After developing a nasty clunk in the front suspension I found this thread and as I headed to the garage to perform the recommended checking the damper assembly bolts and the upper mount bolts I brought the old Camera along and figured I would do a step by step for people that wish to do this and need extra guidance.
First and foremost this is a very easy task. Heck the Elise is a very easy car to work on. That said it should take you about an hour if you take your time and thoroughly inspect everything.
Here are the steps.
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Loosen the wheel studs.
3. Jack up the car using the factory front jack point.
4. remove wheel studs and wheel.
4b. Do yourself a favor and spray a rag with brakleen and wipe down the rotor surface and the outer diameter. This will keep your arms from looking like Rob Lowe in Soul man"....
5. Loosen and remove the 17MM bolt holding the bottom part of the shock in place.
6. Loosen and remove the 17MM bolt holding the top of the shock in place. Make a note of the orientation of the spacer's so that you re-install them correctly. Notice the larger diameter of the hat spacer faces the shock. If you try to install them the other way they will not want to fit correctly.
7. Remove shock assembly and set it aside. This will expose the 13mm bolts that need to be checked. Take your torque wrench and torque the bolts to 18 lb feet. or 25 NM
8. Reinstall the shock assembly and insert the top bolt assembly and finger tighten only.
9. Install the lower shock assembly bolt and finger tighten only.
10. Use a jack under the lower a arm to load the suspension. Jacking up the lower a arm compresses the suspension and is recommended when tightening the shock assembly bolts.
11. With the suspension loaded torque the upper and lower bolts to 45NM.
12. Remove the jack and re-install the wheels and wheel studs.
13. lower vehicle and torque wheel studs to OEM spec.
14. Lather rinse repeat on other side.
I also took time while I was in there to remove the splash shields and check the inner fittings on my oil coolers and check around in general. A lot of gravel and debris gets kicked up behind the liner and I like keeping that area clean.
I hope this helps others perform this mod.