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Soon to be new owner looking at several all stock cars.
What is the best mod for these cars besides Ohlins?
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Answer: 1 & 2



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.

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 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.


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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Soon to be new owner looking at several all stock cars.
What is the best mod for these cars besides Ohlins?
Have you ever driven on a track? Driver training is the best place to put your first $$$.
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Best for what? Looks? Speed? handling? Comfort?

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Another vote for the good ol driver mod

"Give a man a match, and he'll be warm for a minute, but set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
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Soon to be new owner looking at several all stock cars.
What is the best mod for these cars besides Ohlins?
OP is asking about an 05/06, so presuming an Elise/Exige, the best mod isn't Ohlins, it's Penskes. It's not even close between the two.

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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/f25...ramming-70940/
This was in my opinion the best first mod.
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I like this too, but my first thoughts go to safety, as with mirrors, horns, headlights.

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.

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+1 for Penskes

Fresh high quality tires would be the first thing I would do.
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Best mod I ever did was the convex side mirrors. So much more driveable in traffic on or off track.

Anyone can make something complicated. It takes genius to make it simple. Einstein.
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Best mod I ever did was the convex side mirrors. So much more driveable in traffic on or off track.
That's interesting. I still have the stock mirrors, but I'll try to check out someone else's setup based on your opinion. Thanks.

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That's interesting. I still have the stock mirrors, but I'll try to check out someone else's setup based on your opinion. Thanks.

San
Multivex is what they were called. Some occasionally come up but they are now rare, no longer made. There are threads I have not fully read, but seems like there are other solutions.

The best solution, but not Lotusy, is in our $22,000 Honda Civic Si. A tiny camera in the passenger mirror. Ought to be required on all cars. Touch of a button on turn signal stalk and a perfect view on center screen, with graduated marks to indicate safe passing. Endurance racers at nifht especially rely on them.

Any mid engine car is awful in traffic. Wide angle mirrors change this a lot. And not just the little stick on ones. I use the inside mirror to judge distance for point by.

Anyone can make something complicated. It takes genius to make it simple. Einstein.
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Once we got to moving pretty well, a 6 point harness system was a great mod. No longer had to brace my knees into things through curves.

But this is only with a helmet and neck protector. A harness system on street is nuts. Just there for that racy look, but a real danger to your life.

Anyone can make something complicated. It takes genius to make it simple. Einstein.
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Multivex is what they were called. Some occasionally come up but they are now rare, no longer made. There are threads I have not fully read, but seems like there are other solutions.

The best solution, but not Lotusy, is in our $22,000 Honda Civic Si. A tiny camera in the passenger mirror. Ought to be required on all cars. Touch of a button on turn signal stalk and a perfect view on center screen, with graduated marks to indicate safe passing. Endurance racers at nifht especially rely on them.
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Any mid engine car is awful in traffic. Wide angle mirrors change this a lot. And not just the little stick on ones. I use the inside mirror to judge distance for point by.
I bought my son a Civic Si after he totalled his normal Civic. I remember that feature, but he traded the Si in on a WRX STI. I had the original 2002 bugeye WRX, so I'm slightly jealous of "his" STI, even though I make the payments. I sure wish someone had bought me a nice car (or any car) when I was young.

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One good "mod" may be to ensure that all of the recalls have been performed.

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That's interesting. I still have the stock mirrors, but I'll try to check out someone else's setup based on your opinion. Thanks.

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San, this makes you much safer.

I have an extra set of Multivex mirrors and another from RLS.

You never have to turn your head.

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I bought my son a Civic Si after he totalled his normal Civic. I remember that feature, but he traded the Si in on a WRX STI. I had the original 2002 bugeye WRX, so I'm slightly jealous of "his" STI, even though I make the payments. I sure wish someone had bought me a nice car (or any car) when I was young.

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I hear you. My Dad was an automobile dealer and I had all sorts of cars, but never the Lotus I wanted. “You wiill have to do that for yourself son.” Took me decades but evetually got three. So far.

I got my son a nice low mile Nissan 350Z. He modded it to an extreme. Not sure where he got that from?

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So I wound up getting him a Mitsub Lancer to have something to actually drive.

Anyone can make something complicated. It takes genius to make it simple. Einstein.
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I would really like to know your thought on that Lexus. Would you mind?

Thx.

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I hear you. My Dad was an automobile dealer and I had all sorts of cars, but never the Lotus I wanted. “You wiill have to do that for yourself son.” Took me decades but evetually got three. So far.

I got my son a nice low mile Nissan 350Z. He modded it to an extreme. Not sure where he got that from?

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So I wound up getting him a Mitsub Lancer to have something to actually drive.
He can't have got the "stickers" from you. I won't even address the wing.

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I deff was never one for stickers. That’s Gunpilot’s specialty.

But that wing is an APR, same brand most of we Lotus folk use. Real track car stuff. He has done a well thought out job with it. And after several attempts got an exhaust system that sounds less like a rolling explosion and more like a performance car.

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