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Old 02-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, just took delivery of a 2006 exige. Purchased from a hell of a guy down in Texas.

Hope to meet some of you this coming year !

If you see this car around town, it's me!

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome! WE'll definitely know it's you. There aren't many Exiges around a the stripe combo is definitely unique!

Nydus (with a Krypton Green Exige) is not far from you. I'm in St Charles, but have an office in Schaumburg, so when the weather breaks, you might see me around.

Make sure to check the 'Chicago Drives and Get Togethers' thread. We are an active group. I try to organize a few drives a year as does Todd (who you probably know from FVMC).

Case in point - last drive of the season in October? 30 cars!

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Beautiful car, congrats.
In addition to the drives, there's a handful of track rats and with any luck a growing autocross crowd in 2013 as well. Block out the first weekend in May to come down to Autobahn Country Club to meet some of the track crowd. While you're at it mark Monday May 20th and register for the Lotus Corps track day at Blackhawk Farms Raceway!
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Beautiful car, congrats.
In addition to the drives, there's a handful of track rats and with any luck a growing autocross crowd in 2013 as well. Block out the first weekend in May to come down to Autobahn Country Club to meet some of the track crowd. While you're at it mark Monday May 20th and register for the Lotus Corps track day at Blackhawk Farms Raceway!
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Man Ken, that seems sooo far away.

But hey, at least we aren't in Boston!
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Gorgeous car! And yeah, as Jeff mentioned, I'm in the northwest burbs with an 06 KG Exige. We will have to meet up for a joy ride once it warms up...

The community is great around here, and you won't regret the purchase!


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Thanks for the warm welcome! I have never seen an exige on the road around here, so hopefully that will change this year.

I have never tracked but that is my biggest goal for this car. I do have about 4 years auto cross under my belt- all with a turbo s2000.

I am excited to get some seat time and really learn the car. It is very well sorted as is (pretty extensively modded) so I have much to do on my end to catch up to the cars capabilities.

I will check out the cruises and definitely see you guys at auto x. Hopefully at least a few track days as well!


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Man Ken, that seems sooo far away.
No kidding, I miss driving it. How sad is this? Last weekend I pulled off the car cover just to look at the thing. Sprayed on some quick detailer (even though it was fully detailed before packing it up) just to have an excuse to do something with the car...
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Welcome to the area!

It's good to see another Exige owner!

Right now the only thing that is getting me through this winter is that I am busy collecting parts and my car is 30 min away so I don't look at it every day...
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Congrats on buying the best year and best color car that Lotus ever made. I think there are only 25 2006 Black cars in the country so welcome to our club.

Whatcya going to do with her, hide her away (please no), only street her (still hopefully no), track her some (no we're talking) or track her a ton (the right answer!)

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New exige owner. Northwest burbs

I actually still haven't seen another Exige in person haha I'm sure ill probably never see yours on the street until the next time my friend visits. He lives in Cali and used to live in Texas and he jokes that Lotuses are more common than civics :P

Also, I only just got mine at the end of last summer, so I'm sure we'll cross paths sooner or later. If you see a crazed 20 something guy in a black Monte Carlo (or white if its winter/covered in salt) that's me. And you'll know because ill definitely post in the Midwest spotted thread. I've yet to be spotted, but since its a dream of mine ill be sure to post when I inevitably spot you. :P


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Old 02-09-2013, 06:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Ross that's awesome I didn't know there were so little starlight black on the road. It's a stunning color for sure.

My driving intentions are Auto x often and track at least a few times this year!

I don't have many parts I need to add, but I do intend on rerunning some electrical wires for existing V1/wideband and adding a oil pressure/temp gauge before summer comes around..... I've posted the mod list of the car below!

Nydus- if it's warm and near 60118 zip code/Algonquin/Dundee/Elgin/Schaumburg there is a good chance ill be spotted. I do intend to drive this thing!


