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  1. So my car is booked in for a respray later this year in a new colour (not pink). It is one of those jobs where if you're doing a little, you might as well do a lot. I've been planning bits for months now, but in the last week it's started to come together (and get very expensive!). I've bought new front and rear clams for my car, so if anyone is after my old ones please do let me know. I'll be removing the old ones off my car in a couple of weeks I think, want to do a few last photoshoots before I take the car apart!
  2. @DangerousDave - that’s correct, luckily I already have some carbon arch louvres which will be fitted when my car is painted. (430 Cup style).
  3. I don't have a clue what Daniel is saying in this, but I assume he's saying it's all awesome and does lots of aero stuff. I think it'll look good on my car...
  4. New parts! Cup holder that I got anodised black, I like how subtle it is. I'll get a strap made up in black Alcantara I think. Has made me wonder if I should anodise the other parts which are silver in the cabin... Also, the Lazer lights have arrived, this is what I'm thinking, but I want to cut the front grill and recess them back so they're not quite so in your face...
  5. Steering on the Evora is brilliant, so I'd assume that this is no bad thing.
  6. About time I actually do some mods... Just ordered two of these for the front grill! This is just a small part of the stuff I have planned for the car in winter...
  7. @EldonZ Thanks for the document, it's very useful! I've been working on my car quite a lot recently with it on axle stands for the last few weeks. It started with simply needing to replace the metal vacuum pipe that goes through the subframe and over the exhaust as it had corroded and was causing a vacuum leak. Plus I needed to install the new exhaust hangar for the KT 380/410 downpipe. The vacuum pipe was a bit of a horrible job as the bolt for the bracket is hard to get to with everything still in place (I loosened off the cat and backbox to allow a bit of space though). Eventually got it in there though, started it up and it went into quiet mode! Great! Tried switching it into loud mode and it wouldn't switch anymore... Swearing happened. After checking various things, I concluded that the signal to the solenoid switch was okay, but the switch wasn't actually working. Very annoying as it was replaced earlier this year when I fitted the downpipe and it was working then. New one ordered from B&C and quick service as always, shame the part was £94.50 though. While the car was up in the air and I was waiting for parts I decided to also do: - Paint subframe to protect it longer term. Also painted the upper wishbones which hopefully keeps them rust free for longer. - Paint inside the wheel arches with stonechip paint. This is a bit of an experiment to see how long it lasts, the car will have some professional paintwork later this year so I'm not too precious about the edge or finish, but I want to know how well the finish holds up. Plus I think it looks a lot better in black than in body colour (with bare GRP showing through from all the chips!) - Clean all under arches and under tray and diffuser. - New stainless bolts for under tray and pro bolt black bolts for diffuser. - Spotted the pipe that goes between the side intake and the KT airbox was loose, so reconnected it. Arches look much better: Intake pipe loose... I wiped down around it, don't worry!
  8. @EldonZ - I plan on bolting through the subframe. Will finally fit my rear tow strap mount too. The template for the cutting would be very useful! I've measured on @Arun_D's car, but the more I can be sure before cutting into my car the better! This is how the brackets are mounted on @Mattmahope's car.
  9. Out for a drive with a good friend of mine this morning: Also, my next little project on the car is starting... Track-group have kindly lent me an upright from a Cup R to help me to design my own custom wing uprights. It's a project I've wanted to do for a few years now so I'm excited to finally press on with it. I've always believed that a chassis mounted wing is a better solution than wings which get mounted to the boot lid, but the drawbacks are that access to the boot becomes a bit of a pain. I'll be trying to work out a practical solution to be able to keep my hinged 430 carbon boot lid. I'll update with how we get on, I also plan to video the process as I think the process of designing, test fitting, then fitting it, will be interesting!
  10. It was second hand, but an official Lotus one from Prodrive.
  11. It's the carbon rear hatch from the 380 Cup/410 Sport/420 Sport/430 Cup. Was painfully expensive...
  12. Nice to get out for a little drive this morning. Not much to report on the car, although I am planning to get clams off this winter and build it back up to make sure everything is perfect. I’ll be starting to acquire parts soon for the project which will be fun!
  13. Just some random quick photos of the car in London. Was nice to use it to drive round town for a shoot I had to do. Small update on the exhaust, I was having problems with the vacuum pressure on the valve, I had a leak somewhere and was struggling to work out where it was. After buying some long vacuum hose I tested every part of the system and eventually found that the pipe that goes through the subframe was either leaking somewhere, or blocked. I did a temporary fix and will replace that pipe, but unfortunately I will have to remove the cat to access it properly. Lovely to have the exhaust in full quiet mode properly, the 380/410 backbox is a great exhaust with so much difference between quiet and loud modes.
  14. Fits perfectly without a rear clam. HTH
  15. New springs look much better! I haven’t changed the fronts, I’ve always thought the balance is a bit off and rear too stiff. IMO, always best to only change one thing at a time with suspension so you really get to understand exactly what each change does. I will report back about handling balance and further thoughts once I’ve set the heights and test driven tomorrow.
