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Hi All,

my lotus is still on the garage forecourt due the the DVLA being slow in registering it with a new plate so I am a bit :) . However patience is a virtue :lol: and I am not going to let it get me down. But this is not what I want to ask about. Its this instead. My place of work has a huge number of speed bumps, some are those shallow oval humps and others those square boxy type, the ones with steep slopes.

How does the esprit cope with humps? Will I being doing 3mph over them every day or is ground clearance reasonable? I also have loads on the route to my house to so any advice in advance of my baby arriving next week (best E.T.A. at the moment) will be greatly recieved. Also whats the views on car covers for the esprit?

cheers

Alex ( still waiting for my car :P )

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I got loads around here too. I have what used to be a GT3 too (now a man car B) ) and find the stock suspension is actually very comfortable over them.

I do about 10mph over them max in any car, but I know it can do 15mph, it just feels uncomfortable for you, but the car can cope. I don't recommend more than 10 or so mph as I'm sure it isn't good for the car (any stiff suspension car for that matter).

As for the smaller (pointless) humps, usually if there is space on the road, I go thru them and they 'fit' in the middle, you don't feel them, and there is enough clearance on the standard front bib to clear them without problems. The back of the car is higher so no prob there either.

HTH

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Boxy ones bad, shallow ones fine. Boxy ones are bad period for all car's suspensions. Probably worse than a typical car for the Esprit.

If you can avoid the boxy ones it would be best. Your shocks / bushings / tie rods will love you for it.

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hi alex

speed bumps arent so bad, just take it easy until you get a feel for the right speed

i find here in canada gas station in/out ramps are way worse for nosing out. maybe in the uk they design the ramps better!

re: car covers - i have a great indoor one w/ the lotus logo on the hood. its great but i only use it when im on vacation away from my car for an extended time. the problem is that if i wrap the car up it gets very depressed so i have to drive and polish it extra to make up for it :lol:

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Also whats the views on car covers for the esprit?

If it's being kept outside your better off taking your chances with the weather, even the softest best fitting car covers will 'move' in the wind and damage the paintwork (especially the laquer).

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Yep - "Speed Cushions" are suspension f***ers! It's best to try to hit two at once so it's more like going over one continuous bump, otherwise, regardless of speed, it eats your tracking / camber / etc etc etc

How there has never been a legal challenge can only be down to the sheer cost of litigation! :P GRAHAM!!!!!! :lol: ....Maybe you can do it for the good of the country?! :)

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Yeh...the speed ramps around me have cost me a fortune in suspension re-sets. The cushions are the worst cos they just bash out the tracking/toe etc no matter how slow you take them - especially given the weight of the Carlton. I also find that the main issue with the Esprit on the bigger bumps and tables is getting off them. It clears to get on, but anything over 5 or so MPH causes the front splitter to ground out on the bounce down. This cannot be a sensible design for a so called "road". I now drive north from home for a mile or so no matter what direction I actually want to take just to avoid the worst of them. :lol:

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On the sharp steep ones, I come to a complete stop and then cross them very slowly, perhaps 1 mph. Even then, I still think it's bad for the car.

A perfect example of a solution where the majority is punished for the bad behaviour of a few.

-Dave

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just take them at 45 degrees and sod the other motorists lol

mine is 2-3" lowered and i hardly ever hit the road

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Those aren't the problem Karl. It's the poxy 'speed cushions' that are perfectly suspension-f***ing-sized :lol: It was because ambulances complained about speed bumps impeding them, so they cut ambulance and 4x4 sized ruts out of them.

In terms of safety, 4x4's and MPV's will have MUCH greater inertia and child mashing ability than an ordinary car.

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Wow -- you guys sure put up with a lot of crap on the roads!

- speed cameras

- terribly inattentive drivers

- man-eating speed humps

- anti-car nazis

:o:o:)

We have all of the above in the States, but seemingly far fewer in relation to the total amount of roads, cars, drivers, and people. Things like cameras and speed bumps usually have signs telling you enough in advance that if you are paying attention it won't be aproblem.

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Yep we do too indeed have signs warning us of them...

We also have signs warning us about cameras that DON'T exist - which I personally think ought to be banned as it means you then ignore them!

(the logic being that you have to drive more carefully more often) :o

The thing you need to remember is Britain has about 1/5 of the popluation of the entire USA all crammed into a land mass roughly equivalent to Florida!

...and MOST of that population is focussed in and around London (7.1M official / registered residents - 4539 people per sq km/11568 per sq mi), Manchester (6.2M within a 30 mile radius - ie roughly equivalent to the M25 which most people unofficially consider delimits 'Greater London') Birmingham (1M - don't know about the 30 mile radius thing tho... = 3,500 per sq km!)

People were told to 'get on their bikes' and people are generally more mobile and liquid in terms of work, residence and socialising - Hence all the congestion problems!

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in 6 miles home from work i have 6 cams, 8 bumps (depends which way i go), and it takes around 30-45mins

yeah uk roads are BAD!!!!!

(all this in 6 miles remember)

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Traffic calming I think is the official term for these annoying humps,

I enjoy going over these 'calming' humps at the legal limit 'calmly' towing a really rattly and clanging trailer,

Invariably these humps are placed in the road after requests from local residents irrespective of others that are inconvenienced by them in their journey home.

Just my little attempt at a futile protest.

Mike

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Martock ,Somerset. 1661

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You should invent and market a "protest device" that mounts under the bumper of any car and makes a loud clangy noise when subjected to a harsh-enough vertical jolt or large enough vertical movement. :o

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Thanks Guys,

seems like nice and steady will be ok. I agree with the sentiments that the govenrment is trying its best to make us all nuts, just because the Safety Brigade runs the show these days. Most cars I see (ordinary ones) speed over the humps anyways. They make no difference. Most traffic chaos in urban areas is caused by the school run, lazy parents and kids who get up late and speed to school, cause traffic jams and then natter at the gates! That does my head in!

a good thread this.

cheers

Alex (still waiting for the DVLA to gets its arse moving!! :blush: )

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