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I've owned a number of Lotus' over years. One Elise, two Exige S, three Elan's (S1, S2, S4) and a Twin Cam Europa. I went full circle and bought another Elise. (Photo's below).

Why? It's kind of a long story but the short version is I was a track rat for nine years, decided to give up my addiction to the track and focus on restoring "classic" Lotus sports cars. Spent years doing frame off restorations (as a hobby) and did a fairly good job on them (If I say so myself). Was getting ready to downsize my home and nicely equipped garage so I sold all the classic Lotus cars and bought a very nice used 2005 Storm Titanium Elise with 20,000 miles as the Lotus I was going to keep.

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I drove my "new" Elise for about a month and decided that I would do all the "preventive" maintenance on it over the winter as well as a few mods I wanted.

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This Elise was in very nice condition and bone stock with Touring package, hard top and soft top. Outside of factory scheduled maintenance, nothing had been done to it. Then I rolled it into my shop and dismantled it.
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The front clam needed to come off as I was going to replace the OEM AC condenser with a new one. There was a slight AC leak and I had traced it to the condenser. Plus, I know the stock radiator will eventially leak (the platic sides crack over time) so that needed to be replaced. While I was at it, I replaced the twin electric fans, radiator hoses, the resistor pack, installed stainless steel braided brake lines, replace AC reciever drier (need to do this if you open the AC lines) and replaced the rotors and brake pads. I have known Shinoo & Stacy at InoKinetic for a long time so most of my parts orders went through them. And while the clam was off, I sent it to the body shop to have a few small scuffs repaired on the front bottom of the clam and painted to match the OEM color. With help from my friend Ian (who knows these cars well) the work began.

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Once the AC, coolant and brake systems were back together they need to be charged and refilled.
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The oil line recall had never been done. I arranged to have it completed in my garage as I didn't have the proper tools to do it to factory spec.
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The clam came back from the body shop and I re-installed the grilles and headlights. While the head light pods were out I replaced all the lamps. I also installed a new front splitter from Greg's Race Parts. He is super good to deal with and I ordered a number of other CF parts for the car.
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Next came the new shifter cables and the stiffening bracket from InoKinetic.

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Cosmetic stuff. CF center console, rear console and side air scoops from Greg's Race Parts. Also install new Green air-filter while I had the rear wheel wells out.
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The RTD brace is a must install for any type of spirited driving. I'm not going to track this car, but I know what happens if there is a shear.
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Complete new exhaust system is a must. Out comes the OEM header, exhaust silencer and CAT. Some of the heat shield goes too. In goes the DMC Ultimate 2ZZ SS header, sport cat and Lariini SE dual tip exhaust. (Thanks Black Watch Racing for the parts). I had the header ceramic coated by Jet Hot to reduce engine bay temp. New APR 2ZZ exhaust studs are a must (BOE Fabrication). The heat shield for one of the engine mounts needed to be notched now that the RTD brace is installed.

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The rear end panel of the car needs to be modified for the Euro Exhaust system and Lotus still carries these parts as OEM. New black 5 element rounded rear diffuser from Difflow. Got my son and his girl friend to help install the pans and diffuser under the car. Nice having extra hands and it was an easy bribe with free beer. One other exterior mod I made was to replace the wheels with LSS black wheels and had Yokohama Advan Neova tires mounted (225/45R-17 & 175/55R-16).

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Back to the interior. I wanted a remote radar detector installed between the seats and mounted at the rear window. The remote display is wired at the front under the start button. Installed new stereo system consisting of Sony DSX-GS80 45 watt per channel head end, Focal PC100 front speakers and Focal PC130 rear speakers.
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For those of you that are working on your car in your own garage and have a lift, the Rear Lift point kit is a must install (Monkey Wrench Racing).

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A few minor additions of a Sector 111 bootie, Safecraft Black Aluminum fire extinguisher and a rear engine deck lift from Greg's Race Parts I'm just about done with my enhancements and updates.

Now if I can just keep my eyes off BOE's supercharger kit...…..
 

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That's a lot of items checked off the list, looking great! I've been trying to find myself the Sector 111 Bootie ever since I got my Elise.
 

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A few minor additions of a Sector 111 bootie, Safecraft Black Aluminum fire extinguisher and a rear engine deck lift from Greg's Race Parts I'm just about done with my enhancements and updates.

Now if I can just keep my eyes off BOE's supercharger kit...…..
For the extinguisher, consider this Element - Fire Extinguishers Its a lot smaller, lighter, doesn't expire and longer usage time. I have one for the above reasons.
 

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Penske single adjustable coil overs. Pure car porn. Can’t wait to install them. Street spec 350F/500R springs. Thanks Fred @ Blackwatch!
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