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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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New 06 Exige(Polar Blue) owner!

Im pretty excited to say the least! I just picked up a 06 Polar Blue Exige...

As a former (4time!) s2000 owner ive always loved the idea of a lightweight car.
More recently i had a 991 / M3 combo, but felt there was far too much overlap in what they did (both great DD's), so i decided to sell the 911 and ended up replacing it with this. So now i have a M3(F80) / Lotus combo. Perfect!

The car already had Intake, Header and Exhaust(No CAT), tune and some oil mods when i purchased it.
Next would be just cleaning up the rough edges... a few exterior fixes, new front BRA(whats the difference between star shield and a clear-bra anyway?), re-powder coating the rims etc...


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Seller pic:


In my one week i have purchased:
Sector111 Shift knob
Nitron Street suspension
BOE QS / DiffFlow cap
Having headliner re-done
Having Console wrapped in something (leather likely) since its scratched to hell
Alpine HU / Speakers
4300k HIDs to replace 6k's(ug)
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Whoring some of my M3 pics:



and what the Exige replaced:

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Beautiful car. Polar Blue is a fantastic and rare color.

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Awesome! From the outside looking in, it seems like the M3 is much more of a tourer, so between those two, you should be able to do everything but offroad! Orlando roads won't do the Exige justice though; you've got to find a way to either the Tail of the Dragon or the ozark area. It'll really come alive then

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Awesome! From the outside looking in, it seems like the M3 is much more of a tourer, so between those two, you should be able to do everything but offroad! Orlando roads won't do the Exige justice though; you've got to find a way to either the Tail of the Dragon or the ozark area. It'll really come alive then
I grew up in DFW and did the Ozarks 2 times a year for a really long time... i miss having that relatively close(6hrs). The dragon is about twice that from here... and crowded from what i hear. Luckily, i plan on moving west this year and my #1 requirement is to be within 1-3hrs of the rockies, so the lotus will get some real roads!

And yes, the m3 is MUCH more the Tourer. Its amazing how a car that is still considered light on its feet feels like a Cruise liner after driving the Exige.

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Next would be just cleaning up the rough edges... a few exterior fixes, new front BRA(whats the difference between star shield and a clear-bra anyway?), re-powder coating the rims etc...
Star shield is a clear bra.

I would NOT re-powder coat the rims if possible. Maybe touch them up with flat black Testors model paint. These rims are very light and strong, but when subjected to high heat, they can become weak.
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Star shield is a clear bra.

I would NOT re-powder coat the rims if possible. Maybe touch them up with flat black Testors model paint. These rims are very light and strong, but when subjected to high heat, they can become weak.
This is great input and i've heard this before... id honestly like a gloss black finish... ill have to l look around and see what options i have. Or perhaps just getting something else.
These are in pretty bad condition from the track.

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I grew up in DFW and did the Ozarks 2 times a year for a really long time... i miss having that relatively close(6hrs). The dragon is about twice that from here... and crowded from what i hear. Luckily, i plan on moving west this year and my #1 requirement is to be within 1-3hrs of the rockies, so the lotus will get some real roads!

And yes, the m3 is MUCH more the Tourer. Its amazing how a car that is still considered light on its feet feels like a Cruise liner after driving the Exige.
Yeah, it's always easy to forget how long it take to get to anywhere from Orlando, haha. And yeah, the only way to describe a Lotus is to drive it; it's pretty incredible the difference so much weight makes.

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This is great input and i've heard this before... id honestly like a gloss black finish... ill have to l look around and see what options i have. Or perhaps just getting something else.
These are in pretty bad condition from the track.
Just get the wheels painted from a reputable shop. Stay away from powder coating.
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Welcome!

Perfect 2 car combo IMHO

I'll be finally ordering a MY18 F80 late summer. So, whoring the M3 is fine by me. lol

** save ~10 lbs gain 1 hp ** EQ: Y=(190*X) / (1984-X) where Y is (HP) and X is (lbs)

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That is very nice.


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1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


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5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

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6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 10 (or 20) minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s for one example.


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Perfect 2 car combo IMHO

I'll be finally ordering a MY18 F80 late summer. So, whoring the M3 is fine by me. lol
Nice! What options?

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Welcome! I like your style...



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Nice! What options?
Mineral gray
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Standard leather. I was going to get cloth, but the interior is just too nice for cloth.
Rear sunshade
I think that is it. Depends on what BMW adds as standard for 2018.

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another combo!

I‘ve seen your car before on Bimmerpost. Awesome! What mods are on your car?

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Mineral gray
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CCB
LED headlights
Standard leather. I was going to get cloth, but the interior is just too nice for cloth.
Rear sunshade
I think that is it. Depends on what BMW adds as standard for 2018.



another combo!

I‘ve seen your car before on Bimmerpost. Awesome! What mods are on your car?

That all looks great to me! I've actually had both 6MT and DCT and honesty i think DCT is the way to go with this Chassis / motor... my only suggestion.. outside of doing ED

My European Delivery

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Nice... That's got to be Matt Lo's old car with the NASA sticker on it...

Those are great looking cars in the flesh.

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Just get the wheels painted from a reputable shop. Stay away from powder coating.
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Welcome! Love the colour. It looks the same as my Liquid blue.

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If they were powder coated already, it's too late unless a low temp process specifically for this purpose was used. The reason forging yields a strong material is that the process creates residual stresses. Imagine a bunch of rubber bands wrapped tightly around each other. The heat from normal powder coating anneals the material, which can be imagined as unwrapping the rubber bands and setting them all on the floor in a pile. If they weren't powder coated from the manufacturer or with a low temp process, be careful stressing those wheels.
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Nice... That's got to be Matt Lo's old car with the NASA sticker on it...

Those are great looking cars in the flesh.

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Yep it is. Which sticker ? The car has afew. Not sure what's OEM though.
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That all looks great to me! I've actually had both 6MT and DCT and honesty i think DCT is the way to go with this Chassis / motor... my only suggestion.. outside of doing ED

My European Delivery
I drove the 6MT and liked it. I don't think i can drive the DCT. I need the 3rd pedal. Both my cars are 6MT and had a rental recently for 2 weeks that was auto and couldn't stand it. Not the same, I know, but similar. I'll try to test drive a DCT to compare.

Great ED pics! Amazing how beautiful Europe is.

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