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  1. Hi All. Resurrecting this post from over a decade ago. I had the EXACT same problem happen to me again. This time Flow Lotus in Winston-Salem put the wrong brake fluid in the car (even though I gave them a large bottle of the correct stuff), and I had to have Foreign Accents in Greensboro flush and install the correct DOT4 brake fluid. I had a flashing ABS light so I started with the accumulator - nope. Then the pressure switch was swapped by me with a Lotus Marques unit - still flashing. I finally realized I had a leaking brake line which was causing the pressure to nosedive and setting off the ABS light. Had Flow Lotus replace the brake lines with a stainless set from JAE. ABS light went out, but the brake delay was back (press the brake, count to two, then the brakes would activate). Popped off the brake fluid lid, and sure enough it smelled funky. System flush, new proper DOT4 fluid installed, and brakes are normal (for now anyway). The last time I had this problem, I was young and had hair. Now I'm bald with a family, but the car's problems never change
  2. Foreign Toys in Ft.. Lauderdale is the only place in FL I ever trusted to work on my car when I lived down there. They don't do body work, but they know where to get it done properly. Google them and give them a call.
  3. Can the drip and heat shields be sourced from the original part? Is it possible to just remove them and stick them on the carbon fibre replacement? Very nice looking piece!
  4. I've done some searching with no luck. Does anyone know of a write-up on how to remove the stereo head unit from the dash? I found the link below, but there seems to be a dead link as the "Stereos" and "Full ICE Install" links go to the same write-up (which doesn't have the basics of removing the radio). Thanks in advance!
  5. Yep, you don't want to reset the ECU too often, but I find that doing so in the Spring gets it ready for Summer, then doing it again on a cold day in the Fall makes it run better in the Winter.
  6. Hi Peter. We've got a Lotus club here in North Carolina. Come say hi at We need more Esprits to offset all the Elises at our meets!

  7. Hi there Dave. We've got a Lotus club here in NC. Would be great to see another Stevens Esprit at our meets.

  8. Hi guys. We actually have a Carolina Lotus Owners Club (CLOC). The website is I've used Foreign Accents in Greensboro to do my clutch and they've also done the entire transmission in Steve's V8. It's good to know there's a Lotus specialist in Salisbury too. Not to hijack the thread, but do check out the website. We're going to get a meet together as soon as all this snow melts.
  9. Is there another thread on this that I can't seem to find? I'm looking for caravan information etc...
  10. Any advice for replacing the secondaries? The RC injectors I got from WC were slightly shorter than the stock units and it took some adjustment of the little metal bracket that holds them in place to get the injectors to extend far enough to reach the manifold.
  11. Finally got the new tires installed. Tire rub issue is SOLVED! The lower profile tire does not rub at all. This is a much better solution than simply not turning the steering wheel to full lock.
  12. Does the chargecooler have to be moved? It looks like the fuel rail is a really tight fit, and the secondaries also seem hard to access...
  13. I'm going to swap out the stock fuel injectors for some RC injectors. Seems pretty straightforward but I was wondering if there was a write-up anywhere...couldn't seem to find one on LEW. Thanks!
  14. After I did the de-cat, mine would start up, run well for a minute, then run really rough like it was about to stall, but rarely actually did stall. After 30 seconds of running poorly, it would pick up and be just fine. I reset the ECU, and it hasn't done it since. I also noticed the problem was the worst in hot weather, but I doubt you've experienced any of that lately
  15. I may be the only one still watching Indy, but at least I know what to expect, and we don't have to deal with the silly CART vs. Indy issue anymore. There's something to be said for a little simplicity.
  16. I did this on my MR2 with fiberglass wrap. Who knows if it worked or not, but it was pretty ugly. The amount of hot surface area on a round pipe is much less compared to the cool surface area of all the fins in the chargecooler, but if you can keep the whole chargecooler cooler, it would be more effective. If you do it, post pics.
  17. Simple question, but not amount of searching has found the answer. I'm guessing they're 17x7.5 or 17x8...? This is driving me nuts!
  18. Just hours after bragging to my Dad about how reliable my Lotus has been, I took it for a drive and found the left rear damper had broken (it bounces like a trampoline). I need to replace it, and am wondering what my options are. I'm going to do both right and left sides, but would rather not do the fronts. Should I just replace them with stock units? Thanks.
  19. The fuel pump is a Sport 300 unit. I'm looking for a setup that can survive a track day so I was trying to decide between chip 4 and 5. I want more power, but I don't want to detonate the engine...will it handle the 1.2 bar of boost on a regular basis? Wouldn't that much boost be borderline outside of the turbo's efficiency zone?
  20. I've done some searching, but haven't had much luck figuring out what boost pressure would be safe for the stock s4 turbocharger. I'm basically trying to decide between chip 4 and 5. I'd be pretty surprised to hear that it wasn't out of its efficiency range above 1.1bar. I will be supplementing the boost with larger injectors and already have an upgraded fuel pump and open exhaust. A friend with an Elise SC beat me (barely) on the highway last week and that's just not cool...time for more boost! Thanks!
  21. Mine rub on the left side as well. I thought it was just an asymmetrical Lotus thing, but it is good to know someone else has the left side rub. I'll go for the 225s and report back.
  22. It is a well known problem that the front tires will rub the fenders when turning at full right or left lock if one has put V8 wheels on an Se or S4. The cure is to just not turn very tightly, but that's not entirely practical. Dunlop makes a 225/35/17 which is slightly smaller than the stock V8 tire, but is still larger than the S4's stock 215 width. Thoughts?
  23. I've played with the interactive compressor map, but I didn't get very far. For the stock S4 turbo, is the #5 chip simply too much? I have a de-cat, open exhaust, and ram-air mod. Thanks!
  24. This should explain how to do it:
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