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  1. I had the extinguisher canister removed and the sound is gone. Lotus has agreed to get me a new one and see if there's sound in the new canister. I am still waiting for the new one to arrive.
  2. Nice write up Sam, how nice that you are able to keep both! And great black and white color combo too!
  3. @Exigo other than the extinguisher canister issue I am having a blast with the car. It's the first supercharged vehicle I own, and I am loving it. The abundance of torque and linear delivery is kinda the best of both worlds from turbo and NA cars. I often go for casual drives after dinner for an hour just before the sun sets. @Sam Downey I went on the club Facebook page and had a look, seems like great fun! But unfortunately I don't think I can be away for that many days, so I guess this event might not be for me. I will definitely try to participate in one of the one day club drives in the future 😊.
  4. Congrats Jason, March is not that far away, just a little bit longer. I am still have issue with my extinguisher canister making knocking noise, Lotus has agreed to replace it under warranty but then this week said they don't have stock in the UK and need Lotus NZ to source locally. I am going for the run in service next week and will just ask them to remove the canister for me while I wait for a new one.
  5. Thanks for the reply, I don't think mine is a rattle sound, it's more like something loose rolling around inside hitting the metal canister, so it's actually quite loud even with moderate undulation of the car. Anyways the dealership has agreed to replace it with a new one, so I will see if it solves the problem and report back, cheers
  6. Ok I see, do you know if it's easy to take out the canister? Thanks
  7. Hi everyone, just thought of sharing some pictures of my 420 that I took today, on my first drive in 2022. Got the car only a few weeks ago and I have done just over a 1000km. The car is brilliant and hopefully I will be able to exploit some more of its potential after the run-in service. One small issue I currently have is the extinguisher canister on the passenger side making a knocking noise. The dealership thinks there's something loose inside the canister and has agreed to replace it under warranty. Just wondering if anyone has had this issue before? And are there things to look out for when they carry out the replacement? Happy new year!
  8. Hi guys! I just went for a spirited run, now that I can finally exploit some full throttle actions really makes the car feels much more alive and exciting! The acceleration is pretty nuts, feels quicker than the 997 Turbo I used to own, probably because it's so light and small, that accentuates the sense of speed. Jason, the suspension dials for compression are pretty easy to access, they are just on top of the suspension and easy to get to. But the rebound dial is below the suspension so it's harder to get to, but because I have small hands so I actually managed to reach them without having to lift the car. I also found from a Lotus PDF online that there are 16 clicks for the high speed compression, and 24 clicks for the low speed and rebound. This is not stated in the manual, so it's good to know, cuz at the beginning I was quite clueless because I don't know how many clicks there are, and the dials don't show any readings at all. I will post some pics below so you can have a look. I believe the run in service is at around 1500km? I will try to ask them to change the oil and filter for me then. Ya, hopefully the freight doesn't take too long for my new canister to get here, the noise is really super annoying, I think I will be so happy when it's fixed. The leg room is ok for the passenger because the passenger seat is bolted to the furthest position, but it does take out about 20cm though. Personally I wouldn't have spec'ed this in the first place, but I guess neither of us had any choice. San, thank you for the run in tips, hence my spirited run today, haha. Here are some pics from today:
  9. Hi Jason and Sam, happy to report that I have just hit 1000km tonight, so I will probably be able to do the post break-in service after the holiday. One thing that's a bit disapointing is that my extinguisher canister has something loose inside that's making some quite loud noises, Lotus is replacing it under warranty, so hopefully the new canister will arrive after the break so I can get it replaced together with the service. BTW Sam, are you planning to get your oil and filter changed when you come up to replace your windscreen? I might ask them to change mine during the service, just for a peace of mind. The car has been amazing to drive otherwise. I have also been playing with my nitrons, and currently I have set both the front and rear high speed compression 2 clicks softer, and the front rebound 1 click softer from factory settings, the car rides quite nicely now and I am happy with my settings for the time being. BTW do you guys have any recommendations on engine run-in post 1000km? Wish you guys happy holidays, and hopefully we will be able to meet up to drive our 420s together next year 😊
  10. Hi, Jcx, thanks for the reply, I just realized that my 420 wasn't delivered to me on factory setting! It was set on a way harder setting (both compression and rebound), that's why I always wondered why the ride was so hard... I have now managed to set everything to the recommended spec in the owner's handbook, and the ride seems much much better now... BTW, is there any chance to get me in touch with the Lotus dynamics engineer? I would probably need some more professional advice to tune the Nitron... Thank you
  11. Hi Guys, I have a 420 with the Nitron 3 way, and I have been following this thread to get a better understand our suspension. I have a few questions wondering if anyone could help: 1. When I turn the LS knob independently, it doesn't seem to have an end to it, how do I know if I have reached the hardest or softest setting? The HS knob can be turned until it cannot turn anymore. 2. Does any one know how many clicks there are for both knobs? 3. I drive it mostly for road use, so I am trying to give it a softer setup to tackle all road conditions. Wondering if anyone had experience with adjusting the rebound? Does clicking towards the softer side make the ride more compliant? Thanks
  12. wow, that's nice, you can finally explore some full out experience. I couldn't resist and did a couple of pulls over 45k rpm last night, and the sound when valves open up is pretty amazing!
