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  1. The 3000 figure was voluntary and a realistic expected mileage chosen by me. I'm sure that if I had told them 7000, the cost might only be a little more. Andy.
  2. Thanks for all your help Guys, I've now renewed the insurance on my Esprit 1990 SE for £139.00 with AIB. (Thanks Danny) (£25k agreed value, £300 excess, 3000miles per year, no breakdown cover) For your interest, here's the quotes I received; £139.00 AIB £144.00 Performance Direct £157.00 Peter Best Insurance £182.00 ClassicLine (Includes some breakdown cover) £235.00 Compare The Market website's best quote. Cheers, Andy.
  3. Hi Andy, Would you mind sharing the company's name per chance? Andy.
  4. Thanks guys, I've used the online quote form on Peter Best's website and they are quoting only 10% more that my previous insurance cost with Performance direct. Result. I'll give AIB and Classic line a try too. Will let you know my findings. Andy.
  5. Thanks Dan, Looking at their site now. Andy.
  6. Hi All, Wow, Just got my insurance renewal through. Gone up by nearly 80%. I'm currently with Performance Direct, anyone got any recommendations for a cheaper company? They were leagues ahead of everyone else last year. Andy.
  7. Hi Jukka, Yes, it is exactly as I described in my previous message. The metal "chip" as you call it, is the tip of the adjustment needle. I can see you might have been proggling around as the aluminium is marked. They are factory set so most owners don't tamper with them. The adjustment screw heads are under metal anti-tamper caps on the opposite side of the body. Sometimes the needle tip actually protrudes slightly out of the hole. All depends on the adjustment position. Andy.
  8. Hi Jukka, I have no means of opening your .HEIC files so can't quite be sure what you mean. If I were to guess, it sounds like you are talking about the throttle body balance air bleeds and the metal bit is one of the needle adjustment screws. They are just upstream of the butterfly at the top of the choke. Certainly do not drill, and leave alone unless you want to enter the world of re-balancing your throttles. Andy.
  9. Hi Jon, Might just be my PC but the link in your signature doesn't seem to work. Is it me? Andy.
  10. Hi Eric, With the greatest respect, I'm not sure you've entirely nailed caster theory there. Caster relates to the steering axis pivot angle rather than wheel position. Positive caster actually increases stresses to a degree, causing the steering wheel to self-centre improving high speed stability. Andy.
  11. Hi HsPeck, Seeing as you have discovered shims on both sides of the front upper ball joint, I agree with your approach. Andy.
  12. You're quite right. Just found the thread I was looking for, and participated in. Seems my memory is failing. When I checked and corrected my geometry last summer, all was fine apart from front toe and caster. I think I found shim plates both sides of my ball joints too. Come to think of it, I've read several threads reporting the same. Sometimes makes me wonder if some Esprits came out of the factory like this. Perish the thought. Andy.
  13. Hi hspeck, I tried searching for a recent in-depth discussion on these shims to send you but I can't find it at the moment. From memory, there can be shims on both sides of the top ball joint. I seem to recall that there should be a total of 6 or 10mm??? (can't remember off hand) of shims present between the wish bones. And depending on requirements, they are placed both sides of the ball joint to achieve the correct caster while maintaining the correct space between the wish bones. Needs looking into as your manual might be a little vague. Andy.
  14. Hi hspeck, Most alignment centres don't seem to want to get involved beyond adjusting threaded rods and lock nuts. It's only the performance specialists that will, and probably should, engage with the Esprit, as Dave has mentioned. I don't want to go head to head with anyone, each to their own, but I am quite happy aligning my Esprit myself at home with basic equipment. IMHO, I think it is an achievable, and interesting task if you know what you're doing. You can then have a check done at your local shop, if you trust them. Andy.
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