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How To: Exige V6 Side Mirrors

I've been thinking about this modification for a long time now. I was never a fan of the stock mirror plinths for the Elige, they always looked a little bloated. The new ones on the V6 Exige S are much slimmer and more modern-looking. Before we begin I want to give credit to LotusCC for trying this out on his Elise and confirming the fitment.

Alright, let's get started. For starters you will want to order:

1 B138B4023F Plinth Mirror LH Lotus £5.91
1 B138B4024F Plinth Mirror RH Lotus £5.91
1 B138B4103F Cap Mirror Plinth LH Lotus £3.03
1 B138B4104F Cap Mirror Plinth RH Lotus £3.03

That's right, only £17.88 for all the parts. I ordered these from DeRoure and it took less than 2 weeks to get to me. They show up unpainted, I just sprayed them in black to match the rest of the trim.





The stock mirrors are attached to the door panel with three allen head screws. All three holes are covered with a black circular sticker, keep in mind you will need to roll down the window to access the lower screw. Be careful to not drop the screws into the door panel during this step, I did it on both sides...

Once the screws are out the mirror should pop right off. Now behind another sticker on the stock plinth is a single T20 screw. Remove this to free the mirror from the plinth.



Attach the new (and much lighter) plinth to your mirror assembly. The standard plinth only used one screw, but the new one allows for two. I highly suggest finding another screw and using both holes.



Attach the new mirror and plinth assembly to the door, just the same way you removed it. The three holes line up perfectly, once you have it bolted up tight you can attach the covers. Here is a shot showing the difference between the old and new mirrors:



Overall, it's a fairly simple and inexpensive modification. Again thanks to DeRoure for getting me the parts and member LotusCC for confirming fitment. I still have yet to drive with these installed but I don't expect any issues, it may even help my visibility!

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How To: Exige V6 Side Mirrors

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Looks good. Much better write up than what LotusCC did😉

Aren't you amazed at how heavy the stock plinths are compared to the new ones? Especially considering the pains they went through to keep the car light.

Yes, they help visibility.

Should mention it's important to paint each piece separately, and only snap them together AFTER you have attached the mirror to the correct 1/2 of the plinth! They are sealed units once snapped together.

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I was totally looking into this! Looks great!
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Good write up. I love very subtle mods like this that make a difference.

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Do these stick out farther than the original ones?

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Thanks for this post. I know they're lighter but not sure I'm crazy about the looks. Maybe it will grow on me. Parts are cheap though. Thanks again (to both of you).

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Do these stick out farther than the original ones?
The quote by LotusCC implies that they do.

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I also purchased two new bellows. Mine were looking a bit weathered.

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The new ones look more "racy" and aerodynamic.
The old ones look more like the rest of the car's overall design.

In my opinion, both versions are very good looking and it all ends up with how performance-oriented the owner wants his/her car to look like.

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I've been thinking about this modification for a long time now. I was never a fan of the stock mirror plinths for the Elige, they always looked a little bloated. The new ones on the V6 Exige S are much slimmer and more modern-looking. Before we begin I want to give credit to LotusCC for trying this out on his Elise and confirming the fitment.

Alright, let's get started. For starters you will want to order:

1 B138B4023F Plinth Mirror LH Lotus £5.91
1 B138B4024F Plinth Mirror RH Lotus £5.91
1 B138B4103F Cap Mirror Plinth LH Lotus £3.03
1 B138B4104F Cap Mirror Plinth RH Lotus £3.03

That's right, only £17.88 for all the parts. I ordered these from DeRoure and it took less than 2 weeks to get to me. They show up unpainted, I just sprayed them in black to match the rest of the trim.





The stock mirrors are attached to the door panel with three allen head screws. All three holes are covered with a black circular sticker, keep in mind you will need to roll down the window to access the lower screw. Be careful to not drop the screws into the door panel during this step, I did it on both sides...

Once the screws are out the mirror should pop right off. Now behind another sticker on the stock plinth is a single T20 screw. Remove this to free the mirror from the plinth.



Attach the new (and much lighter) plinth to your mirror assembly. The standard plinth only used one screw, but the new one allows for two. I highly suggest finding another screw and using both holes.



Attach the new mirror and plinth assembly to the door, just the same way you removed it. The three holes line up perfectly, once you have it bolted up tight you can attach the covers. Here is a shot showing the difference between the old and new mirrors:



Overall, it's a fairly simple and inexpensive modification. Again thanks to DeRoure for getting me the parts and member LotusCC for confirming fitment. I still have yet to drive with these installed but I don't expect any issues, it may even help my visibility!
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From the pictures, I think I know the answer, but it's worth asking anyways since you've seen this in person - any chance of attaching a carbon mirror like the APR one?


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Thank you for posting this, Iím sure it will find its way on to my list of mods.

I know the screws/bolts are hidden away once you snap the two parts together, but couldnít you find two similar bolts to attach it?
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Awesome, looks great!

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Thank you for posting this, I’m sure it will find its way on to my list of mods.

I know the screws/bolts are hidden away once you snap the two parts together, but couldn’t you find two similar bolts to attach it?
lol! Thought the same thing when I saw that!
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Did you put new black stickers over the screws inside?
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The screws I could have matched up but I didn't feel like running to the store for just two Torx screws. And no I didn't re-use the stickers on the inside to cover them.

The mount is exactly the same as stock on both ends, just wider. This one however may be easier to modify for other mirrors.

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Thanks for this thread, ordered the parts also including blanks, screws etc.
What type of paint did you use?

Can you poste a pic on how it looks on your car? (closeup) Does the new piece covers the color coded base?

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Do these stick out farther than the original ones?
Definitely so .... Lotus wanted the mirrors to extend further out, given the V6's added width over the S2 Exige.
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Maybe it's my eyes but the mirrorin the passanger side above on the silver elise looks so....big....is it just the angle or is that side bigger?
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