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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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05 Elise to 2010 Exige Conversion

I bought exige panels from the UK back in June and they finally arrived this month. I have a few pictures of the test fitment/progress.





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Jealous, keep us updated, I'm curious to hear how well the pieces fit, and how everything else works out for you, such as headlights etc.

Cool project.

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side scoops look different.

will be nice to see the finished product.
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very cool, looking forward for more pictures

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Nice, keep us updated!
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Thanks guys. Yeah shooting the subframe with rollbar paint was well worth the $7 to cover the corroded/rough aluminum look of the subframe.

At this point I need to buy hardtop and hatch seals to get proper fitment. I just bought a house in Tennessee as a somewhat last minute/impulse decision so I have to move in a couple weeks and unfortunately this project will be put on hold for a few months.whole misc hardware bits are ordered.

Thinking about a magnetic blue or a dark navy blue color. What do you guys think?
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Did you paint it on the car,
I thought it might have been powder coated


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Yeah I just masked the exhaust, engine etc with paper and tape and sprayed away.
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Yeah I just masked the exhaust, engine etc with paper and tape and sprayed away.

I'm installing a clam hinge this spring, so I may just copy you! Have you ran the engine yet with that paint on there? I'm curious if it flakes or boils near the exhaust


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Yeah it's held up for a few months during the summer. The paint has a couple hundred degree limit. It's made for roll cages and chassis so those parts are often really close to the engine exhaust etc. you should definitely do it since you'll be lifting up your clam and will have to look at the subframe often
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the engine hatch looks a bit odd, namely the lack of cutouts where the wing would be. These are OEM?

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2010 has different mounting locations lol and no they are not direct from lotus
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Did you also buy the rear window (bulkhead) panel (Behind the roll bar) for the Mohawk scoop?

That a reasonably serious transformation project...
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You should probably get in touch with this guy if you haven't already:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263273


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Progress pretty much stopped since I decided to make the move to Tennessee... Now that the weather is warming up I started working on the car again. Here is a shot of it sprayed with primer. I still need to install the mesh inserts, side scoops, and side markers.
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pretty nice

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this looks great...

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Primer alone looks nice! My only concern is the asymmetric wheel well gaps. Who was the clam provider in the UK?
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