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  1. Very nice! I really like the BBS wheels, but I need them to be bigger than 17" for the V8.
  2. Hi All, Im running a set of OZ Novas at the moment but a) they need a refurb and b) Im worried that if one gets damaged by a pot hole I wont be able to get a replacement, so Im looking for an alternative set for regular use so I can preserve the Novas. Im sure lots of you out there are running non-standard wheels in non-standard sizes so how about a show and tell? Pics with sizes and offsets? There are some great looking wheels out there but tyre sizes seem to be getting more restrictive. Any help appreciated gents!
  3. BUMP...... How did you get on with the tubular manifolds - any difference in sound or performance?
  4. Modern ethanol rich fuels do not mix well with old rubber hoses. All old hoses (especially from pre-2000) should be replaced with new, ethanol resistant ones. If you don't do this and continue to use standard pump fuel you are asking for trouble. Many "super" unleaded fuels such as BP Ultimate do NOT use ethanol, but 95 octane fuels do use up to 5%. Here is a great article for reference:
  5. Morning All. I suspect that this has been asked a million times because a quick search came back with 47 pages of results for "alignment" at the risk of sounding lazy because Im not reading through all 47 pages can anyone recommend a specialist that is familiar with Esprit alignment and can do a full set up? Preferably in the South. OR...has anyone done this at home themselves using lasers and tape measures? I've done this before, but on a car with much simpler suspension! Thanks, Dave
  6. At tickover it has a general shake which is enough to make the mirrors vibrate. It idoes it evenly enough and is smooth mechanically (if you can have such a thing as a smooth vibration). It's not like something is touching the chassis - not a mechanical vibration, it just feels like a rough 4 cylinder at tickover. Its had new engine and gearbox mounts fitted by PNM but no difference. As a V8 I would have thought tickover would be supersmooth. What tickover speed to others run at? Mines around 1000rpm. Thanks.
  7. No way the H6 will fit - it is far too wide and the heads would end up right where the radius arm mounts are, so you would have to completely redesign the engine cradle and suspension. However an Audi v6 does fit and then you have the choice of 6 speed gearboxes of various strengths.....
  8. Problem solved. The primary fuel pump was not giving enough pressure, so it wouldnt rev past 3500. When the secondary pump kicked in it took off, so new pump now and it pulls like a train. Its a properly fast car! Thanks to Esprit Engineering for working out what was wrong and fitting the new pump.
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    Hi All, Does anyone have a phone mount in their car that they would recommend for use in the Esprit? My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so it's a bit of a heavyweight. Thanks
  10. Likewise Roy. Good to chat, and many thanks for talking through the mods - you built an awesome car and I want to keep it that way.... Although when you said you were from Finningley I had my doubts - you boys were too busy playing with Vulcans than cars....and Harworth was under the flight path! I'll keep you posted on the diagnosis of the misfire.
  11. Our technology moves massive amounts of data around our customer enterprises: over 3 billion events per day for one of our investment banking customers. Daimler and PSA connected car implementations, NASA weather satellites, earthquake detection in Japan, Singapore Smart Cities, FAA, pretty much all investment banks, consumer banks, Bet365, Hong Kong Jockey Club, William Hill, SAP - they are all customers that have massive real-time data movement requirements and who can't afford to lose a single event or "message" even if they have a complete data centre or network failure. Its an "Event Mesh" that runs in any of the popular clouds, or on-premise (or hybrid) and its very, very cool!! (If you're into that kind of thing)... Thanks, Dave.
  12. Hi David, I should be at PNM sometime around 3.30 - 4pm tomorrow. Be great to say hello and share war stories if you can make it. If you can find Roy's details it would be great - did you ever talk to him about the mods? Our 991C4S is a Gen1 car, so 3.8 nasp....its a fantastic engine that loves to rev and rev, well, its actually a fantastic all-round car. It lives outside and get used as a daily driver that just shrugs off that kind of mundane use and polishes up beautifully when it gets an (occasional) clean! Thanks for the comment...I'm just defenceless when it come to interesting cars...
  13. Thanks Chris. My thoughts exactly on the actuators, so like you, not sure what the cause could be....I'll leave it in PNMs good hands to have a quick look and see if there is anything obvious. I'll be sure to take some pics when the car gets here, if only to see if anyone recognises the set-up, because I'd still like to track down who did the work. I tried to get the Sport 350 that's been for sale for a while in Canterbury, but its on its way to Oz - it just took them a long time to get the Australian Import Permit.
