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  1. 2 points
    Lower profile tyres are smaller than the expected size. Geometry will be affected, but can be fixed for small differences. Speedo will be off since it makes assumptions about how far one rotation goes. In this particular case, the diameter is a little over 3% smaller, which is outside the range usually considered acceptable, and you'll be going 3% slower than the speedo says. Ride height will be lowered by about 10mm, which is definitely noticeable. Lowering only the back isn't normally a good idea. The S1 has a little lift at the rear to start with and you'd normally want to lower the front, if anything.
  2. 1 point
    All, It has been some time since I last updated the blog. All these years on, the little Lotus is still going strong. She is now 20 years old and looks and drives as good as ever. The love for this iconic car remains. My days of mods and getting under the car every weekend are over I think. I now simply enjoy the ownership experience and driving! Oh, I also do a little bit of polishing - just a little. This car is simply pure magic and medicine to all gloominess. 😁
  3. 1 point
    Saturday it is then, Jon may also be able to make it.... I will post in the event section Please see post in event section < HERE >
  4. 1 point
    I had some Elise parts ones on my previous exige, and was happy with them.. I even fitted them myself, so they can’t be difficult to do, as I’m totally useless at everything and anything.
  5. 1 point
    Just like to say thanks to the members that recommended Option1 for a good paint lotus specialist, collected my Evora from them this afternoon, having been with them for 2weeks having a front clam and and bumper respray and have to say what a fantastic job they have achieved, not the cheapest by far, but being full member with MLOC I got a 10% discount and that made a great saving on the final price. So have to say for the the small amount of £12 its got to makes sense to upgrade from the basic account.
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    Excuse me OP. Dean it's a box we petroheads all need to tick! Four of us including IanC did it with Tuthill Porsche same as Chris Harris and Henry Catchpole, have a look on YouTube. Incredible mate, incredible. Expensive yes but worth every penny. Half hour drive from Åre staying in an AirBnb we were collected and dropped off everyday. First day was technical but fun, second day we blasted around a 6k track snow ploughed atop the frozen lake from 9 til 3:30. No matter how many times we went off (lots) the guys rock up in seconds to drag you out to continue the fun, with a smile! Max time in the cars, that's what they want for you and they encourage you to be as sideways as possible. Hooning is a word that does not do the experience justice. The people who run it are awesome. The cars were amazing and the fact I'm sideways getting it right and getting it very wrong smashing through snow banks in vintage Pork was just fantastic. I think I'll buy one some day and I'll be buying it from Tuthill. Get it booked. The end! Lol how excited do I sound 😀 You need to properly concentrate.
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    No problem, sorry I missed you, I got there around 2pm and as you said it was rammed, some nice cars and bikes there including a couple of hot rods, cafe racer bikes and some old yank cars along with a few too many boring BMW's and alike.
  9. 1 point
    I really must get back to getting this car sorted. I finally managed to get the interior done at last. The seat frames took some real modifications to clear the gear surround and I also some of the new lotus anti Rock spring steel shims (which work). I had to strip the runner down, clean and re grease to get a nice movement but I was still 2mm to far over to the passenger side. Instead of slackening the bolts holding the gear leaver mech and seeing what we had to play with I took one of the seatbelt spacers out and machined a new one 2mm shorter , still retaining the 45 degree internal chamfer that the shoulder bolt locks against. Hey presto job done. Spitfires, pro alloy bits, sports cat and a full service next. Oh the joy.
  10. 1 point
    Off to paint! Arrived safely and ready for colour! Should be done in about 6-8 weeks
  11. 1 point
    Look under the door hinge. Or if you're really unlucky it stuck on the wheel arch liner above the mudflap. If you had the bonnet open, it could be anywhere! You can measure the size of the recess in the bottom of the wiper blade. Just the length should get you the right clip. They're pretty tiny, only a couple of cm. Or measure the pin hole diameter if you have the tools to get it accurately. Or measure the pin diameter, 6mm or so would take a 2cm clip, 8mm a 2.5cm clip, and so on. If you're still stuck, I can go an measure mine, but it probably won't tell you much more.
