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  1.  I looked at it this thread when i was choosing a steering wheel, I thought someone else may find this useful.. I was originally thinking of going with the MOMO Heritage Prototipo, However after some thought and looking at other Esprit Owners Steering Wheel choices I decided that it would show too much of the Steering Wheel Column.. So I went with the Momo Mod78. also ..  if anyone is wondering yes the backlights to my gauges were updated to Green LEDs and it was a very gratifying modification,, Some of the original bulbs were burned out and the ones that did work were very dim and really hard to see at a glance while driving at night. 

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  2. Hey Everyone, decided to go ahead and get that Momo Steering Wheel I had been eye balling for some time. (going in my 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo.) I have read about some Esprit owners getting some kind of plate that more or less gives you the Bolt pattern  you need for any standard Momo, That and some guys have had something made on a lath..  Anyone have any experience with the Conversion Kit from SJ SPortscars.. I have ordered a lot of stuff from Steve that has worked out well.. Steve did say however that the boss is thick and thus a flat wheel is best.. I ordered a Wheel that seem to have a minimal Dish,, Still some of this stuff is hard to really figure out unless you have everything in front of you.. 

    Any Thoughts?

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  3. Hey Jenna,

    I just wanted to tell you that I love that you named your Esprit "Penelope".  My 1971 Norton Commando that I owned for 25 years was named Penelope. Very traditional English Girls name.  I now have a 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo and I certainly couldn't give Her the same name as my beloved Norton Commando. So my Girlfriend and I decided to name Her Betsy. Your Giugiaro styled Esprit Looks Amazing! I really wanted the body style that you have when i started looking for an Esprit. It just so happened I couldn't find a decent example in Northern California at the time. So I opted for the 1989 I got from a Doctor who blew the Turbo and parked it. I am very happy with it, I do dream of having a Giugiaro body style Esprit some day, if the opportunity ever presents itself I would be all over it. . 


  4. Lots of progress today, I have both new Oil Cooler lines all hooked up.. My original plan was using a male to male coupler to connect the old oil cooler line to the new one and pull it through the chassis that way. I figured out pretty quick that there was no way to get the coupler and the two ends around some of the corners involved in this process. So what i ended up doing was cutting the end of the old line off that connects to the oil cooler, connecting my coupler by putting a bolt through it and connected some nuts so it wouldn't just come out of the line.. Then I used some rope and duct tapped the hell out of it as i was paranoid i would lose my connection as I pulled it through the chassis.. You can see in the pictures what i did..

    So I think my last question for you guys is regarding priming the lines with oil...  I poured some oil in the lines right before tightening them to the Oil Cooler. But I can tell i didn't exactly fill the lines.. Honestly I poured a little in and then blew on the hose to make sure i got some oil deep in the line.. Did this several times. Not sure how successful i was.. When I originally disconnected the oil cooler lines from the oil cooler there was some oil loss from the oil cooler itself and a good amount came out of the lines. . Am i being a nervous ninny? I was thinking of getting a syringe and pumping oil into the lines..  thoughts anyone before I fire my engine up?

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  5. Got the first Oil Cooler line routed thru the chassis, little challenging but doable, Getting the shift linkage out of the way and cutting all the zip ties takes some creativity. Speaking of witch I wonder if the Hot Oil Cooler Line and the "Cooled Line" are really best being zip tied together? There is so much heat generated from the Hot Oil Line isn't some of that heat going to be transferred to the line coming back from the radiator? I almost feel like separating them a bit and possibly putting some kind of thermal wrap on that line.. Am I crazy? anyone do anything like this? or would the benefits be so minimal its not worth bothering with?

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  6. ESCAPE, Sailorbob, Steve 4012, Barrykearly,  Jonwat, Davevr6car  

    I am finally at the point were i can pull my new oil cooler line through the chassis and noticed that the oil cooler lines appear to be routed incorrectly on my Esprit Turbo.  To the best of my knowledge I am the 3rd Owner so I think this is possible. Please let me know what you think? The Line that is highest above the Oil Filter is clearly marked with an arrow pointing outward is connected to the Drivers side of the Oil Cooler (Left hand Drive USA Model)  and obviously the Oil Line near the bottom marked with an arrow going into the Oil Filter is routed to the Passenger side of my Oil Cooler.  If I am understanding this illustration out of the Service Notes I need to flip flop the way these lines are connected. 

     

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  7. i realize this post is 8 years old, I am sure everyone knows that you can get these covers at SJ Sportscars now. I am guessing they are having them manufactured as Steve told me a couple years back the relay cover was Obsolete. I purchased one and the only downer is it didn't come with the mounting hardware. My Esprit has never had this relay cover during my Ownership So i don't know what the attachment points look like. Can anyone show me a picture of the hardware that holds this cover down? 