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-BWR version 2 Supercharger with Kold Fire tune and 3.2 Pulley ~240whp
-Track Pack with Bilstien single adjustable shocks
-Factory LSD w/traction control
-PPE Headers, test pipe(no cat currently, but will provide the unused sport cat, see pic below)
-BOE Quater Stick Exhaust
-BWR 2 Piece Rotors w/ CL RC6 pads
-BWR Swaybar
-BOE Brake Duct Kit
-BOE Surge Tank
-Sector 111 gPan baffeled oil pan
-Sector 111 RTD Brace with new end links
-Sector 111 Harness Bar
-Sector 111 SYSpack
-Sector 111 Bullet Studs wheel studs
-Sector 111 Micro Mirror rear view mirror
-Sector 111 DBW Pedals
-Sector 111 FX Fire Extinguisher Bracket (bracket only)
-Manley Mount engine mount inserts
-APR Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
-APR Carbon Fiber Side Sills
-ReVerie Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
-Difflow Undertray Aero Plates
-Driver and Passenger Schroth ASM 6 point harnesses (stock belts retained)
-Cup Airbox with Green filter
-NGK AFX wideband o2 system
-Oddesey PC680 Battery
-Saikou Michi Catch Cans
-Upgraded Polk Audio speakers (5.25" and 6.5")
-XLR Wheels 16x7 and 17x8 with Kumho Ecstas in 215/45 and 245/40 (90% tread left as I used RA1s on a different set of wheels at the track)
-Custom leather door inserts and center console/shifter boot
-Removable vinyl racing stripes
-iPod connector
-Set up to use a soft top (brackets installed, soft top not included)
-Set of black Team Dynamics 15x7 and 17x8 with Toyo RA1s with only 4 track sessions
-Valentine One with remote display and harness bar bracket
-OEM soft top with bows in storage bag

plus a few other things not listed


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Old 02-09-2013, 07:51 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You motivated me!

2013 will be different! Welcome to the club and stunning Exige! It motivated me to finally get active with the Lotus community again. As Swinglo said, great group and fun drives. I am in western part of Elgin.

As for being spotted, I was spotted once. Of all places, at Meijer buying groceries. Perfect use of a Lotus.
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Beautiful car! Looks like ours are setup similar, just different brands on some stuff. You have my old SC setup, I enjoyed it greatly!!! Look forward to driving with you when I get home from deployment. You will get to meet Kim, my girlfriend in her Chrome Orange Elise on the local Lotus drives and events. Watch out, she is fast when she wants to be, and I mean fast.

Just a mention, the CL RC6 pads are awesome, but they chew up rotors. I have the RC5+ now and brake and feel just as well but nice on rotors.

Drive fast, take chances!!!

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Congrats on your new to you Exige. Good luck with her. There's plenty of stupid grins in your future my friend. Just add some twisties.
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Sounds like there are quite a few lotus in the area!

Eman we probably live 15 min from each other! Hope to see you around. Meijer or elsewhere.

Cash- any words of advise for the bwr setup? Thanks for the heads up on the brake pads, I will definitely check them out. I also have some ebc pads (yellow?).

Guppy thanks for the kind words!


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Sounds like there are quite a few lotus in the area!

Eman we probably live 15 min from each other! Hope to see you around. Meijer or elsewhere.

Cash- any words of advise for the bwr setup? Thanks for the heads up on the brake pads, I will definitely check them out. I also have some ebc pads (yellow?).

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There are a lot. We are a very active group. Not sure if you're into track days, auto-x, spirited drives or Lotus orgies, but we do a lot - well, not the orgy thing

Check the Chicago Drives and threads thing. We wind up doing a drive about every 6-7 weeks but Todd and I said we need to make it once a month. If there are twisty roads in the area, we know 'em! These cars were made for that.

Check out the threads and pics in the Midwest sections (as well as the Spirited Drives videos on youtube) go get a flavor.

If you wanna join in and play Lotus Reindeer Games, we have a great local group for it!
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Great.Track days auto x and an active community - all good things. I typically don't participate in orgies on my first event. But maybe down the road haha

I found the drive thread so I will keep a look out.





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Join us for our upcoming autoX competition this season! Guaranteed to be filled with constant laughter and fast cars. You can witness my epic skills of plowing cones like there is no tomorrow.
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