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  1. Alvan closed up shop - apparently someone made him a great offer on his premesis, and as business wasn't booming, he closed up. This is what I googled - looks like he's doing chiptuning now:
  2. tatty flaking aluminum detracting from the engine bay. What's the correct way to renovate to make it look shiny shiny new?
  3. I got a garmin i3 dirt cheap. couldn't live without it. they are a bit more fiddly than the tomtoms but work very well. Also loaded it with speed traps. What I really like is that it has a very small footprint without obstructing forward vision. I put it right next to the rear-view mirror. These are real safety devices - and marriage savers. trying to read a map while driving is a thing of the past. Check out as well good forums give a sense of what works and what doesn't
  4. sorry - NOS = new old stock. original spare parts which have never been used IMHO - in my humble opinion ciao!
  5. I would check carefully the chassis before replacing it. If it can be repaired that is probably better. But 2500GBP if it is NOS is a good price. I would take new over a used chassis if possible because a used chassis is coming from a broken car, so it might have hidden problems anyway. not worth the hassle IMHO. You have to be careful as well that you get the right chassis as I believe they were always changing. If you are looking for other used suppliers, you could try Douglass Valley Breakers as they have some broken esprits. But I would recommend you follow Stevens advice at SJ - he's very helpful and knowledgeable and offers fair prices.
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    yeah, saw the tirerack comments, but was a little suspicous about the provenance of the feedback. but, if you like them on yr esprit thats a good sign. I might go for them.
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    sorry if this has been done to death, but a quick look round and it seems that the Lotus Recommended tyres according to LEW are Dunlop Sport SP01 and Pirelli P6000 which are out of production for 195/60/VR15 and/or 225/60/VR15. My preference is to have the same pattern & compound for both fronts and backs but the only one I could find in those sizes V-rated is Kumho. (which btw is under 300EUR for 4 tyres). Anybody know what Lotus are recommending? And anyone running on Kumhos? I have newish Dunlop SP01s on the front but the backs are not quality tyres and needs replacing.
  8. personally I don't think those unisyn carb balancers are very reliable. And I'm not sure they are useful at all for checking that the throttle cables are also properly synchronised. Here's a clever idea, I would think this would work on a dual carbed car just as well:
  9. Wayne, My understanding is that lift-off weight shift can be what triggers the rear to come out, but once it is out, my feeling is it's out. Keeping the power on, especially if it's boosting will surely cause it to continue to spin. Taking the power all the way off quickly could maybe cause the lift-off oversteer to worsen the spin, but by then, the car is probably so unsettled and the slip angles so messed up it wouldn't make much difference. Isn't it best to let off the power gently while steering into the skid? Anyway, Paul, don't overthink it too much. You won't have an accurate enough memory or any telemetry data. there was probably a number of contributing factors, ie it was an accident!
  10. Glad to hear you are ok. Cars are just things. Can always be replaced. I had a similar off a few years ago in my esprit. cost more than 10K to put it right. snapped on a wet corner when the turbo kicked in, steering was extremely heavy and there was no controlling it. OK, my fault for driving too fast, but the Esprit is a beast when the tail steps out. In addition to the turbo kick, once the turbo is boosted, you can't really modulate the power as quickly or finely as you could on a NA engine. Yours looks a write-off for sure. But those esprits are pretty tough, not sure you would have been better off in a Ferrari :-)
  11. search the archives! pretty easy to do. check that there is not too much play in the hinges in which case you should consider replacing the bushes, otherwise it could be just sagged because of PO leaning on door or even just gravity.
  12. I've got a logitech force feedback steering wheel with 900degree turning radius. Expensivish but I highly recommend it. Together with GT4, it feels quite realistic for a game. the load on the steering wheel and transfer of weight under braking is really impressive. The biggest drawback is that there are virtually no risks or consequences to crashing into other cars or off the track which would of course in the real world is what makes racing human. When weather is terrible or I don't have the time to spare, a few laps cheers me up.
  13. undo the screws holding on the plastic dash mask. wrangle the switch panel out of the dash, careful not to scratch the dash covering. Probably not a bad idea to use masking tape or something to protect the leather. wriggle the switch plug out of the back of the switch. If you need to remove the switch, there are little tabs top & bottom which need to be depressed slightly with a screwdriver or something and then the switch will come out. You can R&R the switch if it's not badly damaged with a dremel and small wire brush attachment. assembly is reverse.
  14. clearly german - clock that silver paintwork. Autounion type D? last car to win a grand prix before WWII started? If you are thinking of bidding, check it doesn't have a VW engine in the back :-) seriously, I think Audi has made a repro which they may be using in promotion with the new Audi R8 -
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