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Just bought this car and was wondering if anybody has any history on it? Based on everything done to it I have a feeling someone in here knows something about it so I thought I would ask. I bought it in NY where it looks like it was purchased in 2018. It has a full cage. Parking brake is missing. Seems to be a lot of interior missing from when the cage was put in. It has an aftermarket supercharger on it. Has the lines ran for a fire extinguisher kit. It was definitely tracked.

Just looking for any information to kind of track down the story.

On a side note the amount of neighbors that stopped by to see it has been crazy. These cars are definitely attention grabbers. I'm pretty excited to be stepping into a lotus.



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Sorry, no. But looks good.

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.



Sounds like this “excuse me”….


Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus. Or, from beloved parts supplier, RD Enterprises: Compact Air Horn $59




Ultra Compact two-tone air horn unit measures about 4-3/8" tall x 5" long x 3" wide and weighs under 2 lbs., and it's LOUD! The sound measured at 2 meters is 115 dB. Easy installation because there's only one part to install, horn compressor relay and instructions included.

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. I also reoriented one swivel joint.



6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 20 -35 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.



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 and 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...



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.



18. Many benefits to joining Lotus Ltd (USA Lotus club). Get help wherever you are, using the contact booklet they update every year. (I’ve helped a few ppl who contacted me.) This is who stages LOGs (Lotus Owner Gatherings) every year. https://lotusltd.com


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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

Maintenance and Repairs.




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 between site: lotustalk.com
 

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You can try VIN search and do some detective work based on PO info that you may have.
 

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Just bought this car and was wondering if anybody has any history on it? Based on everything done to it I have a feeling someone in here knows something about it so I thought I would ask. I bought it in NY where it looks like it was purchased in 2018. It has a full cage. Parking brake is missing. Seems to be a lot of interior missing from when the cage was put in. It has an aftermarket supercharger on it. Has the lines ran for a fire extinguisher kit. It was definitely tracked.

Just looking for any information to kind of track down the story.

On a side note the amount of neighbors that stopped by to see it has been crazy. These cars are definitely attention grabbers. I'm pretty excited to be stepping into a lotus.



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Good luck with your new car. I have the same car so if you have questions about how it came from the factory PM me. I turned mine into a track car.I’m not familiar with your particular car but I know what gets changed for tracking.
 

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Thanks! It looks like the guy I bought it from has neglected it the past year or so so I need to just go through the car and check it over. Eventually I'd like to remove the cage and return the interior to stock. It looks like the cage was bolted in. A lot of the interior plastics have been cut up. Other than that, is it as easy just removing the cage or are other modifications usually made to the car to fit a cage?

I hope to have some time this weekend to really see what was done but if you have experience with the cage installation I figured I'd ask. Thanks!

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Thanks! It looks like the guy I bought it from has neglected it the past year or so so I need to just go through the car and check it over. Eventually I'd like to remove the cage and return the interior to stock. It looks like the cage was bolted in. A lot of the interior plastics have been cut up. Other than that, is it as easy just removing the cage or are other modifications usually made to the car to fit a cage?

I hope to have some time this weekend to really see what was done but if you have experience with the cage installation I figured I'd ask. Thanks!

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I used to see a black 06 with a Mohawk roof (as you know the 06's didn't have Mohawks, and the roof bump it did have was not functional) at cars and coffees in Maryland a few years back. As far back as 2014. A very young guy had it at the time. It might have migrated North.
 

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I have heard that driving a caged car without a helmet requires caution, especially if the airbag has been deleted. Others may have more knowledge or experience...
 

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Thanks! It looks like the guy I bought it from has neglected it the past year or so so I need to just go through the car and check it over. Eventually I'd like to remove the cage and return the interior to stock. It looks like the cage was bolted in. A lot of the interior plastics have been cut up. Other than that, is it as easy just removing the cage or are other modifications usually made to the car to fit a cage?

I hope to have some time this weekend to really see what was done but if you have experience with the cage installation I figured I'd ask. Thanks!

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Often the e-brake has been removed. It may have 21/2 degrees of camber or more so you may want to reshiim.1 deg or so if you’re only going to street it.
It may have racing brake pads which will wear rotors quickly on street driving.Check sandwich plate for the right type and thermostat.There is a current thread on this where exigis gave excellent advice.
 

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I have heard that driving a caged car without a helmet requires caution, especially if the airbag has been deleted. Others may have more knowledge or experience...
Depends on the configuration and clearance of the cage, particularly where one's head might strike the bar(s). In that case, yes, it's a major safety issue.
 

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What A track beast! If you need some sill covers I have some that I wrapped in leather for the interior. Just shoot me a pm.
 

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I think it's this one.




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Congrats on the new purchase. Lots to learn, invest some time reading up on these and common failure points and double check those.

If you're looking for recommendations change your fluids, particularly the oil and send it to Blackstone for analysis. Then do that for the next few changes. The results should be consistent(ish), there are indicators in that analysis.

Brakes: Track car likely has track pads.. Validate that, you don't want to be using those on street. If you can't tell get some cheap Hawks.

That cage is a concern with a lap belt. At a minimum, and it will only help for minor occurrences, put some padding on the bars by your head. A harness will fix the threat of the cage, but you risk internal decapitation without a helmet and Hans device.. Typically a cage is the line you only cross when going 0% street.

Put some black vinyl wrap on those front accessory covers.. just saying...
 
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Congrats on the new purchase. Lots to learn, invest some time reading up on these and common failure points and double check those.

If you're looking for recommendations change your fluids, particularly the oil and send it to Blackstone for analysis. Then do that for the next few changes. The results should be consistent(ish), there are indicators in that analysis.

Brakes: Track car likely has track pads.. Validate that, you don't want to be using those on street. If you can't tell get some cheap Hawks.

That cage is a concern with a lap belt. At a minimum, and it will only help for minor occurrences, put some padding on the bars by your head. A harness will fix the threat of the cage, but you risk internal decapitation without a helmet and Hans device.. Typically a cage is the line you only cross when going 0% street.

Put some black vinyl wrap on those front accessory covers.. just saying...
Thanks! I've been going through a lot of old posts and have already learned a lot. And I agree with all the concern about driving with cage without wearing a helmet which is a big reason I'm taking it out. I'm picking up the stock rollbar on Monday and will be removing the cage next weekend.

And why black vinyl? Haha you don't like the carbon?

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