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    Duncan Cloete
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  1. Troy My car is a 1983 Turbo. I will crawl in there today and see if I can locate it. Thank you.
  2. I am desperately looking for the indicator relay. The relay for the hazard warning lights (seperate from the indicators) is on the passenger side (RHD car) under the dash, but i can't locate the relay for the indicators. Could somebody assist me please?
  3. dr fish Yes, my porker is in the driveway. B) It is not as hardcore as the Esprit or an Elise, but it is great fun to drive. The big plus is that I will get to my destination. I am of the opinion that in the South African market you will lose quite a bit of money on depreciation on a Elise. Porsche in our local market keeps their value better although it will never be an investment. I looked and sat in an Elise at the local dealer (no demo available for test drives), and the sales service was shocking and that was while I was still a prospective customer. The total opposite was true of the Porsche dealer. Great service up to now. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a sports car the backup counts a lot. Ps. Never been a Toyota fan.
  4. Hi guys! I am certainly guilty. I have finally thrown the towel in and decided that I wanted to drive my pride and joy once in a while. The answer: Buy a Porsche Boxster S that is still under driveplan and give up on Lotus ownership. This is a great forum and I will return often to see what is happening with Lotus. The forum is probably the only reason I kept the Esprit for so long. I will miss all the personalities on the forum and would like to thank Bibs and all the guys for their hard work keeping this site rolling.
  5. Jussi I will take some and post them when my car comes back from the workshop. Mark That foto of your car is stunning!
  6. Jussi The "scoop thing" is placed there to direct air onto my air to air intercooler that I fitted in the rear deck. The guys going for originality will shoot me, but I bought the car for performance and the lack of an intercooler limits the boost you can run dramaticly. Doesn't look bad at all actually. Mark Yes I am back at last. The move meant I was off line and very busy for the last month. I will call you so we can organize a run soon. Duncan
  7. Hi guys. I also fitted a set of Goodyear F1 tyres. Front 205/55/15 (I know it is slightly wider than standard) Rear 225/60/15 I haven't had a chance to get the car on the track, but they are great on the road. On the looks department they don't look narrower than the 235's Duncan
  8. A picture at a motorcycle show. (I am on the right) and for the guys that are more interested in the models:
  9. Nigel I couldn't get oil pressure after a engine rebuild. It turned out to be a non-return valve that was stuck in a open position. The valve is (apparently) located in the housing by the oil filter. (Could check with my mechanic) If this happened your oil would have run down into the sump and the pump will not pick it up without being packed in petrolium jelly and primed. Maybe this helps. Good luck. I know how frustrating it is to pin point the problem. Duncan
  10. Hi guys. I can't really give advise on bike prices or insurance. I run a Honda Dealership in Durban, South Africa so I really don't know the UK market or insurance details. As far as a upgrade goes on the ZX6. I would have to say the new Yamaha R6 looks like a awesome machine. In the used market a Honda CBR 600 RR (the later model with the upside down forks) is good value for money and a bulletproof bike. Interesting to see how many bike riders we have in the Esprit community. It must run in the blood. Duncan
  11. Hi Charlie. Welcome to the forum. Don't worry about basic questions. We all learn something new every day. My car is 23 years old and as far as I can tell it is the original manifold. So no, they don't crack at the first sign of rain. Like any metal making it red hot and then throwing cold water over it, it doesn't like it. They actually last very well (in my opinion) for the abuse they withstand. Esprits and slippery surfaces don't go well together. It is a light car with a lot of power that comes in suddenly when the turbo spools up. No traction control and a mid engine gives little warning before it lets go. They handle well and usually bites when the driver gets a bit too confident. So when are you buying a Esprit? Greetings Duncan
  12. Hi Love superbikes! That's why I sell them. A CBR 600 RR is more than enough for a start. Only a few riders I know (me excluded) will be faster around a track on a 1000cc. At 165 mph things happen fast. When you can handle that you can move up to a 185 mph CBR 1000 RR that will spit you off when you lose respect for one second. Some of my stock:
  13. Hi Timothy Welcome on the forum. Very nice looking car. Haven't seen a brown Lotus before but I must say it looks great in that colour. Hope you have a lot of trouble free miles with her. Duncan
  14. Jeff / Nigel Sorry for the long delay. Been a madhouse at work. The tanks are now fitted snugly in place on the Esprit. From a size point if view they fitted exactly. They copied the the shape and roundings of the original tanks very closely. I am in Durban, South Africa. One of my suppliers made the tanks up for me. Both tanks worked out to approx 600 pounds (converted from rand) Don't know if the Stevens tanks are exactly the same. (probably is) If anybody would like a set made up I will arrainge it. A stainless set will outlast the car. (I was worried about coatings coming off eventually) Good luck guys. It is not a pleasant job, but at least I know I will never have to go there again!
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