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  1. nice job on the photos. I am on my third Esprit and two out of the three have required tank changes, its a common problem I would say. C43
  2. Mine was missing also so went on ebay, bought some aluminium / fleece sandwich heat shield and made up a new one. Bit fiddly but got there in the end. I put captive nuts on the heatshield and bolted mine in place through the fixing holes shown.
  3. haha I spent time trying to work out the same question, twice! I don't believe they are handed i.e. they are the same left and right. Have a look at the parts book and see if they quote a different part number left and right.
  4. does the piston move back in at all or is it stuck both ways?
  5. pretty sure you can do it without removing the cable as long as the handbrake is off and there is not too much of a lip on the edge of the brake disc. Just remember not to hand the calliper on the brake line, support it with a tiewrap or similar.
  6. I set mine correct when it was a rolling chassis and then as the weight went in it was at least even either side. Tell the truth I am not sure it changed that much (although I can't remember for sure, I think it increased toe by 2mm each side going from a rolling chassis to a fully built up car but I could be wrong). Too much toe in is not a big issue (increased tyre wear and mid corner understeer), too much toe out can make the rear unstable and should be avoided IMO. Whilst it was a rolling chassis I did take the chance to fit adjustable top links as my turbo S3 did not have them. BTW you could fit captive nuts to the two bolts holding the shims / radius arm bush in place. I did not and it did take some fiddling to undo them but actually not as bad as I feared. I have attached a picture of the rear suspension on mine for no good reason other than I think it looks really cool, sorry!
  7. thanks guys. The car has recently been rebuilt so all new fuel lines. Like the sound or regular driving, just need to plant a few more trees to offset it all
  8. Question to the group has anyone looked into the implications of the change to E10 fuel. I live in a household of scientists so I totally understand the climate crisis, how serious it is and the need to act but I am just wondering what I will have to do to my Esprit to keep it running on E10. I think valve seats will be fine but I believe the rubber fuel lines will need checking to ensure they are compatible? Has anyone checked? thanks C43
  9. my AB14 most likely failed with heat soak (or something similar) to the components. I took my Esprit to the garage as it kept failing after 2mins 42sec of driving. The garage could not find a problem (despite changing every component on the car but the AB14) but I ended up changing the AB14 myself and it sorted the problem immediately and the car has been running well for a couple of years since then so pretty happy. I guess it could have been a vibration related problem but it really did seem to be related to the amount of time I drove the car for.
  10. BTW like you I have changed nearly everything in terms of the speedo. The only part I have not changed is the outer speedo cable. I am not sure how this can make the speedo wobble but was wondering if this could have an effect, did you try changing yours? Also did you try grease on the cable? I am using graphite lubricant but its quite dry and therefore no damping effect. I was wondering if grease on the cable would add some damping? I know but long shots but it is strange that we are having this problem.
  11. thanks for the post. I have had exactly the same problem as you. The speedo has now been rebuilt twice, as has the angle drive at the gearbox end. I even took the back of the gearbox off to check the internal drive gear. Have replaced the cable as well. The only thing I have not changed is the sleeve but I just can't believe its that. As you say its pretty irritating as otherwise my car is well sorted. I may try your solution. cheers C43
  12. I believe there is an amount of variability on exhaust fit as I know my turbo S3 was a bit of a pain to get clearance. Have a look and see if there is any witness marks of touching (polished area). If there is its too close. 6mm does not sound much but I don't really know how much an engine moves in service.
  13. Fingers crossed you have sorted it. It was similar on mine and the garage failed to diagnose it, I just changed the AB14 as I could not think of what else would fail so repeatedly after a set amount of time. I guess its the electronic components inside the unit failing under heat soak.
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