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5 hours ago, KG said:

@C8RKH

Bell & Colvill have top notch folks like Gary! They know the brand, parts, and Lotus inside and out! Highly recommend to anyone who needs OEM Lotus parts with outstanding service!

You can also order the parts from @TLF I believe at a discount too. IIRC and my fading grey cells are not failing me B&C took over the DeRoure operation which was obviously a very positive step forwards for parts supply. Though I guess it still needs Lotus to hold the parts for them to get them. Pleased you're getting good service. Your cars a knockout. Looks superb.

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!        

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On 20/09/2019 at 22:54, KG said:

@Julian73

a big thank you for sharing your knowledge and help!

i made a decision to purchase all OEM parts to keep the car original spec from DeRoure who are absolutely great to work with. Gary at their shop is the ultimate Lotus parts manager.

I have all the Lotus OEM Lotus parts above and ordered the jhooks today, the pieces I have not added yet include the Lithium Ion battery, the barge boards, side quarter panel windows and the double pane firewall glass.

Jhooks, CF front bumper, CF air dam, CF bumper air ducts & screens, undertray, new GT 430 CF rear louvre with holes for wing, (selling the OEM Lotus CF louvre without holes and front bumper of US GT if anyone is interested) CF GT 430 wing, Ohlins from MGR/SBS suspension, GPR cat pipe, Ti Exhaust are here or coming within 3-4 weeks!

@ken2020 #SBS Suspension will help on the Ohlins install at his shop and perhaps a few other pieces on Oct 25th, painting front bumper Nov 4th. Will post pics with updates along the transformation.

still considering a white stripe for the GT4 look or gold F1 stripes(??)

Posted a few pics on Instagram! Christmas shopping early!

appreciate your input.

 

 

 

 

 

@Julian73 jhooks ordered and will be installed same time as Ohlins which arrive tomorrow via FedEx!

Thanks for the nudge!

Makes sense to do both at the same time!

 

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Lovely! Pure sex 💋💋


Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!        

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4 hours ago, KG said:

They are here! 

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Looking forward to installing these for you.  These are available for US customers. sbsuspension.com

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The other product that is pure sex / art is this original oil pan produced by Swindon Engineering for the GT4's, and what every GT430 needs.  Increased capacity, alloy baffled-gated sump (lighter weight, increased cooling, o-ring seal to engine block (no mess), independent oil pick up sump w/ o-ring sealed pickup tube, drain plug-removable screen around pickup.  

If it wasn't so expensive I would hang a 2nd one on my wall.

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Standard GT430 baffled sump isn't too shabby either.

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8 hours ago, KG said:

Who do we connect with @Swindon-Enginesfor one of these?

 

 

https://swindonpowertrain.com/uk/index.aspx

 

but bear in mi9nd that they were a supplier to Lotus for these.

I doubt that they will supply anything that was designed for Lotus. I also doubt that they would have anything left in stock that Lotus hadn't already had delivered.

They may be willing to design and make something new for a new customer, at cost.

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, KG said:

Who do we connect with @Swindon-Enginesfor one of these?

Limited run for Lotus a number of years ago.  You would have to check with old GT4 racing teams if they have any on the shelf, not probable.

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Earlier this year I spoke with a Swindon Eng guy on their stand at a classic car show. They had an Evora engine in a Perspex case on the stand, which is what drew me in to talk. Sadly it was only there as an example of what they do and the guy said they don’t have any performance parts available for the V6 engine. He confirmed they had built the engines for Lotus in a strict limited run and had no plans to do do any more. 

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do you know if a GT430 IPS has been built ?

 

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Sure... mine is IPS and maybe 50% of the GT430s. And it’s revised, quicker and comes with a cooler. Way better than the Evora S or the 400 I owned before.

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I know of around 4 auto GT430s but they are rare over here.

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@Hakim0v : thank you

do you have any video on track ?

It would be interesting to get more details about the internal modifications on the gearbox or maybe some explanation about the TCU.

 

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18 hours ago, Hakim0v said:

Sure... mine is IPS and maybe 50% of the GT430s. And it’s revised, quicker and comes with a cooler. Way better than the Evora S or the 400 I owned before.

Interesting, what’s the extra cooler / cooling that it has?

My own MY12 Evora S IPS has two oil coolers, one for the engine and one for gearbox.

 

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today all 400-410-430's now come with either a oil-water heat exchanger on the manuals or an air-oil cooler on the Auto, all have the same oil-water heat exchanger engine oil cooler.  The IPS has had a cooler since the S1 days, no internal changes to either gearbox has been made

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For those of us here in the states, what  makes those “j” hooks better then stock GT rotors?

 

is it just their version of slotting or are they lighter?  Or both?

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“GA = J hook design.
Latest design gives improved bite and debris clearance and reduces distortion / vibration, outer grooves do not run out to outside diameter.”

From (the horse’s mouth): https://www.apracing.com/Info.aspx?InfoID=39&ProductID=976

 

(Drilled rotors are prone to cracking, especially with track work. Some refer to them as ‘pre-cracked rotors’). 

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The j-hooks are fantastic, really impressed with them, immense consistent stopping power. Pad wear is higher but well worth it.

I never saw any cracks on any of my cross drilled brakes on the Exige but the design does create a big temp difference near the holes and they fill up with brake dust pretty quickly.  They also used to groan and vibrate after heavy track use. Braking performance wasn’t really impaired, no fade at all but your confidence could be. J hooks just get on with the job. Best stock road car brakes I’ve used to date.

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