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I'll have to apply that to my GSX, the windows have been slow for years.
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Kenny,


! thought the '94-up had relays from the Factory...


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WORKING WITH PLASTIC PARTS

You can mend any cracked plastic part (except Nylon, Derlin, thermosets and polycarbonates), by applying Tetrahydrofuran (eBay) on the cracked part and holding it together for 5-10 minutes.

Always wear gloves and work outside (well vented area) since it is a very naughty stuff.
Usually a "good" stuff is bad for ya!
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Be careful, it strips paint, melts plastics and dissolves many organic compounds.

You can make your own filler/glue by dissolving coloured plastic shavings in it and applying the "paste" over the area you want to be fixed.
After 12 hours, the joint holds tighter than a dead-man's grip.

Often you can use the clear PVC pipe cleaner or/and cement (which has the tetrahydrofuran as an ingredient).
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I feel to note here, that it is posisonus, skinirritating and by breathing, can give pulmonary edema. Not toys! Used a a dissolvant and is a middle product in the making of certain plastics, like polyurethane, polyester and polyamide.
If used, full protection is strongly advised. Research it before use.

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Thank you for the safety precautions remainder, Redfox!

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Best commercial penetrant oil is....
K&W KNOCK'ER LOOSE PENETRANT mixed with oil of Wintergreen (smells good, but it is a poison!).

Home made brew: mix ATF oil with acetone and soak the joint.
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Kenny,


! thought the '94-up had relays from the Factory...


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Ha, at least I picked a good place to take the door panel off!


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Ha, at least I picked a good place to take the door panel off!
For those that don't know,

Joe's 94 Esprit window motors acted up during LOG 33 in Corning, NY. He fixed them right in the hotel parking lot!

He had several experienced Lotus owners/hecklers "helping" him too...

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To remove the motor/actuator arm assembly, there is a need to drill an access hole in the door inner shell. You'll need it for inserting a socket+extension to remove the motor lower mounting bolt. Use a small diamond hole-saw for clean cut hole.

Pic2 &3 show window motor relays and their final resting place. Note the use of J-nuts.

Oh, and when you're "in the doors", you may line up the inside with 1/4" polyethylene closed cell foam and add the "rain curtain" (1/16" foam, or just foil), to block the moisture and noise intrusion. (pic taken before vent holes cutting and fans installation).
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Wind noise mitigation

Well, when we are on the subject of doors, it is prudent to address the subject of the wind noise.
Weatherstrip system on later cars (double w/strips) is adequate, but sensitive to any gap misalignment/variation.
I love this UK company and their products.
I have used extensively their "D" and "P" seals w/adhesive backing, especially in the door and sunroof openings.

Rubber Door Seals | Rubber Extrusions | Window Rubbers | Boat and Caravan Seals | UK
See their catalog of parts.
Door front edges and area at the front of the (poor aerodynamics) exterior mirror are notorious wind noise generators. They received additional foam blocks and strips (source: bin in my shop).
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Adding ABS and Traction Control to Esprit

"A man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its old original dimensions"

I've been thinking about this "transplant" surgery for a while.

This was the first attempt at an integral ABS/TCS system use on GM cars.
I have it on my Allante and it always worked flawlessly, even on the black ice, thanks to Bosch engineering!

I think it will look into a feasibility of this system installation on my Esprit.
It may be a fun trying to figure out how to do it! (Less the selective cylinder shut-off function, of course).
Not immediately, though.
There are too many "hot" projects already in progress.

FYI: In 1993, as a cost savings measure, Bosch III system have been replaced with Delco ABS system and the things never been the same. LOL.

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For those that don't know,

Joe's 94 Esprit window motors acted up during LOG 33 in Corning, NY. He fixed them right in the hotel parking lot!

He had several experienced Lotus owners/hecklers "helping" him too...
Thankfully you guys were all there! LOG is the best place to have a problem!



And I am hurt Atwell...my car is a '95...


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I am hurt Atwell...my car is a '95...

Sorry Joe.

All the Winged cars look alike to me I guess.

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When replacing rear springs or shocks, one may install thrust Needle Roller Bearings 3"x3.74"x9/64" for free spring movement. Got them for $22/set from ebay (eBay item 400280238170)
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I have a Micklewright exhaust and cat delete pipe, I don't hear any wind noise
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I have a Micklewright exhaust and cat delete pipe, I don't hear any wind noise
I'm just friggin' old and can't hear any wind noise either

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Sorry Joe.

All the Winged cars look alike to me I guess.
But the '94 and 95' S4 cars are so different! Just look at the antenna placement!


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Servicing Rear Hub Bearings

The double row stub axle bearings are a standard F** bearing, which is used in Audi 5000, BMW and elsewhere.
Dimensions: 75mm OD x 42mm ID x 37mm W

BMW E46 E36 E30 M3 Z3 Z4 REAR WHEEL BEARING
Manufacturer Part Number: 33 41 1 468 747 / 33411468747
Interchange Part Number: 33 41 1 130 617 / 33411130617
Other Part Number: 545495ADQ
Audi 5000 Manufacturer Part Number: 394 54075 279
Manufacturer Part Number: 545495ADQ
Interchange Part Number: 33 41 1 468 747, 545495AC, 999053, 513106
Brand: F_AG or SKF
Other Part Numbers: 33411468747, 431407625A, 513106, 521771, 533953

ALSO on Amazon ($35):
Brand Febest/Germany
Model DAC42750037
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Item model number DAC42750037
Manufacturer Part Number DAC42750037
OEM Part Number 33411468747, 431407625A, 513106, 521771, 533953, 545495AC,999053., 513106, DAC42750037

Avoid generic and no-name bearings, no matter how OEM or "original" they are claimed to be. Bearing has to have "F_A_G" or "SKF" and country of the origin etched/stamped on the side of the race (Germany, Italy, Slovakia are only reputable sources)
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