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Any tips for how best to replace 86 Turbo HCi spark wires?

I purchased a new spark plug wire set for my 1986 Esprit Turbo HCi. It is easy enough to get to the spark plug end of the wires but wow, the distributor is really buried up and under the engine. Has anyone replaced the wires on their turbo that might have some tips or tricks to share?
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I purchased a new spark plug wire set for my 1986 Esprit Turbo HCi. It is easy enough to get to the spark plug end of the wires but wow, the distributor is really buried up and under the engine. Has anyone replaced the wires on their turbo that might have some tips or tricks to share?
If you're a member of Lotus Ltd, get the name and contact info of the Esprit tech rep off their web site.

Also from that site, if you get Phil Mitchell's contact info from the DC Chapter, he can probably help. He's got an 86 HCi.
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This is one of the things that is really difficult on a Bosch FI Esprit.

One way to reach the dizzy is to move the rear engine compartment wall up, out of the way. Hoist it upwards without disconnecting all the electricals...then squat in the trunk (using every bit of dignity you can muster) and work on the dizzy.

Others remove the intake to access the distributor. Just be sure you have a replacement gasket. Sometimes it's a BEAR to remove the hardware tho' (dissimilar metals and all that).

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