bump.....great write up. This and the sands museum right up were extremely helpful. I got about 2.2 - 2.4 quarts of new oil in (MT-90), and spilled about .4-.6 on my garage floor, several miscellaneous body parts, and my torque wrench
My car has LSD by the way, and for some reason i hit the wall when filling around the 2 quart mark. i read that else where on here. also checked, checked, and rechecked the "filler" hole before i tried to break it lose after reading arobot's horror story. I bought a hand pump for 4 bucks at harbor freight that was worth its weight in gold. i could squeeze a little extra oil in because the tube dammed the hole as i was filling the transmission. It took about 2 or 3 greasy tries, but with some quick work with the hands, minor spillage, and yanking the tube out and quickly inserting the bolt i pretty well got it topped off
Old oil wasnt' toooo bad-moderately dirty with a slight "sheen" to it, undoubtedly from metal shavings during break in. BTW my car has 3k miles on it for those wondering. Also, be sure to check that you have a 24 mm socket! i certainly didn't, and took it for granted. I took one look at the drain bolt and said "Sh*t". Road trip to autozone! Also not a good idea running those two lines there (didn't care to look what they were for). Mine were juuuust far enough out of the way with some minor persuading to get the socket over top of the drain bolt.
Took it for a test drive, noticed an immediate substantial imrpovement in the lower gears, moderate improvement in the higher gears (higher ones were decent from the get-go). I do notice a slight "burnt" smell, but i'm pretty sure its from residue sitting on the casing or something. Very minor. I looked through the spokes and there's no leaks on the undertray underneath the drain bolt, and I'll check the filler bolt for leaks tomorrow. The elise goes down for some minor warranty work tomorrow night anyways, so i'll have them give it the once-over.
I've read that its as "simple as an oil change", which i dont' think is entirely true, but pretty close. Its only a little harder because you're working against gravity for the most part filling it back up, which became cumbersome and messy. Definitely ideally a two-man operation if you can swing it. It took the most time getting out and under the car several times to refill the oil pump. If you could "hand-off" the pump to your buddy "Phil"
standing outside the car to fill it up it'd save you a ton of time.
On another note, it saved me a few bucks, which is always good, gave me another excuse to check the cooling tube (still ok), and check for leaks on the oil change and clutch bleed i did a week or so ago (also still ok).