I removed the transmission with the clam off. This Method removes the entire drivers side suspension assembly as one piece, saves a ton of time and headache. Once this is out of the way you can drop the transmission by taking 3 of the 4 motor mounts and tilting the motor.
Should be about the same for all 2005-2010 elises and exige. not sure though. if you know a good range please let me know.
1. Remove clam, if you don’t have a lift get the car on jack stands “pretty high to , you need to slide the transmission out from under the car”
I didn’t have a lift.
2. Remove the driver’s side caliper. First unbolt the 1 17mm bolt on the back of the caliper, then remove spring, bolt then flip it back and brake pads, next push the e-brake arm on the caliper down while routing the cable out of the slot. Caliper should slide off. This is also a good time to disconnect ABS sensor on the hub. I set my caliper on the frame rail and it seemed to stay out of the way.
3. Remove the upper shock bolt, Toe Link and Upper control arm from spindle. Careful of the spindle/plinth shims on upper control arm, save their position!
This will give you enough play to pop the axle free. By popping it free at this point you prevent the tri-joint in the axle from separating too far.
4. Pop Axle loose. There is a c-clip that must compress to get the driver’s side axle out. Get a 4 foot crowbar, place it in the groove of the axle. Then press the axle into the transmission as far as it will go “there is some play”. Then in one motion pry the axle out about 1 inch. Should feel a pop.
5. Put your transmission jack under the assembly, then remove the last 2 remaining bolts “the lower control arm bolts”.
Then you can roll the whole assembly away while feeding the e-brake line out a loop on the lower control arm.
6. Disconnect the Toe link on the passenger’s side suspension and the upper control arm from the spindle. Also remove the 3 carrier baring bolts from engine on the passenger side drive line. This will give you the play you need to allow the passenger side axle to slide out of transmission.
7. In the back between the firewall and engine you will find a ground wire, then a bracket holding the clutch fluid line. Then remove the 10mm clutch line and cut the zip-tie holding the hoses to the transmission above it. Also I would take this e-brake loop off, it’s a Pita later.
8. Then Un-bolt the starter, one bolt is under the car you will see the power line near it, the other is under the throttle body and must be removed from above the car. Just pull the starter back a bit out of the way.
9. Remove the Shifter linkage by the 2 bracket bolts and 2 quick clips holding the cable ends on the transmission linkage.
10. The next steps are the last few. As a note I had to disconnect the air canister by gas door to allow the engine to lean more. In total there are 8 bolts holding the transmission on. You already got the 2 for the starter. The next 2 are right at the bottom of the engine. 2 more right on the side of the motor. Leave the last 2 in until the motor is tilted. “the top 2 green ones in pic”
You can break them loose if you want now.
Image of engine with transmission off for bolt location view
11. Support the Engine Via, jack on oil pan. Also place transmission jack under transmission. Remove the front and back motor mounts and brackets. Then be sure your jack is holding the engine weight and remove the transmission motor mount center bolt. Loosen the remaining mount on passenger side, the main bolt just a bit, to allow it to flex better. Then slowly lower the 2 jacks. Once you get a bit of room remove the motor mount bracket off the top of the transmission.
12. Once you have the engine/transmission low as you can go before pullys on engine are almost hitting frame wall on right, take out the last to bolts on the transmission. Then separate the 2. Then lower the transmission jack the whole way while pulling out from under the car. If your car is to low you may have to bear hug the transmission while a friend slides out the transmission jack. The carefully hand off the 80 LB rock under the frame rail.
Just a few notes on installing a new clutch:
1. Be sure the throw bearing is traveling the full length of the sleeve.
2. The kit comes with the clutch, clutch plate alignment tool and a fat plastic washer. Tap the washer into your flywheel, then put the clutch and aliment tool into the flywheel at one time. Then just assemble the clutch plate back on. Torque it down and pull the guide pin.
3. The flat side of clutch is flywheel side
4. Clean the bell housing/shaft and apply some 1000 grit emery paper to the throw out bearing shaft to make sure it is baby smooth.
5. Apply grease to bearing shaft and main spline (not too much) and bell housing fork ball and fork ends
It's alot easier to just print int out, here ya go: Remove Transmission 2006 Lotus Elise PDF
If I am missing something please let me know. If its a good tip Ill adjust the pdf, but I can only adjust main post for a few weeks.