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Hi everyone,

I'am 31 years old, living in the french part of Switzerland... Those last years I drove an MX-5 for track days and drift events, just for fun.

Recently I had the opportunity to buy a totaled lotus exige... I had some sleepless night, trying to make to good choice: But it or leave it... There isn't a lot of lotus that an can afford and I am not afraid of some repair job, so last December I buy it and carry it to my place.

It's a lotus exige s2 gt special edition, with the öhlins damper, accusump, 308mm front brake disc and other stuff...

To the question, how bad are the damages, see the pictures.

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All anchor points of the wishbones are good... luckily... I just want to place a U piece of aluminium here (in red) to make it right. Any advice on alloy glue?

The wishbones took all the shocks... they are good for the trash can.... The hardest part will be to change the sill panel I think...
 

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This web site / contact could be of help on Lotus chassis repairs (officially Lotus Cars dont recommend it... but I've seen specialist in Europe can do, with the correct adhesives) : Lotus

Un-bonding & re-bonding the side sill mounding is covered in detail here :
 

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Thanks you for all your links, there will be very useful. I've the feeling that chassis repairs are taboo... I will try to share my experience.
 

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Chassis repairs are 'taboo' only cause Lotus doesn't recommend them, on that basis no insurance company would go against a manufacturers recommendations. However on Elise / Exiges that means many cars have been written off, with only lightish front impact . Thats why the Evora has a different design, where the front crash structure (inc suspension pick-up points) can be unbolted & replaced.

However other industries that use aluminium for structures can & do repair them. Whats important to note, is Lotus use thin-wall alloy extrusions, suitable for bonding ( + mechanical fixings in some areas), not welding. The repair area would need to be accessed as 'repairable', suitably prepared / cleaned & use the correct bonding agent. If the whole extrusion was needed, you'd need to source this from a 3rd party used, as Lotus dont sell them. This is where it gets tricky... if the used extrusion has been 'un-picked' from an assembled chassis using heat to break the factory bond, the structure has been compromised. Dry-ice is the correct way to break the bond without compromising the extrusion's integrity.

HTHs
 
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