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  1. I have just booked a day slot at Hendy Exeter on 7th October. I live near Chepstow, and this was the closest dealer that appeared on the drop down menu. I knew Williams wouldnt appear as they are terminated, but where is Rybrook Bristol and Birmingham - have they already left the Lotus dealer network?
  2. I'm still on the originals at 11 years old
  3. Not sure if it had the decat as well as the box, but if the price is fair for both I'd grab them and save yourself some ££s.
  4. I changed my std exhaust to a non valves 2bular with decat 8 years ago and love it. I think it sounds slightly better than the Lotus sports one a friend had on his. But unless there is anything wrong with your current system I wouldn’t swap it for a 2bular - I’d spend the money on manifolds 😀
  5. Thanks for that Jim £60 for a lamp though when the LEDs probably cost about 10p is a bit of a pain though!
  6. As per title, if not possible, anyone with a spare they would sell please. De Roure says out of stock!
  7. I've got a non valved 2Bular and decat pipe on my 2010 NA - had it for the last 8 or so years and am still very happy with it. It measured 95db at Castle Combe this year and doesnt drone at all - just sounds great all of the time
  8. I had this, one of the bolts was missing. If you take the front undertray off you can get to all the headlamp fixings - I had the wheel arch liner out also as I was replacing suspension stuff.
  9. My old one flaked like that so bought a black and silver one from someone on seloc. I then thought I would try and make the original one better and found that the rest of the laquer flaked off pretty quickly just using finger nails! once it was all off I just used a cutting compound like T cut followed by polish and it came up like new! To protect it against corrosion, either top up with polish / sealant or spray with clear laquer = zero cost My black badge has now started looking poor where it has delaminated, so will prob go back to the original with just polish on it.
  10. My wife gets a bit of a numb bum on longer trips in the Evora and we will be doing an Ireland tour in a few weeks so looking for something that will make her more comfortable - and less likely to moan! I dont want to use a house cushion, but has anybody found anything suitable that will increase comfort and will fit on top on the Recaro base cushion. Seems to be various options on Amazon, and Cobra do some for £30.00 but has anyone tried any of these with success. Never find it a problem myself, and she has more natural padding than me, but...................!
  11. Not sure if that is a corrosion issue or stress fracture, but I'm sure someone will know - Gaz at Spitfire Engineering would be a good bet. Was the repair basically a replacement upper wishbone, and has it been updated can you tell from the original? The Billet wishbone posted by Racefan looks like it will be a good upgrade.
  12. What you bought Tom? Hopefully see you on the stand on Thursday.
  13. Missed this thread, Doh, but if there is a cancellation, I would love an invite pretty please Bibs!
  14. Not heard of this before, but certainly of concern. If you've had your car from new, then presumably it's never had replacement ball joints fitted - so this must have been a fault in the forged wishbone casting, or possibly poor assembly at the factory. I did have to replace a lower front wishbone earlier this year but that was because the lower ball joint was worn and this is not a serviceable item on the front lower wishbone. I bought an as new wishbone with the ball joint and the 2 pivot bushes already fitted from the factory. I bought this from ES Motorsports and was considerably cheaper than the new Lotus price on DeRoure. For ref, my car is a 2010 NA with 35k miles also and I've had it for 9.5 years since 3k miles so I know no suspension parts had previously been replaced. Please keep us updated on this - I will certainly be looking at my upper rear wishbones very closely!
  15. You can now get both the 4 and 4S in the correct sizes for both front and rear. The 4S for the fronts werent available when I got mine so I chose just the normal 4. The 4S fronts will cost you about £130 more for the pair than the 4 though. https://www.blackcircles.com/order/tyres/search?width=225&profile=40&rim=18&manufacturer=michelin&id=10015
  16. I'm sure they would probably be fine, but why bother changing from the Lotus sizes that you know will be fine. The car doesnt really need any wider tyres esp if you are not doing track days. If you unstick the original tyres on dry roads then you are doing something wrong! In the wet, then the narrower tyres are probably better with less aqua planing. I did look at the wider tyre options available but kept with the original sizes.
  17. Had the MPS4S rear tyres fitted yesterday, and very happy with them. Cant tell any difference to the MPS4 tyres that were on before, but maybe on track? No probs with the fronts being MPS4 tyres either, not that I was expecting any either!
  18. Soak in penetrating oil and maybe get some heat on the nut then I used a 1m bar and it came off fine. Half inch drive impact driver may shock it loose if you are still struggling. Loosen the nut side as it will be easier that trying the bolt head.
  19. Pull the pin up - mine sometimes doesnt go up the last couple of mm and the door wont open until you pull it all the way up.
  20. I think they are valved slightly differently for the heavier S model, but according to DeRoure the springs are the same. You could try ES Motorsport as they may well have a spare new or used one. You may be better off just replacing the leaking one with an original NA shock. I have recently put brand new NA shocks on my car as I had bought them a few years ago when Lotus were selling off surplus stock cheap. My originals have done 36k miles and were all in good condition with no leaks and I only decided to change them due to Lockdown and I had a lower wishbone ball joint gone so I had to dismantle 1 corner anyway! Let me know if you may be interested in a pair, or even just 1 which would then leave me with 1 spare should I have a leak in mine in the future.
  21. https://www.gaisfordphotographic.com/ That’s where you will find them
  22. Agreed - just checked and I had forgotten that the Aspect ratio is a percentage of the width measurement, so the 275 will be 7mm taller than the 255 - but will flex more, so I'm happy to keep to the standard Lotus sizes.
  23. I have been looking at the same options, but have stuck to the 255/35 size on my 19 inch forged alloys. I'm currently on PS4 rear tyres having previously been Pirellis but got fed up with their poor wear life. This time I have gone for the PS4S tyres, but have PS4 on the front. I think the 255s are plenty wide enough for the NA car and I have never struggled with grip on normal roads. I would guess that they are probably less likely to aquaplane than the wider tyres and will be less noisey. I'm getting mine fitted on Monday for £295 which includes a 15% discount that Black Circles were promoting yesterday, so will report back here with an update. As far as the side wall height is concerned, then both 35 aspect tyres should have the same height, but the 275s, whilst they may look a bit better on the rim, will flex more than the 255s - so that is why I have stuck to the Lotus Gurus sizes
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