  16. I decided to make my car a little more road focused as I can't see myself getting on track this year, so bought some softer rear springs from @Seriouslylotus. I knew the old helper springs were rusted and the powder coat had failed, but didn't expect them to snap as I removed them Glad I am doing this now to get that sorted. Luckily Dave had some helper springs in stock and they're on their way to me arriving today. While the car was in bits, I thought it'd be good to paint more of the subframe to protect it, plus the upper wishbone as it's steel, and although it wasn't in bad condition, I figure more protection is never a bad thing. I've ordered some stone chip paint for the inside parts of the arches to give them a bit of refresh, to be honest I've never understood why Lotus leave those areas exposed in body colour. New softer springs going on... 850lbft instead of 1100, so quite a bit softer. Will be fun trying to dial in the dampers and work out which settings work best for a bumpy British B road. I'll report back once it's all back together!
  17. Exhaust parts went on today - very impressed that they fitted straight up perfectly and didn't need any adjustment at all. Car is back to being lovely and quiet in quiet mode and is a bit quieter than it was in loud mode as it now has a 200 cell sports cat. It sounds much nicer now to be honest, less aggressive, but much smoother and can tell the mapping prefers having the cat. Also gave the subframe a bit of anti rust paint as after the dry ice cleaning showed a few areas which needed some stronger protection. Got to say, with a new exhaust fitted, a load of cleaning and a lick of paint, the underside is looking quite good! Oh, also finally fitted the gearbox temp sensor for the AIM dash, need to get the wire up to the dash, but it's at least as far as the cabin now so I can do the rest. At some stage I'll also fit the reversing camera, but was running out of time today and figured I could do that myself.
  18. I had the traction light come on a while ago and it was caused by the steering wheel position sensor. Need Lotus diagnostic tool to find out and reset it. It can be quite a few different things, but the brake pedal sensor is most commonly talked about.
  19. Took a friend's 430 Cup round the block yesterday to try to help diagnose some problems he's been having with the car not letting him heel & toe. I was getting about 8 out of 10 downshifts perfect and only 2 would have slight issues. Considering the brake feel, throttle response and seat position are different to my car, I'd say that's pretty good. And when immediately getting that many heel & toe downchanges bang on, it concluded that the car is fine and it just needs some learning. The car isn't randomly choosing to not allow it, the driver is doing something slightly different with the sequence or timing, I think most likely the % throttle input. It is possible to learn around this, and IMO it's a rewarding process. In my own Exige I can heel & toe 100% of the time with no problems at all. A few other thoughts on the 430 as I hadn't driven one for a while: Exhaust sounds mega. It had standard geo and the front end is rubbish at turning in. Standard seats are much easier to get into than Tilletts, but once you're in you sit too high and at a weird angle. Driving it, even for a very short distance made me realise I don't want to sell my car, it'd take too much to replace it if I ever wanted to.
  20. I have Komotec manifolds and they’ve been fine for over 30k miles. @Seriouslylotushave the KT Y pipe and cat in stock, so I could have the parts the next day instead of having to wait for the parts. My Y pipe failed because the fit of the link pipe wasn’t very good and had too much pressure on the flexi. I’ve also had 3 back boxes which haven’t lasted too well. The komotec stuff may not be as pretty welding, but from my experience it seems to fit like OEM parts do and last well.
  21. I can’t answer that, but here is a photo of the factory Y pipes - the 400 series is noticeably larger and also has the “dent”. Komotec one seems much nicer quality.
  22. Little update... Spring clean was needed on my car and a few weeks ago I spent the day under the car using dry ice to clean the underside of the car and then protecting it with spray wax. Dry ice is a non abrasive way of cleaning mechanical components and I was very impressed. It doesn't strip the surface coatings, only the dirt, so this is just a way of cleaning properly to then be able to protect for longer. Eventually I'll do a full suspension refresh, but this has helped to protect it for a good while longer. The trick if using wax to protect the underside of a car is to do it regularly, and as I didn't have a garage for a while I'd let it slip. In future I'll do it at least every 6 months. Under the sea before image: After looking much much better: Before/after split image which shows how much better the car looks now! My exhaust has been blowing and getting worse recently, and I suspected it was the Flexi in the Y pipe (again! This is my second one now). The decat link pipe I'd put in before was a bit of a nightmare to fit and was putting too much pressure on the flexi due to not fitting perfectly. Unfortunately this means the expensive Y pipe now has to go in the bin. To try to fix the problem more long term, I've decided to put in a 400 series Y pipe with the sports cat from Komotec. @Seriouslylotusnow keeps Komo-tec in stock, so it was with me the next day! Before anyone comments, yes it's suppose to have the "dent". This is to fit around the gearbox. Hopefully by having a full komotec and OEM system now, instead of a mix of komotec and 2bular, it'll fit a bit better and not cause any future problems. Car will be a bit quieter with a cat back in, but to be honest, I'm fed up of it being so loud anyway, so it'll be nice change. Eventually I'll buy the new komo-tec quiet exhaust so I can do trackdays again, as this Y pipe doesn't fit my old quiet exhaust (nothing's ever easy is it...)
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