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Just curious how you ended you with the 8.25 front wheel width and 9.75 rear? Were you going for maximum possible? I 'm a complete rookie on wheel building but I don't remember seeing 1/4 fractional wheels, always just 1/2's. I didn't know you could get those sizes!
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Do you have any pictures of your car? I would love to see what it looks like in those sizes!
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Do you have any pictures of your car? I would love to see what it looks like in those sizes!
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Nice to know! Thanks

We've been to Victoria,BEAUTIFUL!!!
Yeah, we love it! There's a few Esprit's and a fair number of other Lotus around. If you're ever back this way I'll buy you a beer!

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Just curious how you ended you with the 8.25 front wheel width and 9.75 rear? Were you going for maximum possible? I 'm a complete rookie on wheel building but I don't remember seeing 1/4 fractional wheels, always just 1/2's. I didn't know you could get those sizes!
Nothing custom about the rims, they are off the shelf items. There's quite a bit more room to go wider. I was trying to get as close as possible to the stock esprit sizes and offsets.

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whoaaa, beautiful car! Nice rims too! And you've got green! Now you have me rethinking the Rotiform thing. Who makes the wheels? The color of the wheels goes with the color of the car perfectly.
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Is it at stock ride height?
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Don't forget, Gallagher's '90 SE is a '90 with outboard rear disc brakes. The wheels might not be a ready-made fitment for an '88...unless you go with spacers/adapters as @sleekgt did. (Mentioned earlier in this Topic.)

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Oh yeah, right, almost forgot. But those sizes fill out the wheel wells and look right on the car. That was one of my concerns, that it look 'right'. So often aftermarkets just make the whole car look wrong.
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We may take you up on that!
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Is it at stock ride height?
Close to it....I took some ride height spacers out and replaced some thicker rubber spring isolators with thin urethane ones.
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whoaaa, beautiful car! Nice rims too! And you've got green! Now you have me rethinking the Rotiform thing. Who makes the wheels? The color of the wheels goes with the color of the car perfectly.
Thanks! I was going for a period correct look as much as possible....hoping that it would appear stock to those not in the know....
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....and for the record, I think the 17" rotiform recreations of the SE wheels are the finest example of rolling stock available for a pre-V8 Esprit......but that's just my opinion!
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I very much appreciate your opinion, and your vote in that direction. Hope to order next week.
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I very much appreciate your opinion, and your vote in that direction. Hope to order next week.
Just remember: "PICS or it didn't happen"
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Oh, there will definitely be pics! Before and after.
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Well, finally 'got er done'. Or as much as these cars are ever done. New wheels, Tires, ended up with a new steering rack. AND, like I have been anticipating for 16 years now, It drives and runs FANTASTIC!!! I knew that these cars were capable of this but it's been a long time coming. And it's largely because of the help I've gotten on Lotustalk. Thanks tons!
I took the time I had that I was waiting for tires and wheels, to accomplish the stuff I wanted to do. And the day I finished, the wheels and tires were in and ready to mount. Hows that for timing!
I ended up with Firestone Firehawk Indy 500's, 225/45R17 fronts and 275/40R18 rears. I went with a 10 inch wide rear wheel and 8 inch front. Lolo had 11" in the rear. These cars never had that wide in back, even the v8s, and 10 is plenty. FYI for anyone else considering this, I think 225 front is too wide, Lolo had 215 and wanted to go to 225. But 225 brushes the radiator hose on driver side. I had to tie it back a bit to clear. But it handles AWESOME!! and neutral at the limit to my surprise! And the limits are very, very, high now, way high. The other issue that kind of surprised me is the left rear wheel and tire get hot just cruising on the highway. Like 20+ degrees hotter than right side. I wrapped the exhaust and polished the chrome on the heat shield behind the tire but haven't tried it yet to see how it works. Should be fine.
I was prepared for a more harsh ride with the much lower profile tires and much more 'sporting' tire than the all seasons I had on it. To my surprise it rides about the same! I'm really stunned. Awesome tires, very sharp handing great looking, ride great and CHEAP! Compared to others. I had Michelin Pilot Super Sports on another car and very impressive tire handling wise, but very harsh ride and ridiculous price.
In reassembling the dash after the wiring clean up project, I had a bind in the steering at certain places in turning the wheel. (Turned out I had the steering column slid slightly to far onto the first u-joint, Like 1/32 of an inch).In the process of finding the problem I noticed the pinion shaft, of the rack and pinion was moving up and down when changing the direction of the turn. Like 3/16 of an inch! I thought, THAT'S where the slop is! I just knew this cars steering should be sharper than that. But I had never though to look there. What they used for thrust bearing was just nylon that gets cut away by the sector shaft under the pressure of the turn. I ordered a new rack from JAE instead of rebuilding it. To my surprise the new rack is a completely different design. Hopefully much more durable! And it is very, very tight. Now to get the A.C. working. It's hot around here.
Well, Atwell says 'pics or it didn't happen sooooo,

Old on the left, new on the right.
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And,.. turns out top is old, bottom is new.
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And, are closer pics of the new.

BTW beautifully finished wheel, Rotiform did a great job.

Local Discount Tire store was AWESOME! great people to work with!

Downside is ('cause somebody will ask), it added 10 pounds to each corner, but I can't tell. I' not sure why, but some cars don't photograph well and the Esprit is one of them. But the wheels are very striking in person, not so much in pictures.
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