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So far I have been able to find upgrades for the older Espirts but nothing for the V8 version it seems or I am misreading it.

But the new Espirt I bought, along with the other problems I am addressing, shifts horribly... no grinds or anything it's just the worst feeling shifter I have ever used and I have a feeling this is more the age and components in the shifter linkage than the shifting itself. I keep taking my time and not forcing anything as I know these transmissions do not respond well to that but I would like to get it cleaner and crisper.

Could anyone direct me to what I am missing for a refresh kit, or upgrade I know in other vehicles with cable clutch set ups they usually make kits with bronze bushings and better brackets and such I was kinda hoping something similar exists for the Lotus.

Thank you

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Check all the connections are tight with no play. You can replace the translator bearings and remote ends and it should improve.

The V8 had the best gearbox linkage setup out of all the Esprits.

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If you get the stock system 100% I think you will be happy.  The shifting in my 94 is amazing, very similar to yours but as Berry said there were upgrades.  I imagine you have a bushing,bearing or end link that is sloppy/worn.

Do you have all of the manuals yet?

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19 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

You can replace the translator bearings and remote ends and it should improve.

The V8 had the best gearbox linkage setup out of all the Esprits.

Did the V8 have translators?

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Yes, the early cars had translators.  The change came in MY98.

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This involved are totally different gearshift master, cables and rear cover and shaft arrangement.

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

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Thanks for those diagrams those are great, since I take it MY98 means Model Year 1998 I think mine will still be the older version sadly.

So I guess I need to look up if anyone has swapped to the MY98 shifter on an older V8 and what it would take to get my hands on those parts vs working on my current shifter setup and fixing issues it most likely has.

And to answer your question Erik, no I have not gotten the guides yet, haven't found them online yet.

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The above diagrams are from the manual, there is a similar for your year.  You are at the right place.  If you are a member here you can down load the manuals for free!  I cant remember how to do it...maybe some one will chime in.

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There’s nowt wrong with either gear change mechanisms - one is slightly better than the other that’s all.

if yours is bad - it is badly adjusted or has badly worn/loose parts.

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Thanks, it is def bad, but then it's been a long time since I had a cable shifter set up to, but I do remember being able to upgrade bushings and such so I will look into the repair kit mentioned because I really feel like this is way to sloppy but for a 97 that does make sense and I don't know the full history of the car yet the prior owner forgot to send me the docs which he is correcting (And the inspection that was supposedly awesome was missing a few... big things)

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Having retrofitted the later changer onto the Simon Francis 97 V8, it is not only a case of getting the parts - although that alone is a challenge.    Depending on which chassis coolant pipes you have running through the backbone, it may also be necessary to customise the master unit to make it fit.

As others have already suggested, your best bet would be to overhaul the existing mechanism.

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1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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So I am not finding the right kit or... I am just confused... probably both.

So at JAE I am not finding it at all.
At PNM I found the translator but this is not the kit or the full kit I thought. Looking at the diagram I thought I needed other bushings that go to the shifter base in the car and I am not seeing those. I am all for getting this too but I think I need the pieces inside the car as well. https://www.pnmparts.co.uk/lotus-gearchange-kit-6468
 

Now when I look up the earlier Esprit I see the kit for inside the car but I want to be sure I understood correctly and this will be the same for my 97.

https://www.pnmparts.co.uk/esprit/esprit-s4-s4s-s300-gt3-93-99/esprit-s4-s4s-s300-gt3-93-99-f/lotus-gear-lever-overhaul-kit-4208

Can anyone confirm this for me before I order the wrong thing?

Thanks

 

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