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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Lotus Evora airbag steering wheel conversion kit for the Lotus Esprit (Now available)

Sorry everyone but it has been a long time that I originally posted the Evora airbag steering wheel conversion on Lotustalk. I have been super busy at work and home and I just didnít have time to work on this project or have any time to play with my Esprit. But time has become available. I have just completed a run of the preproduction units and I am now ready for production. If you are interested in one please pmail me. I also have the Elise kits in work as well if you are interested in that kit.
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That suits the car much better than an Elise wheel. Nice job!

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what will be cost ? Evora adapter.

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The kit is $350. Evora steering wheel and airbag is not included.
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what will be cost ? Evora adapter.
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The kit is $350. Evora steering wheel and airbag is not included.
I ordered and received Evora kit last week. Haven't had time to open/inspect much but suffice it to say it appears to be high quality and well thought out. Carefully packaged with an extremely detailed instruction guide that is filled with color photos for step by step instructions. Will report more back when I get some time to push this project forward.

Seller was responsive and extremely professional.
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How different is this adapter from the Elise adapter. I already have an Elise wheel on the car and I'm wondering about a switch.
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I assuming the hub is custom milled to the evora spec. Not sure how different the wiring is for the horn/bag. Sure there are plenty of people that would buy your Elise kit/wheel.

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How different is this adapter from the Elise adapter. I already have an Elise wheel on the car and I'm wondering about a switch.
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If I did not already have an Elise one I would jump on this. I have an itch to get one of the Evora steering wheels with cruise control buttons and make so it controls the cruise control on my Esprit!


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I received my kit last week, it was well packaged and very nicely machined. Bob(Duneomatic) was very responsive all along the way and highly recommend it thus far.

I am working to source the wheel but I haven't found a dealer or source that's very responsive or helpful, anyone have a good contact I can email the parts list to, get a quote and buy the steering wheel so I can get this on asap?
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Sourcing Lotus parts - even for "new" Lotus cars seem to take as much effort as sourcing ones for 15-40 year old cars.

Will let you know when i have them in my hands so can route people to an efficient source. Working with multiple parts depts currently but lets just say the the Lotus parts "guy" generally is buried deep in a parts department for a completely different brand and is unlikely to answer his phone or check email. Pelican parts it is not lol.
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Sorry everyone but it has been a long time that I originally posted the Evora airbag steering wheel conversion on Lotustalk. I have been super busy at work and home and I just didnít have time to work on this project or have any time to play with my Esprit. But time has become available. I have just completed a run of the preproduction units and I am now ready for production. If you are interested in one please pmail me. I also have the Elise kits in work as well if you are interested in that kit.
I would love to purchase one of these for my 2001 Esprit TT. I have no idea how to get in touch with Duneomatic.
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I simply PMd him. Still waiting on *one* Evora part. Grrr...

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Guys... Is it really 350 for a piece of aluminum or is it a full kit with useful bits. If its just billet throw your local machinist a freaking bone and save some cash for the actual wheel.

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^ The aluminum is probably the biggest part, but there are other seemingly critical pieces as well. The pages of instructions (looking pretty clear) are also required if I have a chance to do the install. He lists the required Lotus parts with #s which one needs to acquire separately. I'd say it's far more than $350 for a machined piece of metal.

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Guys... Is it really 350 for a piece of aluminum or is it a full kit with useful bits. If its just billet throw your local machinist a freaking bone and save some cash for the actual wheel.
The difficulty in machining the hub is that you need a custom broaching tool to create the tapered splines in the center to match the splines on the steering column. No machinist is going to hand tool the splines along with the other necessary machining of the hub for less than $350.

FYI, I paid $1200 for the custom broach itself over 10 years ago...
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What is with this custom broaching shenanigans.... Especially when this can be done on any lathe or mill. moreover. CNC is the thing these days. I have not seen my column yet but I have my doubts on needing anything so special. Why: I have made at least 6 adapters at home without a mill for other cars. IF your a cheapskate like me theres aways option three. Cut out an existing wheel center make a jig and weld up an adapter plate.

Where are you at that it cost 1200 bucks for a broach job.

Pissing down your boots I am not. I just cant wrap my tiny brain around these prices. I could see paying it for a tranny adapter plate yeah the machining is simpler but the math isnt and the size of the billet is larger.

BTW the person who has the adapter please post up. Is it billet or cast or... Steel..

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I think you've explained it to yourself here...most members are not interested in hack jobs to make things like this work, and would much rather support a forum member that is likely making little to nothing on these parts that will provide a superior installation. A properly installed Evora or Elise wheel with a nicely machined hub adapter will likely increase car value, or at least increase the saleability, whereas an adapter made from an old wheel with the center cut out and a mashed up adapter plate would likely decrease value and saleability in addition to causing a lot of people to just walk away.

FYI: The hub adapters are visible after installation (at least the Raid adapter is on mine).

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What is with this custom broaching shenanigans.... Especially when this can be done on any lathe or mill. moreover. CNC is the thing these days. I have not seen my column yet but I have my doubts on needing anything so special. Why: I have made at least 6 adapters at home without a mill for other cars. IF your a cheapskate like me theres aways option three. Cut out an existing wheel center make a jig and weld up an adapter plate.

Where are you at that it cost 1200 bucks for a broach job.

Pissing down your boots I am not. I just cant wrap my tiny brain around these prices. I could see paying it for a tranny adapter plate yeah the machining is simpler but the math isnt and the size of the billet is larger.

BTW the person who has the adapter please post up. Is it billet or cast or... Steel..
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this could get interesting... should I poke the bear?? I guess I could have taken an old T-shirt soaked it in oil, could have saved $ instead of my K&N

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