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Hello ladies and gents,

I'll be shipping my lotus to Oahu...unfortunately, when shipping by boat, I need 6 inches of clearance. It seems like a stock elise should be around 140mm which is about 5.5 inches. With my clam guard, I am at 4.25 inches in the front. What is the tallest wheel we can fit on our cars?

Also I'll have to remove the mud guards :(

How screwed am I and any ideas?
 

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Hello ladies and gents,

I'll be shipping my lotus to Oahu...unfortunately, when shipping by boat, I need 6 inches of clearance. It seems like a stock elise should be around 140mm which is about 5.5 inches. With my clam guard, I am at 4.25 inches in the front. What is the tallest wheel we can fit on our cars?

Also I'll have to remove the mud guards :(

How screwed am I and any ideas?
Sure about that? I was stationed at Hickam and helped others ship cars to/from there and didn't have those stipulations. Matson?

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Time to jack up your lotus. My mechanic told me we should try seeing how high Penskes will take the car.
 

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Time to jack up your lotus. My mechanic told me we should try seeing how high Penskes will take the car.
I have the Penske DAs, and the Reverie front splitter, so I'll need all the clearance I can get, if I ship the Lotus. Might leave it here. @fzust Any input on this?

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Unfortunately, I will need to drive it back from the port. That is an interesting idea though.
A jack and two 17mm wrenches are all you need to swap them out. You could also use a rollback. I also have no idea how much droop the suspension has. The stock coilovers I swapped out last weekend are 14.75 eye to eye. It dropped at least an inch when I removed them.

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Time to jack up your lotus. My mechanic told me we should try seeing how high Penskes will take the car.
I think Penskes will get you close enough to 6".Also you could take off the front spoiler.
 
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Maybe this would work? Coil spring extenders This is just the first thing that popped on Google when I entered "coil spring extenders" Cheap enough too.
 

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Find a different shipping company. I just shipped mine by boat and didn't have any issues and my clearance at the front is 4.5 inches.
 

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Yeah, you shouldn't have any problem. Tighten up the perches about 15 turns. That said, can you use a couple of boards to get it over the humps? Since you have the stiffer springs on your car should be fairly simple or get you close enough. Take a few pieces of 2x6 about 4' long will get you over any problematic transitions. Taking the splitter off it feasible is always a good idea as it will help approach angle as well.
 

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Find a different shipping company. I just shipped mine by boat and didn't have any issues and my clearance at the front is 4.5 inches.
Woah woah woah, which shipping company did you use? I've only found three main ones including matson. The others I found simply used matson. I looked into pasha. Ugh, I forgot why I eliminated them. Possibly the duration time. I'll give them a call back.

If you could find out who you used I'd greatly appreciate it as I plan to hike up the car very soon.

To all the others, many thanks. I'll look into it. Unfortunately, I'm all thumbs so if anything requires wrenching on my part, I might as well drive the car off the pier.
 

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Yeah, you shouldn't have any problem. Tighten up the perches about 15 turns. That said, can you use a couple of boards to get it over the humps? Since you have the stiffer springs on your car should be fairly simple or get you close enough. Take a few pieces of 2x6 about 4' long will get you over any problematic transitions. Taking the splitter off it feasible is always a good idea as it will help approach angle as well.
They won't do any special instructions during loading unfortunately.
 

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"Spring helpers" an old redneck trick for adding height to coil springs. Super cheap rubber blocks that insert into the coil and add a lot of height. Lotus even used them for shipping to the USA. Removal was part of PDI. Some owners reported issues in 2005 when the step to remove them was skipped.
 

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"Spring helpers" an old redneck trick for adding height to coil springs. Super cheap rubber blocks that insert into the coil and add a lot of height. Lotus even used them for shipping to the USA. Removal was part of PDI. Some owners reported issues in 2005 when the step to remove them was skipped.
Hmmm that looks simple as hell and it looks like it won't scratch anything either. So you can drive with these on for a bit?
 

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"Spring helpers" an old redneck trick for adding height to coil springs. Super cheap rubber blocks that insert into the coil and add a lot of height. Lotus even used them for shipping to the USA. Removal was part of PDI. Some owners reported issues in 2005 when the step to remove them was skipped.
In my Crossle FF, I use "spring helpers" plastic spacers between the springs and the perches at full droop and then set the car down over an inch taller to load it in the trailer. Works great.
 

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I mean technically, yes. Your ride would be bouncy as a civic on coilover bump stops but you could do it without damaging anything. Apparently in 2005 quite a few owers inadvertently did lol.
 

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Hello ladies and gents,

I'll be shipping my lotus to Oahu...unfortunately, when shipping by boat, I need 6 inches of clearance. It seems like a stock elise should be around 140mm which is about 5.5 inches. With my clam guard, I am at 4.25 inches in the front. What is the tallest wheel we can fit on our cars?

Also I'll have to remove the mud guards :(

How screwed am I and any ideas?
is the Lotus dealer in Hawaii still in existence?
 
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