Loren, That's some serious modding !!
I went from 1235 dry (oil and coolant, but no fuel), to 1160Kg so far, and more is on it's way
But it takes looong time. Ringht now I am trying to get lighter wider original Wheels. I run a set of AWI Monobloc, but am working on a set of OS Fututra Modular, that I have takes apart completely and had trued and tested being completel radial. Today, I took the final step and removed the outer lips and cleaned them completely from silicone and corrosion. Will use ½" wider lips so they will be 10,5"*18" rear and 8,5"*17" (standard) front. I had the 150 nuts chemically cleaned and regalvanized. The 150 bolts I have cleaned up by hand.
Right now I am scrubbing off the old brakedust (pretty burnt into surface) with toilet cleaner. Very efficient. Use glove and a mask, glasses and Work outside. I sanded two of the lips Down by hand and polished them up by hand. But then I saw Felgenfuchs in Germany and I may go for 4 lips from them made in Radinox. Extremely strong and can hit a curb with no marks
Then i'll fit the same tires front that I am currently using now: 235/40-17" and wider 315/30-18" rear. Want the Sprot300 look but with more modern lower and faster tires.
My set were very very dirty and badly corroded. Here's a rear after I began working on them. Testfittet a few days ago to see, if they clear the new big brakes. They do, phew! Now much more clean after todays toilet cleaner work, and ready to have new lips. Or i may replaint the barrels first. New paint is nice, but original paint is original. We'll see.
As it is with most Lotus cars, it's an ongoing process. Due to time, Money, availability and so on. It just takes time to work withy these cars.
So, I wanted more support from the seats in my Esprit. The standard SE seats are fairly okay, and I tried to sit in a late model S4/V8 seat, and that have less support and is too soft for my liking. The answer is of course, the Sport 300 seats. I was Lucky enough to find a genuine set. And had them recovered in magnolia leather as that is the original interrior in my SE. It came as a full option car, with magnolia leather also on the roof, the roof frame, behind the seats etc. The Sport 300 seats give you a few more cm's headroom.
Those seats are, as with most things Lotus, nla. As far as I know, SJ Sportscars in the UK are the only ones to make copies. They are cheap and just fine. Beware of the subframes though, as I was told that they are a Little bit diy, but can be used and corrected. Either have them done in UK or have them shipped to you and redone locally. Easy peasy.
My Sport 300 seats were complete with subframes and they Work a breeze. Put them in the lowest position and enjoy. When you enter the car, it says "schwup" and you are ready to take on corners. You can simply feel the car better and soon after you realise that you drive faster. Then comes bigger brakes and then...
Yep. As with any Esprit it attracts stares and comments. For example one time when my wife and I had just started on a drive, and we were waiting for a woman in front of us to pass the street. She looked. And looked. And then her two grocery bags slipped out of her hands
The she quickly came to her self and continued.
Or the other day, waiting at a red light next to a new fresh 911. A mom with her small son crossed the street in front of us, and the boy stared and told his mom: "look mum, there's the new 911, but that other red car, wauw, that's a race car".
I owed him a dab on the gas pedal when I drove off.
I am sure that all of us have funny stories, so bring em' on!