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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. I'm new here. I was most recently driving an AP1 S2000.
Recently changed to an 07 Elise with a soft top.

It's a fun car to drive. It has a few little issues. Air con not functioning, but I think I've solved that, just waiting on a part.

Oh, by the way, is there a factory service manual kicking around on this forum? A cursory search reveals only wiring diagrams, which are nice...

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 03:48 PM
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Congratulations and welcome to the community. The service manual that I found online some years ago is too big for the posting limitations of the forum, I'll include a link. I'll include a link to the owners manual also if you don't have one of those. If the wiring diagrams you mentioned were the colorized version, thank you, I put a lot of time into making those.

I'm sure there are others from the community that will post some good-to-know things about the Elise and how to find things on the site so keep watching the thread. We'd all like to see pictures of your new car and there might be some people that know the some of its history if you don't already know.

http://www.robmaroc.com/documents/20...e%20Manual.pdf
http://www.robmaroc.com/documents/El...s%20Manual.pdf
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These cars are simply great. 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. 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 #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the information and quick replies!

To answer Jetblast, yes, the colorized diagrams are the ones to which I am referring. Good work! I posted a (now redundant) thread in the hvac section before I found wiring info. Solved before the thread was even moderator approved. Good stuff. Thanks for the manual link too.

I'm traveling right now. I'll throw up some pictures when I get home.

GLB, thanks for the intro. Lots of stuff to go through. Have to glance through the manual and make sure the factory PIN is available. All original manuals are present, but the code card is missing.

I have 2 factory keys and 2 factory fobs, but only 1 fob functions. Have to look into that. Living without redundancy is ... Undesirable.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the information!

Question for the panel.

EDIT wow, google is useful. Forget the question.

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Welcome and congrats! Another S2K owner has come to the lightside. I also had an AP1 before coming to the Elise. Enjoy and drive safe!

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Hi everyone,
Steve Tillett here. I have just bought an Elise S1. I have always wanted a Lotus after one of my first memories of seeing Jim Clark slide around Brands Hatch. Finally I‘ve got one and if you haven’t guessed, I make the Tillett Seats so I’m happy to help anyone with advice.
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I have one B6F for my Exige and one B6F Screamer for my S2000, and I love them! welcome to the Lotus community, Steve.
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Welcome! My 12 years with an '05 Elise were delightful. I'm praying that they won't have destroyed my chances of enjoying any other street&track car I'll ever own.
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So... I've posted (or tried to post) 3 threads so far.

1 relay question in the AC forum, 1 about an alarm hack shortcut in the Elise forum, and 1 similar in the electrical->alarm/immmobilizer sub forum.

None of the threads have posted. They all show a text about moderator approval immediately after posting, but then they never go up. Am I missing something?

I was about to throw up a thread about TSB 2006-33 about the AC hose because I have some new information to share after repairing the chassis low side line, but if I can't post threads then...?

I answered the ac question myself from Jetblast's diagrams, so thanks again.
The alarm thread was about how to hack the alarm in 10 minutes rather than 2+ hours
The AC thread is about why the low line fails where it does, how to prevent it, and how to repair it on-car by welding
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