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  1. Well I am now a member of this horrible horrible club - and I did it with one single tool! Can you guess what the tool was? 

     After psyching  myself up to do this for a while and in lock down I decided to do it. 

    Massive thanks to 

    For his fantastic write up. 

    Mine is a 1996 S4S that is ex Northern England and it’s original ( and now thankfully very few) metal fixings aren’t even trying to look like there original selves - instead they look like furry browny black blobs with fuzzy poles of similar material poking out the top. 

    Anyway after only 4 glorious hours of extreme yoga and contortionist feats it’s off!! My favourite bit was those two bolts furtherest up the under the wings with all the ABS tripe and relays cutting into your head on the right side and for some unknown reason a small riveted in plate on the other just to obscure your vision..... 

    Due to the horrific rust I had to take the bumper / valance off together.  I also found removing the bonnet a massive help. 

    The car is now permanently dry stored and has emigrated to a non salted road land and has a full set of stainless fixings and aluminium plates waiting for installation- so next time it will be a breeze?!? 

  2. Having fairly long legs I was getting a bit annoyed and at times worried about clutching as often my thigh hooked up on the lower left steering wheel (RHD). 

    I have just finished installing a momo jet and wanted to post on my findings. My leg is now free and unobstructed- should have done this ages ago.   

    The main problem was the steering boss has 4 bolts and the jet momo’s 6.  Also the diameter of the boss is larger than the 6 bolt momo spacing. Another issue is the flat offset if the jet momo compared with the original lotus momo. 

    I got around this by buying a 40mm spacer and enlarging - (more side ways reaming) four holes at 12, 3 , 6 and 9 o’clock. Then I cut down an Allen key and lock tited 4 x 16mm bolts into the boss.  The rest was easy.  I forgot to take a pic of the new wheel in ..... will tomorrow.  




  3. Hi

    i had this problem when I used to disconnect the battery often in an attempt to not let the battery flatten ( it was an old battery ) 

    the ECU was going through the relearn process each time I did this and it stalled when coming off throttle to idle ( for about 30 minutes until the ECU learnt )

    i replaced the battery and now use a maintainer and never disconnect battery and it never happens now.....probably not your problem but if it is then easy fix ! 

  4. Hello

    non federal 2000 V8 GT - no EGR valves or pipes etc. 

    swapped chips to a #1 now getting a CEL with codes 





    Car running very well but CEL stays on.
    Have reset / cleared it and it returns in a few seconds - any one have advice? It seems all related to the EGR system that my car does not have - so are these faults due to just that - are the new chips looking for EGR info that is non existent?

    thank you for all help. 

  5. Hello

    I finally got a centre exhaust valance for the v8 

    It is dead straight side ways and just seems a bit odd ....? I can't easily see how to fit it.... there are also two Lower side holes - I just can't see how that is going to screw into anything? 

    Could anyone kindly take some pictures of where theirs sit in relation to the rear bumper lip and side recesses and how they are mounted? I am a bit stumped as the bumper is curved side to side and the valance is not






  6. 5 hours ago, Escape said:

    That is impressive, but not really about handling.

    My remark was tongue in cheek of course, been going through train statistics for most of the day... And I hate the bloody things! Fortunately I can slip onto TLF from time to time, to sooth my mind with lovely pictures like the ones above. 🙂


    I know exactly what you meant -  and I loved the post - I was just trying to find one thing on rails with out train like performance 

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  7. 3 minutes ago, CHANGES said:

    It should have improved grip at the rear because of the larger contact patch..  But don't get drawn into bigger is always better by just fitting it..  There may be some GEO changes that are needed to compensate for resulting differences in rear scrub angles.. Lotus when they fitted any tyre, ( dia , width , profile , compound, pressure, manufacturer. )  to a particular model would have factored in all the dynamics to ensure the best handling characteristics possible..  Changing any one of these will move out of original spec.. 