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  8. Once again, Thank you everyone for your expertise, I did do a temporary fix on the drivers side Oil Cooler line. I had to add a considerable amount of oil to get it back to the high mark on my dipstick. Before I started the engine I pulled the spark plug wires and turned the engine over several times. I am not 100% if this does much however someone recommended doing so after the turbo rebuild to circulate oil.. Being on the paranoid side I was hopeful this would get some oil pumping thru my engines veins. Ran her several times back and forth to work. Engine sounds great like it always has.. The fix served its purpose my Motor seems perfectly fine, I do hate having something like this jimmy rigged! So i ordered a new oil cooler line from SJ Sportscars, Just came in the mail. So now I am starting to contemplate getting the old Oil Cooler line off without destroying it. Thinking I will try making up some caustic soda with Lye Pellets and Water.. Figure I can get just a little bit in the right spot with a syringe.. If I am so lucky to make this work the next contemplation is routing the new line in using the old one as a guide. Someone mentioned using rope.. I looked to  for a short piece off all thread to connect the two ends together. No such luck. Still may look for the right piece to connect the two. That or I will buy some fairly thin coated cable to run thru the center of both oil cooler lines.

    I have heard that you can only pull the oil cooler line one direction thru the chassis. Start from the rear of the car and pull toward the front I am speculating? 

    Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    Christopher Herbert

    1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo (no charge cooler)

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  9. BarryKearley, Changes,  Thank you for the tips very helpful.. the driver side line was jerry rigged already as you can see in the pictures. and has clearly been seeping a bit of oil by the hose clamp.    Still on the fence about just getting a new oil cooler and replacing both lines.. Considering everything both of you said.

    Escape, I definitely scraped the drivers oil side on the curb, will be much more careful with routing the new line. I will of course be sure it cant hit the tire either.

    Thank you guys, your input is always priceless

     

    Chris Herbert

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  10. it appears the curb on the drive way tore a hole in the driver side oil cooler line. i have ordered a new one from SJ Sports Cars. Steve tells me that you pull the new line thru the chassis with a wire. I am hopeful someone can elaborate on this? I am guessing you run a fairly thick wire thru the new line and old so you don't lose your path. Somewhere on this forum i read it's best to have 2 people one to push and the other too pull and to duct tape the two lines together.. Thinking i will go with the wire method rather than tape.. i know I would lose my connection.  Anyone who has done this please tell me about your experience with this procedure..  wondering if I should have ordered a new oil cooler as well, I have heard the horror stories of that connection cracking right off.

    And lastly does anyone know what size that collar is? My Metric set of Spanners only goes up to 20mm.. I know i need to get some larger ones, just wanna be sure i get the correct size with the set i end up purchasing.  

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  11. Glyn Harper, CarBuff, CHANGES,, BarryKearly, 

    Thank you for all the information! I am glad to hear that I can do something to muffle the Whistling sound. I am of course very concerned that the diaphragm has failed as "Quaking Duck" is a better description of the sound i am hearing. The weird thing is that the noise really seems to be made from the end of the hose, Like i said before same kind of effect like blowing over the top of a beer bottle. 

    Next step is going to have to be to test the vacuum pumps performance which I am not entirely sure how to do at this point but  with some research i can figure that one out. Thanks again everyone!  the Comradery on this Forum is amazing, I wish there was some kind of a Event were Esprit Owners from all over the world were in one place so I could meet everyone. 

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  12. I have had my 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo for maybe 3 years now, mainly at idle there has always had a  Chirping or Whistling sound coming from underneath the Engine. Today I took a Stethoscope and found the culprit. There is a black rubber hose underneath the driver side (USA Specs) strapped to the bottom of the frame. Its not the Engine Crank Case Breather tube which is on the opposite side of the Engine. This rubber hose is blowing air out almost as if it were exhaust. I  traced it to were it disappeared somewhere around the back of the firewall and engine.  In the next few days I plan on jacking up the car and crawling underneath to figure out exactly were this "breather hose" is coming from.

    So point being this hose has like a whistling effect almost like if one was to blow on the top of a beer bottle.. Sounds Cheap and uh just not right. I of course do not want to do anything to hinder its function, However I was wondering if i cut a notch in it possibly the whistling effect would change" Can I put some kind of little muffler on the end of it? Anyone have this experience? I am pointing at it with the handle of a Garage Magnet in the photo attached..  any thoughts of suggestions much appreciated!

