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Sorry if this was discussed before, I couldn't find any other threads.

Has anyone updated their side intakes on an older Elise to the newest style? Are they a direct replacement?

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I know a lot of people replace the vents with either mesh or exige ducts, but I rather like the vents on the elise.

It just looks a little more "goes fast" to me
 

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I did on my prior Elise.

Body shop did it, but yes, they are a direct fit.
 

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I did mine myself quite simple. Better airflow than slats. Better for intercooler. ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1397740640.601339.jpg


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Another +1 for the EP mesh side scoops, had them on mine for over a year. Only downside is fitment isn't 100% perfect unfortunately, small gap at the base on either side. Don't know if it was the mold they were made from or what.
 

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Yeah, pop the wheel well liners out, think there's 3 bolts in there holding the stock ones in, remove the those, then the stock slat and replace.
 

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Been thinking about doing this. I do think the mesh grill looks a bit better, but I also like how it looks stock. Main driver for me to switch would be to make those areas easier to clean and wax.

If I do the switch, the OCD in me would want to swap out all the grills, not just on the side intakes
 

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I did mine (the entire car) I hated the cheap plastic slats ..makes the car look like 80's Miami vice testarosa and a kit carish IMO...lol. I used BBB motors custom made kit.. Think he's just decided not to make them anymore.
 

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Been thinking about doing this. I do think the mesh grill looks a bit better, but I also like how it looks stock. Main driver for me to switch would be to make those areas easier to clean and wax.

If I do the switch, the OCD in me would want to swap out all the grills, not just on the side intakes
I hear you, they are a pain to clean.

Anyone got a better pic?
 

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I guess I am in the minority as well, this just scream MR2-S to me...
 

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Yeah the OEM ones are fine, but I feel like they're starting to look a little dated. I thought about going for the Exige scoops but they just don't look quite right on the Elise.
 
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