  14. May be old news but I was talking to UK Sports Cars (Canterbury) and they told me the Esprit Sport 350 No 009 they have for sale is being exported to Australia (probably on the boat now).
  15. Hi Greg, Yep, still got the X-Bow although I have it up for sale at the moment because I need to free up some space - awesome weapon. Ive had some fun with that car! Know anyone that wants one?
  16. Hello All! Despite everything I've been told and read I couldn't resist....I have always loved Esprits! I'm not shy of picking up a socket and have built/modified/restored my fair share of cars in the past, so when this car came up I think the fact that it was modified, and that it has pretty high mileage under its wheels (78k) it put most people off, but I was intrigued. It is one of the first "facelift" V8s (built in '97, registered in '98) and is Nautilus Blue. I bought it from a lovely 76 year old Lotus nut (also has other Lotuses) in Cheshire and who had had it for a few years and had looked after it pretty well. Before he bought it the previous owner had modified it extensively with forged pistons, new liners, chargecooler, hybrid turbos, ARP head bolts, Forge waste gates new fuel tanks, Quaife LSD, Alcon 6 pot front and AP 4 pot rear brakes, OZ Novas, round rear lights and centre exit, as you can see its has been pretty heavily worked over. I had PNM look it over, and although there are a couple of (usual) things, it got the nod from Pete so I decided to give it a shot. Its with PNM right now having some of the jobs done (gearbox oil leak, new engine and g'box mounts and make the heater work), so I don't actually have the car yet and hope to pick it up next weekend. So, here's the rub.....and where I need the help of the forum if possible. At the moment the boost comes in with a bang at 4,000rpm. The guy I bought it off said that it used to be much more progressive, but its been stood outside (under a lean to) for the last couple of years and I think the lack of use has affected something. PNM are going to have a quick look to see if anything obvious is wrong, but if anyone has any ideas what may be causing this I would massively appreciate your advice. Boost control leak, sticking actuators? Also, if anyone knows anything about this car, or who modified it (or had it done) please let me know. Apparently it was a guy called Roy, who lives near Doncaster - so if that's you, please drop me a PM - I'd LOVE to talk through the history of the car with you and get it back to full fighting fitness. There isn't a lot of documentation with the car, and no invoices from the modifications so I'm trying to work back. Before you all agree too quickly with my self diagnosis of automotive madness, I should add that the car has run pretty well faultlessly for the last few years since it was modified (according to Barrie who I bought it off), and the boost problem is relatively recent, so it seems that the work was done well.... So any info, ideas and help will be gratefully received. Here's a pic (from before I bought it)....
  17. Hi All, Just joined up as the proud new owner of a '98 v8 (Gen 2 in Porsche parlance!)....but been lurking and learning for a while. The suspension is a little tired so I'll probably be refreshing the shocks over winter, but cant find the standard spring rate info anywhere. Does anyone know what they are? I'll probably go for Nitron dampers because I like the adjustability so I can crank them up a little for track outings then back them off for a nice cushy ride the rest of the time I'll go for Lotac bushes. Look forward to hearing from you all and hopefully meeting some of you at an event or other before too long.
  18. I like the idea of the electrolysis bath, but not being a techie its all a bit like magic. Can you tell us a bit more - voltage, concentration of the alkali, what do you make the alkali up from, which polarity is connected to what, etc, etc. I'd love to have a go at this but need a bit of help to get started....
  19. Did you find a UK supplier for the EMP Hilly? If not try Grand Prix Racewear - I saw an article in a mag recently that says they are a stockist, but I can't see it on their website even though its shown in the Coling Systems section thumbnail Grand Prix Racewear Might be worth a phone call....
  20. Hi Travis, Can you tell us a it more about the spec of the calipers - are they standard calipers off a different car (Skyline R32??)? Same size front and rear? As an alternative to the Wilwood spot caliper HiSpec now do a very small, light handbrake spot caliper which uses spacers to fit any thickness rotor....
  21. Does anyone know what the equivalent caliper is direct from AP Racing? Or the piston sizes?
  22. I think I've got one in the corner of the garage but not sure what year its off - I'll take a picture tomorrow and you can tell me if its the one you want...
  23. Goodyear F1-GSD3s are fantastic in the wet, but don't have quite the same level of dry grip as Toyo T1/Rs, very progressive breakaway though and plenty of feedback. The Toyos are much harder riding and noisier but because they have stiffer sidewalls they are very responsive. If you do trackdays the Toyo's are probably better, but for the road I'd go the the slightly better refinement and excellent wet grip from the GSD3s.
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