Installed keyless entry on my 88 this weekend
I was supposed to pull my transmission this weekend, however we got snow Friday and upon pulling my tractor from my out building after work, it had a serious coolant leak, which is devastating when you have a 250 yard driveway to plow and its your only snow removal equipment, so it took priority and I installed a new waterpump in the tractor and gave its cooling system a once over, but I still had time to work on my Esprit.
I chose not to start the transmission due to lack of time in the weekend after the tractor, but I had this aftermarket keyless entry kit for about the last year, from another car project I did, and I was deciding still whether to put it in my work truck or my Lotus, and well, its cold out, the Lotus was already in my shop, so it got the kit. I have installed about 8 of these kits in past, in all sorts of vehicles, and they cost only around $50, and come from China on Ebay, but they are pretty reliable and work well, I have never had one fail in any vehicle I've put one in.
Of course now the Lotus did have its challenges over the other vehicles I have put these kits in, the doors are sorta shallow (especially once you put the inner panels back on), also the door jambs dont have those big bootys to run the wiring thru, and lastly in my 88, you know how when you flip the lock switch in the car to lock and unlock the doors and it has that notch in the movement, well mine was a big notch (drivers side much worse than the passenger side), I had to pull the door latch mechanisms off and clean and file the cams on the lock arm portion of it to remedy it, and then the lock cylinders were pretty tough to turn also, so I had to pull them apart and clean them as well, afterwards they are smooth as silk and the actuators pop like in a modern car. This was a mod well worth doing, I am usually kinda embarassed getting out of this exotic car then having to turn around and lock the doors by hand with the key, thats right up there with the occassional grind when going into reverse.
I dont know if anyone else has done this, I was curious if anyone knows at what year they offered keyless entry in the Esprit, my guess would be 89?
I posted some photos in case anyone attempts this and needs some help in what loosens up that locking mechanism (in the close up photo, you just file back the slot in the upper right, you file the left side of it back, and it takes the notch out and makes it a smooth actuation, instead of notched), I was getting frustrated til I realized I can just file this cam back and it will take the notch out. I also posted a photo of my wiring at the door jamb and how I mounted the actuator in the passenger door (drivers is the same but not pictured). The electronic keyless control box I put under the dash, but no one needs to see photos of me in the Lotus position, although my wife did take some, there's enuf of those on the forum already anyway.