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  1. I've not been around here for a LONG time, but checked in and saw this thread. Just wanted to add my thanks to Brian for all his help here over the years. I've had the pleasure of meeting him a few times and remember his talks and passion for the Esprit at countless meets and in particular talking about the gestation of the Esprit V8 engine at the original LEF Factory day.

     

    Brian, I hope you have a great retirement.

  2. £40 return Stansted to Limoges come and have a look. You'd spend more driving to look at a car in Scotland.

    Tried uploading to adds section twice, but it kept failing at the photo upload stage so I gave up. Had GKP sat next to me so I know it wasn't me!

    Trying again now.........

    It's on the ebay bot thing here...

    Mark, yeah normal sad story, not using it, and other things in life are more important at present.

    Still no joy putting in classifieds. Here's a screenshot of what I'm getting if anyone wants to have a look see

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  3. I've been off the forum for a while, but I'm currently selling a set of Compomotive CX500 wheels. They were originally off a track prepped Esprit, and fitted with slicks, so the dimensions are all wrong for a dry sump.

    16" diameter

    Rears 10" wide

    Fronts 8" wide

    4 stud centres,

    However you could get new barrels for them?

    IMG_0482.jpg

  4. As one of the people who test drove one at the Factory Day, my opinion was it was more expensive than an Elise with no significant advantages. It wasn't that much roomier inside (and I've driven S1 and S2 Elises so can compare).

    It was really nice to drive though, and I'm sure when the second hand value drops low enough they'll become something of a cult classic.

  5. Another vote for buy a better name brand guitar second hand off eBay. Those starter pack guitars are really horrible to play.

    Also the way a guitar is set up makes a huge difference to how it plays. I'd go to a local music shop and see if they have any second hand, ex demo gear. It'll be cheaper, normally have some warranty, and be set up correctly.

  6. I saw that car and knew I had seen it before, but couldn't work out where, till now!

    I'm lucky enough to be in contact with Neil who has my old S2. It's nice to follow a previous cars progress.

  7. After my S2 was set up correctly it ran like on rails, no shimmy's etc. I also found once set up, it was extremely sensitive to tyre pressures and anything more than 2 psi off factory was immediately obvious to me at the wheel while driving.

    Start off with everything stock factory as per the manual, and then start playing around with the settings. If it was good enough for Lotus, it was good enough for me. Only my own 2p..................

  8. Info from the Yahoo S1S2S3 group courtesy of Tim Engel. Any use?

    U-Joints -- Esprit, Elite, Eclat

    Lotus.................................. A075D6004WH

    TRW.................................. 20021

    Hardy Spicer (aka GKN).... 94/548450 (OEM grade)

    GKN (aka Hardy Spicer).... HS163 (replacement grade)

    Dana Spicer......................... 5-153X

    Hardy Spicer has two grades of u-joints:

    1) The OEM grade u-joints are approx $60.

    2) The GKN HS163 replacement grade is much less expensive, but

    you get what you pay for. Neither has a grease fitting, but

    that's not a bad thing. Just by observation (no supporting

    data), the available U-jounts that provide the longest service

    life don't have grease fittings, while those with fittings tend

    not to last as long.

    Dana Spicer has a HD grade that is similar to the Hardy-Spicer OEM

    grade, except it has a grease fitting. An exception to the note

    above, it's service life is similar to that of the Hardy-Spicer

    units'.

    Part No = 5-153X.

    Cost = $15 at NAPA in the USA.

    Neapco (made in USA, try cross-ref.) available at Pep Boys.

    Neapco's have a zerk grease fitting in the center of one end cap.

    The folks at Dave Bean said they've *never* seen Neapco fail.

    Do not even look at UMB joints, no matter how cheap!

    Note: any price data given above is old and parts are probably

    more expensive by now, but the relative price relationships still

    hold.

    Use as a guide only... YMMV.

    Grease every 5,000 miles.

    Esprit--------4 zerks on half shafts.

    Elite/ Eclat--4 zerks on half shafts & 2 zerks on the drive

    shaft. Front drive shaft fitting is accessible thru a small hole

    about 1 foot behind the point where the transmission disappears

    into the chassis.

    Inspect the opposing yokes, and you will find that the sides

    facing the grease fitting have a slight hollow to them that just

    clears the fitting. Be certain you have those hollows properly

    facing the fitting during re-assembly, or the fitting will get

    snapped off the first time the joint flexes to the limits of the

    suspension's range.

  9. Had mine measured at the Factory a few years back, and then set up by Paul Matty, who independently came up with the same figures the factory obtained, so I felt confident they did a good job. The car was certainly tons better after.

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