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Are Door Sills swappable across years?

I have plain black leather sills on my 2011 NA. I see the 2012-S has some nice Lotus door sills (att photo). Will they fit on my 11?
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I have 2010 and have thought about this up grade as well. I would be willing to bet that the sill on the 2012 will stick up to high on our car. I am thinking about making a custom stainless one that would be made thin and maybe rap around the inside edge a little bit. I was hoping Lotus would make one to fit our cars.
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Someone on here has done just that, I there is a post somewhere. The swap needed some customizing. Key issue is the price of the sills though, and something like $400 per side.
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Ouch, i expected that i guess. I don't really want to mod anything. I was hoping for straight replacement. There is another one ('13?) i saw that has the union jack on it that is even cooler.

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The one above has it as well just tough to see..all 12+ came with the union jack acid etched and the LOTUS pressed.

There's a thread on the first page somewhere, I can't get to it now, but I believe the subject was something along the lines of "13 parts on older cars" or something along those lines.

The sills are possible but required some modding as discussed above to make work.

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Personally I'm glad I don't have that sill with the metal label. That would surely come off in a couple of users (if even). I've had something like this before and while looks cool it's just another thing that will fall off.


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Seeing how these parts can get ripped or weathered easily, does any know how to take the sills off? Anyone have steps?

Wondering what's under the leather too and if it could be layered over with carbon fiber.....


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Underneath the leather is a huge forest of Velcro. EVIL people attached them. Evil evil people.
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I wanted to do this but waiting on new manufactured sills and the new mounting of the molding stopped me from moving forward.

Problems:
1. The 2012 sills are not as wide to accommodate the 2010/11 door molding. 2012/13 molding fit into a frame slot next to the new sills and go all around the door frame. 2010/11 do the same but at the door sills ours have sticky tape holding the moldings.
2. On 2010/11 you have double sided sticky tape holding the bottom part of the molding that is attached to a black plastic guard that presses against are sills.
3. In order to do this you will need the new 2012/13 door molding
4. Removing the Black plastic guard could be a problem, not sure if its glued on or double sided sticky taped. I am not sure if they redesigned the fiberglass side panel to accommodate the new molding & sills. If they did not sure how the new molding would fit correctly in the channel at the bottom since ours is double sided sticky taped to the black plastic guards..
5. If you just replace the sills you will have about 1/2 inch gap on the bottom since the new molding flaps over the new sills..

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Picture: 2011 with sill removed. Look at the molding its attached to the side plastic guard not the top. So you won’t have the molding flap to cover the sills. 2010/11 sills go to the far edge of the door and rest on the plastic guard. The 2012/13 do not have the plastic guard and fit in a channel. If you remove the plastic guard will it allow for the new molding to be pressed into the channel? My thoughts knowing Lotus having money issues. I bet they just redesigned the molding and the leather sills instead of the door and the fiberglass panels. Problem if I am wrong then the mod could be a pain in the A and cheaper to have a leather specialist just mod your current sills to accommodate a kick plate.
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Ouch, i expected that i guess. I don't really want to mod anything. I was hoping for straight replacement. There is another one ('13?) i saw that has the union jack on it that is even cooler.
That 1st photo has the Union Jack, it is just faint in the picture. Body parts, i.e. doors and sills are the same

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