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  1. Hi Dave, I’d be really interested in having a ride out in your car. I’ve got the full Bilstein and Eibach set up and also the Lotac bushes and find the ride pretty crashy and unsubtle on anything but the smoothest roads. I don’t track the car (anymore 😂) and wouldn’t mind dealing a little bit of softness into the set up
  2. can anyone with more knowledge than me take a look at the following and let me know your thoughts. I had my esprit set up last year and that is the Center gravity sheet and last month a ball joint dropped down 10mm so I’ve had it fixed and a local company has set the car back up. Thing is, they both seem to be different and there’s still a bit of red about on the parameters. just curious as if I should ask for it altering or if it’s fine for road set up
  3. That would be great 👍🏻. Any excuse for a drive out I’m still not convinced on my set up with the full Lotac Polybushes and Bilsteins as it does seem a bit crashy. Waiting for Chris to sort his car out to compare........see you in 2025 😂😂
  4. I have had mine zinc nickel plated. It’s what is used on JCB diggers I believe. Looks like a Matt grey drab colour but seems to be lasting 👍🏻
  5. If you message me what you want I’ll hook it up and record the data you need
  6. I’m not sure how good they would scan with the folds in them but I’ll make some enquiry’s 👍🏻
  7. I’m pretty sure I have heard of this happening before on a couple of other engines ?
  8. Thought I’d post what I came across last week. On purchasing a V8 engine the seller kindly added that he had some technical drawings that he received from Brian Angus at Lotus. the engine was supplied by Lotus as a test mule for a Lancia Kit car company that never materialised and there was potential of lotus selling the uprights too so I got quite a few A0 technical drawings with the purchase that I thought you all might be interested in . I’ll get more detailed pictures when I get chance to open them all up but what a piece of history. Also has some of the amendments on them and design changes and dates
  9. But haven’t the original ECU’s had lots and lots of hours development to get them the best they can be, or is it because of the compromises of emissions, gearbox warranty etc.
  10. Forgive my stupidity but What would be the benefit of having a new ECU system over the v8 one? Apart from the limited supply of OE ECU’s? the reason I used to use a Emerald was because the Rover Mems system at that point couldn’t be accessed and remapped unlike now which Kmaps are doing successfully. the main tuning I guess on the V8 is by increasing turbo pressure which the standard ECU seems to be able to cope with using a reflash. Is it because it is a set map rather than a custom map that self learns etc? if anyone has time to explain I would definitely appreciate it
  11. I’m still surprised that there isn’t an aftermarket solution to the ecu. When I regularly ran K series engines it was a pretty simple affair with the Emerald ecu and a days rolling road. I think I read the emerald can’t be used because of the number of injector drivers?
  12. Heartbreaking to read this thread. Don’t know where I would be with out this little shit ........... hope you manage the grief and make the best decision for your family 🤞🏻
  13. I’m now trying to eliminate various noises in the cabin, one been the bulkhead knocking and one the centre vent carbon surround. It seems to constantly creak and squeak when driving and I think it’s rubbing against the dash vinyl. Has anyone had any luck with products that you can wipe on interior parts to stop the noise. I’ve heard dry ptfe mentioned ?
  14. I think I’ve managed to source 2. I’ll drop you a Message
  15. Yes it might be in pieces but I’d have more money to rebuild it again and not be reliant on other people 😀
  16. The engine cost is a tricky one as if I had done the build myself I would have saved £8k in labour so that brings it down dramatically. And then if I didn’t use aftermarket and updated parts it would have been even less. And then if I had only replaced the 2 pistons and rods and crank I actually needed and didn’t have ARP head studs etc etc I reckon I could have done it for £6-7k
  17. You didn’t scare me off 😂😂😂😂 should have listened
  18. Gutted to hear this. His pain staking research and advice really helped me during My rebuild. RIP
  19. Thought I might add my thoughts to this ive owned a n\a Stevens , used a s4s For a weekend and now own a V8. In my opinion it all comes down to what you want the car for. The main reason I went for the v8 is that I wanted the later dash and the wider arch trims after the 1997 update. Petty I know but that’s what I hankered for so it was a gt3 or v8 but the gt3 didn’t have the arch trims and wider wheels. N/A - was a fab Stevens car in azure blue with cream leather. Didn’t feel very fast and was pretty rough but it was a nice car, it just didn’t feel like I imagined an esprit to feel. Might have just been a bad example etc but I didn’t keep it long s4s - definitely felt more fun to drive hard than my V8. Really good turbo kick that enhances the whole feel of driving it. Whooshing everywhere, light nimble, fast. Fabulous machine but just preferred the later facelift. It felt like an occasion everytime the turbo spooled up. The Purchase cost Of this car was actually more than my v8 was and it also was quite tatty cosmetically so the work mechanically on my v8 kind of balanced the cost I would have needed to spend on the s4s interior and exterior. v8 - love at first sight with the old girl but it’s taken a while to get my head around enjoying the car. It really isn’t a rev monster and relies a lot on torque to get it going where it is going. In my eyes it feels like a very accomplished GT car rather than a track \ back lane blaster and I didn’t gel at all. BUT........I’m learning to drive to its strengths and I’m now completely happy with my decision to plump for the v8. I can’t say the car feels heavier or Lardy like most reviews do because I cannot feel it and I believe the 4 pot turbo feels lighter due to the engine characteristics and delivery which is masked by the V8. It just doesn’t feel fast until you look at the speedo. I try to use it as much as possible and have found it excelling on both A and B roads. A blast around the `north Yorkshire moors with a friend with a Caterham proved just how good it is at those back road blasts that I never gave the v8 credit for. It just does it in a silent assassin style compared to the s4s. I’m in West Yorkshire but if you want an extended run out in a v8 Your more than welcome to hop aboard. Always happy for an excuse to have a blast a quick note though about my car I purchased a v8 2.5 years ago and drove it a couple hundred miles and then the engine let go (due to a poor rebuild by a previous owners preferred `lotus dealer). The engine bill alone was just shy of £18,000 for the parts and labour however pretty much everything has been upgraded to make it as reliable as possible including billet crank, steel rods, Forged pistons etc etc and included the usual maintenance while it was out work like refreshed turbos. While it was off the road I went about refreshing other things on the car like suspension, cooling system, fuel tanks, brakes and dropped another £10,000+ On these items. This was with me doing the work too although this work is the same cost on most models. I was heartbroken and wallet broken and questioned why I didn’t just cut and run. However.......having got it running again in June I’ve completed 2000 miles in it and have forgiven it all it’s sins 😀. It’s as close to having a mechanically new esprit as I can hope And I am loving driving her again.
  20. I went for the Nankang NS2R tyres Andy and they feel really good. Good grip even in the wet and also great tread pattern looking on the wide rears from behind. They seem quite predictable and can break traction at will at the rear (bit of throttle pedal 😂) but in a controlled way . downside is they are pretty noisy and they are really really stiff on the sidewall
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