Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Right next door to Hell, NJ
Long overdue update
Well, the birth of a first child really gets in the way of a speedy repair project...over a year after the hit, I am finally nearing the end of this project. It also took a few months to get all the parts. On to the work...
In December I removed the radiator, condenser, fans, oil cooler (only have 1), and radiator shroud. This involved removing the front under tray to allow access to the radiator hoses. I disconnected and removed the radiator hoses, oil cooler hoses, and wiring bundle that wraps from the passenger side all the way around to the driver side headlight. The most annoying part was the AC piping to the condenser since the lines are delicate. The correct 6 point flare nut wrenches are the way to go for this work. Remember to cap your AC lines to prevent dirt and humidity from entering the system. Removing a bunch of other small bolts allowed me to finally remove the damaged shroud.
05 Ardent Red Elise +60k miles
Interior: Red & black steering wheel/gauge cover/trim shop seats, 4tress harness bar, Schroth 4 pt. ASM harnesses, JL E645 amp, Boston Acoustics speakers, JL sub, micro mirror, red start button
Exterior:Forcedfed half carbon front splitter, APR rear wing, Reverie side scoops, Craftsquare mirrors, blacked out lights/badges, Clam hinge
Engine/Drivetrain: Exedy clutch, Toda flywheel, Fujita intake, Arqray SS single tip exhaust