaust, be warned Jim always seems very busy and it might take a while for the exhaust to arrive. Hardest part of the conversion is actually finding the soft top, £1000+ from Lotus if they have any in stock. Keep an eye on all classifieds, I got lucky on the playground and found a good one for £400. Then buy this and swallow some brave pills as you take a Dremel to your lovely Lotus - it's quit simple though. Measure twice (maybe 8 times) and cut once as they say. Search on here, there's a few threads on the topic.
  4. Congrats on the new car, enjoy! Mods I've done, listed in order of how much more amazing the car feels to me. 1. 2Bular exhaust, simply the best thing ever for a V6 2. Soft top conversion - adds a whole new dimension to the fun, you also can hear more of mod 1 above. 3. Forged Lotus wheels and new tyres. Never really thought much of the standard P-Zero's and having tried Michelin PS4's I'm glad I changed. Wheel/tyre combo has improved ride comfort, lowered road noise, given better steering feel by reducing tram lining and unwanted 'chatter'. Also increased ability to get the power down, though the rears were down to 3mm. 4. Ticking indicator relay - unless of course you've done mods 1 and 2 above, in which case it's pointless.
  5. Durability of the Full Dip stuff is good, had it on my wheels for approx 1000 miles whilst I was experimenting with colour choices. No stone chips etc.
  6. I've been on PS4's (standard sizes) for a while now, very happy and definately prefer them to the Corsa's. Steering is less fidgety but seems to have a more delicate feel, more grip, better ride and less road noise. Road use only so far but seem to be perfect for my needs.
  7. I'm sure they'll be very popular with city-bound supercar show off types and Youtubers.
  8. Drivers seat loose/rocks on its runners but no rattles/squeaks. (2013, V6)
  9. I used "Full Dip" cans from these guys: Cheaper that Plasti-Dip and in my opinion better, seems to give better coverage, is easier to apply and gives a much better finish. Durability wise it's good, no signs of peeling or chipping in approx 500 miles. However both silver wheels have been stained slightly by black water/brake dust mix that I should have cleaned off but was too lazy to do so. The anthracite wheels still clean up perfectly. I used their matt grey as undercoat (3 coats) followed by 3 or 4 top coats. Finish is a satin effect.
  10. Well, two months on and I've still got odd coloured wheels on the car having failed to make my mind up. I think the wheels look best in silver but anthracite wheels look best in the car - if that makes sense? Thinking somewhere between the two shades or maybe a shadow chrome (like the old e39 M5 wheels). Seems to be a split decision amongst TLF users which hasn't helped much but I appreciate your thoughts ps Only one person has noticed the different coloured wheels without being told so maybe I could do 50/50....... Oh and the car is Nightfall Blue
  11. Me? Yes, 205/45/17 and 265/35/18 from Blackcircles for about £550 fitted.
  12. Came straight off a decent set of Corsa's onto the PS4. Less noise, more comfort, better 'feel' through the wheel and a percieved improvement in grip. I say percieved improvement in grip because it's been so long since I've been out in the car when the roads weren't soaking wet or covered in winter shit/grit/leaves etc. Note: Corsa's were on standard V6 wheels, the Michelins went onto a new (to me) set of forged wheels so some of the improvements (feel and comfort maybe?) were due to the lighter wheels. Either way, the car feels even nicer to drive now than it did when I bought it back in July. I also fitted PS4's to my daily driver (BMW 130i) last year and felt similar improvements.
  13. I know, but my point was that I really don't think you'd be missing out on very much if you fit PS4 instead of PS4S.
  14. The Pilot Sport 4's I've just fitted in standard sizes are fantastic on the road. Unless you track the car regularly, I can't imagine you'd ever need a more extreme (road compromised) tyre.
  15. I've also had PE2's and PS3's on my 182 Trophy but not on track. PS3's briefly on the 130i when I first bought it 6 years ago and although memory fades they can't begin to compete with PS4. Considered AD08r on the Exige but for the way I use the car they're too much of a compromise.
  16. PS4 fit the bill perfectly for my needs which seem pretty much the same as yours - heavy road use bias, only occasional track day use. Tyre tech seems to have advanced rapidly over the past few years and the PS4 is bang up to date (fair bit cheaper as well). I've also got 12,000+ miles on the set on my 130i and they've been exemplary so far. I'm sure either will do the job for you though.
  17. Yep, full set. Just checked their website £557 today.
  18. £552 inc fitting for the PS4 in standard sizes at the end of Feb from Blackcircles.
  19. Put PS4's on mine a couple of weeks ago. Only got about 80 miles on them but first impressions are very, very good. Grip seems better (even on brand new rubber), they are quieter and ride has improved. I'd describe steering feel/feedback as more detailed because some of the harshness of the Corsa's has gone. For me/my car (so far) they are better than the Cora's. ETA - some of the improvements I've noticed could be due to the lighter wheels. Also I've not driven it particularly hard yet.
  20. Yeah, silver one side, anthracite the other. Will leave it that way for a few weeks until I decide on a permanent colour, bit odd but I can't see both sides of the car at the same time.
  21. Finally got my hands on some forged wheels a couple of weeks ago, big thanks to Dave at Seriously Lotus I'm a big fan of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, so had a set fitted in standard sizes. Can't say for sure whether it's the wheels, tyres or a combination but the car feels noticeably nicer to drive. Grip, especially at the rear is much improved and ride comfort better. The steering seems to have become more communicative but less shouty - if that makes any sense. Very happy with the new set up but the wheels only come in matt black and I've never really been a fan of black wheels on dark cars. So I've had the rattle cans out again (easily removable vinyl rubber paint) and had a play. Like the anthracite but I'm drawn to silver as it shows the lovely scalloped spokes off better. What do we think?
  22. Mine was looking a little faded (nothing like as bad as the one pictured on the other forum though). Applied a coat of Gtechniq C4 trim restorer. It's been on for a few months now and still looks brand new.
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