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Hello everyone! Somehow I thought I had already posted an intro but apparently I did not. After years and years of fantasizing over An Elise, I finally got myself one last Friday. 2005 Silver Touring , 16k miles with red interior and just a few mods including sports suspension and a Larini SE exhaust. Car is awesome, used but not abused so I can enjoy it without suffering it... I already interacted with a few of you to buy some items. This forum is amazing and makes ownership so much more fun. Looking forward to the day when I can meet some of you in person and continue learning about these cars.

BTW AvidReader is an ironic username based on the fact that for the longest time I was on the sidelines reading your posts and not jumping in! Maybe I should change it now :)
 

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Welcome to LT! Congrats on your new car! I was a lurker for six months before joining and jumping in and another 4-5 months with a WTB before finding the right car.
 

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Congratulations!!! Here's to many many years of Lotus enjoyment.

Post a few more photos please... and be sure to check out the Golden Gate Lotus Club (GGLC). Long standing and normally super active (however, activities are limited under the current pandemic) club based in NorCal with sister clubs in LA, San Diego and Sacramento.

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
 

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HI!!

Welcome to Lotus ownership! :)

I am very fortunate to have owned mine since new 2006 and loved every minute. Just driving it gives me joy and its therapeutic!

Yes, even when its down with issues I have learned a lot and really appreciate the car, I try to do my own maintenance unless I don't have the tools or confidence.
The know how comes from this great community of owners and enthusiasts.
 

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You are in for lots of fun.
These are great cars.


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.

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 -35 minutes aftercoolant 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 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.

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Plus, “How to bleed brakes”:

How to Bleed Brakes


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 betweensite:lotustalk.com
 

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Thanks to everyone. This list is awesome. I have three or four of these already covered. It looks like I still have lots of tinkering fun to do.
 

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AWESOME! Welcome and hope to see you around the bay area!
 

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@chiarov Are there Bay Area group outings organized in this forum nor is it the Golden Gate club?
Well, given covid-19 there haven't been a lot of outings to be honest. @forkmeupscotty used to arrange some semi-regular lunches but that is all on hold.

There are a number of Bay Area Cars and Coffee events that you can find on facebook when things return to normal.

Otherwise, yes, GGLC is great at organizing trackdays, autox, drives, garage shop talks, socials/BBQs.
 

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Well, given covid-19 there haven't been a lot of outings to be honest. @forkmeupscotty used to arrange some semi-regular lunches but that is all on hold.

There are a number of Bay Area Cars and Coffee events that you can find on facebook when things return to normal.

Otherwise, yes, GGLC is great at organizing trackdays, autox, drives, garage shop talks, socials/BBQs.
There's some discussion afoot to arrange some drives of 2+ hour duration with social distancing soon. I did a drive with my neighbors through the back roads of Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties a few weeks ago. Traffic was very light until we got to Lake Beryessa.
 

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Currently on the GGLC calendar are:
Aug 10 - Track Day at Laguna Seca (sold out)
Sep 12 - Autocross at Cow Palace (limited to 50 drivers, expect registration to open mid-Aug. Will likely sell-out quickly)

And, as Dan suggested we are looking into a series of 2-3 hour drives (volunteer tour/drive leaders?)

All done with health safety in mind.

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
 
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