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Hi folks! I’ve been working overseas for a few years and my wife has been working in the US. She’s finally getting settled in Cleveland and I’m getting the itch to repopulate the toy collection. Previously had a ‘68 Triumph Spitfire and a tuned ‘11 BMW 135i. Still have a couple of Miatas for racing, but not road-legal.

While I’d started shopping for a Caterham Seven, I’m now moving towards an Exige (preferably) or an Elise as something slightly more wife-friendly.

I’ll look forward to reading more about each car here as I continue my search!

Cheers,
Bryan
 

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Bryan,

Have a look at our Black Shadow Motors website. We have been buying nice clean titled Lotus that we are refurbishing and making as mechanically nice as possible. Based on the request of the Buyers, we have also been upgrading many of these cars with some of our tasty bits. I am expecting a nice Exige S to come my way later this month or in Sept.

Feel free to call me to discuss - though this week I will be in Monterey Car week.
 

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Sold (to me)!

It took a couple of months and some patience on both my part and that of sellers dealing with me while overseas...

But, it's finally happening and there's an Isotope Green 2008 Exige S240 on it's way to a new home in Cleveland!

Still excited to be joining the club!

Cheers,
Bryan
 

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It took a couple of months and some patience on both my part and that of sellers dealing with me while overseas...



But, it's finally happening and there's an Isotope Green 2008 Exige S240 on it's way to a new home in Cleveland!



Still excited to be joining the club!



Cheers,

Bryan
Hey Bryan I'm in the Cleveland area, just outside Strongsville. Any chance we could meet up sometime when you get the car and let me sit in it? I am looking to buy one come spring but I have yet to sit in one lol.

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Congratulations!!


Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:


1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k. As of this writing LEDs are not as good.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. Transmission:

The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

And, use:
Re-Enforcer long thru bolts that terminate under car and tie down the tower:
https://www.inokinetic.com/lotus/re-enforcer?category=Transmission

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 20 -35 minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.

For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them. Oil doesn’t get hot enough on street, leading to cam wiping.

I use Mobil 1 5W-40 Turbo Diesel oil. 85k miles and fine, but one is not a useful example.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s InoKinetic’s for two examples.

8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311/cooling-ticking-timebomb-how-your-cooling-u-tube-47232/

9. The stock radiators are prone to leaking where the end caps meet the metal part. Keep an eye on this. Most of us use single-pass all-aluminum radiators.

10. When your wheel well liner comes loose, skip the lame plastic rivet and use Well-Nuts instead.

11. Life will be better if you disable the auto-arming alarm function on the earlier cars. You won’t have to press a button to start the car. Instructions:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320/remote-key-fob-immobilizer-misc-alarm-programming-70940/


12. These cars cannot be left off a Battery Tender for weeks at a time. Unless dead batteries are a particular joy of yours. Buy one right away. There are numerous threads here about which ppl use and like.

You NEED a digital multimeter (voltmeter) to work on modern cars. Handy around house too. Get one this week.

13, Some on this site are a bit obsessed with hockey pucks for lifting the car. Don’t use these. Too hard and slippery, generally, and too small a surface area. Use a piece of wood, as your hero does.

14. If you are fooling with sparkplugs, remember to slather those tubes in dielectric grease (prevents shorts).

15. Visit the Uber Thread

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/elise-exige-uberpost-read-everything-you-need-know-here-25131/

16. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. is wildly expensive when purchased thru Lotus.
Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.

17. The soft high-grip tires on most of our cars lose much of that grip when temperatures drop below 50 F. I know of too many ppl who spun their cars when not remembering this. I use hi-performance all-seasons.

Note that many summer tires cannot even be stored in temps below 20 F.

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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101/how-bleed-brakes-241138/


How to Search:

For future reference: Don't use the search on this site. Simply use Google and end the search text with "site:lotustalk.com". E.g.
Transmission Fluid change what bolt site:lotustalk.com no space betw site:lotustalk.com
 

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Hey Bryan I'm in the Cleveland area, just outside Strongsville. Any chance we could meet up sometime when you get the car and let me sit in it? I am looking to buy one come spring but I have yet to sit in one lol.

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Don't let that stop you! I've still never sat in one... hopefully tomorrow when it's delivered.

Send me a PM later and we can see if there's a time to meet up over the winter.

Cheers,
Bryan
 

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Congrats on the purchase. Beautiful and rare color you got there. Share more pics once she comes home to you. Enjoy!
 

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Congrats on the purchase. Beautiful and rare color you got there. Share more pics once she comes home to you. Enjoy!
It sounds like delivery will happen just AFTER leaving for another overseas work stint, so I'll see it at Xmas for the first time. I'll share whatever photos my wife shares with me!

Now I can spent my travel time researching upgrades!

Cheers,
B
 

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Who pointed you to that LOUD color?

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It sounds like delivery will happen just AFTER leaving for another overseas work stint, so I'll see it at Xmas for the first time. I'll share whatever photos my wife shares with me!



Now I can spent my travel time researching upgrades!



Cheers,

B
Since I'm nearby.... and you're gone.... I could oversee the delivery for you, and take it on a few hundred mile test drive to make sure everything is good lol.

P.S. the color is amazing, I love it.

P.P.S. when you come back and there's a GTI in your driveway and not a Lotus.... don't be alarmed. Still test driving

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Nigel is finally in his permanent home...

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I've never heard of a car using a male name. I found this portion of the link I've included as interesting.

Female Pronouns for Objects

Both hardcover (1) and online dictionaries agree: The pronoun “she” can refer to inanimate objects. The entries for the pronoun “he,” on the other hand, do not mention anything about personification. So, it is common to hear a ship or a car referred to as “she” but not as “he.”



San
 
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