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richbk last won the day on April 27

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About richbk

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    Straights for fast cars, bends for fast drivers
  • Birthday 10/08/70

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    s2 exige
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    Riviera blue
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    Paint, ecu, brakes, suspension, sump, weight

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  1. AC as in air conditioning ??? - ditch it all and save the weight. mine failed last year and i thought about replacing the bits, but over £700 for the parts plus fitting, plus the fact i haven't used it since 2012 made up my mind and gav removed the broken bits and saved me a few kilos. all can be re-installed by new owner if i ever sell it. However Keiths kind offer seems too good to miss so maybe i should be quiet......
  2. Morning all. browsing as you do.......and I have spotted a later summer replacement for the Honda S2000 I sold in the spring. It's a 987 shape boxter. Fancy having a look at it and it appears to be for sale at MMG Performance in Ashbourne. I have never heard of these guys but they seem to be a lotus VX specialist. Cant believe I have never heard of them as they are only 10 miles from. My house. Has anyone ever had dealings with them cheers rich
  3. Hi Rich, I would be really grateful if I could pop round one evening to look at the rattling.

    If I'm honest I do need someone with a bit of experience and mechanical confidence as the thought of me trying on my own scares me and those around me 😂!! 

    Ive also figured out the Idle Control Unit ICU needs cleaning. I found it (I think) but haven't the tools to take a closer look.

    If you were to buy front and back badges where would you go? The ones I've seen that look decent have bolts on the back??

    Id understand if you instantly regretted putting the offer out there to help 😬.

    Cheers Chris 

    Lightwood, Stoke

  4. Morning Chris and welcome to MLOC. I am based in Endon if your are that direction and would be happy to help you one evening to do the seats out or lend you the long angled Allen key which makes it easy. Badges as mentioned are honestly straight forward. rattles are another issue, fix one and you will hear another proberbly but behind seats/ rear window is a decent start point. It's a cgallange but satisfying when you find/fix one for mechanicals I would reccomend Gav at unit 4. In button Slight confusion that his business is called unit 4 and the newer PJS who are also getting good review are also based in burton and have a similar address. You won't go wrong with either. rich
  5. yeah , i was getting bored of it to anyway tbh sure you can find a new photo host???
  6. Hi Dave. spooky i have exactly the same problem with my daily runner, nearly new tyre, in similar place, my good fortune could be that i live 8 miles from Stone..... whats the name of the company you contacted there? I might pop over tomorrow. If yours has gone their and i can be of any help, let me know rich
  7. Glad you got this fixed, and all under your own steam. odd no one posted a suggestion, its usually a fountain of knowledge on here. what colour is your car btw, looks a bit like my old BRG elise colour ?? richbk
  8. I was at work ?. but did take the car and managed to go home the long way ?
  9. The best upgrade for track use by far i have done on my car was a set of 2 way ohlins. a mid priced street series nitro, as mentioned above would be an improvement I'm sure, or if budget will stretch a set of ohlins..... you can of course then adjust not only the suspension for road and track, but also ride height and add a little rake. this adds less improvement handling wise in reality, but looks great richbk
  10. Cheers guys. i am using the original 2 pot calipers as they fit and have never faded on me, i just wanted more stopping power. the problem is similar to leigh had / has and we are all at a loss (Gav included) on how to fix, i believe it is just a symptom of the "floating" nature of the discs as they aren't fixed to the bell but more suspended on the spindles that allow a small amount of lateral movement to make the most of the pressure applied slightly unevenly by the calliper/pads..........that almost sounds like i know what I'm talking about !! If i could switched to fixed discs on these bells that would solve the problem, but i don't believe that is possible. They are the nitron developed system that i think eliseparts or seriously lotus bought the stock / rights too. I figure if Gav can't improve it for road use , it properly can't be fixed, as I believe its not a fault as such just what you get with this set up?
  11. its not the calipers its the floating discs that are chattering, moving across the 12 spindles that allow the best and most effective breaking under heavy use, but the small amount of movement chatters on uneven roads/ potholes etc.
  12. So mloc friends I have decided to give in living with the constant chatter of my floating belled front discs. I bought them to improve braking on track days without having to upgrade to larger calipers etc. I noticed a slight improvement on the 2 track days I did on them, but nothing like the improvement that the ohlins made or dropping the cam change point. And I haven't seen a track since 2016 as days off are spent doing other stuff at the moment the massive down side is the constant chatter I get in normal road driving. As our roads continue to deteriorate so the chatter has increased, so as cool as they look and as underused as they are I am going to swop back to standard grooved discs. What is the disc of choice at the moment ? Anyone got any good feedback or current good deals you know of ? as ever any comments greatfully recieved and the floating bells will proberbly end in on the clsssified at some point of anyone's interested rich
  13. hope you enjoy the hunt jon, its good fun. my 2 peneth. from personal and a mate who is a serial car swopper. his favourite of all the rag tops he has had, everything from mini, mg, bmw, audi and mx5 is that the mx5 was the best by far. forget the hairdressers comments, the 2 ltr. is well sorted and does move, whilst still being a fun drive and bomb proof. he has just bought a last of the straight six boxter, and that is the only thing he rates above it, but it cost him 28k more!! good hunting. my s2000 was great, but as you say prices are getting near lotus money, unless its a dog. richbk
  14. wow laura, can't believe its 10 yrs for you and nearly 12 for me (having checked my profile). Time sure does fly. I bought my fab racing green elise when my son was 2 as an obvious baby transporting machine, my wife was delighted !! and still love the moment the garage door rolls up to reveal the bright blue rump of the exige. Lotus really does get under your skin, but the MLOC experience has been an integral part of ownership that i didn't expect to enjoy as much as I have. Some great folks have come and gone (scott, jon s, malbon,) and other are still here but more lurkers due to change of life (Steve J, Mark, Me) and others have taken the group on to new highs (dean, scatty, alex b,) and you and G have been fab to watch grow into a family...richly deserved for such great people. heres to the next 10 years richbk
  15. Hi. I had similar problem recently after having new rad fitted. Gav at unit 4 burton sorted for me at a reasonable cost, he can fit relatively easily (for him, not me) and a keen price. hth rich