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Has it been discussed how this will interact with the OEM reverse lockout? will the reverse cable clear all the gates, or will this preclude the use of the lockout lug? Very much looking forward to the outcome, like others, I have always wanted a gated shifter, but can't justify/afford the usual cost of entry.
I'm pretty sure it bypasses the reverse lockout collar.

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...you'll need to remove your reverse lockout collar and use a threaded collar to keep the reverse cable clamped in the "disabled" position. I can provide instructions, it's not too difficult.

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@SpeedyCrab12 - @Habious is right, you'll need to remove your reverse lockout as the cable protrudes above the plate. In addition to looking unsightly, it prevents the rod from moving into the gates. I really don't know why Lotus put a lockout in place given that there is a resistance hill to go into reverse. Without the lockout, it's the exact same setup as what Porsche does.

Greg & I are working on a more elegant way to defeat the reverse lockout, right now I just clamp the cable and tuck it out of the way but it may be possible to remove the cable as well. Ease of install/reversibility is definitely a priority for me, which was why I went with the clamp method for the reverse lockout and the plate itself, instead of drilling holes in the tunnel.
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Thanks to @PeteB37 for some great feedback on the V4 prototype! He has a leather covered tunnel, which is a good data point as I expect covered tunnels to be pretty common. The good news is that overall gear/gate positions seem to be pretty good, though a few of the gates ended up being short for Pete. I'm working on reducing the inner plate diameter and extending some of the gates to help with tunnel variability - covered tunnels will naturally have smaller openings.
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Quick update on this - we've had another rev since last week, which allows for more placement options, and we've added another tester. Waiting for the latest rev to go out and get feedback from our testers, but we're getting closer to an aluminum version!

Pete had the great idea of just using zip ties to defeat the reverse lockout, works like a charm, and simple. I'm also looking into ideas for hiding some of the wiring & other stuff down inside the tunnel - it's not exactly pleasant to look at.
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Quick update on this - we've had another rev since last week, which allows for more placement options, and we've added another tester. Waiting for the latest rev to go out and get feedback from our testers, but we're getting closer to an aluminum version!



Pete had the great idea of just using zip ties to defeat the reverse lockout, works like a charm, and simple. I'm also looking into ideas for hiding some of the wiring & other stuff down inside the tunnel - it's not exactly pleasant to look at.


Canít wait! Looking forward to it.
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Got my Beta version 2.0 yesterday. Unfortunately, I'm really busy with other stuff this weekend, so I don't know if I'll have any time to get it installed.
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Got my Beta version 2.0 yesterday. Unfortunately, I'm really busy with other stuff this weekend, so I don't know if I'll have any time to get it installed.
No worries Pete! Thanks for the great feedback so far :-)
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Some eye candy...even though it's plastic, it doesn't look too shabby! I never realized how tall our shifter rods were until now.



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Amazing thread and work, great job!
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Wow love the look with CF!!! . Canít wait for this to be done.


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Count me in for an aluminum one once it's done!

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I'm a new beta tester, with my 2011 Elise.

Just got my test unit yesterday. So cool!

Plan on installing it this weekend, and will update as I go.

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great mod! with the material being metal it might replicate the gated ferrari "cling" shifting sound.
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Drove my Elise to work today with the Beta Version 2.0 shifter plate installed. Although, it wasn't exactly a spirited drive in rush hour traffic, it work well.
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What are the plans for the final version? Interior matching aluminum? Will the slots be numbered? Will it have the lotus logo? Maybe have these be options?


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What are the plans for the final version? Interior matching aluminum? Will the slots be numbered? Will it have the lotus logo? Maybe have these be options?


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When I started the project I'd wanted a brushed aluminum one for myself, unsure if matching the stock satin is possible, though @GregsRaceParts might be able to chime in here. Greg had talked about possible anodizing options as well.

For logos, we were thinking Elise/Exige/Lotus or no logo as options. The logo would be above the gates on the top part of the plate. I'm not sure if gate numbers would look good here - 6th has been my bane with this project, it's extended pretty much as far as it can go to allow for proper shifting action, which means there's little room for a number below it. I could extend the bottom of the plate further, but that may make it look odd - will have to play around with it. I'd attempted to extend it down before, but it ended up looking like an egg

Maybe I'll post a couple of plate shapes that'd accommodate gear numbers this weekend to see what people like.
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Some eye candy...even though it's plastic, it doesn't look too shabby! I never realized how tall our shifter rods were until now.



This is off topic, but what seats do you have in there? Matte carbon interior pieces always look so nice.
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This is off topic, but what seats do you have in there? Matte carbon interior pieces always look so nice.
Thanks! Those are Eltech V1R's. Not the easiest seat in the world to obtain, my lead time was about one year...but I do love the way they look & feel. I think they're ~3.5 lbs each? I'm a huge fan of matte carbon - glossy can be a bit much, but for some reason matte really appeals to me!

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