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Old 12-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WTB - Lower Steering Wheel 'Cowl'

Hey guys - looking for the plastic lower 'cowl'

It's part #3 in this diagram. Part# B121U0074F

Doesn't matter if it's scratched. Mine is covered with Alcantara anyway. Going to try to McGyver something with my garage door opener (hole cut out).
and then recover it.

If ya got one, hit me up - I want it.

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just velcroed mine under part 11 (tray). Out of sight completely. 4 minutes.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My dad may still have an extra one, I'll send him a message to get in contact with you if he still has it(and given it's the correct part).

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If he has the correct one it is brand new in package.

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Old 12-14-2012, 06:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just velcroed mine under part 11 (tray). Out of sight completely. 4 minutes.
No room there! I have a little abs panel in that spot that houses a 12v outlet and the remote mute button for my Escort radar.
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i have one. text me monday

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Swinglo,

I just ended up getting an extra Lotus headlight button from Keinayo on here and placed in the little drivers side cubby up underneath, with the actual door opened circuit card in behind the panel. Tucked up out of the way (you wouldn't know it was there if you weren't looking for it) and easily within reach for opening the door. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 12-15-2012, 04:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey Swinglo,

I just ended up getting an extra Lotus headlight button from Keinayo on here and placed in the little drivers side cubby up underneath, with the actual door opened circuit card in behind the panel. Tucked up out of the way (you wouldn't know it was there if you weren't looking for it) and easily within reach for opening the door. Just my 2 cents.

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Sounds like a cool idea. Do you have pics and some quick instructions? I'm kinda dumb about this sort of stuff and could use specifics! Thx
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I have a bunch of extra buttons if you need one, one of each button in the car. I changed all mine to black bezels and changed some of the led colors. If you want a custom colored led or no led and chrome bezel or black bezel or different color plunger in the button I buy the individual components and make them. I spent hours figuring out all of the Lotus connectors and buttons and where to source the parts state side at a reasonable cost.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a bunch of extra buttons if you need one, one of each button in the car. I changed all mine to black bezels and changed some of the led colors. If you want a custom colored led or no led and chrome bezel or black bezel or different color plunger in the button I buy the individual components and make them. I spent hours figuring out all of the Lotus connectors and buttons and where to source the parts state side at a reasonable cost.
Hey chuck. I'll take u up on that. Would love buttons with black bezels and blue LEDs for the 3 light panel and engine start

Would also love the extra button. And if you have a solution for taking th innards from my programmed garage door keychain remote and tweaking it ( say behind the panel under the start button) so that an additional light button activates that remote board, would be awesome

Pm me. U still in west Chicago?
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Hey Chuck,

We gotta quit meeting like this. Swinglo, I can send you a pics in the next couple of days, pretty simple to do. Just take apart your remote, remove the circuit board. Find out which two solder points cause the door to open and solder two leads on to the switch and presto. I used the 3M double sided tape to hold the circuit board in place behind the panel and cut out a hole for the switch. Nice and hidden, and I can still put my wallet in the cubby when I drive.

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The soldering idea is good until I remember having to replace the garage opener a couple years ago because the lift failed....

(Slight thread hijack, hi Chuck, haven't seen you in a while here! Did you ever figure out the perfect mesh grills solution? Everyone loves the orange trim in my blue car BTW)

Sorry SwingLo...
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Hey andy777,

Chuck has come up with a great grill solution, just finished the installing the front set and radiator exit grills. And he is working on a solution for the rear, but I'll let him spill the beans on the details.

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And I also put a couple of quick disconnects on the button just in case I had to replace the door opener unit.

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Hey Chuck,

We gotta quit meeting like this. Swinglo, I can send you a pics in the next couple of days, pretty simple to do. Just take apart your remote, remove the circuit board. Find out which two solder points cause the door to open and solder two leads on to the switch and presto. I used the 3M double sided tape to hold the circuit board in place behind the panel and cut out a hole for the switch. Nice and hidden, and I can still put my wallet in the cubby when I drive.

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This is what I did with my cruise control buttons. The circuit board is attached to the back with tabs melted into the back of the panel.

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The soldering idea is good until I remember having to replace the garage opener a couple years ago because the lift failed....

(Slight thread hijack, hi Chuck, haven't seen you in a while here! Did you ever figure out the perfect mesh grills solution? Everyone loves the orange trim in my blue car BTW)

Sorry SwingLo...
Hi! Those orange parts were fun to do as it was a different thing than the norm. Here is a pic of what I did with the mesh on my car. The boot lid is temporary as I am in the process of developing a 2012 style lid with interior trunk release and keyless operation. It will be ready in about a month and will be a direct bolt on replacement but will require extra work for the keyless and interior handle release version. The last thing is functional rear venting to replace the fake plastic grills which will likely be finished in Feb.

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Hey chuck. I'll take u up on that. Would love buttons with black bezels and blue LEDs for the 3 light panel and engine start

Would also love the extra button. And if you have a solution for taking th innards from my programmed garage door keychain remote and tweaking it ( say behind the panel under the start button) so that an additional light button activates that remote board, would be awesome

Pm me. U still in west Chicago?
Yes I am still in W Chicago. I can wire something like that pretty easily as I made my own interface boards for my arcade game years ago by hacking a mouse and a keyboard and hooking them up to arcade buttons until I bought USB powered boards that did the same thing. Not hard to do. Not sure what the range would be with the opener in the dash, probably have to be in the driveway for it to work. Black bezel buttons with blue leds is easy to do as well. We can talk and I can figure out what the parts are going for to make them. Last ones I made were less than half the price from buying stock ones from Lotus. Shoot me a pm instead with your contact info as we can figure something out. The old button is free of course. You probably want the trip reset button as it is a momentary contact 2 wire button which is what the garage opener probably needs. The other buttons from the car are 3 wire with led which would not work or at least would not work properly without adding a relay and would stay lit unless you closed the door with the button after entering the garage so basically I would use the trip reset button as the others would be silly.
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When you finish the mesh completely, let me know. Though I waffle between keeping the louvers and switching over. I know how I'd like it to look with the mesh, and so far no one's done it, though the Eliseparts kit is awfully nice (but really expensive).
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