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I don't know about renegade. State side, like I said, Constant Velocity of Ocala would be my choice, as I've used them before.

This is an old Kiwi friend of mine:
Billzilla. Last I heard, he was living in Oz, flying 747's. If you go to his web page and hit the "mail me" button, it says he's real busy with air planes and stuff, but to try:


Starting a thread there asking for a CV axle shop in Oz should get you some answers. toymods.org.au was always a pretty popular site for Toyotas.

Don't they have Hot Rod shops there? Places that make custom cars? Some place like that would know where to go.

Club4ag is about done, I think, from a forum perspective and probably not too Oz oriented.
 

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Finally got the '85 stripped to the point of rebuilding. Here is the Lucas harness disemboweled. It will be mostly replaced with a much simplified Holley LS3 harness connected to a Holley Dominator EFI ECU and 12.3" digital dash. The dash fits well in the stock binnacle.
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Ebayed a S4 rear window to replace the stock '85 ovoid window. A 1/8" aluminum or expanded sheet metal plate will bolt to the entirety of the marine plywood bulkhead inside the cabin. The reinforced bulkhead sections at L & R of the narrowed window will receive tube frame braces from the engine compartment. So we'll have a quasi-monocoque
between the cabin and the engine bay.

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With much trepidation the windshield finishers, front windshield, rear windshield, and side quarter windows were all successfully removed for a re-trim. I found that the safest method is to work gently with a thin, sharpened, slightly flexibile artist pallet knife assisted with a heat gun. While working the knife, spray on foam window cleaner as a lubricant. We had the side windows out in short order, and were a bit longer with the front and rear windsheild.
 

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What are your plans for the old harness?
 

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To preserve the color codes of the Lotus schematics, I'll probably reuse some small number of stock wires for tributaries like lighting, HVAC, window lifts, column stalks, etc.. The Holley digital dash supports touchscreen virtual switches and the Dominator ECU is programmable. So it may be possible to do things like pulse the hazards and turn signals, operate headlights, and raise and lower windows without mechanical switches. For all but the highest current circuits, solid state switches will replace mechanical relays. I'm also thinking about linear actuators in places like headlight & window motors & trunk latches.
 

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BTW, the Lucas harness and binnacle wires and Smiths guages probably total 50 lbs. Happy/sad to see them go.
 

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Managed to squeeze the digital dash into the binnacle. The blanks on either side of the dash will be filled by alum sheets with carbon fiber applique.

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Scaldcat, should be an interesting process. I hope it goes well with Renegade and the support needed.

That'll be lots of hp/tq for your Esprit. I drove my 88 Esprit for a couple years before deciding to do an engine swap...I just got tired of the 80's turbo lag mostly.

Regarding CV axles for the porsche transaxle, custom axles are probably the way to go. Measurement isn't easy. You want to ensure you have some lateral play in the axle while at both top and bottom of rear suspension travel. And, obviously, the axle needs to be sized to handle the torque of the LS3. The CV's themselves can be sized for correct bolt pattern for both the outboard and inboard ends.

For my conversion I did a lot of research and it turned out axles for a 996 turbo were exactly the right length - the right amount of lateral play at both top/bottom of rear suspension travel. Conveniently, they also had the right bolt pattern at both the inboard (transaxle) end and the outboard (hub) end so no adapter was necessary. We'll see if the axle strength is up to the job.
 

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Did your '88 have inboard or outboard brakes? If inboard brakes, I can see how much easier it is to find or fabricate a CV with bolt-on flanges at both ends. If outboard brakes, then one needs to make a more complicated transition from the hub splines. I believe Renegade's solution is to adapt late model OEM Lotus production shafts. Reportedly Lotus strengthened the driveshafts in later iterations.
 

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My '88 had the inboard brakes, which have now been moved outboard.

However, that did not affect the hubs or the axles in any way. The inboard brake cars have hubs with flanges the CV axles bolt up to both outboard and inboard. In other words, the stock axles simply have a CV with a flange at either end, not a CV with a splined drive on the outboard end as you may see in some other applications.
 

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Wow, that's interesting. So you switched from inboard to outboard brakes while retaining the '88 hub carrier associated with inboard brakes? I need to check my '85 hub carrier to see if the outboard brakes from later cars will bolt on. I assumed that I needed an '89 or later hub carrier to mate up with the Lotus outboard brakes. If the '85 hub carrier, upper links, lower links, etc. mate to '89 or later outboard brakes, then that makes things a lot easier.
 

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FWIW I recently removed my windshield with one of these. ~ $30 for a decent quality tool. Made the removal super quick and easy. I also got two different lengths of blade but only used the medium IIRC.

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Beerman, I'm going to pull the flanged stub axle out of my '85 hub carrier and see if it mates to the '89 & later hub carrier, bearing, and hub. Is this what you did? Otherwise I can't imagine how you did it, unless by welding ears onto your '88 hub carrier to attach calipers:)

Erik, I have a similar tool, but was afraid that my amateur hands might rock the blade and crack the windshield.
 

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Hi All!
Just heard from Scott of Renegrade Hybrids.

