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Well, I have done more work in the year I have owned this car than I care to admit.. (and spent more money)

but forget mechanicals... lets talk about externals..

I redid the entire outside, have everything that wasn't perfect pretty much perfected, 02 rear lights and 02 rims on it now..

The car looks FANTASTIC (and yes I have made love to it)

LOOK

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a picture tells a thousand words................. :huh:

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thanks for all the appreciation..

I knew you guys would appreciate it, I have gone over most of the car (reshaped bumpers, new bumper covers, repainted entire front end to remove rock chips, buffed/painted most other imperfections in the car, used leatherique to make the interior like new, detailed..) I can truly say that this car is as new.. also it's in top shape mechanically with 12psi wastegates capsules on order.. soon to be 450-500hp..

a truly great exotic car and sad to see they stopped making them.. gets a ton of adoration whenever it is on the road..

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yes, nice and shiny!

looks good, i think black is the best colour for an esprit. Makes the wedge looks more solid. The rough and simple doorshape and big gaps are not so dominand visible

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to name the things if I see them, that's what I call integrity..

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While the car does look great and you are free to do what you wish with your car, am I the only one who thinks these upgrades are wrong/a waste? IMO, early V8's with monoblocks look just as good as the last V8's in their own right. Actually early V8's with monoblocks are rarer around here than a late V8. Why make it look like something it's not? If you prefer the look of the '02+ cars, why not start with a '02+ car. Once you factor in wheels, lights, bodywork and whatever else, the price diff is negligible. Anyways, off my soapbox.

The car does look great though.

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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While the car does look great and you are free to do what you wish with your car, am I the only one who thinks these upgrades are wrong/a waste? IMO, early V8's with monoblocks look just as good as the last V8's in their own right. Actually early V8's with monoblocks are rarer around here than a late V8. Why make it look like something it's not? If you prefer the look of the '02+ cars, why not start with a '02+ car. Once you factor in wheels, lights, bodywork and whatever else, the price diff is negligible. Anyways, off my soapbox.

The car does look great though.

money was not the issue at all when I purchased this car.. last year when I was looking for an esprit I wanted three things (02-04 V8), Black Exterior, Tan interior.. I don't know if you noticed or not but it's awfully hard to find a used esprit v8 exactly as you want one, not exactly a plethora of V8's out there. This 99 I purchased was basically for the color combo (plus it had some choice mods that I wanted).. so I took the car and had it updated as I wanted it.. now it looks like an 02 V8 with all the mods I wanted.. (BTW trust me I put more money into this car than any 02 v8 would have cost me)

since there is basically no other difference between a 99v8 and a 02v8 besides rims/lights(it even had an engine rebuild in 02).. I am content with this setup..

There is my personal explanation of why I updated it.. as far as I am concerned it's an 02 now ;)

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Pano

It really is stunning! I have been in the process of doing the same to my car re: paint & interior clean-up - same colour combination, black exterior, tan interior. (although only a lowly S4 ;):);) )

Another reason why I would want to update/improve my car is that you KNOW your car. Mine is in very good shape and was low mileage when I purchased (relative to the other S4's around the same time & same MY). I know mine's a clean car, and what has been done. Sometimes, replacing the car for a later one can be Russian Roulette!!

God I love those wheels, really suits the latest look (especially in black).

Keep up the good work.

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money was not the issue at all when I purchased this car.. last year when I was looking for an esprit I wanted three things (02-04 V8), Black Exterior, Tan interior.. I don't know if you noticed or not but it's awfully hard to find a used esprit v8 exactly as you want one, not exactly a plethora of V8's out there. This 99 I purchased was basically for the color combo (plus it had some choice mods that I wanted).. so I took the car and had it updated as I wanted it.. now it looks like an 02 V8 with all the mods I wanted.. (BTW trust me I put more money into this car than any 02 v8 would have cost me)

since there is basically no other difference between a 99v8 and a 02v8 besides rims/lights(it even had an engine rebuild in 02).. I am content with this setup..

