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Posts posted by MattyB

  1. 6 hours ago, bebee said:

    Me too, I'm guessing Mart at TGA? top bloke, looked after mine from new. Was thinking Oakmere but never know if I'm going to have an apprentice screw driving thier way through my engine bay. Burton is a trek for me so they would have to service while I wait.

    I went to Oakmere for an MOT last year, but their servicing is pricey being a main dealer after TGA's cheap labour rates ;)

    FWIW, if you let Gav know you want to wait, he'll prioritize the car when you drop it off. He's about 10 min walk from Burton town centre, so I just went a did some shopping, had a coffee for a few hours and it was done.
    Alternatively, if that's not an option I believe PJS have a courtesy car if you use them?

  2. 4 hours ago, DeanB said:

    Matty are the wishbone bearings really ok on the road?  Presumably they are a bit harsher than oem, even if it's at an acceptable level (for you)?

    I'd difficult for me to say how much difference they made in isolation - it was part of a complete overhaul which also included Nitron SS2's, but I had no issue with the road manners. Have a read here for people who have :


    Dan may correct me, but I believe HPE's kit is the same as Nitron but better quality*

  3. What dampers are you fitting or planning to use?

    For bushes, I went with HPE's spherical bearing kit:
    Note I had no plans to do track days, and was concerned about harshness, but found these to be great on the road.

    Don't forget to look at upgrading the toe links at the same time if you are planning to do any track days.

  4. It's been asked and discussed a few times, on here and on SELOC.

    The problem is that whoever decides to manufacture these is going to want a *big* order to cover tooling, design etc - there is a thread on here discussing this exact topic, and the company wanted an initial order in the "five figure" range according to the person who was looking at organising. No members on here are going to stump up, and companies like Eliseparts are just happy to resell the expensive Lotus items.

    Discussed here, if interested:


  5. 21 hours ago, The Cakes said:

    Heard nothing but good things about them but the quote they gave me was on the very high side. People get hung up on repairing fibreglass, I’ve said this before if they have experience of fibreglass and they can be bothered to do the job properly any sprayer can do it. It’s finding someone who can be bothered though. 

    My quote was very high when I spoke to them - that being said, I've had 3 fibreglass/paint repairs across my Lotus over the years, none I've been happy with if I'm honest. It's not the fibreglass repair, its the paint and matching it that I always notice. And (correct me if I'm wrong here) but if you don't prop fibreglass properly before painting, doesn't it look decent initially, then deteriorate over a relatively short period?

    I think it was Dan who told me, if it's your pride and joy and you want a perfect job, take it to Option1, otherwise use someone else.

  6. Lotus and Land/Range Rover? There's a unique combo of specialty.

    Never heard of them, their FB page certainly gives the impression they've had a few various Lotus's through the door over the years though.

  7. We've got a great selection of specialists in the Midlands. Dan @ HPE hasn't yet been mentioned.

    Not sure it's been mentioned anywhere on the forum yet, but Martin of Top Gear Automotive closed his doors a few months back :( He still works part time and does mobile mechanic/inspection work but its a shame he decided to close his main shop. Used him both for the Elise and the Evora.

  8. On 12/09/2019 at 16:48, CDM2018 said:


    not sounding nosey but was is expensive and did he come to you or did you leave car ? 

    I took both seats out and left them with him, dropped them Thursday, collected following Wednesday.

    Cost was £200, this included repairing the stitching that had come apart, recolouring the bolsters where it was worn due to getting in and out, plus a steam clean, feed and treatment on both, which I thought was reasonable.

    Was very honest and clear about what was being done. He's very responsive to emails if you want to drop an enquiry over.


  9. At standard height you'll be fine. Both of my previous lowered Elise's coped OK as well, as long as you straddle or angle it. Regardless, you need to take them slowly, which can result in slow progress along heavily bumped roads....and tailgating SUV's 🙄

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  10. Well remembered! Many (many) years ago I owned a black S160. Crazy to think I sold it in 2005 for £13,500 and 14 years on they're worth significantly more!

    I'm over in Wolverhampton, so currently use Top Gear Automotive as they're right on my doorstep. Dan@HPE is worth a visit too, especially if you're looking at tinkering.

  11. Hi Johnny - everyone always comes back in the end ;)

    Just to add my 2p - personally I'd not have another manual V6 Evora (or Exige, as it's the same setup). I don't rate the manual box at all, and the transmission noise isn't acceptable IMO for a car of this cost or caliber. My next Lotus will see me back in an Elise, although I'd still consider an IPS Roadster as a possibility.

    Try one for yourself, but if you read about it on SELOC I'm not alone in that one. The manual Evora 400 and later Exige 350's have improved the mechanism, but the transmission noise remains.

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