Dang.. I'm still looking for a wheel and adapter.. :sad:
LOL well you have not been looking very good as I have probably sold like 6 wheels on LT in the last year or so since Nov of 2013 and the Elise wheel adapter guy has probably sold that many adapters if not more as well. I have also sold a few wheels locally and several to the Porsche guys wanting to make their cars look like RUF's. Except for the RUF emblem the Raid wheel is the same type as found on many RUF's and they are used to paying 1K or more unless they get the bottom of the line or entry level Sliberfeil model.Dang.. I'm still looking for a wheel and adapter.. :sad:
Ya.. well.. when I finally notice a thread announcing the sale of an Elige wheel I'm usually last to the party and miss out on it. So.. you got any now?If I know there are people looking for a Raid wheel I will keep it in mind if I run across a wheel but at this point I am not going to beat the bushes looking as my associates have been taken care of or at least had their chance at it.
OK good, I was a little confused as to why the horn button was so hard to find for the two fellas here as mine are just like in the photo. Must be an older version of some sort...I know it does not help you guys but. The last wheel I have for sale is equipped with the easy to find and press surface mounted horn button with raised tactile bumps to aid in positive left/right horn location. Raid/Atiwe addressed concerns from customer feedback and later offered this option.
Yes Noob you have the easier to find horn buttons. There can be little chance of a mistake with your style of horn button.OK good, I was a little confused as to why the horn button was so hard to find for the two fellas here as mine are just like in the photo. Must be an older version of some sort...
Just as someone who has been there and done that, this option works, care just needs to be had to get the turn signal mechanism set right...take pics as you remove and keep wheel in same place. Also, be selective which wheel you choose. I used a MOMO Race wheel with the metal spokes. When I totaled my 93 Esprit and it hit a curb it jolted the steering wheel in my hands violently and fractured my thumb due to the metal spoke rotating around and slamming into it. Kind of like someone taking a metal ruler and striking your thumb with it.Or you can go with the most economical way like the one on this link below:
Grant model 4509 hub adapter
Total cost approx. $40-50 shipping incl
GRANT 4509 steering hub adapter kit used for ISUZU RODEO
PROS: You are open to unlimited Sport Steering Wheels options
Economical and involves very minor modification (see link above)
CONS: You lose your safety AIRBAG option.
In my case I have four different Sports Steering Wheel that I can use and change any time I want to. rotfl
Good Luck and Enjoy your new TOY!
Hope your hand is back to 100% as many times such things nevers regains complete pre accident condition.
So unless you have race car driver reflexes and can react quick enough to pull your hands off the wheel the split second before an accident impact like Indy Car/Formula 1 drivers before they hit the wall (who have hit things multiple times during their race careers...maybe Nascar is a better example as they hit stuff every race :evil, remember that you use your hands constantly through your everyday life. I thought it looked cool, but wearing a cast on my hand for several months was not. Exposed metal spokes on steering wheels are dangerous. And for those that say "I only drive my car once in a while"...I was driving to a car show...so S*@t happens even once in a while.
This has been a public service announcement.
In reference to various airbag companies that supply airbag modules to the steering wheel makers. They are controlled by maybe 4-6 manufacturers??? Not sure the exact number as many are subsidiaries to the main holding companies. That being said, The Raid steering wheel airbag module made by Petri AG was not specifically designed for the Esprit, but is used in several limited production models of cars as OEM. It is also used in many aftermarket applications mostly of European origin. Many cars world wide share the use of the same airbag model and it is common practice to insert the same airbag module into many different cases and airbag pads.I'm not sure installing an airbag wheel that was not designed for the Esprit is any better. Nobody even knows if it would actually work in a collision.
Do you really think Lotus designed an airbag for the Esprit? As I stated earlier they probably just measured dimensions and the deployment angle then selected one that fit the specification from the GM bin. Then proceeded with the required physical and crash testing to comply with NHSTA regs.I'll bet if you told your insurance company you replaced your airbag with one not designed for your car they would deny coverage just as surely as they would for removing it altogether. The air bag is a system, and without testing the new airbag with the other components there is no knowing if it will work. Or worse. Lotus didn't just grab an airbag off the shelf and stick it in the car.
Every SIR part in the Esprit has a Lotus part number on it, including the airbag. You have no idea whether or not they were direct pulls from the 'GM parts bin' or if they were modified and/or specifically selected to suit the car. You can assume all day long, but that doesn't make it true. In any event, they were tested, as a system, in the Esprit. The Raid wheel was not part of that test. If it makes you feel better to have it there, that is fine. My view is that airbags are for people that don't buckle their seat belts, anyway.Do you really think Lotus designed an airbag for the Esprit? As I stated earlier they probably just measured dimensions and the deployment angle then selected one that fit the specification from the GM bin. Then proceeded with the required physical and crash testing to comply with NHSTA regs.
They are obviously GM parts, but I would bet they recalibrated the ABS computer specifically for the Esprit. Ditto the SIR.Do also think they designed the ABS system for the Esprit or just pull them out of the GM bin and fit them in our cars?
That's fine, too, but you're deflecting.I'm not going tell my insurance crap.