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  1. How 'bout a 5.7L Pontiac Trans Am? I have an '87 that I started working on but I cant finish. Very reliable, powerfull cars with decent gas mileage.
  2. Well after speaking with another V8 owner, I came to the conclusion that the clunk\rattle was caused but the engine's torque.
  3. Hey Paul it was nice meeting you and thank you for the info. You wouldn't happen to have a link to Chilli's car or the yellow one would you? Also I'll give Viking Motorsports a call see if they have any leads.
  4. True, out of the late 80'sthe GN and Turbo Trans Ams were some of the fastest cars. I also agree that it is easy to get more power out of those turbo sixes but not enough to get you into the 10's. I'm sorry but a 10 sec GN is not very streetable unless you have a low boost and a high boost setting, but then that wont net you a 10 sec timeslip on low boost. You could also get and automatic LS1 powerd Camaro or Firebird with heads, cam, small nitrous shot, high stall torque converter and sticky tires into the 10's. Simple combo, but again, not very streetable. As for the camera car, it appears to be either Z06 corvette or a modified LS1 'vette.
  5. I'll be there with my LS1 friends @ DD, then we'll head out to CC. But this near future Esprit owner would like to meet some Lotus owners.
  6. Well, for some people comfort and refinement are more important than performance. Not me though, I'll put up with squeaks, rattles and idiosyncrasies to hand someone their ace when it comes to performance. It's all a compromise.
  7. Altering cam profiles alter/shifts power curves and affects emissions as well. So how is this a marketing poly?
  8. Hey Slade, are you ever in the Pasadena area?
  9. I drove a '02 Esprit V8 with 18k miles today. As some of you may remember, I was trying to decide between a S4s and a 964 911 turbo 3.6. Well after giving it some thought, I felt that I would not be happy with the lack of torque of the 4 cyl off boost. So now it's between a V8 Esprit and a 911 turbo. Some things that I noticed first about the Esprit. Very wicked stance. Very low, sexy roof line. Awesome leather everywhere. Although it doesn't seem to be built as solid as the 911. During the drive; loads of power. The car holds on the road and does not let go. Brakes lack feel but were very good. Ride was a little rough. I loved the car but there was one thing I didn't like and I'm wondering if this is normal. While shifting under heavy acceleration, it seemed like the whole car shook. Also during said shifting there was a loud rattle from behind he passenger compartment. Is this normal? Also right behind the shifter in the center counsel, there was a button and a dial. What is this for. How do I know if the car has a high torque ECU installed. And Lastly, how much of an improvement in performance will you get by removing the cats and muffler and installing straight pipes. Thanks in advance.
  10. So is an S4s better than a V8? Why or why not?
  11. Yes they do have S4s' in the US. Here's one exampe of nice S4s for sale in the US: http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?rdpage=t...en&cardist=2096 I'm thinking of buying an Esprit too. I
  12. Those are GM headlight motors. The problem with those are 3 gel bushings inside the gear get brittle and crumble causing the gear to slip from the hub. Very easy to repair and very inexpensive. Look for Firebird headlight repair kit on ebay.
  13. Thanks for the info. Now you got me thinking. I've never been a fan of outta-the-box cookie-cutter programs. S4's and S4s' use a GM 'puter right? I think that with some data logging software to help you see what's going on with your KR, EGT's, timing, injector duty cycles ect, you could easily burn a custom chip. Now the question is, without fuel starvation and detonation, how much hp can a stock bottom end handle? Also does Lotus use forged pistons and crank? Is the Lotus engine a MAF (mass air flow) or MAP (manifold air press)?
  14. Thanks, so 300hp is the most you can get safely? Does this also apply to the S4S since it's already rated at 300hp?
  15. Hello, I'm in the market for a new toy. I'm torn between these two cars. Does anyone know how the Lotus compares to the 964 turbo in straight-line performance, handling and reliability? Also how long does an average S4S engine\gearbox last at stock boost? How much boost can it safely handle on pump gas without sacrificing longevity much and what hp levels can be expected? What are the S4S' weak points, if any? Thanks in advance for any insight.
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