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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-15-2018, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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New 06 Elise owner in Des Moines

Hello from Iowa! I recently purchased an 06 Elise previously owned by Lotustalk member 102ndcar. It was a long 16 hr truck and trailer drive from Des Moines to Houston and back, but the weather cooperated and there was even a window of decent weather to drive the Elise around a bit when we got home. It was also great to meet and talk with 102ndcar for a bit!

I had only seen two other Elise's in Iowa. One is owned by a guy who works at the same company I do (though I don't know the owner) in British racing green - an absolute beauty - and a saffron yellow that I saw in the western suburbs a year or so ago. I'm not much of a car guy, but thankfully I have a local mechanic friend and autocross enthusiast to help out, as the closest Lotus dealer to me is 4 hrs away in Minneapolis.

Anyway, I really appreciate the Lotustalk forums, it seems like there are a quite a few good folks on here that know pretty much every nook and cranny of these beauties. It's cold as hell here right now, so I will be counting the days until we get some nice spring weather
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-15-2018, 08:50 PM
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If you bought an Elise, you are definitely a car guy. Non-car guys buy Porsches . Welcome.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-15-2018, 10:27 PM
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Welcome to LT

Here's some quick links to check out when you have the chance!

The first one is very important- the main uber thread(not the taxi service lol)
It has information on just about everything you need to know.. give it a good in-depth read!
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...31/#post567603

If you plan on doing your own maintenance , I have a bunch of DIY maintenance videos for the Lotus on my Youtube channel.
Subscribe so you don't miss any!
My maintenance video playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...AAo7o34-tIxPVP
My aftermarket parts \ repair \ DIY video playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ktkJ0tXP_UZMUH
My Secret Life of My Lotus Elise comedy playlist (for laughs):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5533D888C305E4

If you plan on modifying your car check out Greg's Race Parts:
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You can use my discount code: "Keleent" at checkout to save you some money on products.. or if you speak to Greg directly let him know I referred you for your discount!

Lastly, If you have Instagram feel free to follow my build and get notified of new and informative videos


www.instagram.com/keleent
or search @keleent

If you also use Facebook, join the Lotus Owners and Enthusiast page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lotu...sts/?ref=br_rs

If you ever have any questions always feel free to message me here or on Instagram

Enjoy your Lotus ownership, welcome to the club
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-16-2018, 05:37 AM
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These are brilliant cars and you will have loads of fun. Congrats


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.


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. 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

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.


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 for one example.


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.


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.

13. Visit the Uber Thread

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

14. 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.


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


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The horns are way too weak (quiet).

Welcome! I know of quite a few IA owners, I think one Exige guy that tracks here is from DesMoines.

I am in the process of replacing my stock horn. I cannot get the nut off the stock horn, it is like siezed on with that lock washer. With the oil cooler in place, I cannot get enough leverage on the small 1/4" ratchet.

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Try turning the horn itself. Let me know.

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

Driving Tips-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f10...art-1-a-49665/
Moss Emergency Line-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f10...cy-line-36631/
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Excellent point, I thought the pins would hit, but they barely clear. I had to use a pry bar in the horn to turn it, now a 1/4 turn and I can't continue to use the pry bar due to lack of room. But the nut is turning with the horn, so no change.

I will have to see if I can grab the horn another way and then jamb a wrench on the backside.

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Welcome to LT

Here's some quick links to check out when you have the chance!

The first one is very important- the main uber thread(not the taxi service lol)
It has information on just about everything you need to know.. give it a good in-depth read!
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...31/#post567603

If you plan on doing your own maintenance , I have a bunch of DIY maintenance videos for the Lotus on my Youtube channel.
Subscribe so you don't miss any!
My maintenance video playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...AAo7o34-tIxPVP
My aftermarket parts \ repair \ DIY video playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ktkJ0tXP_UZMUH
My Secret Life of My Lotus Elise comedy playlist (for laughs):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5533D888C305E4

If you plan on modifying your car check out Greg's Race Parts:
GRP

You can use my discount code: "Keleent" at checkout to save you some money on products.. or if you speak to Greg directly let him know I referred you for your discount!

Lastly, If you have Instagram feel free to follow my build and get notified of new and informative videos


www.instagram.com/keleent
or search @keleent

If you also use Facebook, join the Lotus Owners and Enthusiast page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lotu...sts/?ref=br_rs

If you ever have any questions always feel free to message me here or on Instagram

Enjoy your Lotus ownership, welcome to the club
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I hope this new horn was worth the hassle

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I will have to see if I can grab the horn another way and then jamb a wrench on the backside.
Well the bolt was just spinning inside the horn, so it was time for the sawsall and some vice grips...
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The discount code no longer works.
ill get that sorted out asap for you!

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The discount code no longer works.
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2005 SY Lotus Elise Supercharged
(Build date: Sept. 13, 2004 #484)
16th of 115 US 05 same color\trim\options.
Signed by Elisa Artioli
Handmade in England- Perfected by me.
Sponsored by: Difflow Diffusers- GRP (Discount Code: "Keleent" for a discount at checkout )
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Welcome to the Iowa Elige Club...membership <20! It's great to have another member in Des Moines waiting out the deep freeze. Mine is in the garage awaiting brake and suspension upgrades so send me a PM when you can show off your car!
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Thanks to everyone for the welcomes. Lotusxs, I will be sure to contact you when the weather warms up.

I appreciate the links, Klint. 102ndcar mentioned that this particular Elise was actually purchased by him from Greg (of Greg's Race Parts), who used the car for test fitment of his carbon parts. I am currently debating on a few cosmetic items, as the clear coat on the GRP side scoops are worn in some spots, so I was either going to buy some new scoops from Greg or have them refinished by a friend. I was also thinking of replacing the roll bar cover with the GRP carbon fiber version, as the paint on the current roll bar cover is fairly oxidized (and I really like the GRP version). Thank you for the discount code!
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That is a good looking car.....
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