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  1. I didn't realise that, will need to compare them again. Have not really got the chance to drive the car properly yet, as it was raining when I picked it up. But with a more proper set up I am sure there wil be much difference. Thanks!
  2. On closer look, we realised how to identify the difference... These were bought from SJ In the first diagram, the 2 circled are different. One is raised and the other is flat. Another telltale in the office second photo one has a raised part and the other is flat.
  3. I used rubber grease to make the job easier .. the seal just slides along the groove and is easier to adjust the slack
  4. Just an update on the castor... As advised by the folks here, we swopped the top wishbone arms on the passenger side and voila.. we can now adjust the castor to 3° each side.. however, after some discussion with the shop, we decided to follow the original specs for the X180 and has set both sides to about 1°15' instead. Thank you all for the kind advises. Cheers!
  5. Thanks, i have bought many pieces from SJ as I was not sure how many i needed. I reckon i can use what i have to do 2.5 cars... Hahha
  6. I have informed the workshop what I have learned here and he is willing to try again. Will be going to the shop next Tuesday. Hopefully it can be finally settled! Thank you!
  7. So I just checked on SJ's, the top wishbones for 1993 onwards are different for the front part and rear part. Both have different part numbers But for the X180 they seemed to be similar as it comes in a set.
  8. Hi, unfortunately the only top wishbone available is those from the newer models, and i thought one should be able to achieve similar parameters using the newer wishbones. I believe many has done that. However, i did not know about the difference for SEs and S4s. Will keep that in mind. And, 5mm, is the total? Thanks I can't seem to see the difference.. How can i tell? Thanks to the folks here who send me the CF section. I think the wishbone i bought from SJ is also for the S4s.. But i may be wrong
  9. Hmmm.. I didn't realise that the wishbones are different. I will need to check the manual and see if i can find the difference. As for the shim washers, i have 2 3mm and 1 1.5mm at position 2, and 1 1.5mm at position 1. So i should set both to 4.5mm as a start and move the shim plates at the ball joint to adjust. Don't have the manual with me now, will take a look tomorrow when i get back to the office. Thanks.
  10. This is the 4th shop that i have been to that is willing to try. Most just told me they can't do it. I really envy you guys. We are lacking old school shops that can handle our cars. Most of the shopa nowadays just want to plug in an obd reader and follow instructions on the diagnosis machine. If looking at the photo i uploaded, what should i do if i want to increase the castor? 1st photo is for the drivers side. 1 is 1.5mm, 2 is 7.5mm, 3 is 4.5mm and 4 is 7.5mm. 2nd photo for the passenger's side we could only get 0°53' when all the shim plates are at 1 side. I am thinking maybe it is because we misunderstood the instructions as we are not native English speakers. Please kindly advise what we have done wrongly as this has been going on for more than a year. Thanks.
  11. Hi, I have recently send my car to the alignment shop, but they were not able to get the correct castor. My castor is now about 1° each side only. We used 9mm washers at the wishbone to chassis, and 12mm shim plates at the wishbone to top ball joint. However, no matter how we shift them, the maximum that we can get is still a little shy of 1°. We maintained a minimum of 1.5mm between the wishbone and chassis as required in the manual for 1988-1992 Esprit. My car is the X180, but using SJ's adjustable wishbone, which I presume we will have to follow the manual's settings for the S4. Any idea what might be the issue? Thanks.
  12. I am thinking to replace the door to window seal and trim assembly on my car, however, SJ is selling at ­£125 per side. Is there a similar and cheaper alternative? Thanks.
  13. An update to this I have replaced my top wishbone with a new set from SJ sportscars as someone has grinded the protrusion away as I have posted in this thread - I forgot to take photos, but I now have the correct offsets instead of washers. Whilst replacing the top wishbone, I realised that I am unable to follow the instructions as per the original manual for the X180. In the manual, the instruction was to have 6mm of washers between the front and rear of the chassis at the top wishbone pivot stud. I added another 3mm washer to the rear to set the castor, and so added a 3mm shim plate to the cross end at the top ball joint. However, when I tried to tighten the nuts, somehow the wishbone arm was slanted, resulting in the big washers pressing on to the bush. So what I did instead was to follow the instructions for the S4's. That is, 9mm of shim washers at the top wishbone and chassis, and 12mm shim plates between the top wishbone and top ball joint. I was then able to properly tighten the studs and bolts on the top wishbone. So I think, despite my Esprit being a X180, since I am using the top wishbone that is similar to the S4's, we have to follow the instructions for the S4 instead of for the X180. I hope I am able to express myself clearly.
  14. I had this problem previously on my left light. I thought it was the motors so i replaced the internal parts. But after the replacement, it happened again few months down the road. I then disconnected the motor and found that the motor turns when the linkage arms were disconnected. But when I reconnected the arms, after a few times the light on my left refused to rise up again. It seemed that the motor is too weak to raise the arm when connected. I then bought a second hand replacement motor and the lights worked again. It was a few months after that and my car had an accident at the front. After the repair, the left lights had trouble raising again. This I found out was becasue the repair shop did not install the lights properly and it was rubbing on the front of the hood. I readjusted the lights and was able to raise them again. I am not sure what is your problem but hopr this information will help you.
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