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Look for Wilwood 260-6579 for MC. It has THE RIGHT stroke, piston volume AND anodized bore. Don't use anything different if you dont want to do this job twice, (ask me how do I know!). Ebay item 163990934230 .
You'll have to swap push rods and slightly open up the housing mounting holes.
For SC use aluminum Rover part, ebay item 333502549450
Bleed SC upside down before bolting it to the bell housing.

For making job easier, grind off corners of the Z-bracket when you wiggle it out. This job is still PITA, one way or another-you have to partially withdraw brake booster asm to get the MC off.
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I replaced the clutch hose too, as the original red plastic item was 25 years old at the time. Never had a problem with changing gears, so cannot say anything about the red hose syndrome.
I may add that the thread in the landrover alu slave is slightly different to my new clutch hose despite the seller (uk based) saying the opposite, claiming 25 years of experience, but never mind that, so instead of adding a fitting and sealings, I just recut the thread in the new alu slave to suit perfectly. I believe it is 7/16". And the alu clutch slave saves a nice 351 gram as it weighs only 264 gram.
When I bled the system, I did that thoroughly, and returned the following day and rebled again, and that took the last bit of air out. Works perfectly, and easy to do.
At the same time, I measured the push rod and found it slightly worn (shorter) so made a new one and adjusted the special nut/bolt to spec from Lotus Service Notes. This is essential to avoid gear problems and possibly breaking the cast iron swing arm to the clutch (NLA).

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I was considering using the stainless steel hoses versus the red.
JAE offers both clutch Master and Slave, along with the stainless hose and all required adapter fittings.

If you are going to replace ALL the parts, get a 'matching set' from them, as the thread dimensions on the available cylinders have changed over the years (as @redfox mentioned).

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As long as you bleed/flush the clutch fluid periodically, you don't really need to fit the SS hose.

When we first bought our Esprit in the '90s, I 'drank the Kool-Aid' and bought the SS hose in preparation for that time when I had the Syndrome. But on the recommendation of our local Esprit specialist, I started exchanging the fluid every other year.

Guess what? I haven't needed to install the SS hose.

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@MRDANGERUS 's adaptation of the bracket in Post 2 is spot-on. For cars with the Delco ABS, the mods he detailed make reinstallation MUCH easier. (Ever spent 3 hours trying not to cross-thread a bolt into a NLA master cylinder???):poop:
 

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I might add, that I change the brake and clutch fluid ever single year just before season start. No jumping over a year. I use normal DOT4.
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I was told by someone who does all British cars, mostly Jags, that the "best" one to use is Castrol Dot 4 synthetic. It used to be called GTLMA but they have since rebranded it. He also said change it at least every other year. Every year is even better. Especially if you don't use the car often. When you use the car the fluid gets heated up and any moisture gets driven out. Brake fluid is hyrgoscopic, ie, it absorbs moisture from the air. Eventually it gets corrosive and destroys the metal parts. When the ID of the bores gets pitted it damages the seals as they go over the pits and then the cylinders start to leak. The clutch is particularly susceptible because the fluid never really gets hot like the brakes do. Brake fluid is a lot cheaper and easier to replace than parts!
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