I designed this a couple of years ago from a fellow Aussie who did one for his Rover engined S2 that has a totally different rear subframe. Just for my Elise.(http://aussieelises.com/index.php?/topic/162-diy-tilt-your-clam/page__hl__clamhinge)Looks great.......but, I gotta do it.....I gotta ask.....how is the Aussie-Clamhinge different and/or better then the BOE ClamHinge (which is also available for the Exige)? I'm looking to buy a ClamHinge, so any info would be great.
Sorry but the Exige clam is just too heavy for a single person lift. There are no more rattles with the clamhinge fitted than before. I have done about 30,000 km with mine and no noise issues at all. I tilted mine at a trackday once and it sure did create a bit of interest.Wow.....interesting. I didn't know there were any issues with the BOE on an Exige.
Still wish for two items...although it's probably not possible?: 1.) Be able to tilt the (exige) clam by myself and 2.) Eliminate the noise rattles other clamhinge owners discuss due to the limited amount of attachments.
I know it's not doable on a Lotus, but wish the clam could be tilted quickly at a car show without having to pull out a cordless screwdriver and a handful of fasteners. anic:
I agree with what you have done. For about a year I had my clam setup for quick removal like yourself but got sick of having to get my son to carry it indoors. That is when I built my first hinge set, 2 more redesigns and I now have what I want and have about 30 kits with happy Lotus drivers.From what I've heard, the Exige clam is far easier to remove, thus less needed compared with an Elise.
I installed the Radium kit on my Elise purely to make removal during the winter a quicker project. There is not a lot of "stuff" in the $200 kit, but there is engineering and figuring out how to do it. That was worth the money to me. When you get right down to it, the Elise kit remounts the engine cover to the clam rather than to the body, eliminates the "through the speakers" bolts and makes access to the "through the rollbar" bolts easy and not requiring removal of half the interior. I did not relocate my battery or trim my fender liners, but did cut the vent trim piece. I would estimate that a removal will now take me 1/2 an hour. When I removed the clam for the kit install, it took me well over 3 hours.
I really like the idea of the hinge but for the BOE hinge, I would have to buy a new exhaust and battery, which would be smaller than I want. I prefer "no fuss" with the car, so run a full sized battery. I can leave it for 2 weeks with no charger and start it right up.
Most of the attachment points are shared but not all due to the way the bootlid hinges are different. Also the diffuser and rear panels are attached differently. The Elise does not have side scoops to remove while tilting.What's the difference between an Elise and Exige, isn't it pretty much the same fargen clam?