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    1995 Lotus Esprit S4

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  1. I welded the bung in myself. It was a turbonetics part. Dindo
  2. My advice would be to go to a company called CCW and get their Classic three piece wheel in race trim. They essentially gut the whole wheel out and you end up 2 pounds lighter. In addition, get 17 in front and 18 in the rear. Better than that, get 16 in front and 17 in the rear with lightwieght r compound tires. With our cars, the suspension is very delicate as far as changes. My current setup is 18 in front and 19 in the rear and I can see it affected it negatively, but it sure does look great. Now that it is 5 years later, I wished I had done the opposite and made a set-up exactly as spec'ed for the Sport 300. Wheels that weight less than 20 lbs make our cars a missle. Wheels that weight 18 lbs make our cars scary. Here is a pic of the wheels on my 993. This is the best part, these wheels cost about $2300 for an entire set and they are real 3-piece. Cheers, Dindo
  3. I can ship to the uk but the packaging will add substantially to the cost since I want to make sure there will be absolutely no damage to the core. What would have to be done, is I would attach another piece of aluminum to the front so in case the package is pierced, nothing can affect the core. In addition, I would make a lightweight crate. Therefore, since I have not done this, I can only say that it will add $200 to the overall price. Price to have crate made and extra aluminum. does not include shipping. Dindo
  4. I thought I would introduce my self formally, I have been modifiying the Esprit for over 7 years and have to say that it is a great car. Having owned Lancer EVO8, M3, 993, and so forth, I have to say that I still get a big grin when I drive the Esprit. Well, I thought I would let the word out that I manufacture one of the greatest mods for our car. If you are in CA, visit Harry Appleby at Viking Motorsprots and he can attest to the quality and performance this radiator can give you. If you live outside of CA, you can purchase the radiator from me as long as I have some on the shelf otherwise, Harry stocks them. I thought I post pics of my EVO that I sold a few years back. My comment on this car is that it was fast but for some reason, I never appreciated it given that I can only think of it as a very fast Taxi with a big turbo, hehehe. sold it after a few months of ownership with only 5000 miles on the ODO. Cheers, Dindo
  5. What makes this radiator different is the spacing between the fins. The core is used heavily in offroad racing applications where dust, mud, and sand are encountered. Normal street radiators do not have the ability to clean out themselves due to the spacing. the Esprit is a whole different matter. The fins, if you call them fins, do not allow any debris to pass through. As an example, if I take a pound of sand and pour it on the esprit stock radiator, only a samll amount will exit the other side. Well guess what, this hinders the operation of our radiators and also causes them to rust/deteriorate out due to retained moisture in the core fin/plates. Being that our cars are low, the front is like a vacuum for any debris on the road. Every esprit will have this problem and sooner or later you will have to replace the core. In addition, the sand clogged into the radiators actually ends up insulating the core and thereby not allowing the radiator to work at all. As an example, before my car would overheat in minor traffic. The fans would come on and it would take forever for the temp to lower. Sometimes, I would have to just exit and let the car cool down. That's just plain ridiculous if you ask me. I would have to drive at a faster rate to get the temp to lower. With the all aluminum radiator, once the temp rises to kick on the fans, the engine temp lowers immediately to 82 c. Weigh your radiator before you clean the fins out and pounds of dirt and sand from normal road driving will come out. When the stock radiator is new, it works fine for the 4-cyl engines. However, according to Harry, it is way undersized for the V-8. Lotus has great engineers but I can tell you one thing, to cut cost to make the mark affordable, and profitable, you will cut corners if it perfoms a task for the normal service life of a car which as we all know is ten years before seeing a wrecking yard. That how management thinks! So, to give your esprit what it deserves, give it an aluminum radiator. It will run better, have higher horsepower, and have the reliabilty that the engineers always wanted it to have. Don't rebuild your stock unit, your wasting your time and money because it is a long job to replace/clean a radiator. Just get something new or fabricate your own. Better yet, call and order one from Harry. I did all the research and work for us. If I was the Lotus engineer designing the cooling system, this would have been the radiator I would have put in. But of course, management would have turned down the idea purely because of cost. If you don't believe me, adore the esprit and continue to ask why they did this and that when you yourselves would have done this. Take a look at our tail-lights and ask why toyota. Answer: it is cheaper, we don't have to make a new mold, we don't have to get DOT approval, toyota did that for us. Plus, we may only make a few hundred cars anyhow! Think about it. Our esprits are great, but they are still a profit machine for a great company who had a great founder. List of things to make the esprit great! Viking/Rytek Projektz all aluminum Radiator RC Engineering or equivalent injectors Ball bearing Turbo Bypass Valve Race code #6 chip Spax Adjustable Shocks Light weight Racing seats and a driver capable of controlling one to the best cars in world! If you want this radiator, I can take orders that are only out of California. All orders will be with Harry in California and also, he stocks the radiator and not me. Therefore, you will have a wait time if ordered through me because of fabrication and lead times. I cannot sell it cheaper than Harry due to our arrangement. There are about 20 of these radiators in use and none have had any problems and customers have commented that why they didn't do it sooner. I am not sure if I can sell overseas because the cost would be to high. Hopefully, someone in your country will take the initiative like me to design one comparable. Note, the radiator has 3 Spal fans and new waterproof connectors. Not the cheesy stuff that the oem had used. Cheers and know that in a recent European car or something I had just read, the Lotus esprit was nominated as one of the TEN BEST turbo cars ever to have been made. In the list was: Renault R5 turbo, 911 Turbo, Lotus/Omega turbo, Audi S4 b5 Turbo, and a few others. Lotus has 2 and I can give my hat down to Collin if he can see what his legacy had created. if any of youu are in the Ventura CA area, please stop by one day and we can chat! Dindo Dindo
  6. I use an aftermarket pro radiator that fits perfectly for the Lotus S4 and V8. The design has been in use for 4 years and no problems just all out performance and sold through Viking Motorsports in Costa Mesa, CA USA. It to also uses 3 Spal fans optimized for airflow. In additon, it has 2 -1" tubes that equate to having a 5-row brass radiator. It is a drop in fit using all existing mounting points. The best thing is dirt and sand don't get trapped anymore like the stock unit which is a disaster in the making if not addressed to. Call Harry Appleby and he can tell you that this is THE radiator for Esprits. My affilation to Viking is that I am the engineer who designs and fabricates the radiator. Harry endorses it and he is the authority in the USA on Esprits. Cheers, Dindo
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