Renegade Hybrids

They are the ones that did the G-body Esprit LS V8 conversion a while ago and since last year, have been talking to them about specs and pricing for a kit that the Esprit community can use to convert an Esprit to an LS V8 or a kit to do the Porsche Boxter S transaxle conversion that they use in their conversions.

Sadly, things were delayed due to a tragic accident last year, where they lost one of their own, but now they have pricing and info for those who prefer to do the conversions on their own. As always, they are still offering full conversions at their facilities in Las Vegas. Be sure to check out that Esprit LS V8 youtube link below as well.

Here's is the announcement and pricing, as well as contact info, that I received from him below:



Renegade LS-V8 Lotus!

Thank you for your interest in our new Lotus Esprit LS-V8 conversion kit. As of Spring 2017, we completed the engineering, construction, testing, and the first small production run of Lotus Esprit conversion kits. The test car you saw in the video used our production parts with obvious success. We are so pleased with the outcome to say the least!

Then came a very unfortunate and tragic delay...

The development team at Renegade Hybrids has consisted of a pool of engineers in Vegas at the shop, as well as two brilliant engineers/machinists/fabricator/consultants that have been contributors to our 30+ years of success from the beginning. Shortly after the first Lotus production parts were completed, we lost one of extended family in a tragic accident. It took us a 'second' to find our collective way back to this project with good reason. Thank you for your patience and your hundreds of emails.

Now, let's have some fun!


Here are all the parts we offer:


$3895 - Adapter Kit (Flywheel, Clutch Disc, Pressure Plate and Hardware)

- Rear Custom Lotus to Boxster S six speed Transmission Mount

- Front Custom Engine Mount uprights and rubber isolators


REQUIRES Bolt-on outboard brake system from later Esprit


$995 - Custom Axle Kit

$995 - Electric Water Pump Kit


This kit requires the six speed Porsche Boxster S transaxle, shifter and stock cables, and may require an outboard brake conversion kit. The Boxster six speeds are readily available for roughly $2000 on Ebay or through your local salvage yards, and outboard conversion kits can be sourced for as little as $1200.

We use a front accessory kit to put the AC and Alternator up high from Dirty Dingo Motorsports GM LS Gen 3 LS1 Gen 4 Conversion Swap Engine Mounts and Accessory Brackets who specialize in front belt-drive serpentine systems. Some modifications will be necessary to make it shallow enough to clear the Lotus fire-wall.

If a reliable Lotus Esprit with loads of cheap power is in your dreams, let a Renegade conversion kit wake you up to reality:



Thank you for your continued interest, your patience, and your persistence. It's time to for Renegade to go British!

Sincerely,
Scott >>> Renegade Hybrids
Renegade Hybrids
702-739-8011
Hi, I am very interested in sourcing the kit for the LS1 conversion, my Lotus has already got the LS1 engine conversion, it still runs what I believe is the standard gearbox and drive train (I have outboard discs as well, even though my Esprit is a 1988 officially it seems to have a later body kit and later look more similar to the later V8 model. So the clutch in my car is half brass button which makes it a bit of a pig to drive smoothly, also from what I understand it has a 2.00 Litre Kombi Clutch which has been beefed up etc but it still doesn't have the holding power and can slip if pushed.
I am hoping to get your advice on what to do maybe get a kit that enables me to use the Porsche Boxter 6 speed box, drive train and axles, the one you speak of (six speed Porsche Boxster S transaxle, shifter and stock cables) + (Boxster six speeds are readily available for roughly $2000 on Ebay or through your local salvage yards, and outboard conversion kits can be sourced for as little as $1200) - Can I get some help to purchase through you or somewhere please? I am in Sydney Australia and would love to connect with someone down here that can help me achieve a solution. I can send photos and have already posted some. Maybe we can talk using whats app or skype, I feel you could answer my questions easily. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
The main reason : What I would be happy with is a non slipping clutch, I am also after 2 drive shafts as I have broken one in half and twisted the other. The clutch I have is an 8" Kombi (half brass button) Clutch and I think flywheel as well. The gearbox is the standard one, is it a Renault Box? its 5 speed anyway and I think its standard but I could be wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated cheers :)
Kind regards Bujo
 

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Bujo, As far as I know, only Renegade Hybrids in Las Vegas and Kennedy Engineering in Palmdale, CA have made adapter plates, clutches, and other bits that approach being a complete "kit" engineered for an Esprit LS conversion.
 

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Bujo, As far as I know, only Renegade Hybrids in Las Vegas and Kennedy Engineering in Palmdale, CA have made adapter plates, clutches, and other bits that approach being a complete "kit" engineered for an Esprit LS conversion.
Thank you for letting me know, I guess I will try to contact them, will they read what is in these chats? do they monitor the groups do you think? I will try to email them and see what happens, thanks again.
 

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I doubt they have much time for forums. When Scott Mann of Renegade is not working, he is usually prepping or racing a Class A Miata :censored:
 

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Here's a few pics of the rear brakes. No need to weld on ears onto the hub. The hub mounting points work fine with a custom adapter to mount the calipers.

The car has about 1,000 miles on it now post-transplant and the brakes work very well. There is an interior mounted bias adjustment which helps with dialing in the fore/aft balance.
 

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woops, scratch the first picture - went with a twin piston caliper in the rear rather than the four piston
 
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