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  1. What is the funniest/most stupid comment you ever got? [Part 4]

    General Discussion (Lotus related)
    Actually, it's not unreasonable for someone to think that Ford has something to do with the car. Back in the '60s and into the early '70s Lotus was commonly associated with Ford, and not just for the Lotus Cortina (nor the fact that the Elan and later Europas have Ford engine blocks in them)...
  2. Civil discussion about the failures of Capitalism

    Other
    One of my old friends parents emigrated to this country and managed too get jobs as janitors. After years of hard work, they owned a janitor company and had contracts to clean many businesses and houses, and a very large number of employees. They managed to put 6 kids through college. They...
  3. Definitive POLL: Other sports cars owned before/during Lotus ownership

    General Discussion (Lotus related)
    Pretty limited list of cars/types. Nothing about old British cars (Triumph, MG, etc.). Nothing about previous Lotus cars....
  4. Mega Millions - Anybody trying their luck?

    Other
    Actually... Back around 10-15 years ago, there was an organization that pretty much did just that here on the East Coast. When the VA lottery amount got large enough, they sent out a large number of employees to buy specific lists of lottery numbers. Of course they won. In this case winning...
  5. What number Elise do I have?

    General Discussion (Lotus related)
    Sorry, but your memory is a bit fuzzy. The VIN has no information as to what options are included in the car. One of the digits indicates that it is a Federal Elise or Federal Exige (or other markets). In the middle somewhere is a character that indicates the year. The last four digits...
  6. Where do I tap into the engine for oil pressure readings ?

    Powertrain (Engine, Transmission, etc)
    Not a good idea. The coolant hose needs to be there. You can certainly remove the U-tube and hoses, and replace it with a new hose that connects to the two places where the old hoses were. The whole thing is there because in other markets (and maybe Toyota themselves) connect those hoses to...
  7. Opinions on 05 vs 06 Elise model improvements

    Lotus Elise
    Actually... The Touring Package included the leather seats. The Basic Package (car?) came with the "cloth seats". The Touring package had nothing to do with suspension, wheels, or tires. It was simply an interior package "upgrade" - leather seats and door panels, a different radio, carpeting...
  8. Need antifreeze...??

    Engine Cooling
    No, color is an indication, but not definite. The same coolant can be colored differently depending on the vendor, and the same color coolant can be entirely different from different vendors.
  9. Two way alarms in your Elise?

    Lotus Elise
    Yes. You may have not noticed it because there is a delay before it starts functioning. Turn on the alarm, and stick you hand into the cockpit, and nothing happens. Wait a couple of minutes, stick you hand in, and the alarm will sound. What is exactly un-secure about the factory alarm...
  10. Monkey Wrench Lift Point Kit Review?

    Lotus Elise
    One other thing. Having the lift points on the car, even if you don't have a lift, can be a very good thing if you are on a trip and you car has problems. Then a garage can use their lift on the car without danager of it getting Qballed...
  11. Opinions on 05 vs 06 Elise model improvements

    Lotus Elise
    Same padding, just leather seat inserts .vs. Cloth insert. Even the cloth seats have leather on the sides of both the seat back and seat bottom, just cloth in the middle.
  12. As Requested....Elise cutaway

    General Discussion (Lotus related)
    One more suggestion. Put the stock air box on it, instead of an after market red cone filter...
  13. Help! My driving lights only come on with low beams

    Lighting
    I think they were posted a long time ago (maybe in the install the driving lights in the non-pre-wired cars thread?). But basically, it tells you how to mount the lights, change the panel, and plug the connectors together, and install the relay ( not needed for no-pre-wired cars as the relay is...
  14. Ignition Modification - Awesome new startup procedure

    Lotus "Track" and Racing Cars
    Boy, this is an old thread... Thanks for the respect, but I was not talking about re-wiring the car so you don't need the key, but about the links to the "wireless ignition" in the links. From the web site for the first one: The system that uses the RFID tag has to use a transmitter in the...
  15. Monkey Wrench Lift Point Kit Review?

    Lotus Elise
    To add to these comments. My old process used to be back up on ramps, remove the belly pan, drive off the ramps, lift one side of the car and place a jack stand set low, go to the other side of the car lift it and place a jack stand set a bit higher, then go back to the other side to lift it...
  16. Help! My driving lights only come on with low beams

    Lighting
    NO!!! They are DRIVING LIGHTS, not fog lights. They are concentrated very bright HIGH BEAMS - they should never be on with the low beams unless you want to blind other drivers!. :wallbang: No, they ARE NOT fog lights (although that is what is on most other cars and people who don't know any...
  17. Oil line recall

    Official Recalls
    No, you have oil coolers lines on both sides of your car. The lines run up the passenger side, through an oil cooler, across the front of the car, thought the second oil cooler, and back along the driver side. When only one cooler is present, a short piece of pipe is used to connect the two...
  18. Opinions on 05 vs 06 Elise model improvements

    Lotus Elise
    Just for the record, the Probax seats are not necessarily better - it's a matter of personal choice. For me, I like the '05 seats simply because they have an adjustable lumbar support bladder that the later cars do not have. The tail lights on the '05 are easily replaced bulbs (and cheap to...
  19. What is the funniest/most stupid comment you ever got? [Part 4]

    General Discussion (Lotus related)
    I've told this story before, but here it is again... Many years ago, I imported a Maserrati Mistral from Italy. My kid brother (much younger) was arguing with the kid down the street as to which car was faster, the Mistral or his dad's Corvette. They asked me which was faster as the other...
  20. 2005 Traction Control

    Lotus Elise
    Yes it does. Lotus added the LSD and TC to about the last 50 cars they shipped to the US so that it would be a legal "modification" for racers. The LSD requires the TC, but the TC can be separate. You can retro fit the TC and the LSD to the early '05s, but you will probably need to re-flash...
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