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Bought my first Lotus - 2007 Elise from an LT Member and am looking forward to collecting it this weekend and driving it back to Los Angeles from San Francisco (the scenic way down highway 1). From reading a number of posts, it seems many of you can make great recommendations for trusted local businesses to service and/or upgrade a Lotus Elise. Have any of you, great recommendations for the LA area?
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That is a CLEAN looking car! Congrats!

My efforts to find an Exige that looks that good continue!

Cheers,
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Awesome find and welcome to the group! I also have a Chrome Orange Elise and love it. There is nothing not to love about these cars, except maybe the A/C... :smile2: You are in a good area too because most Lotus appear to be on the West Coast. Enjoy!:shift:
 

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Congrats! What a great way to break-in your new relationship!

Be sure to hook up with the LCOSC - Lotus Club of So California. I think they're working on a couple of canyon drives for the next couple of months.

Cheers,
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Welcome and congrats! That is definitely one clean looking CO(chrome orange)!

I tend to purchase alot of my aftermarket parts either here from the for sale section or from GRP.

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Clean clean clean! Welcome to the group!

Give you $100 if you can keep a grin off your face as you drive your new baby home! :D
 

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Really 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.

Stock: “Excuse me”


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 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.


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:
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311/cooling-ticking-timebomb-how-your-cooling-u-tube-47232/

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:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f320/remote-key-fob-immobilizer-misc-alarm-programming-70940/


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. Visit the Uber Thread

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/elise-exige-uberpost-read-everything-you-need-know-here-25131/

15. 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.

16. 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”:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101/how-bleed-brakes-241138/


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 betw site:lotustalk.com
 

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Looks amazing! Congrats! Do you know if this car was actually spec'd with that interior? Looks amazing! I think I would like to do the same to mine.
 

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Beautiful car . Hope to find my CO Elise before too long . PCH will be a blast in that , I have done that ride on a bike it's awesome.
 

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Congrats on your purchase!

Look for A1 Automotive owned by Harix on this forum.
He can 100% be trusted with your new baby.
 
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Looks amazing! Congrats! Do you know if this car was actually spec'd with that interior? Looks amazing! I think I would like to do the same to mine.
Yep, this was the original interior. Color is called biscuit. There is a red car currently for sale in FL with a biscuit and red interior vs my black and biscuit version.
 

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Welcome! That seat color looks like magnolia. Biscuit is a darker tan color. The underside is very clean and very little evidence of scrapes. The PO must have been very attentive to this car.
 

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Beautiful Unit man!

I am jealous as all get out looking at the leading edge under your clam... Let's just say I have a little bit of work to get my clam looking acceptable...

Honestly, it would be rather expensive for me to try to get it to that level of perfect, but in a way. Out of sight out of mind...

I have driven my car from San Jose down to San Diego during the "superbloom" a few years ago just before heading east again. It looked like a honest to goodness painting with all the hills painted yellow and green.
 

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Beautiful Unit man!

I am jealous as all get out looking at the leading edge under your clam... Let's just say I have a little bit of work to get my clam looking acceptable...

Honestly, it would be rather expensive for me to try to get it to that level of perfect, but in a way. Out of sight out of mind...

I have driven my car from San Jose down to San Diego during the "superbloom" a few years ago just before heading east again. It looked like a honest to goodness painting with all the hills painted yellow and green.
thanks Motard. Drive back was awesome yesterday
 
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