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I know JAE, who else does everyone use?
I also use SJ Sports Cars (UK):

lotus car spares, parts and accessories for sale worldwide and servicing and repairs in the united kingdom, sj sportscars limited, independant lotus specialists

I've bought a lot of small items (interior trim, nuts, bolts, rubber trim) as well as some bigger items like hatch strut, window trim, AC drier.

Shipping can get pricey coming from the UK, but I like the ease of searching their website and he has a PDF catalog that can be downloaded of all the parts he can get.
 

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In the US, JAE is my source. JAE needs a functional website though. I'd probably order more stuff if I could just search through their parts online.

SJS is great, too. I buy from them too. Steve is easy to reach and the shipping is quick to the US. SJS has a good website, too......partss and pictures.....plus they make reproduction parts for discontinued parts.
 

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Believe I spun a rod... gonna need full gaskets, rings, bearings... have to get it apart and see how bad it is. May end up needing some serious hard parts, not sure yet. Need a trusted machine shop too. Might as well have the whole rotating assembly balanced.
 

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Yea. I know... was pushing it pretty hard, oil started to get really hot. Backed out of it and oil pressure dropped, then spiked, and engine started to knock. Kept oil pressure after that, which is why I'm thinking rod over a main. I'd wondered for sometimes if the after market boost controller was off. Dash gauge would read pretty high at times, but I've always heard how poor the Esprit gauges were as far as accuracy goes that I didn't pay it enough attention.
 

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In the US, JAE is my source. JAE needs a functional website though. I'd probably order more stuff if I could just search through their parts online.

SJS is great, too. I buy from them too. Steve is easy to reach and the shipping is quick to the US. SJS has a good website, too......partss and pictures.....plus they make reproduction parts for discontinued parts.
Have to agree with the comments about JAE's website, it could do with some improvement; not exactly user friendly. I use the phone if I need to check on or order something.
 

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If it is engine parts you are looking for your 2 best sources will be JAE and Lotus USA. A really good machine shop may also be able to source some parts like rings, bearings, and fasteners. If it is knocking you are only guessing unless you do further inspection or tear it apart. Don't rule out wrist pins (gudgeon pins) and/or blown pistons, especially if you overboosted.
 

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Believe I spun a rod... gonna need full gaskets, rings, bearings... have to get it apart and see how bad it is. May end up needing some serious hard parts, not sure yet. Need a trusted machine shop too. Might as well have the whole rotating assembly balanced.
Very sorry to hear that, let us know what you find.

JAE is best for all those wear parts. We also have some extra hard parts if it gets to that.

We're you running a boost controller? That car had a very responsive turbo, the boost gauges are not that accurate, but generally I get nervous with prolonged readings above 1.1 or so.

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Randy, yea, I don't remember on the boost controller, but yea, it's there. Also added a blow off valve. It would run around 1.25 Bar, per the dash gauge, but as a general rule I didn't keep it there long. Need to get a real boost gauge I guess.

Yea, I got it home today, and will pull the engine when I can. Unfortunately for me, I have shoulder replacement surgery Monday, so it's gonna be more than a minute before I can really tear into it.
 
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