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  1. I can’t advise personally as I’m no expert, but give the chaps at Photonic Universe a bell...they were friendly and knowledgeable, so should be able to help. Happy customer here
  2. So I’ve finally got the solar panel setup on the roof of the garage and all hooked up through a breaker and solar charge controller. I got all this stuff from Photonics Universe, they have a great range of stuff and a very helpful chap called Tom gave me advice on what to go for: https://www.photonicuniverse.com As my garage roof is in dappled shade most of the time, I went for a German made 40w panel, which is probably oversized for the task, but will make sure I get a decent amount of current when the sun is on the panel. If your situation was in full sun, you could probably make
  3. So this how it looks with the diffuser back in place: And here it is with the cable from my solar charger connected: The great thing about this connector is the simplicity of it. It only lines up in one place so you can’t do it wrong, which is great as you can pop it on without having to get down on your hands and knees...AND the magnet actually switches it on inside the plug so it’s essentially dead when disconnected. Next post will be some solar panel fun, which hopefully will be useful for anyone away from the mains like me...
  4. I installed the Magcode with about a foot of spare cable. This allows the diffuser to be dropped and the connectors easily removed (just got to remember to tell that to any mechanics working on the car in future). It’s then routed up through a hole in the chassis structure, where the slack foot of cable neatly stows, then up into the left rear wheel arch. I protected the cables with the braiding and put some heat shrink sleeves on the ends to neaten it up. Then in through the grommet to the battery compartment where I connected my fuse carrier and hooked it all up to the bat
  5. Okay, time for an update. I now need to rig up a method of trickle charging the new battery. The car is in a garage with NO mains power, so I am going to use a solar panel setup on the roof...more on that later. First step is installing a Magcode connector on the outside of the car. I want to use this method as I don’t like the idea of having a cable being kinked in the boot lid (even though other people say there’s enough clearance in the rubber seal), I also have a car cover on most of the time, so don’t want that trapping the cable against the bodywork. So I read Chad’s (2011
  6. Watched it last night, very nice to see how well it performed at high speed on the autobahn I thought it was an interesting comment he made about how the Esprit was designed to be a GT car, whereas most Lotus cars now have become very track focused, or at least have a very hardcore variant of them. I’m looking forward to taking the Evora on some long road trips and seeing how it performs the role of GT car...surely that’s what it was designed for right?
  7. Glad people are finding this handy Mik, I can see the wear mark on your hammer just on the corner, where it is just catching your latch pin. Does your manual cable work okay? My whole issue was that that the manual cable tilted the mechanism (because it is attached to a higher point of the hammer lever) and the hammer slipped behind the latch pin. Out of interest, how many washers do you currently have per mounting bolt? And remember, if you do adjust it, make sure everything is aligned correctly and bolts tightened before you shut your boot (and the key is in your hand). Otherw
  8. Hmmm yes well I guess a 911 is the lazy, safe choice if you’re in the market for a sportscar...and you’re content to go with the crowd. Bet that salesman has never driven a Lotus! He really probably doesn’t care that you can tell the difference, there will be another customer through the door in 5 minutes anyway, so why bother debating the issue with you?!
  9. Hi and welcome! I’m fairly new here too! Some lovely motors you’ve had there, the new GT410 is gobsmacking Great to hear your experience with the 911 and that it left you wanting something more interesting to drive. I got my Evora last year after 7 years with an S1 Elise and I absolutely love it. Truly telepathic steering feel, plenty fast enough, built pretty well and they make you feel special. Every time I see a Porsche (which is about every bloody 2 minutes) I have to stifle a yawn...
  10. Bibs has changed the title for me, hopefully that’s a bit more search friendly now. Thanks Bibs
  11. Hi Chad, Yeah I was going to edit the title as it has moved on from a ‘nightmare’ to merely a ‘troublesome thing’! Anyone any idea how I do this?
  12. So I took the cover off the boot latching mechanism, it’s just 2x 10mm dome headed nuts either side, a central crosshead bolt and 2x plastic fasteners lower down (these aren’t obvious, get a torch and you’ll find them). The cover needs to be pulled towards the front of the car and slightly left at the same time to reveal the latch mechanism, I also had to disconnect the left side interior light as the cable is short, to allow enough room to work. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my manual cable wasn’t broken! It just wasn’t working properly. It operated pretty much the same as the
  13. So I thought I’d update this as I work through all the issues...hopefully it will be useful to someone So first things first, I needed a new battery and picked up an Exide Excell half price (result!) from a local motor factors that is closing down as the old owner is retiring. But when I went to fit it, the positive battery terminal clamp disintegrated as I tightened it. I have diagnosed the problem as premature metal fatigue due to being made from Cheesium. You may want to check your terminals next time you poke around in there, as these things are crap. So I w
  14. Finally! Somebody noticed! Lol I put a huge amount of effort into that whole last paragraph on the original post...and it fell completely flat...bit like my battery!
  15. Hi Michael, Thx for the welcome, I guess you provide the 24hr moderation for the site Re. Photos, scroll up mate
  16. Could be, it looks similar....or you might have been at Beaulieu Aerodrome I learnt to drive there in an A reg Mini Metro!
  17. Okay, here’s a few I took out on the old WW2 runway at Stoney Cross in the New Forest...
  18. No, it’s me not reading the 2 Dave’s member names properly. So we’ve got 4 Evoras in some very interesting model/colour combos around the NewForest. Well I can think of several good pubs between us distance wise for a meet-up and cruise between us...The Alice Lisle in Rockford? The Sir Walter Tyrell at Rufus Stone? The White Hart at Cadnam? Nice esses at Cadnam! Almost as nice as the Shell S at Beaulieu Rd Station
  19. Yep, I agree...worryingly my Ctek went straight to stage 4 (you can see the light in the pic) so it skipped the bulk charge.
  20. Lol, your reputation is in tact Bruss! It worked, I’m in and the battery is on charge!
  21. ‘Ang on ‘ang on! Dave said he was in Poole with a white 400...So there’s another Dave in Hythe with an orange 400?!
  22. Is that in addition to the GT430 in your car list? Great selection of cars by the way...some very special motors
  23. Thanks plenty, yeah on 2nd thoughts bruss’ suggestion is best to try first rather than damaging the cable
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