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Shifter cables crushed by undertray (2011 Exige Final Edition)

Hey all -- new owner here. I got my Exige in February, and was immediately blown away by how stiff my shifter was. It would take a lot of effort to change gears. After changing fluids for the first time a couple weeks later, I discovered that one of my shifter cables had been crushed.

To my delight, with the undertray not bolted down the shifter immediately became much easier to move back & forth. I've since only installed the undertray using 3 of the 4 bolts, leaving out the bolt that's right next to the cables which does away with the stiffness.

I recall reading that this was a common issue with the Final Edition models specifically (can't find the thread), but am bummed to have not found any official TSB or recall for this condition. Any amount of torque on that bolt seems to pinch down on the cables themselves, so it seems like a design failure to me.

Attached are a couple pictures. I'm wondering what permanent damage has been done and if this necessitates replacing the cables? Any advice is appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 11:44 AM
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it is a common issue with exiges equipped with the reinforcement shear panel.

you can relocate the "hook" to another bolt hole on the transmission case or use zip ties (I think, dont have a picture right now) to guide the cable away from the shear panel.

just order a new cable, inspect it often and prepare to replace it with signs of rust damage
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We have seen this with a couple of S260 this year alone. See our Blog entry on this with some suggestions: HERE

The damage is permanent. Have a look at our cables vs stock. Find them: HERE

Ours are quite strong with improved feel as well. There are hundreds of Lotus guys running them around the world. Call us with any questions. They are in stock and we can also help you with installation questions.

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We have seen this with a couple of S260 this year alone. See our Blog entry on this with some suggestions: HERE

The damage is permanent. Have a look at our cables vs stock. Find them: HERE

Ours are quite strong with improved feel as well. There are hundreds of Lotus guys running them around the world. Call us with any questions. They are in stock and we can also help you with installation questions.

Thank you! I already had your shifter cables in mind -- expect an order from me soon.

Are you aware of anyone that has gotten in touch with Lotus about this issue? Since it's so common I am wondering if reimbursement from Lotus is attainable for such a clear design failure.
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Thank you! I already had your shifter cables in mind -- expect an order from me soon.

Are you aware of anyone that has gotten in touch with Lotus about this issue? Since it's so common I am wondering if reimbursement from Lotus is attainable for such a clear design failure.
No chance on a warranty issue. I was told that it was my fault and not theirs. The trick is to pull the cables to the driver's side as you push the undertray up in to position. It just becomes second nature once you have done it a once or twice.

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