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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Exige S in SLC

Hello all, quick intro: my name is Brandon, and I just (finally....long story/saga) picked up a new to me 2007 Exige S/Starlight Black with a little over 13k Miles.

I drove it home from Las Vegas after trading in my 2005 Porsche 997 C2S (going to miss that car forever I think). I thought I would enjoy the stares and attention it gets but even after a 6 hour drive I’m shocked at the level.

People waking up passengers in other cars to look, people taking pictures, entire gas stations stopping everything to watch you pull in, pictures etc etc.

It’s all pretty surreal at the moment but wanted to officially say hello and add a few pics.
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Welcome and congrats!
Your experience of passersby is the norm. Doesn't seem to matter what model Lotus, folks have an urge to check them out. Heck, I have a grumpy "friend" who sold his V8 Esprit because he couldn't live with the attention it received.

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These are brilliant cars and you will be very happy, albeit a tad too young to drive.



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.

-----

Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

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


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Welcome and congrats!
Your experience of passersby is the norm. Doesn't seem to matter what model Lotus, folks have an urge to check them out. Heck, I have a grumpy "friend" who sold his V8 Esprit because he couldn't live with the attention it received.
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These are brilliant cars and you will be very happy, albeit a tad too young to drive.



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.

-----

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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Congrats!!! I had my eye on this car as well.

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Hello all, quick intro: my name is Brandon, and I just (finally....long story/saga) picked up a new to me 2007 Exige S/Starlight Black with a little over 13k Miles.

I drove it home from Las Vegas after trading in my 2005 Porsche 997 C2S (going to miss that car forever I think). I thought I would enjoy the stares and attention it gets but even after a 6 hour drive I’m shocked at the level.

People waking up passengers in other cars to look, people taking pictures, entire gas stations stopping everything to watch you pull in, pictures etc etc.

It’s all pretty surreal at the moment but wanted to officially say hello and add a few pics.
Your car looks great! I'd take a picture too if I were to see you drive by.
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Congrats, beautiful car. The Elise garners a ton of attention, the Exige so much more so.

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Congrats on the purchase! Very nice Exige. The attention it gets will never get old. Just has such a special and unique look to it all. Enjoy and drive safe!

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Nice! Just brought home an Elise to SLC myself. If never had your Porsche out at UMC, and even if you did, definitely find some time to get your Exige out there.
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I took a visit to that dealer earlier this year. I was drooling over your Exige fore sale. Looks awesome man!
How did you like the drive compared to the Porsche?
Did you take a look at the Noble?

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I took a visit to that dealer earlier this year. I was drooling over your Exige fore sale. Looks awesome man!
How did you like the drive compared to the Porsche?
Did you take a look at the Noble?

Just came back from my first proper drive.

Oh. My. God! I feel a connection to my Porsche still and don’t want to disrespect it, but not even the same experience at all. Wow.

I actually did check out the Noble but it’s another extreme even beyond the Exige as far as parts access/info. Looked cool but Exige has always been a fav of mine just looks alone.
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Hey there fellow SLCer! Brought an Elise to SLC this spring after purchase from a LotusTalk member. If you haven't been on a track yet, definitely try to get out there (Utah Motorsports Campus, fka Larry Miller Raceway).
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Welcome! Join up on Facebook. Our group is Lotus Cars Utah. We go on drives all the time.

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Best color! Congrats!!!

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Welcome! Join up on Facebook. Our group is Lotus Cars Utah. We go on drives all the time.

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Thanks Jesse. I’m not a FB/social media guy at all. I’d love to meet up though. If I can PM I’ll shoot you my email.
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