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Old 01-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
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yea, sorry - anti roll bar... or sway bar - shorted the verbiage there! on the formula car we always talk about the "roll" set-up.
As I said, you absolutely do not need to remove a clam to do the front swaybar on an early Elise. In fact, I see no advantage to having the clam off for this.

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #22 (permalink)
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OK I'm going to probably get flamed for this one but..

do they need to pull the clam for the fix?

To my knowledge (limited) they are just replacing the clamps and shaving the hose. the fittings are just behind the wheel well liner, no?

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OK I'm going to probably get flamed for this one but..

do they need to pull the clam for the fix?
Really carphoria? Didn't you read the......


Well it plainly, ok it doesn't really

Hmmm......


Ok,
I was actually woundering where people were seeing that the front clam had to come off. I have seen a parts list, but no how to included in anything from LOtus.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #24 (permalink)
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yeah, do the radiator for sure. I'm in the process of ponying up way too much money to have mine replaced... probably 1600-1700 including the radiatator at an indepenent shop, days before I received the recall letter... so bummed, i could have saved nearly 1000 in labor. The stock radiator is known to fail. Just do a quick search on the radiators or stop on by the "engine cooling" area of the website and see how many people end up with crack on the plastic end caps. Prorad is what's going into mine.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:58 PM   #25 (permalink)
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You should just remove them completely and run a Setrab


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What kind of setRab would you use though? they have dozens of different oil coolers...
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:09 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I figured I could save some money while the front clam is off while they fix the oil cooler issue. What should I replace or upgrade? I've read about the radiator and the ac. Should I get those replaced even though they are working fine?
Do you really think they’re going to knock off most of a labor charge for a secondary job just because the primary job has made most of the secondary job labor time redundant? Book rate for the primary job plus book rate for the secondary job will be the total bill. If the primary job is warranteed, you’ll be charged full book rate for the secondary. Do you really expect to have the resistor pack replaced (20 minutes once the clam is removed) and the radiator replaced (one hour, tops, to replace, do the coolant and test) for a total1.3 hours labor just because they already have the clam off? Doubt it. If so please tell me the name of the shop – I’d have it all done for $200 labor + parts! They may not charge for two clam removals for those two secondary jobs, but I bet you'll pay for at least one removal.

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #27 (permalink)
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FYI Oil Line Recall

Please check with your dealer before ordering any parts to be installed while the car is in for the recall.

THEY DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THE FRONT CLAM TO DO THE RECALL.

Lotus pays the dealer 4 hours to replace the oil line ends.
We don't remove the clam to install our oil line kit(5 hours).
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Please check with your dealer before ordering any parts to be installed while the car is in for the recall.

THEY DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THE FRONT CLAM TO DO THE RECALL.

Lotus pays the dealer 4 hours to replace the oil line ends.
We don't remove the clam to install our oil line kit(5 hours).
Yeah, kinda what I was thinking...
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I called Lotus USA and they confirmed that the front clam comes off as part of the recall. The reason I asked is my dealer was doing the recall and noticed the radiator was leaking and wanted to charge me 1700 to replace it. I called to confirm the attempted double-dip.
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I called Lotus USA and they confirmed that the front clam comes off as part of the recall. The reason I asked is my dealer was doing the recall and noticed the radiator was leaking and wanted to charge me 1700 to replace it. I called to confirm the attempted double-dip.
Like I said.
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While the clam is off for recall, what should I replace?

Probably a dumb question: but can you do this in a non- dealer shop? I have a great guy who does fantastic work and is very fair in his pricing, but the recall letter implies you need to take to a dealer shop.


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