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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
I have loved and wanted a Lotus since as far back as I could remember. Recently the opportunity came and I did not hesitate to pick up my very own '06 Elise in Ardent Red. One of the few colors I wanted (orange and yellow being the other ones). It was well cared for, but still needs some work to be perfect. My adventure started when a trip to DEQ told me that my ECU VIN did not match the VIN on the sticker and I would need the ECU flashed to reflect the correct VIN. Not sure why they care, but whatever.

I also need to replace the brakes/rotors, serpentine, belt, air filter, trans fluid, and oil change, but I just did the oil this morning. For that I'd like to thank everyone here for all the info I gathered to get the job done. I'm not mechanically deficient, but cars are not exactly my strong suit.

I've never really worked on my cars before. I did some suspension stuff, exhaust, intake, and programming on my old truck, but that's about where it ends. Why would I when 'The Works' Oil change for my daily driver runs me south of 50 bucks at the dealership? When I took my new toy in to get an estimate on new brakes and they straight-faced told me ~$3000 for pads and rotors I decided it was time to get my hands dirty. I grabbed up some EBC pads and rotors for a fraction of that bid in hopes that I would get those swapped out this weekend - that didn't happen though. Not that I was afraid or didn't have time. I ran into what some of you would find commonplace. When attempting to loosen the lug bolts I found that some mogolito with an impact wrench decided these wheels would never need to come off again. I broke my special little tool trying to do so[sad-face emoticon]. Once I can get somebody with an impact with a reverse option and a new little Lotus wheel tool, I think I'll be back in business for this weekend for the brakes.

In the meantime, I have been having a blast driving this car. It is everything and more that I thought it could be. I want to get as much of that in before the fall sets in. I don't plan on changing anything from stock on it. Been there, done that with my trucks. I just want to enjoy driving this guy. I do plan on getting a hardtop and painting it (unless I can find an Ardent Red one for a reasonable cost) and maybe hydrodipping the plastics in the engine. Otherwise, I think it's a great little car with many stories and adventures to be written.

Thanks again for everyone who contributes here. I will post more with projects and questions.

TLDNR; Yay Lotus. Needs some minor work/maintenance. Boo DEQ. Yay lotustalk.com!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 06:47 AM
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Lots of fun ahead for you.




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

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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Congrats, and welcome!
If you are in the greater Portland area you check out Club Lotus North West (CLNW.org)
We get together once a month for our meetings (typically Sundays for lunch) and every now and then do drives, car shows and such.

If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife sells all my toys for the price I told her I bought them for...
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Welcome, and congrats on the "Ardent Red" Lotus! The problem I seem to face is that I don't really want to start a project working on the car because I know I won't be able to drive it until I'm done, lol. So, little things seem to add up, but obviously things like brakes and oil can't wait too long. Also, there is some satisfaction/pleasure working on a "cool car", but I'd rather drive it.

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2015 Audi A3 Wife's car
2012 Toyota Prius C Daily Commuter
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2006 Pontiac Solstice
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Congrats, and welcome!
If you are in the greater Portland area you check out Club Lotus North West (CLNW.org)
We get together once a month for our meetings (typically Sundays for lunch) and every now and then do drives, car shows and such.
That sounds awesome. I am out here in Beaverton. Looks like it may be getting a little too late in the year for nice weather driving, but I have checked out and bookmarked CLNW.com. I will hit you guys up for some lunch and stuff.

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Welcome, and congrats on the "Ardent Red" Lotus! The problem I seem to face is that I don't really want to start a project working on the car because I know I won't be able to drive it until I'm done, lol. So, little things seem to add up, but obviously things like brakes and oil can't wait too long. Also, there is some satisfaction/pleasure working on a "cool car", but I'd rather drive it.
I'm exactly the same way. If the weather is nice and the car is being worked on, I kinda feel cheated. However, testing the new repairs is fun too. "I'll be right back, hon. I gotta make sure the spark plugs work in 6th gear too".
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Welcome and Congrats! Share some pics. As many times as we've see them, its never enough lol.

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You should join the Club Lotus North West google group.
The CLNW web site is not well maintained and meetings and such are announced via the group e-mail.

If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife sells all my toys for the price I told her I bought them for...
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You should join the Club Lotus North West google group.
The CLNW web site is not well maintained and meetings and such are announced via the group e-mail.
Don't know the secret handshake yet, but joined.
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Welcome and Congrats! Share some pics. As many times as we've see them, its never enough lol.
Pics! Of course. How could I forget. I love seeing other Loti too (that's plural Lotus, for sure). I was gawking at one at the dealership while sitting in mine. My wife thinks I'm nuts. She might be on to something.

Here it is on a beautiful Oregon day and sitting next to my DD. Going from the Lotus to my truck feels like piloting a tall sofa. Very odd feeling.
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