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  1. timbo

    Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    Looking at them against the grey background, the left one looks to be closest to the original Stratosphere colour.
  2. Always good to have on record from a selling/buying angle PJS also print out a 'health check' list when they carry out a service so you have a paper copy of condition. And there's always something interesting in their workshop to have a look at too...
  3. As Alex suggested check for any play - or tightness - in toe-link joints, etc. Also bear in mind that with cold weather, tarmac, etc. the tyres won't necessarily be generating as much heat so grip will be reduced. Most 'summer' tyres don't work below around 7 deg. C due to the compounds used so, coupled with the usual Lotus skittishness and cr*p roads, that's likely to make it feel looser. I'm assuming you've checked tyre pressures already?
  4. Slightly late on this one...blame Christmas...but I'd recommend PJS. Quality of their work is always excellent and the added benefit that, as a Lotus-approved service agent, they have access to all factory data/records.
  5. timbo

    MFRU ?

    So more SNAFU than MRFU then..?
  6. The obvious thing from your info, assuming there are no mechanical issues (eg. different gearing) is aero drag. Bear in mind that drag rises as the square of speed, so a doubling of speed will create 4x the drag. So if - as you say - you have your car set up for maximum downforce, then you will be killing the straight line speed. You might also want to look at suspension settings, which can affect aero in themselves by altering the 'stance' of the car when it's moving. If, for example, over-soft front springs increase the rake angle then that will increase the incidence of the rear wing, increasing drag further. Suspension settings will also affect massively how fast you exit a corner onto a straight, which in turn dictates what speed you will reach on that straight.
  7. timbo

    Sticking door release button 2017 Elise

    JF's, on the other hand, has no need of reflectors 'cos the paint is soooo shiny!
  8. timbo

    Musing on a change to suit my age group..

    Same as DeanB said about the Audi. It's just not special. These days Aston's seem to be driven by either the terminally self-impressed or minor league footballers. Stick with Lotus!
  9. timbo

    Elise S3 battery Recomendations

    An excellent choice sir! Have to say one of the best aspects of Christmas is the consumption of cake...
  10. timbo

    Elise S3 battery Recomendations

    I'm assuming the last sentence might be connected with your ID..?
  11. timbo

    Elise S3 battery Recomendations

    Rather than fit a larger battery, I'd advise keeping it connected to a charger with a trickle function. This will prevent drain whilst standing. They don't need to be costly - I've been using the Aldi version for a number of years now and Lidl also have a similar unit priced at around £14. Both have settings for motorbike, car and car (winter) charging - the winter setting runs at a slightly higher voltage - and charge normally until peak capacity then switch automatically into trickle mode. They're based on a standard charging-monitor IC that is probably the same one found in a lot of more expensive units.
  12. timbo

    Elan S4 Weber 40's Home rebuild or not?

    If all the jets, gaskets, etc are all available then I'd say go for it. I've done a couple of 32/36DGV's and had no problem. I bought an ultrasonic cleaning bath off eBay for around £30 and a bottle of carb cleaner which gave great results. As long as you take it methodically when dismantling (plenty of notes/pictures helps) then you should be fine.
  13. timbo

    Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    If you're stuck with it, then I'd be inclined to remove the two little pozidrive screws and see what the switching is like internally. At least then you'll be fully able to satisfy yourself there's no way it can work...
  14. timbo

    Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    I'm assuming the yellow, blue & green wires go to a mechanically-driven internal position switch (SPDT). With the motor in the 'down' position, the switch contacts will be closed so that a 12v feed will run the motor to the headlight 'up' position, at which point the switch is moved so those contacts open and the motor stops running (leaving the headlights up as there's now no power to the motor). Conversely, from the headlights in 'up' the switch contacts that are now closed will run the motor in reverse (ie. to move the headlights to 'down') when a 12v feed is supplied. One this reaches the limit, ie. fully 'down' then switch contacts will be back to the correct position for driving the lights to 'up'.
  15. timbo

    Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    What are the wiring differences? Colours/tracers may be different on right & left units, but there should be 5 wires - earth, power & 3 from the internal position stop.

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