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Hello Peeps!
I autocrossed friends Super 7s and Elans years ago. Always had a fond spot for Lotus! Own 6 different TVRs (started when I realised I would never be able to afford a Cobra)
Been friends with Randy Chase for years and went up against him autocrossing my TVR 3000s versus his MR2 (pre Lotus days)

Anyway, got back into autocrossing having a go in a Pontiac GXP coupe.. doing fine locally.. but realised I needed some "other quirky car" to have a better shot and the Lotus fit the bill.

Thanks to Randy for support and info! I'm sure I'll be gleaning more info from him, the site, and others!
 

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That's the best color too :D
 
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Good for you. These are brilliant cars.



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 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.


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. Visit the Uber Thread

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

15. 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.

16. 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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PS: Friend is a TVR fan.

Has about 6 or so.

One stock.

One with Supra turbo engine.

And....one where he widened the chassis body and stuffed a TT Corvette V8 in it!
 

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I had to chuckle as I realised talking to someone recently that the Lotus is the most "common" car in my garage! Lol..
The Lotus... 1 of 2500 or so in 2005?
None of the ones below are broken out by color... just total models made.
Gxp coupe 5 spd manual.. 1266 coupes.. Turbo manuals..1 of 270
77 TVR Turbo Taimar ... 63 Turbos, only 3 LHD.. this is 1 0f 30 Taimars, and was the 1977 NYC auto show car.
68 TVR Tuscan LWB SE V8 .. 302 powered and 1 of 48 in 4 years
79 TVR 3000S ... 1 of 254 in 2 years
72 TVR 2500... 1 of @ 950... and @ 105 of those with this "hybrid" chassis combo. This has a 302 in it also.

But I really am looking forward to time in the Elise!
 

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Can I have a TVR? Kindergarten rules apply here...sharing is caring ;P

Welcome to the forums and congrats on the new Elise. Thanks for sharing the pics of your wonderful collection!
 
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I'd seen this thread, but I completely missed you were local. The Elise is certainly not common, even here, but considering your attraction to the TVRs (which are obviously fairly exclusive), I'm wondering why you didn't consider an Exige? I don't think I've ever seen a TVR in person, and obviously you have a few. PM if you'd like to chat. Thanks.

San
 

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I'd seen this thread, but I completely missed you were local. The Elise is certainly not common, even here, but considering your attraction to the TVRs (which are obviously fairly exclusive), I'm wondering why you didn't consider an Exige? I don't think I've ever seen a TVR in person, and obviously you have a few. PM if you'd like to chat. Thanks.

San
I wanted something that would be autocross competitive without much modification... if I want to start spending significant money on mods I have several TVRs I feel I "owe" it to first....lol. Plus, I didn't think the Exige would be as competitive where it is classed...

My Dad just passed away Sunday night and am getting things settled, at some point would love to chat up TVRs or the like...

Bill
 

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I wanted something that would be autocross competitive without much modification... if I want to start spending significant money on mods I have several TVRs I feel I "owe" it to first....lol. Plus, I didn't think the Exige would be as competitive where it is classed...

My Dad just passed away Sunday night and am getting things settled, at some point would love to chat up TVRs or the like...

Bill
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. You have the forum's condolences. If there's anything we can do, please don't hesitate to ask. I wish I could say something that would help.

San
 

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Congrats on the purchase! You have a wonderful collection of cars. Also, my condolences to you and your family. If you ever need to clear your head, a nice top down drive in your "new" Elise helps. Enjoy and drive safe!

Gabe
 
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