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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 05:27 PM
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Just ditch the rear panel and get an eliminator kit. It will look great.

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post #22 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Just ditch the rear panel and get an eliminator kit. It will look great.

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That is my fall back, but I am modifying the existing parts, sorta making my own cross between an eliminator and a challenge-type grill. No, I am not weighing it, but it is definitely lighter than the bumpers.
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wow, that thing looks like a monster. looks like it weighs a lot.

Once again, 7.4 lbs, the other guy came up with 8. It only weighs about 4 or 5 lbs more than yours. But I agree, it is a lump of $hit that should be removed.

I did not find it difficult to remove, but I have done this many times including swapping exhausts and decats about once a week.

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One more comment for all the bumper geeks who are so glad they don't have the '07's with the 200 # bumpers.

Although the new bumper/rear panel is a little heavier and not quite as pretty as the old piece, it is easy to remove and go to the '06 panels or early '07 rear panel. Or, like many who remove the rear panel all together, once this piece is out, it is just like any other '05 or '06 Elise/Exige. It is not a big deal at all. btw, I just weighed the entire piece, it was 7.4 lbs, while the one from my Elise is 3.0 lbs, big friggen deal.

And who knows, for those who do not want to remove it, it might actually save your rear clam from some cracks and paint scuffs in a minor rear end collosion with another very low car like .............another Elise. OK, that may never happen except during a group drive. But still, all this heartache over 4.4 lbs that many end up removing enyway with a rear panel delete kit.

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Great info. Do you have any side by side pics of your 07 with a 06/05 car? Also your 07 piece that you took off, can one just bolt that into an 06 car?

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Great info. Do you have any side by side pics of your 07 with a 06/05 car? Also your 07 piece that you took off, can one just bolt that into an 06 car?

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I do not think the mounting points for the late '07 part are in place on the earlier cars. The later cars still have the holes for the '06 part (they come with both sets of holes), but not vice versa. Now you could drill them yourself, but that would take some careful measuring.
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I do not think the mounting points for the late '07 part are in place on the earlier cars. The later cars still have the holes for the '06 part (they come with both sets of holes), but not vice versa. Now you could drill them yourself, but that would take some careful measuring.
Ah, loanshark could do it. They couldn't be more than a cm or two from the '06/'07 holes. He could just use his little "tool" to measure it .
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Great info. Do you have any side by side pics of your 07 with a 06/05 car? Also your 07 piece that you took off, can one just bolt that into an 06 car?

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I can take some pics, send me a reminder PM. As for your other questions, I would have said exactly what J. Salmon said above.

Why would you want the bumper panel? Oh wait, I know, so people think you are driving an Exige S. It would be easier to just order the decals and make a panel that covers the Elise engine lid, and then put a fake intercooler on top. This can all be done with sturdy paperboard from your local hobby shop and some PVC piping. I can fly out and help you with the project if you like.

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Is there a pic of the Rear panel eliminator with just a stock exhaust?

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It looks like the channels and multiple mounting using silicone) is designed to accept some shock and resist deformation, while allowing the larger metal "pillows" to absorb damage. That of course will only work up to some point... but then that was the goal right, for 2.5mph hits?
I don't have any real idea, but it seems to me that 3300 lbs moving at 2.5 mph is going to wreck your clam without or without the bumperettes.

I think Lotus is doing the old Chapman thing adhering to the rules *just* enough.

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Is there a pic of the Rear panel eliminator with just a stock exhaust?
Ditto.

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Nice. Thanks for the info!!!

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Any progress update? I'm having difficulty understanding what your fabrication will look like when finished. Also, I assume that the bumper removal process for an '08 Elise would be the same as your '07; correct?

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