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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2018, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

First post here! I bought my Elise back in February and so far I love it. I've already driven 10k miles...

I think it's officially time to start modding it so I will probably spend most of my time in the parts for sale section

Anyways, here's a picture of my car. I've met a few Lotus owners in the San Diego area already but I look forward to meeting more of you!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2018, 08:31 AM
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Welcome.

You are in a great location to really enjoy a Lotus.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2018, 09:03 AM
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Looks terrific.



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). Thereís an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: ďExcuse meĒ


Stebel: ďHONK! LOOK OUT!Ē

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 >50í. )


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 Iíve 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 Stanís 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.

For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them.


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 BOEís InoKineticís for two examples.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. Thatís 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 wonít 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.


13, Some on this site are a bit obsessed with hockey pucks for lifting the car. Donít 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, ďHow to bleed brakesĒ:

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

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/
Bleeding Brakes- https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f10...-brakes-241138
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Welcome! We have a good group in San Diego and a new official Lotus Club chapter. Be sure to check the site for back country drives as well as monthly brewery gathering. SanDiegoLotusClub.org
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Hi everyone,

First post here! I bought my Elise back in February and so far I love it. I've already driven 10k miles...

I think it's officially time to start modding it so I will probably spend most of my time in the parts for sale section

Anyways, here's a picture of my car. I've met a few Lotus owners in the San Diego area already but I look forward to meeting more of you!
Welcome! Your car is a beautiful and unique color!

Definitely check out our local Lotus chapter
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Thank you for the warm welcome! I will definitely check out the local Lotus club.

I also realized I posted way back when I was first interested in a Lotus. I'm happy things worked out!
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Thank you for the warm welcome! I will definitely check out the local Lotus club.

Also, I realized I posted way back when I was first interested in buying a Lotus, so I'm glad things worked out!
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** save ~10 lbs gain 1 hp ** EQ: Y=(190*X) / (1984-X) where Y is (HP) and X is (lbs)

'07 Lotus Exige S310


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Repair shop in San Diego

Sorry for the hijack but this thread has been quiet for a minute.

Does anyone know if Lotus of San Diego, formally San Diego European still services Lotus? Just got back from deployment and the Jaguar dealer is no longer there, however the Aston shop is still there.

If it closed, where does everyone local take theirs in for service?!


'10 Lotus Evora NA - Aquamarine/Oyster
'12 Lexus CT200H - White/Cream
'04 Cadillac Escalade - Beige/Grey
'12 Lotus Evora NA IPS - AR/Cognac
'03 Porsche 911 Cab - Silver/Blue
'11 Mercedes C63 AMG - Blk/Blk
'07 Mercedes E350 - White/Cream
'05 BMW 530i - Silver/Blk
'05 Lotus Elise SC- AR/Blk
'01 Porsche 911 Coupe - Silver/Blk
'05 Acura TL - Blk/Blk
'00 BMW M Coupe - Yellow/Blk
'99 BMW 325i - Green/Tan
'00 Ford Explorer Sport - Blue/Blk
'87 Formula FireBird - Red/Tan
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For those who need a service shop in San Diego, I just got mine back from San Diego Performance European on Kearny Mesa Rd. Ben was the man and took care of my Evora. Needed him to diagnose/verify my CV joint clamp was loose and spitting up grease. I donít have a lift so I needed someone that has the time/means to get under the car. He verified thatís what it was and tightened up a new clamp and replaced the grease. Apparently he worked with Lotusís for a long time and loves them as much as us.

On a side note, also wanted to see if he could trouble shoot where my windshield fluid leak was coming from, while he had it lifted. If you ever have a leak, check the connection to the front headlamp washer. Mine (the right side light connection) was completely off and every time I poured more fluid down the line, due to its low point, it would just leak out there. So if you have a leak, Iíd check there!

Thought Iíd share a good service shop to take it!


'10 Lotus Evora NA - Aquamarine/Oyster
'12 Lexus CT200H - White/Cream
'04 Cadillac Escalade - Beige/Grey
'12 Lotus Evora NA IPS - AR/Cognac
'03 Porsche 911 Cab - Silver/Blue
'11 Mercedes C63 AMG - Blk/Blk
'07 Mercedes E350 - White/Cream
'05 BMW 530i - Silver/Blk
'05 Lotus Elise SC- AR/Blk
'01 Porsche 911 Coupe - Silver/Blk
'05 Acura TL - Blk/Blk
'00 BMW M Coupe - Yellow/Blk
'99 BMW 325i - Green/Tan
'00 Ford Explorer Sport - Blue/Blk
'87 Formula FireBird - Red/Tan
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Congrats and nice car! We are going to be doing a drive from San Diego Area to our dealership next month. It should be a good time!
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Congrats and nice car! We are going to be doing a drive from San Diego Area to our dealership next month. It should be a good time!
I'm surprised there are still any posts on this thread haha. But I'm always wanting to go on a drive! What day will the drive be? And starting location?
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I'm surprised there are still any posts on this thread haha. But I'm always wanting to go on a drive! What day will the drive be? And starting location?
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'10 Lotus Evora NA - Aquamarine/Oyster
'12 Lexus CT200H - White/Cream
'04 Cadillac Escalade - Beige/Grey
'12 Lotus Evora NA IPS - AR/Cognac
'03 Porsche 911 Cab - Silver/Blue
'11 Mercedes C63 AMG - Blk/Blk
'07 Mercedes E350 - White/Cream
'05 BMW 530i - Silver/Blk
'05 Lotus Elise SC- AR/Blk
'01 Porsche 911 Coupe - Silver/Blk
'05 Acura TL - Blk/Blk
'00 BMW M Coupe - Yellow/Blk
'99 BMW 325i - Green/Tan
'00 Ford Explorer Sport - Blue/Blk
'87 Formula FireBird - Red/Tan
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