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9 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

Nice new alloy tanks in that...

Yes, I noticed that you had fitted them from the photo you posted earlier. Good thinking putting them in while it was upside down...

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I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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10 hours ago, gbowick said:

Front 260lb / Rear 250lb I think!

Thanks George, though how sure are you? Failiure to get them spot on will seriously affect the handling characteristics. 

 

8 hours ago, Chillidoggy said:

Steve, have you done a search on TLF? I'm pretty sure all the spring rates were posted up a while ago, maybe by @MrDangerUS?

Thanks Ian, I've had a look through the V8 technical suspension section, but couldn't find anything in the headings that stood out. I'll have a more detailed look later. If it was you @MrDangerUS your input would be much appreciated. 

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Found them, posted back in 2007 when Jesus was a boy. You were spot on @gbowick

Thought I'd share them again here incase anyone needs them.

 

Rating is in lb/inch and(N/mm)

 

98 V8 GT: F211(37) R245(43)

Sport 300: F313(55) R342(60)

V8: F260(45) R250(44)

Sport 350: F350(61) R314(55)

SE: F171(30) R154(27)

Final V8: F327(57) R316(55)

X180R: F363 ft lbs

R337 ft lbs

Bundy X180R: F382 ft lbs

R365 ft lbs

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Well done Steve! I remember well doing my offside to replace a bent link. Exact same procedure but with the hub still on the car. Needless to say the nearside is still untouched...

Not worth starting anything now...🍺

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47 minutes ago, eeyoreish said:

Well done Steve! I remember well doing my offside to replace a bent link. Exact same procedure but with the hub still on the car. Needless to say the nearside is still untouched...

Not a job I'd attempt in situ, I suppose it depends how seized seized is, mine was solid.

 

27 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

Piece of piss.

Yeah right, much head scratching wondering what type of glue Lotus use to bond these together.

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Friday, chassis (and me) soaked in extremely toxic POR15 metal prep and kept wet for 2 hours before rinsing in clean water.

Saturday,  brilliant day at Castle Coombe then 1 coat of POR15 rust preventive. 

Sunday, 3 coats POR15 top coat

Result superb, am I bothered about corrosion, not half as bothered as I was with skanky 22 year old galvanised steel. Anyone that has used POR15 will tell you, it's much better and harder than powdercoat. DSC_0406.thumb.JPG.ed097df3e8c73ad65d124dd77865afa9.JPG

 

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PINK BOTTOM, no spank you.

The bottom of our Esprits (well mine anyway), is a bit of a let down, so as virtually everything has been removed from the underside of my car I've enjoyed a weekend of washing, rubbing and spraying my pink bottom. Why aren't these painted or undercoated?

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