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  1. You could look at using the alfa rears on the Esprit. No one to my knowledge has ever done it and so it will be a voyage of discovery with a likely high price tag. Might be worth trying to find out if the alfa rear calipers are the same as the later esprit rears? If so then you could just get the pnm brackets and discs (see option 2 below). standard rear options are: replacement rear calipers from a VW on original size discs. 2. Brembo rears from an S4 onwards with larger discs from PNM -expensive and heavy 3. as option 2 but used as a handbrake only and fit 4pot calipers. 4. 4 pot calipers with built in hand brake - great brakes, rubbish handbrake (don’t do it)!! 5. 4 pot calipers on a 300 or 320 disc with a wilwood mechanical Handbrake calliper. I have this fitted on my 300mm rears and am quite impressed. 6. 4 pot calipers on 300 or 320 discs with a hispec electronic handbrake caliper. Think they are only on a 320 at the moment but confirm with PNM. Very expensive!!! options 1 and 2 give you an alright handbrake but only a single piston rear brake. Options 3-6 give you great braking on the rears whilst driving but with various handbrake effectiveness.
  2. I’ve done the main outstanding jobs of: bleeding all 4 brake calipers (Thought that a bit of air had got into the system as had slightly more travel in the pedal after fitting the handbrake calipers). Re-calibrated the actuators on my climate control system to give me full temperature control and diagnosed Why the compressor wasn’t engaging (all fixed). made a panel and a some trim to encase my climate control heater box and sealed it all up to stop any drafts and help maintain the internal temperature. reattached the door lock mechanism which had decided to pop out of its clip and with the door card off replaced the led of the lotus symbol shadow light. Replaced wiper with a Bosch aero twin blade. Still to do: fit passengers shadow light. fit usb connector to panel in boot so that it’s easier to plug into the ecu. install omex aux wiring harness for idle air control valve. Decide whether to bother installing a usb charger, courtesy light and ecu usb connector into glove box. Attempt to get lotus graphics Wallpaper onto the double din stereo. what I should be doing: going through the lockup and sorting out what needs to be thrown, what to keep and get together the lotus stuff to sell! don’t really want to wash it, as a neighbour reversed into it in the car park and damaged the front. Waiting for the lockdown to lift so that I can get it to the body shop and get it repaired.
  3. 2020 - 2015 maserati ghibli 3L petrol 421bhp A lotus and a Maserati,what have I done!!!!!
  4. The Brembo is definitely good but IMHO it’s not much better than than the hispec fronts. Plus you would have to spend in excess of £500 to get a set of custom bells and rotors for it, and that doesn’t take into consideration the faff of working out the alignment. If you have the standard kit from PNM then you will have 284mm front discs. Personally I would upgrade them to the 310mm which Pete sells (£300). I would then put a set of CL RC5+ pads (£120) in it and be amazed!!! out of interest, what are you running in the rears mate?
  5. couple of questions mate: What size disc are you running on the front at the moment? My 159 had a single piece disc, does yours have a rotor and bell setup? What wheels do you have fitted? cheers
  6. I’m sure you have probably checked this already but are both doors locked and have you changed the remotes battery? I’ve had issues getting in to the drivers side on mine which ended up being the rod popping off the lock. Passenger side was fine though. Just trying to think of an easy out. Failing that I think your best bet would be to try and break in to it using a wire or hook to try and unlock One door from the inside. I suspect that there would be flex in the door frame and room to get something in through the door seals (even if you damage then and ended up having to replace the seals afterwards). Good luck
  7. Not according to the fella off eBay
  8. Jay two, that was mine, was prepared to let it go cheap for another esprit owner at xmas but ended up getting messed around (typical eBay). Got to the point that I started to think that I’d rather throw all the bits away than deal with the agro. Have actually got a load of spares that I need to clear as moving house. Have offered them all to PNM but my move date is looming and so I might just start listing them on the forum for sale site.
  9. Giniw, valid point mate and I would have traded up to a later model if: I hadn’t done so much work to the car (things that would have to be done on a later model as well). It was economically viable (more manageable splitting up work per modification than having the capital to buy a younger car outright). I wasn’t so emotionally attached to her. Cheers Chris
  10. Hi Jarle, First things first, upgrade the brakes if they haven’t been done already!! Main options are PNM (Hispec) or AP calipers both with larger discs. Looks like you have later wheels on so should have a few possibilities. IMHO conversion to fuel injection transforms the 88 turbo. Personally I would choose an ecu with fully sequential ignition and fit coil packs. I wish I had gone for the omex 710 over the 600 but you live and learn. If you do end up rebuilding the engine then I would take the opportunity to increase the capacity up to 2.5. Alternatively you could go down the “bolt on” route for performance and only rebuild when something gives up. Typical starting point is charge cooling (CC) with an electric pump. Go for the biggest charge cooler and rad you can as you really only want to do this job once. You could then up the boost in the ECU (if fitted) or through a boost controller. I managed to get 280bhp out of my 88 carb turbo with larger jets, a standard SE chargecooler, greddy boost controller and omex 200 ignition ecu. Ended up converting to fuel injection as I found tuning the carbs properly between idle and main jets was getting to be a pain. Next on the list is a decent mandrel bent exhaust at least 3” in diameter. Then a replacement turbo - a few options here depending on your budget but needs to be done in conjunction with a charge cooler and exhaust to get the benefit. Worth noting that the choice of turbo could change the size of the outlet that the exhaust bolts to so make sure you factor it in. Modifying the intake tract and plenum helps get more air in but again I would suggest this is done after everything else. Search for a thread along the lines of 412bhp...that will do nicely by ”Changes”. It will show you the art of the possible. also alunox manifold with efr 6258-g twin scroll turbo by mark kassim. Other nice upgrades are: S300 springs and adjustable dampers, LED headlights, and maybe a front splitter to stop the nose rising at speed. It’s a slippery slope this modifying game but good luck buddy and enjoy the ride . Cheers Chris
  11. Hey Tony, do you mind me asking what happened to the engine? Just thinking that a rebuild might be better than an exchanging it for a used one. assuming that is, you’re not doing a restoration project and there was no engine to start with. What model esprit of esprit is it, and have you tried the usual specialists?
