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Is there an opinion on posting a DIY writeup or video that goes through the steps of a repair for an Esprit? I've never done one, but I wouldn't mind giving it a go since we're a small community. However, being a small community I wonder if that might hurt the Lotus shops and specialists in the long run. I wouldn't want to do that as we definitely need them. So far you guys are more than helpful enough with questions, so maybe that's a happy medium, but I like the DIY stuff that is posted for other cars that I have. Plus I can't seem to figure out how to use the search feature on this site in any meaningful way. :)

Or maybe I'm over analyzing this? It's just that I don't see many writeups, and no videos, so I was trying to think of a reason.

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There are so few local shops that can fix an Esprit in this country that these DIY are critical not only for the owners that are doing their own work, but for the owners to share with mechanics so they can do the job right.

Plus, the Lotus brand seems to attract more DIY'ers than any other exotic brand I have owned, which is great.

And there aren't that few, you aren't seeing them:
http://www.lotusespritworld.com/MaintenanceMods.html
 

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You're right, I had seen a few on LEW but I hadn't looked at the total breadth they have. Initially it looked like very easy tasks (which on this car I'm finding is certainly valuable) and very hard tasks (painting your Esprit), but I see a nice range now.

I'll try to do a video as I go and maybe post it to youtube. See how it goes. As I'm solo, the video won't be 'live' steps. It's hard to hold the camera and do anything under the car.

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to be honest, I always prefer written with good photos. (that way you can print it out and follow along with it in the garage) ;)
 

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I love the DIY write-ups, videos, you name it. I dont pay anyone, to do anything, except: Tire changes, alignments, state inspection, and windshield replacement

And this goes with fixing anything.

If you have to pay someone to do something, instead of doing that, spend the money on tools to do it yourself, then you always have them, they have become an investment in YOU. I recommend starting this at a young age, by the time you are 40 you should have almost everything you need to have saved some serious bucks in labor. And maybe even start your own mechanical services LLC, and be your own boss. Then you can bill people who didnt watch DIY videos, think to read write ups, buy their own tools, must secretly love to pay labor rates, and you get to listen to them bitch about their boss too.

Anyways you are better off, no one will take care of your stuff, like YOU. You will never have to worry if you are getting your moneys worth.
 

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You are not there to keep the Lotus shops / specialists in business. They are there to help you when you want it or need it.

If you want to DIY, and are able to, then 'hurting the Lotus shops' shouldn't be a consideration. Again, they are there for you, not the other way around.

I don't think you 'owe them' business. Do what you want yourself, take it in for the rest. That being said, I hardly do anything myself except change the oil. But that's preference and ability, not obligation.

my $0.02. :)
 

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I feel like write-ups are better for the advanced person, or the person who has an idea how to work on the specific car already. I find videos are a little better if you're in unknown territory. In this case there are write-ups for what I'm doing already. So we'll call this video an experiment. Assuming the repair actually works out.

Can't agree with you more amanda. Between my brother inlaw and myself we have a pretty good array of tools. You just have to be willing to do things a second time if you're learning. And sometimes a third :(

I agree it's not my job to keep the shops in business, but I don't want to help to push them out of business either. Like any business they need so much traffic to pay the bills. Although I haven't been to a mechanic in 10 years, if I need them I want them to be there. I agree it's not my problem....until it is. :) In some cases the nearest qualified Lotus mechanic is very far away. So if they go out of business it starts to get exponentially worse to bring it to the next closest one. Assuming they'll just be there waiting for me feels a bit dangerous.

Wow :crazyeyes, you're going to be very disappointed in my video if that's the benchmark video.
 

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IMO If you are a decient mechanic the factory service notes and parts manual are all you need, after all it was all the dealerships had to go on for the Esprits production life.

I completely restored my car only using them over 10 years ago.

It always amazes me how many members of these Lotus forums dont have them, and attempt to do jobs on their cars.

The PO of my car obviously didnt have them as the quality of work he had done on the car was dismal.

As for taking work away from repair shops, the videos will probably create more business for the shops putting stuff right that was done wrong by amateurs. :lol:
 

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As for taking work away from repair shops, the videos will probably create more business for the shops putting stuff right that was done wrong by amateurs. :lol:
Ahahah, yeah you might be right. I feel better now, as long as those amateurs don't come after me.
 

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Oh boy, I was painfully reminded today that I'm apparently still on the amateur side of the fence. I got myself into a problem and now the fun begins. :( I just realized I hate these axle roll pins.
 
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