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Forum: Powertrain (Engine, Transmission, etc)   Today, 05:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 913
Posted By steelypip
This! If you want driveability problems, have...

This! If you want driveability problems, have any exhaust leak between the exhaust ports and either of the oxygen sensors. Further, you want to make sure there's no leak downstream of an oxygen...
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   Yesterday, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By steelypip
And that is a great place to start. An OEM Weber...

And that is a great place to start. An OEM Weber is still better than just about any other carburetor. An aftermarket Weber (with aluminum body and nicer machining) is better still. Either way,...
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   10-14-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By steelypip
Yup, tuning ignition is changing springs and...

Yup, tuning ignition is changing springs and weights. Tuning fueling is carburetor jets and clearances. The downsides are that stuff wears in normal use and has to be regularly adjusted, and...
Forum: Lotus Evora   10-14-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By steelypip
I wouldn't run a 15W oil in an engine designed...

I wouldn't run a 15W oil in an engine designed after about 1990 that is started below 40F. The cold viscosity of the oil is just too different...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   10-10-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By steelypip
Yes, their highest output native engine right now...

Yes, their highest output native engine right now is a turboed 2L 4 cyl. The practical upper limit to power output with good reliability is probably in the 250-300 HP range on the street. That...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   10-07-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By steelypip
Volvo's standard turbo inline four makes about...

Volvo's standard turbo inline four makes about 250 HP and is all aluminum. I couldn't find a weight for the thing anywhere, though. Might do for an Elise/Exige, but not enough oomph for an Evora,...
Forum: Lotus Exige   10-07-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By steelypip
The only reason the Elise was ever legal in the...

The only reason the Elise was ever legal in the US was because it got limited term special exemptions (http://www.sandsmuseum.com/cars/elise/information/technical/268307_web.pdf) for headlamps and...
Forum: Lotus Elise   10-04-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By steelypip
Honestly, if you can't afford to do the toe links...

Honestly, if you can't afford to do the toe links and the oil pan at the same time well...you probably can't afford track days.

Frankly, once you've got the engine access panel and diffuser off,...
Forum: Lotus Elise   10-04-2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,977
Posted By steelypip
Now post the front view. The M1 is a LOT wider...

Now post the front view. The M1 is a LOT wider than an Elise. The 'brilliance' of the packaging dims a little when you figure out that they expanded the car laterally to shorten it. Admittedly...
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   10-04-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 647
Posted By steelypip
The TST video (from this week) in this thread...

The TST video (from this week) in this thread (https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f170/road-track-pcoty-473204/#post5983834) talks about this. When they were doing their PCOTY shoot-out, the software...
Forum: Lotus Elise   10-04-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By steelypip
Erm, the vast majority of car batteries sold are...

Erm, the vast majority of car batteries sold are still standard flooded lead acid (FLA) types with removable caps. The caps are generally a three-cell condenser type, but they pop off with a...
Forum: Lotus Elise   10-03-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By steelypip
OK, step 1: relax. The lawyers make them put the...

OK, step 1: relax. The lawyers make them put the explosion warnings in for any battery charger. You're not going to have this problem.

Step 2: what make and model of trickle charger is it? I'm...
Forum: Maintenance and Repairs.   10-03-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,715
Posted By steelypip
See also this thread: ...

See also this thread: https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f417/latest-lotus-usa-fluids-recommendations-298946/ Toyota long life is, I believe, the factory recommendation for Toyota powered Lotus these...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   10-02-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By steelypip
At 6:11 he mentions the brake pedal 'mush' that...

At 6:11 he mentions the brake pedal 'mush' that early Toyota powered Elises (like mine) have. It obviously bothers him as much as it does me.

His parting comment about Lotus in general: 'if you...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   10-01-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By steelypip
An interesting way of packaging Chapman's legacy...

An interesting way of packaging Chapman's legacy beyond the obvious. I knew all of these stories individually, but hadn't really connected the dots. Add in the legacy of the race cars (11, 25, 49,...
Forum: New Member Introductions   10-01-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By steelypip
Welcome to the fold. I finally got myself an...

Welcome to the fold. I finally got myself an Elise last year a mere 20+ years after I first decided it might just be my perfect sports car.
Forum: Lotus "Track" and Racing Cars   10-01-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 680
Posted By steelypip
Sad to see that he claims to be 'retired.' ...

Sad to see that he claims to be 'retired.' Reading his articles (motorcycle and automotive) has always been a pleasure. His 'special instructions' article has become a household term for something...
Forum: Engine Cooling   09-26-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By steelypip
The big issue with the stock hoses is the leaky...

The big issue with the stock hoses is the leaky bleeder valve on the early ones, not the hoses themselves. If you buy a current stock hose you should be fine.
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   09-24-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,294
Posted By steelypip
Yeah, no. It is sized to have similar...

Yeah, no. It is sized to have similar performance to the 50cc Vespa, not the 300cc Vespa. I'd be flattened like a bug with a top speed of 30 MPH.
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   09-23-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 754
Posted By steelypip
Translation: It's a square car, not an offroad...

Translation: It's a square car, not an offroad vehicle, as if you couldn't already tell. The stiffer you make the body/frame, the more suspension compliance you need to maintain contact over uneven...
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   09-23-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,294
Posted By steelypip
Not until the energy density of battery packs...

Not until the energy density of battery packs goes up some more. You're down to simple physics there.

That's not to say that it won't happen, and isn't already happening for some use cases. But...
Forum: Other Cars and Comparisons   09-23-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By steelypip
I will admit to being attracted to a Seven for...

I will admit to being attracted to a Seven for the same reason I was attracted to the Elise - it's an elemental sports car. They're stupid simple, which is definitely a mark in their favor. Utter...
Forum: Lotus Evora   09-19-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,708
Posted By steelypip
I'm somebody with an aviation background. I read...

I'm somebody with an aviation background. I read aviation week as a kid, among other things. Something that was, and is, a big annoyance to me is people who do human factors design (particularly for...
Forum: Lotus Cars For Sale   09-18-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,056
Posted By steelypip
I have a Casita travel trailer - they've been...

I have a Casita travel trailer - they've been scamming those on CL for years. If you see an asking price at less than 50% of reasonable market value on CL, assume it's a scam. If you feel like...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   09-16-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,355
Posted By steelypip
and fix/improve the HVAC... I have no idea what...

and fix/improve the HVAC... I have no idea what the solution is for this level of idiocy, but it's obviously a problem. Just in the last year several elige owners have reported morons backing into...
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