There is my personal explanation of why I updated it.. as far as I am concerned it's an 02 now ;)

I agree. It is hard to find a V8 just the way you want it. I too was looking for a black or silver '02+. Luckly, I found a silver I really liked.

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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Pano

It really is stunning! I have been in the process of doing the same to my car re: paint & interior clean-up - same colour combination, black exterior, tan interior. (although only a lowly S4 ;):);) )

Another reason why I would want to update/improve my car is that you KNOW your car. Mine is in very good shape and was low mileage when I purchased (relative to the other S4's around the same time & same MY). I know mine's a clean car, and what has been done. Sometimes, replacing the car for a later one can be Russian Roulette!!

God I love those wheels, really suits the latest look (especially in black).

Keep up the good work.

100% on the mark.. I would prefer to drive this car into 150k miles before switching to another v8 esprit.. If you make your car straight/clean with these cars you are on top. It's the risk factor in getting a used one that is helping to ruin the resale values of these cars.. they need to be well kept and taken care of accordingly..

Fantastic cars when taken care of and straight up gorgeous machines as well..

a true pity they stopped making them, and I have a real strong feeling that the new esprit wont be as classic/timeless as this one.

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Pano,

Please be gentle to your tranny and your halfshafts !

BTW, I dont know what a 12lb wastegate is, maybe you are talking about stronger capsules ?

Please keep in mind that just a stronger capsule will disturb your mechanical base boost setting ! The mechanical setting has to be 0.35-0.4 bar ! Not more, not less. Otherwise your ECU will not be able to control boost through the whole ECU-controlled boost range (= 0.35 - 0.75 bar).

Cheers

Marcus

when you sell it all blown up with those waste gates on it, let me know. i might need a parts car.
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Pano,

Please be gentle to your tranny and your halfshafts !

BTW, I dont know what a 12lb wastegate is, maybe you are talking about stronger capsules ?

Please keep in mind that just a stronger capsule will disturb your mechanical base boost setting ! The mechanical setting has to be 0.35-0.4 bar ! Not more, not less. Otherwise your ECU will not be able to control boost through the whole ECU-controlled boost range (= 0.35 - 0.75 bar).

Cheers

Marcus

Correct, like I've mentioned before to Pano, this leads to bad boost spikes; ~ 1.35 bar!!!!!.

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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Correct, like I've mentioned before to Pano, this leads to bad boost spikes; ~ 1.35 bar!!!!!.

I have the Johan chip in this car, I spoke to Johan (from extreme esprit, dude who made my chip)as well as claudius(espritbyclaudis) and Michael(michaels motorsports) <-- all esprit specialists about the 12psi wastegate capsule and they all agree with Johan's chip it is a "safe" mod..

are there other opinions on this that I do not know about? I just spoke to these guys last week they all seemed to agree.. Please let me know if you guys have contradicting info.

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I have the Johan chip in this car, I spoke to Johan (from extreme esprit, dude who made my chip)as well as claudius(espritbyclaudis) and Michael(michaels motorsports) <-- all esprit specialists about the 12psi wastegate capsule and they all agree with Johan's chip it is a "safe" mod..

are there other opinions on this that I do not know about? I just spoke to these guys last week they all seemed to agree.. Please let me know if you guys have contradicting info.

Electronic boost controller like the Blitz SBC i-D with stock or upgraded 12psi wastegate capsules set to open at ~ 8psi is safer since you can dial what ever boost you want above what the wastegates open but it also has saftey feature that limits max boost to whatever you set it at.

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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Electronic boost controller like the Blitz SBC i-D with stock or upgraded 12psi wastegate capsules set to open at ~ 8psi is safer since you can dial what ever boost you want above what the wastegates open but it also has saftey feature that limits max boost to whatever you set it at.

gmendoza.. I'm sorry I am a little confused.. so you are saying that in fact these guys are giving me wrong information? and that the 12psi wastegate is dangerous without an electronic boost controller? Very frustrating for me since I have basically spent a good amount of time on the phone with all three of these guys before spending 600 bucks on these wastegate capsules.. if they will damage my engine then I will refund them.. please let me know or send me a PM with your number so I can call you to talk about it. thanks!

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