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  13. Escape and Ginger pig, Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your input was critical in figuring out my front turn signal woes.. I started by cleaning the ground behind the driver side door, (i had previously cleaned the grounds under seats and underneath the vehicle) With some experimenting i figured out the single filament sockets were crusty beyond repair. I do not fully understand why this is, however not until i took the green wires from the now defunct light socket and grounded them out instantly my signals work without any hyperflash and nice and  bright! My previous attempts i had very weak turn signal as far as lumens.. and with hyper flash, I almost put my front fender back on with the less than desirable results and would have never been happy with my turn signals. Again I cant thank you guys enough, Trying to get any information on line was near impossible.. The only information you can find about hyperflash is in relation to LED"s  

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  14. Ginger pig, I am curious if you ever figured out the issue with your front turn signals? I have a similar gremllin. I took off my front bumper of course to try and find out why they weren't working at all. With some cleaning of all my connections I seem to be able to make the signals on both sides work.. However this can only be accomplished if the red wires aren't connected.. Turn signals work and they are hyper flashing, (no LED conversion, Original style bulbs) Now if I hook up the red wires the signals work normally but with a new twist.. The headlights pop up when i use the signals! they do go back down,, but this is certainly an annoyance.. If i can't figure this situation out I may have to omit the red wires and live with hyper flash.. 

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  15. Does anyone know why Lotus put carpet on the engine cover and engine compartment side covers? My best guess is the carpet is to absorb glare from hitting the rear window? The carpet on my engine cover was brown and ripped, i was thinking about putting another material there but i am reluctant as I am not entirely sure of the carpets purpose.

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  16. I realize this article is 5 years old, However I am curious if anyone with a 1988 Esprit has actually pulled a Citroen gearbox and installed the Renault UN1 gearbox?  I currently own a 1989 Esprit that has the Renault gearbox.  I am looking at possibly purchasing an additional Esprit, 1988 , has the inboard rear brakes and a Citroen gearbox that is apparently the culprit for the car being non operable. Not sure if trying to fix the Citroen gearbox is the best option or trying to locate a UN1 Renault and going thru whatever the conversion would entail.


  17. 194 Miniature Wedge base Bulb is what I used to replace the Larger 2 Prong bulbs on the back of the Tachometer and Speedo. Be sure to order the bases with wires.. You will find that they fit in nicely after pulling the plastic base off and wrapping the connectors to the bulbs tightly with electrical tape. I am sure some of the other bulbs would work nicely as well and you may find your own way of doing all of this. I used quick dry JB weld to help attach the bulbs.. Strong enough to hold but doesn't crack the back of your plastic gauges when you have to take them out! Be careful not to get any JB weld on the part of the LED's that produce the light or you will find that gauge will be really dim and have to take it back out and do over like I did on one of the bulbs..


  18. Wanted to add to this thread as I just replaced the gauge back light bulbs with LED's on my 1989 Lotus esprit Turbo. Picked them up from SuperBrightLeds.com. I am very happy with the results. I was worried about BUSCAN problems however Ramjet told told me I shouldn't have any issues and He was correct. GlynHarper recommended I  shouldn't replace  leave the Alternator Bulb with an LED as there has to be a specific amount of resistance. So I ran the original bulb to another location and spliced the wiring off one of the other Gauge Bulbs and installed a LED into the back of the alternator gauge and it worked beautifully. I have attached some pictures so you can see the main bulbs I used. They fit very nicely on the smaller bulb holes. You will also need 3 larger bulbs, I didn't think to take a picture of the ones I used. However SuperBright Led's has a filter so you can look at the LEDS they recommend for dash light bulbs. The larger bulbs I chose had a LED on the tip and on the sides.(the bulb looks yellow when its not powered) I have also included comparison pictures the first one is a picture were I have the LED on all the gauges ..The last picture is before I replaced the bulb on the alternator gauge.   (please note the pictures look like the backlight is so bright its blowing out the gauges so they look "foggy" this is just the exposure it doesn't actually look like that in reality) They actually look pleasantly bright but not obnoxious by any means.. Hope this is helpful to someone.  And by the way thank you: eeyoreish, ramjet, Glyn Harper, snowrx for all of your tips!

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  19. Wanted to add to this thread as I just replaced the gauge back light bulbs with LED's on my 1989 Lotus esprit Turbo. Picked them up from SuperBrightLeds.com. I am very happy with the results. I was worried about BUSCAN problems however someone on the Forum told me I shouldn't have any issues and they were correct. This same person told me that you shouldn't replace  leave the Alternator Bulb with an LED as there has to be a specific amount of resistance. So I ran the original bulb to another location and spliced the wiring off one of the other Gauge Bulbs and installed a LED into the back of the alternator gauge and it worked beautifully. I have attached some pictures so you can see the main bulbs I used. They fit very nicely on the smaller bulb holes. You will also need 3 larger bulbs, I didn't think to take a picture of the ones I used. However SuperBright Led's has a filter so you can look at the LEDS they recommend for dash light bulbs. The larger bulbs I chose had a LED on the tip and on the sides. I have also included comparison pictures the first one is a picture were I have the LED on all the gauges ..The last picture is before I replaced the bulb on the alternator gauge.   (please note the pictures look like the backlight is so bright its blowing out the gauges so they look "foggy" this is just the exposure it doesn't actually look like that in reality) Hope this is helpful to someone.

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