  13. Hi, sam, thank you for the threads, I have dialed the compression to full soft and it has already made a lot of difference. Next, I will probably dial down the rebound a couple clicks to see the difference. BTW, when are you planning to do your post break-in service?
  14. Hi, Sam, thanks, have you come across any threads about the Nitron 3-way adjustments? I don't seem to be able to find many threads in the forum regarding this?
  15. Hi, Guys, Just a quick update, I have done about 350km now, and I have to say the ride is really quite firm and jarring for my preference (for road use), especially on paved roads with rougher aggregates, also going over road imperfections and bridge joints, you can really feel the impact. At about 250km I started to fiddle with the compression settings, and I would do a couple of clicks to the soft side, and test the car, then couple of clicks more, then test again... I ended up having the high compression rate set to the softest setting, and I do feel it's much better now, although still firm, but at least I don't get the thud or impact as much when dealing with road imperfections. I might try to get in touch with a Lotus mechanic from Chris to ask how to setup the low compression and rebound (which is hard to get to).
  16. Hi Sam, thanks for the detailed reply. I have checked the tyre pressures and they are pretty spot on. I was on some crappy roads yesterday so that didn't help either, the suspension might also loosen up a little after some driving? I will drive a few more hundreds km first and see how I like it. But as for my first impression yesterday, it's firmer than my S2K and Shelby, probably on par with the C63 I used to own. It's actually quite difficult to keep it under 4500 revs because the revs build up very quickly. I also haven't dared to do too much rev matching when downshifting, what about you?πŸ˜‚ More driving to do tonight... hahaha
  17. Hi, guys, I was able to take the 420 home today! I only did about 70km today, so still trying to get familiar with the car, some first impressions: 1. The glue smell inside the cabin is really bad... πŸ˜† 2. The ride is super firm, but I suspect it could be the tyre pressure being too high, I will check it tomorrow. 3. The abundance of torque is pretty amazing, I get what Sam was saying, it should be pretty crazy once we can really stomp on the gas and let it go pass 4000rpm. 4. There's not much sound below 4000rpm... it's a shame that they deleted that exhaust valve switch... 5. Getting in and out is really a mission... this is my first Lotus, so hopefully I will get better at it over time.
  18. Thanks Sam, hopefully I should be able to pick it up by Friday according to Chris. Ya I really like the grey, I am not much of a color person... I would spec a black one if given the choice, so I am happy at least Chris had a grey one. The strange thing is that the stiching inside is a light green color (this was not on the spec sheet either)... Luckily all the plastic surrounds are in black, otherwise I would go nuts... I checked the air curtains on the 430 are carbon, I always thought they are carbon on the 420 too from some of the web photos? Well it's not that important anywaysπŸ˜‚
  19. Haha, thanks Jason, I just been to the showroom around noon to see it in flesh finally! So excited! Here are some pics I took, and I realized that they have given me the carbon side scoops which was not on the original spec (which is great), but the front air intake blade is black plastic (which I thought should be CF?), strange...
  20. awsome, then maybe if it comes tomorrow I will see you at the dealership? haha Well, at least you got to drive the 390, I didn't even get a chance to do that 🀣
  21. Ya, the vents looks really cool, right? I am trying to get the carbon mirrors (image below), I think they look much better than the plastic stock ones. I might want to track the Exige, but I am a noob to track days though, so not really sure where to start. http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2846/3604/products/GF_Williams_Complete_Mirror_Package_1024x1024_2x_fa29f27d-d05d-4576-8061-505605f38af6_1200x1200.jpg?v=1576643408
  22. omg... the 430 looks amazing Jason, thanks for the pics. I have never seen an Exige in person, so I guess I am really buying blind, hahaha
  23. Hi, Sam, thanks, I will go to look at the car once it arrives, so hopefully I will get a call from Chris on Monday, and I will take some pics to show you guys They will still need to take a few days to do the PDI before they can deliver the car to me I think, so I guess I will only be able to get it by the end of next week...
  24. Nope, unfortunately my car didn't arrive at the dealership on Friday. The 430 Cup did though... Chris sent me a pic of it... Hopefully mine will arrive at the dealership on Monday... 🀣
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