  12. Plus: connection from cc/rear of plenum to connect to carb balance pipes. flexible carb mounts different plenum backplate to loose the secondary injectors and install intake trumpets. lower pressure fuel pump & different fuel regulator Might also need to look at how you control the ignition, as standard ecu (if fitted) probably won’t like not having control of fuel. Can I ask why you would want to convert from fuel injection to carbs?
  13. Hey scuderia, Yep can be mate. can either make me an offer or I can pm you a price, whichever you prefer. cheers chris
  14. Did mine in situ. Have you taken the door card off before? If your worried about seized bolts you could dose them up with wd40 beforehand. i removed the door window switches from the cards and re-connected them so that I could move the window glass. This gives you options to get at the various bolts. That said, I think I disconnected the window glass from the motor when it came to actually removing the frames.
  15. Richard, Did mine quite a few years back. No great shakes if i’m honest. Took the quarter windows out with a Stanley knife (can damage frames to protect windows) cleaned them up and refitted with a standard off the shelf adhesive (car building solutions is a good site for stuff like this). Refitting was fine, a little patience required to align them (spacing out to get a close fitting with door aperture) but no where near the nightmare that things like the exhaust manifold is. Definitely worth having plenty of washers (thick and thin) on hand. With your experience you will breeze it mate!!!
  16. year bought - car 1997 - 1988 peugeot 309 1.3 gr profile(first car) 1998 - 1990 peugeot 309 gti 5 door 2000 - 1993 saab 900 se 2002 - 1988 lotus esprit turbo (still got) 2004 - 1992 peugeot 405 sri (daily driver required cause of the Esprit) 2005 - 1988 fiat x1/9 (project car, was single and could afford the time and money to have 3 cars) 2006 - 1992 peugeot 309 gti 2 door 2007 - 1998 saab 9-5 se 2009 - 2001 saab 9-5 aero stage 3 2012 - 2008 alfa romeo 159 2.4 lusso tuned to 280bhp since 2016 just the Esprit will need another daily driver soon as changing jobs... thinking maybe a spin in a Mercedes cls500 before going for a maserati ghibli (wife won’t let me have a bentley continental )
  17. I ended up getting the last one from sj sportscars however I have reconditioned my old one which is now surplus to requirements. Here’s a couple of pics:
  18. we both know the maintainability criteria will be the first to be ignored, especially as they are soooo pretty!!
  19. Although my Esprit has coped with being the only car in our household for the last 3 years i think 2020 is the time to get a more modern daily driver. Looking for at least 4 seats and either rear or 4 wheel drive which is capable of 0-60 in less than 7 seconds. Budget is no more than 25k and don’t want a diesel. So far my list looks like this: mercedes cls500 aston Martin db9 bentley continental gt maserati granturismo maserati ghibli alfa guilia Need to get the mrs to test drive them to work out what’s possible. I know see likes the guilia and so the ghibli might be an easy sell. Bit concerned that the rest of them will either be too big or not handle well enough for her. plus I don’t really want to have to maintain them over and above a service. One lotus shaped money Pitt is enough .
  20. Never realised how useful a cup holder was until the Esprit was my only car. Who will be the first person to guess the doner car they came from.
  21. Had a couple of successful days. Had to change the interior temp sensor on the climate control system which meant pulling the centre console apart again. Depressingly I’m now getting far too good at it . Took the opportunity to take some interior pics. also changed the climate control blowers from the original alfa units to a set of SPAL fans. Although I also moved the position of where it entered the heater box the difference is amazing. Finally have blowers that are worthy of the name blowers. Last couple of jobs for climate control project is to design and fibreglass in a purpose air intake channel to the underside of the bonnet and hopefully incorporate a recirc valve into it. Then its just beautification stuff making some form of casing to enclose/hide it all and make it look almost factory. Also fitted the new handbrake system from PNM. Must admit that I wasn’t originally convinced how good it would be but so far it’s absolutely awesome!!!! definitely worth getting if you are still on the internal hispec spot pads. Just FYI my rear discs are the 300mm versions.
  22. Having a clear out and decided that I no longer need to hang on to these. Windscreen (green tint) For Stevens or S4 esprit, was only fitted for about 8 weeks as an interim before I installed the heated screen £250 ono. Glass roof is without fittings as they were transferred to the carbon roof currently on the car £600 ono. Shout if they’re any use to anyone.
  23. What steering wheel do you want to fit? Mine is a Momo wheel so I fitted a Nardi to Momo adapter boss. Think it was an eBay purchase that came from China or Japan (it was a few years ago). Or did you mean the lotus badge?
  24. The system is from an alfa. I ripped out the original heater box and shoehorned in the alfa unit. I also used the condensor, receiver dryer and low pressure switch. I opted for a new original spec esprit compressor and had a custom set of pipes made up to plumb it all together. I’ve lost the majority of storage space in the front boot but then I didn’t really use it much. I’m still refining the system, next job is to swap out the old alfa fans for some Spal ones to increase the airflow. The fan install will give me the opportunity to box it all in nicely. The controls are way better to use With green backlighting to match the binnacle, plus I’ve been able to use the heated screen button to turn on my electric front windshield demist.
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