      Interestingly just about everyone will have moved away from the original manufactured tyre fitted by Lotus due to availability, so some allowances have to be made..   I still believe the best starting point for any Esprit is the factory spec. for model tyre size etc.  This should always be the default setting..   When you move off spec with wheel / tyre size, offset etc etc , then expect little differences ..  Unless you are connected with your Esprit's handling like motor sport drivers are , then you will not appreciate the subtle differences which happen , and probably wont drive the Esprit aggressive enough to have any real effect..    But you should still be aware.!!!

    A lot of us can really feel when the tyre pressures are wrong on our Esprit, and i am not talking by a lot , just 3 or 4 lbs can be felt. This in main is due to the fact the lower pressure changes the contact patch and how it reacts in corners , in turn this also effects the slip and scrub angles. These influence the handling of the Esprit which is what you are feeling..  

    So in brief , be aware when you change one dimension you can influence another...    This does not mean you can not benefit from changes, just that you may need to tweak a few other things to get the best from them..    For the best advice regarding wheel /tyre changes , go to a motor sport shop that sets up race cars.  They will have a much better comprehension on what is needed for the changes you have made to get the best from them..  

    I am a big supporter of Changes , and @pureguava wheel/ tyre set up looks much improved .  But we should always remember other factors may need consideration when going off spec..             

    Couldn't agree more - great post! - these will subtlety change the geometry but I have to be honest - It might make me a massive poser but I fell in love with  the esprit for its looks - the handling / performance is a massive plus.  

    I can't kid myself that I can ever get enough out of this car to justify its performance- I just don't do enough track work.I also think this car shouldn't be abused to the point that I will notice the difference that 315s vs 285s make - I have other later vehicles that can fulfill that duty. 

    The big problem I had in every day driving was rear wheel spin - the 315s help with that so maybe just what I am looking for. 

    The front 3/4 view lets you appreciate the stance with these wheels and I am surprised I don't have pictures from that angle - I will address soon!!



    21 hours ago, silverfrost said:

    Handles like its on rails i should imagine..... :thumbup:

    Yep ..... Can you believe they got this much power out of just a 4 cylinder!?!

    5 minutes ago, Escape said:

    Let's hope it's a lot better! Trains have poor braking performance, even worse acceleration and need a huge turning radius to be able to change direction... 😛

    He said rails ..... nothing about a train!

  8. Hi   

    I made one up myself - you just need to get the 10 pin plug ( GM ) interface plug an  RS232 socket ( assuming you are using a serial ported lap top) and a few resistors and transistors -  See pictures - sorry about the state of that plug - it's seen a lot of work and re-soldering

    make sure it's a 10 pin and not a 12 pin GM cable you get 





  9. 1 hour ago, Mightymetro said:

    Looking forward to your update 👍🏻

    It's fixed - was a hose clamp stopping throttle movement ! Still surprised how well it went before the fix. 

    now it goes like it should - and it goes well.

    The acceleration is different from the S4S it's the torque down low you get and it's fantastic.

    There is not as a pronounced turbo kick (massive boot in the back side you get with the S4S) with the V8 it just pulls from the start  

    They are different and I feel the V8 is more refined in power delivery but the S4S is more "thrilling" ? 

    I don't know which I like better as I haven't had a chance to really test the V8. 

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  10. After finally getting the scan tool to work I have found the reason for the underwhelming acceleration on the V8 - there is something stopping the throttle going past 31% open.....😳!!!!

    Will update once fixed - I can't wait to see what it will be like with 2/3 more throttle......

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  11. 2 minutes ago, mike_sekinger said:


    I would put my hat on there being a physical obstruction that is fouling the throttle linkage. or that the linkage itself is not true.


    I think your hat is safe - it has to be something physical as you say as it's a definite physical " stop " at the end of movement - I will look over it all and report back.

    I am pretty happy though as this definitely is something that is consistent with my underwhelming performance .

    A car that goes this well at 31% throttle is going to be fun when getting 100%!!!

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  12. 3 minutes ago, mike_sekinger said:

    That seems a bit inconsistent with what you were saying yesterday.

    Sorry - I obviously have not explained it well enough - what I meant was the throttle at the engine APPEARED to be going all the way - as it comes to a "hard" stop that appears to be physical WOT. But when I compared it to the other engine throttle which comes to a hard stop with about 60 degrees more travel ......

    I will link a video soon.....


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