The only time I hear gear noise is when I am a passenger. I think the sound has been there since day one. I don't hear the gear sound while driving, I have the Fujita intake and Quicksilver ext, so I make a lot of music. I got my Elise with 3K on the clock. Have fun!
2005 Bordeaux Met #21 (HT, Touring, Quicksilver ext, TRM F1 wheels, Stan Stud, HID lights, BWR S/C,Filled motor mounts, catch can, no camber shims, Tillett saddles)
2004 Audi S4 Sedan (Tip, GAIC Chip, AWE Cat-back, Team Dyanmics Pro 1.2 wheels, H-sport sway bars)
2002 F-350 (Powerstroke, 4x4, Banks power pack, 6th alternator)
Couple nice bicycles, way too many snow skis.