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Sold my house just as the pandemic started and bought a dream car, a S260 prepped as a cup car (cage, fire suppression, electrical cut off). I store the car in Alpharetta but live in the city. Hope to connect with some Atlanta Lotus peeps virtually or 6ft apart until track days/cars and coffee resume.
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Welcome! Your Exige is gorgeous!!!

I am also a new Lotus owner and I live just outside Alpharetta. I need to create my own introduction thread.
 

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Welcome. I'm a current Lotus owner hoping to one day live near Alpharetta :)
 
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Welcome! Beautiful exige! Evora S owner in Atlanta here. You should join the Lotus LTD southeast Facebook group, sometimes they'll post local lotus events.
 
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Congrats! I have a S260 FE and an Exige V6 Cup-R that we track quite frequently. If you haven't ran many HPDEs, I would strongly suggest starting at Barber Motorsports. It's an excellent teaching/learning track. Road Atlanta is fun but can be very intimidating if you are a newbie. You also have Atlanta Motorsport Parks which is a fun little roller coaster track.

Take care and Enjoy,
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Sweet ride. I'm in EAV and used to have an S240 and still have my non-streetable Elise auto-x beast. You should bring it out to a local auto-x (when they happen again) to get an idea of it's chassis dynamics before putting into a wall on track.
 

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Welcome! Your Exige is gorgeous!!!

I am also a new Lotus owner and I live just outside Alpharetta. I need to create my own introduction thread.
Thanks man! We should meet up sometime, admire cars from 6ft apart, ha!
 

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Sweet ride. I'm in EAV and used to have an S240 and still have my non-streetable Elise auto-x beast. You should bring it out to a local auto-x (when they happen again) to get an idea of it's chassis dynamics before putting into a wall on track.
I’m in cabbagetown, once this all blows over it’s good to know there’s lotus folk so close. Looking forward to seeing your beast at autoX. I’ve been going on some mountain cruises to get a feel for the car and push it a little (without being too stupid), can’t wait to really stretch it’s legs and learn where that limit is!
 

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Congrats! I have a S260 FE and an Exige V6 Cup-R that we track quite frequently. If you haven't ran many HPDEs, I would strongly suggest starting at Barber Motorsports. It's an excellent teaching/learning track. Road Atlanta is fun but can be very intimidating if you are a newbie. You also have Atlanta Motorsport Parks which is a fun little roller coaster track.

Take care and Enjoy,
Eldon
Nice line up! Thanks, looking forward to seeing you and your cars at events once things resume...
 

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Welcome! Beautiful exige! Evora S owner in Atlanta here. You should join the Lotus LTD southeast Facebook group, sometimes they'll post local lotus events.
Just got approved today. I’m going to introduce myself there too. Thanks!
 

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I’m in cabbagetown, once this all blows over it’s good to know there’s lotus folk so close. Looking forward to seeing your beast at autoX. I’ve been going on some mountain cruises to get a feel for the car and push it a little (without being too stupid), can’t wait to really stretch it’s legs and learn where that limit is!
Whoa, Cabbagetown. It's a cool place. I can see why you have to store your car elsewhere.
 

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Such a nice car.
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.

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 aftercoolant 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:




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:



Remote Key Fob, Immobilizer & Misc Alarm Programming



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



**Elise/Exige Uberpost READ THIS. Everything you need to know is in here**



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”:

How to Bleed Brakes



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 betweensite:lotustalk.com
 

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Also shoutout to e3 storage! This is my first time using car storage and I spent quite some time researching all the options in the Atlanta area. Couldn't have found a better place to store/wrench on the 260 and hang with other like minded folk. Highly recommend them!
 

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Also shoutout to e3 storage! This is my first time using car storage and I spent quite some time researching all the options in the Atlanta area. Couldn't have found a better place to store/wrench on the 260 and hang with other like minded folk. Highly recommend them!
Coolness. I've been curious about a place like this. Can you PM the monthly rent?
 

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