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  1. yes change it. You can drive the car slowly but don't go fast until a new one is fitted. As well as putting the geometry out (probably not that big an effect as I am guessing it was not spot on to start with) you will reduce the load carrying capacity of the piece. They are heavily loaded under hard cornering. There is a story that during the design of the Esprit Chapman made the engineers take weight out of the mounting bracket against the wishes of the engineering team. Apparently it failed so they had to put the weight back in...Chapman jokingly told them not to listen to him again! The inboard bolts should be easy enough to loosen off. The stud on the outboard end will probably be a right pain. There is a good write up on the Esprit forum on how to undo the lower bolt. On by brothers car it needed lots of heat and plus gas to undo. Do not use a hammer to get it out otherwise you will need a new rear upright as well! good luck C43
  2. Hi I fitted poly bushes to my brothers S2 based on the fact they are cheaper and I believe the last longer. My Evora seems to go through these bushes at a rate so I figured get the option that will last and is not too expensive to change. One thing I will say is use Loctite on the bolt or nut (I can't remember if the S2.2 is same as S2 or like S3 in this respect) that locates the bush at the ends of the ARBs. I have had both fixings come loose on different carsl. BTW the bolts holding the ARB clamps in place where pretty difficult to get undone on the lhs, took a week of heat and plus gas before I could get it loose. Access is pretty poor.... Christian
  3. Plus Gas and heat. My rear calliper hand brake was rusted solid and we still managed to free if off with heat. C43
  4. Hi the hand brake on my S3 has seized partially on. The cable is very very stiff and the lever on the calliper itself wont move (being stuck in the on position). I have stripped and rebuild rear Esprit callipers before so am reasonably happy to sort this. My question is how do I get the cable out? I have disconnected both ends and removed the grommet but I can't pull the cable towards the rear of the car, it is stuck just inside the aperture in the door sill. Is the only way it will come out is going forwards? I am trying to avoid doing this as until I have freed up the cable I can't get it off the calliper. thanks Christian
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  6. Hi has anyone digitised the World Champion stickers on an S2? thanks C43
  7. If its into aluminium casting then heat would be worth trying as the aluminium will expand so much. Don't go above 150 deg C IMO. A small blow torch with a small cone flame would be ideal. you never know they may come undone with no effort...... good luck C43
  8. Hi Gordon

    Christian here, I was in the Black WC S2 next to you at Silverstone parade.

    Hope you have a safe drive back up to Scotland.

    Did  your partner get any pictures of our Esprit we could have, I know she took a lot of photos.



  9. and fitting the original is a PITA as far as I remember. I ended up making a cardboard mock up to try and work it out. Having the loom with a central connector should help a lot though. C43
  10. Poly. From what I understand they last a bit better although tell the truth I don't see the car doing enough miles to make a big difference.
  11. Hi Dean I used the ones from SJ (their own versions). I had to reset the toe as it was measuring 5mm in each side. Having done that you can feel the increased confidence in the rear end, although always difficult to tell if its just because I now know the bushes are all good. If you are doing the bushes definitely check if the drive shaft UJs are in good order. cheers C43
  12. engine looks great, good luck with getting her back in.
  13. Bugger just read this thread and seen the heater levers you had. I have been trying to sort this for a few months now. Have your run out now Phil as mine is missing entirely? If not any chance of the drawing you used to make it and I will get another batch made (even better could you let me know who you got to make it)? thanks in advance for you help kind regards Christian
  14. Hi

    were you at the lotus gathering at Henley, I am guessing it was you with the bronze turbo esprit sounding like a VW?
    I was in the black and gold S2 esprit.

    The guy in the white V6 Exige had a S4 manifold available that he was not using. I only found out once you had left but I think you said this one should fit so perhaps worth asking him about it (Alan the organizer should know his comtact details).



  15. How much of a scene to remove the trim and I guess selastic in new ones? The ones on my brothers car are all bent, would love to replace them with a straight set. Cre
  16. I am guessing once this is done it is simple to replace the pivot bushes as the doors on my brothers Esprit have dropped and are a pain to shut? thanks C43
  17. you lucky man you lucky man! Tell the truth we argue about which Lotus is better of in fact Lotus v's Porsche v's anything else out there but looking at the current state of the world we are all pretty fortunate..
  18. Hi I read the start of your post with interest as you seem to have loads of experience of Lotii. However, as soon as you say the S1 is one of the best balanced Lotii out there something has gone wrong. I love the S1, it saved Lotus and was / is a brilliant car. I drive a 100k S1 every so often (the BrookeKensington yellow peril) and although its totally knackered its still a load of fun. However, one thing the S1 never had was good balance. I remember doing a track day when it first came out with a F1 driver and we could not believe how much understeer it had. I have owned 5 Lotii and driven a load more on road and track. for me the top 2 I have driven are Evora NA and Esprit S4. You could take liberties with either of these you would not do in an S1. All of you chassis gurus please feel free to comment on your best handling Lotus, I would be interested to hear. Oh and I love the idea of a Evora 410, think its a great idea and as soon as I can I will be getting one. Sort of a modern day Sports 350 in my eyes. C43
  19. glad you like it. Is there a big difference between the two settings? Sometimes it is nice to travel incognito, well as much as you can in an Evora.... C43
  20. ha ha, hope your not flying Ryanair! looking forwards to your comments, hoping to do the same to mine in a couple of weeks. The remote is a much better idea than the heated screen. C43
  21. Stick with it. The Evora will do it and if you are pushing on heal and toe makes the braking much smoother. As the other say easier in sports mode. If you do it on every gear change it just gets natural. C
  22. Hi anyone know how difficult it is to take the side skirts off a S2 that has been updated to look like a turbo if I wanted to put it back to standard? ta C43
  23. no obvious screw fixings and no depth to put one in. I will try sliding it off. cheers C43
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