  12. 1 point
    S2 has the hook arm. S1 has a pin and clip system which just requires a hole of the right size through the centre of the blade. Take a look at your blade to double-check. On the underside of the "lump" where the blade attaches to the arm, you should see an r-clip recessed into the arm. You can fold it out and slide it off the end of the pin, then the pin will slide out of the hole in the blade. Very simple once you've seen it in action. The compatibility charts at these places are hopeless. For example, the one you link shows 26" wipers which won't fit on the S1 arm. You need 24" or even 23", because the arm is longer than the S2 version, hence closer to the edges of the screen. Even a 23" blade will probably lift slightly at the very edge of the screen, a 24" definitely will. You can always measure your arm for comparison and decide what length you want to go with next. The attachment on the linked arms is designed for a hook as on the S2. Luckily, several types of blade designed for the hook arms actually have the hook adapter fitted in a hole that will take the pin from the S1 arm. One that I know works is the premium Lucas blade shown in your link, although again you probably won't want the 26". You have to remove the centre adapter before you fit it. One of the Bosch blades also works the same way, I think the SP23 like in the link but again a different length. I can double-check if you want to buy it. If you look at the pictures on the website, you can see the centre hole that the S1 pin will go through once you get rid of the hook adapter. You might try mounting a 26" blade through the hole not in the middle of the blade, so it is overall closer to the pivot. Not sure how effective that would be, but if you're desperate to cover as much screen as possible. Just remember the spring on the S1 arm isn't very strong. Or just replace the rubber. Not hard, but fiddly. Maybe not worth it if you can get a decent blade without paying Lotus prices.
  13. 1 point
    Small progress update ... The Interior has been out, harness bar and bulkhead panel. The side carpets were coming away in places so the old tape was removed , glue cleaned an replaced with new. I also replaced the speakers with new pioneer units whilst the harness bar was out. Of course they sit 8mm taller than the old units so are no pressed tightly against the harness's and the bar. My hand this morning looks like ive had a fight with a feral cat, Harnesses have been washed and boy were they grim.... It's now almost all back in, seats are ready to go in on freshly powder coated rails once lotus send me the right toyota spec bolts and spacers, they sent K ones first even though I asked for the toyota part numbers. Here's a quick test fit of the passenger seat running the msar harness bolt on the single shear side. For some reason the seats look grey in the photo. I've put the original 190 seats and runners in the loft in case I ever want to go back and sell the probax set. All in all happy so far , the painted centre works really well and looks oem which is what I was looking for , without buying a brand new unscratched unit from lotus. The fabric probax also feel allot comfier than my old leather set in the exige, might just be me though , although having an air pump in the drivers is a huge plus point on the comfort front.
  14. 1 point
    Windy passes, steam trains, caves, cable cars, hills to climb, rivers to paddle in, chip shops everywhere.... brought my lad up north when he was 5 and he refuses to go back south, that was 12 years ago. My lad still enjoys the ltip even if he has to get up at an unreasonable hour. If he’s interested, it’s a great place for fossil hunting and you will find some.
  15. 1 point
    It’s the S2 that has the U or hook type wiper arm IIRC. I upgraded to an S2 arm on my old Elise purely to have more options for blades. If you worried about originality, you could always keep the S1 arm and revert to it if needed. As im sure you’ve read, the flat ‘aero’ blades are quite effective on the curved Elise/Exige screen. You could also look at changing the wiper relay- but then that wouldn’t be original.
  16. 1 point
    Dont do Facebook but happy to lead a group again😀
  17. 1 point
    Oh, and here's a car that just got through IVA. Chap in Manchester built it. Stradale with an Alfa v6. Took him about 15 months and 330 odd hours
  18. 1 point
    Reading all this makes me envious..... I miss working on / upgrading my S1 and don't want to start down that slippery slope with the current Elise yet !
  19. 1 point
    Oil leaks done thanks to Gav. he is glad to see the back of it lol. Just a couple of small jobs to do and im ready to rumble
  20. 1 point
    This video nicely sums the whole ownership experience; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1o8_zxJZIo
  21. 1 point
    Dean is Mr Cool and not easily flustered In contrast I was momentarily mortified and sobbing into my shaking hands.
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  23. 1 point
    Sorry but I've got no answer, no help, no photo I just wanted to say that's a great photo of a lovely looking S1 interior - makes me want to buy one!
  24. 1 point
    Another vote for Option 1 here having had first hand experience of their work 👍
  25. 1 point
    Can we take a step back here and ask the fundamental question - how old are you Rich? If you are younger than me (60) I would say 'man up', get some warm up exercises done, and continue squeezing into your Exige as neither of your proposed replacements do anything for me at all. Hope this helps? Regards, Andrew
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