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    Jeff
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    1996 V8

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  1. With prices on nearly new supercars - modern Astons, Porsches 997 etc. dropping through the floor any thoughts on Esprit V8 residuals? If I was looking now I don't think I'd pay 15-20k for a 10 year old Esprit v8 when I could get a 5 year old Aston or 997 porker for
  2. Why? Engine oil is different to gear box oil - engine oil has to do several jobs, despite mileage. Moisture from cold starts/short runs, contaminants - coke, acids etc from the combustion process.. These contaminants should be removed regularly due to there corrosive effect within the engine so age matters rather than mileage. Hence the oil change as you lay the car up rather than when you put it back on the road. Gear box wise, The main demands on the oil is from the shear loads between the working parts. If it hasn't done the mileage how does it become old with age and need changing? I
  3. I just used a cheap universal clutch alignment kit available from most car accessory shops, there nothing special about aligning the Lotus clutch. Jeff H
  4. Hi, I don't under what you mean by the 'stop n go action' unless this is refering to the slightly higher 1st ratio? Which I only noticed when moving of gently as its a little more difficult. Quicker starts I don't notice any difference and I guess I wouldn't notice if I was really agressive as well... except for the flailing drive shaft noises!! I am also interested by your saying the box is generating more heat? How have you become aware of this yourself please? And why? I can't see that the different style of cut on 1st gear would make the difference? So is it the Quaife Diff that
  5. I get a fluttering or 'pfutting' noise on accelaration too, especially when engine is cold. It mostly goes away when good and hot. I've put it down to a couple of broken exhaust manifold studs at the rear of both cylinder heads - a typical problem I understand... Jeff H
  6. Have a look on the concurrent GTO contact thread there is a link to there new website and look at the UN1 upgrade page - there is a mention about he need for diff size bearing. I found Kevin very helpfull and a spot on guy when I dealt with him I'd expect all to become clear when you get hold of him. Jeff
  7. Thanks Dave, that's great information fills in my lack or understanding and takes this little project forward for me many thanks. Can anyone say if its okay or not to just leave the original oil temp connection from the sump plug sensor to the ECU to be disconnected? Jeff
  8. I've always liked an Oil Temperature gauge. It gives a much more realistic indication of genuine internal engine operating temperature. I remember years ago, being amazed how little Oil Temp you can have even though the Water Temp gauge has come up to a fully hot reading. I find it works very well for me at keeping my right foot from getting to heavy, too early on the loud pedal. I have an Lotus OEM Oil Temperature gauge (S4 type) that I want to fit in the dash in place of the clock - pre facelift dash. I though it would just be a matter of wiring it up taking an additional wire fro
  9. Dare I suggest we all have our own sado-masochistic traits - being Lotus owners that is....! Definition of a true sado-masochistic relationship, The slave says, 'Beat me Beat' to which the Master says in a cruel voice, 'NO'... Lotus owner turns key, instructing car to work properly, car refuses to work properly... Jeff
  10. What sort of money are we talking about with the Zircotec work please Mike?
  11. Rumour was Metro 6R4 rally car spec...
  12. Daniel, what are the mods? Just Sports Cats or anything else. Jeff
  13. It's not the wobbly mirrors you want to worry about... Its the water in the oil in your engine, the broken 5th gears in your gear box, the chewed up first motion drive shaft, the slipping clutch, the sticky waste gates and the rusted out fuel tanks..... That you want to worry about.....!!! Sorry, just jealous that its wobble mirrors that you spend your time on as its about 10th on my priority list..... Honestly, if it wasn't for its F1 legacy 'Lotus' as a viable business would never have got beyond the 1980's.... Its the first car I've owned that I don't give a damn for stuff such as
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