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  1. You’re alternative is to just stick with the front speakers and add a small powered subwoofer in the passenger footwell or in the shelf behind the seats. Combined with the Focals upfront, people seem very happy with this setup. Check the other threads on the forum.
  2. Great video - thank you. Sequential shift just looks perfect - revs dropping 1k rpm on the up shift. Looks like you’re pulling on the Ginetta on the brakes? Any more info on the car spec - nitrons / Ohlins, Brakes, engine etc?
  3. A competent wrapping place will be able to wrap them for you - no need to mess around with ordering parts or removing seats. i had mine wrapped in my previous Lotus. Helps if you take the roof off for access, however.
  4. When you say extended winglets, do you mean the wing end plates? I wondered why Lotus had changed them for the smaller items - whether its cost / design / aero?
  5. I think I saw a pic somewhere of someone using a socket / ratchet wrench (with arm at 90 degs to the screw head / bit) which would be perfect - but I didn’t have this. Good luck with it.
  6. In summary, I would say that with the standard Clarion head unit and two front Focal 100AC with cups underneath made from Dynamat, the sound has gone from ‘ok’ to ‘decent’. I had previously assumed that I would definitely need a subwoofer- now I am wondering whether I absolutely need this for my use of the car. Will live with it for a bit and make a call. It’s only a small cabin to fill with noise. Certainly, a sub woofer would improve the bass and likely make the setup ‘good’ (to my ears subjectively). However, as is, the tone / clarity is definitely improved and bass is better - obviously not epic, but not terrible for someone that likes good sound but is not a car audio fanatic. I haven’t done a motorway journey yet - perhaps that is where you need more bass to offset the general noise from the road / chassis.
  7. I just used the screw head from a ratchet screwdriver kit - maybe 2-3cm long. Mostly the screws could be undone using finger strength alone (2017 Exige 380) - where this wasn’t possible, I used an adjustable wrench / spanner and closed it down to the size of the screw bit and gave that a few turns. I couldn’t use the ratchet screwdriver given clearance under the windscreen.
  8. Focal 100AC fitted. I made cups to sit underneath from Dynamat. I can’t tell really how much difference the cups made - but overall it is a noticeable improvement from the stock 2 speaker setup. Clearer sound and more bass - certainly when stationary. First test drive to follow. You can fit the focal grills - if you screw them over the speakers rather than fitting the speakers over them. They stick up quite a bit like this however - will live with it for a bit before deciding if to go back to standard grills.
  9. Do you notice the 3mm spacer stance wise?
  10. It really depends on what you want. 430 Cup probably about the most engaging drivers car you can buy. Smokes most road cars on track. Will put a smile on your face on the darkest day. 911 Turbo very fast but not so involving unless you get the latest 992. But easier to get in / out of, rear seats, sat nav, free coffee when you get a service. Not really a regular track car. A more premium product in its own way. Evora 2+2 might be a closer comparison to the Porsche, Evora GT430 is special and around this price point.
  11. Another A Mealing (I think) here - Exige 380.
  12. Cheers G - tbh I hadn’t noticed that the inner part wasn’t covered
  13. I saw this pic on a Komotec post - your car looks fantastic - great stance... hope ok to post - if not will take it down Do you know what spring rates you have on the nitrons? looking to order some for my 380 and wondering what to go for. i think standard v6 Cup is 550/1100 but seriously lotus recommend: 550/850 - fast road / track or 850/1100 - track day
  14. George - did you get your Leather steering wheel recovered in alcantara - or did you have to buy a new one from Lotus? would like to retrim to Alcantara but wondering if the shape allows...
  15. Thanks - that could also work... Sorry for the noob question - but what did you use to cut it down with? again, want to make sure i don’t damage the clam or splitter.
  16. How do you remove the Standard number plate holder? i have a 380 Sport. There are two rivets in the face of the holder which I have drilled out. however, there are 4 underneath between the bottom of the clam and the splitter that I can’t easily get to. Don’t want to damage anything. im looking to just remove the outer plate holder face and leave the original support piece in place - in order to run a lower profile front number plate. in this DeRoure diagram I am basically looking to remove part number 1 and attach the plate to number 4. any thoughts appreciated.
  17. Looking chunky... Sorry for the noob question but what is the benefit?
  18. My dealer always seems to be pretty entrepreneurial at service time and I just have the sense that this will be a base on which they will seek to add extras? Anyone know (sorry if obvious) what the 4th yr Exige v6 service involves at £950?
  19. I recently bought up a late 2017 380 Sport with approx 2.5k miles. The car has a meaningful amount of interior squeaks - they seem to emanate from around the general area of the seatbelt mounts. I absolutely love the car but this is driving me nuts. For avoidance of doubt, I lubed the roof seals - this was not the issue. The car was with my friendly local Lotus dealer for some jobs recently and their simple message was that despite the car still being under factory warranty, Lotus Cars would not support investigative work of this type on a car more than 1000 miles old (not sure if this is correct??). The car did not come from them. At the time I picked it up from them, it was getting late and I needed to be somewhere so did not fully argue the toss. So I took a slightly closer look myself. The car has a harness bar fitted by a well known Lotus specialist (for previous owner). The rear cabin plastic panel (where the rear speaker holes / blanks are) has been cut surprisingly roughly around the harness bar (quite big holes that might have impacted the structural rigidity of the panel) and on the drivers side, if you run your fingers around the back, you can feel that the panel touches the harness bar (pic attached - you can see the end of the bar where it mounts on the driver side and the hole cut around it). The 380 is fairly firmly sprung, so one hypothesis is that the panel is moving against the harness bar as the car travels over bumps and this is a meaningful part of it. However, this is obviously a relatively difficult location to monitor when you are driving. Anyone else have similar experience / thoughts before I go through the somewhat involved job of potentially moving the seats (for me anyway) to look a bit closer? I did drive a slightly later (MY 18) dealer 350 sport and that was super tight - absolutely no squeaks or rattles and was expecting this to be the same.
  20. Rubber strip - check or for the OE Lotus version
  21. Depending on how much you’re tracking the car, 6k miles from a set of pads might not be too bad tbh
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