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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 06:57 PM
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Congrats. Nice car.

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Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:


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. As of this writing LEDs are not as good.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. Transmission:

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

And, use:
Re-Enforcer long thru bolts that terminate under car and tie down the tower:
https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/re-...y=Transmission

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


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

For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them. Oil doesn’t get hot enough on street, leading to cam wiping.


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 InoKinetic’s for two examples.
8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311...-u-tube-47232/

9. The stock radiators are prone to leaking where the end caps meet the metal part. Keep an eye on this. Most of us use single-pass all-aluminum radiators.

10. When your wheel well liner comes loose, skip the lame plastic rivet and use Well-Nuts instead.

11. Life will be better if you disable the auto-arming alarm function on the earlier cars. You won’t have to press a button to start the car. Instructions:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320...ramming-70940/


12. These cars cannot be left off a Battery Tender for weeks at a time. Unless dead batteries are a particular joy of yours. Buy one right away. There are numerous threads here about which ppl use and like.

You NEED a digital multimeter (voltmeter) to work on modern cars. Handy around house too. Get one this week.

13, Some on this site are a bit obsessed with hockey pucks for lifting the car. Don’t use these. Too hard and slippery, generally, and too small a surface area. Use a piece of wood, as your hero does.

14. Visit the Uber Thread

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...ow-here-25131/

15. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. is wildly expensive when purchased thru Lotus.
Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.

16. The soft high-grip tires on most of our cars lose much of that grip when temperatures drop below 50 F. I know of too many ppl who spun their cars when not remembering this. I use hi-performance all-seasons.

Note that many summer tires cannot even be stored in temps below 20 F.

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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101...brakes-241138/


How to Search:

For future reference: Don't use the search on this site. Simply use Google and end the search text with "site:lotustalk.com". E.g.
Transmission Fluid change what bolt site:lotustalk.com no space betw site:lotustalk.com
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post #22 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 07:11 PM
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I was torn between ordering with manual cranks due to looks and coolness factor and possibly lighter weight. When specs out that electric crank was lighter I didn’t mind the Touring package as much.
I just replaced side switch panel with a new one due to same problem. Realize now would have been easier to epoxy or modify the tab from these posts.

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I converted mine and weighed both setups. Manual is lighter, but not by a significant amount.
The majority claim the electric are lighter, by about an ounce.

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f25...8/#post1827376

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92...windows-74607/

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92...r-swap-333489/

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I don’t see any proof in those threads though, just some anecdotal evidence. I took pictures of the components on a shipping scale. I’ll dig them up and post it.

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I don’t see any proof in those threads though, just some anecdotal evidence. I took pictures of the components on a shipping scale. I’ll dig them up and post it.
That would be nice. Of note is that the majority of the wiring for the windows is already in all of the vehicles, and that the touring pack itself is the cause of the weight, not the window mechanisms themselves. I did note in those threads that the cranks supposedly are no longer available, as the original supplier went out of business. Sorry for the hijack OP. Some of us are obsessed with weight, and won't even change out the plastic carpet buttons for aluminum.

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Welcome. Love the car. It looks great. Hope enjoy yours as much as I do
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Even if the crank windows ended up weighing a pound more, there’s something I enjoy about the manual cranks.

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Even if the crank windows ended up weighing a pound more, there’s something I enjoy about the manual cranks.


Agreed!

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Agreed!
That is beautiful.
I want to convert mine to manual window too.
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Killing me!!!!


I have polished window pulls on a shelf. I have power windows but high on my priority list of potential future projects are swapping out the ugly electric window buttons for those beautiful aftermarket throwback crank window pulls...

I could not give a single care about the weight, hands down manual windows are on another level of cool on these cars. imo

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Bought '06 Exige - Chrome Orange

Better late then never. Here are the window weights:



Manual: 2lbs 14.9oz
Auto: 3lbs 12oz

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