Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Southern California
I read Lotus Service Notes Section LJ.4 understand the scope of work required.
The coolant/water tubes are buried deep in the chassis rails. Removal of the gas tank is indeed required, and getting to the hoses might still be a PITA. To me, it looks like it would be a fairly time consuming and tedious project.
No one has offered a work-around solution, and I cannot see that one would be possible given the car's design and location of the rear hoses.
I just completed pulling the clam and replacing the radiator and brake lines on my '06 Exige. It was not difficult but was time-consuming because of the tight packaging and fiddly bits.
I plan to eventually replace the rear hoses but will do so once I determine any other maintenance required or upgrades desired in the engine bay that could be done at the same time.
2006 Exige - Phantom Black