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Hi everybody,

Matt here, happy to be joining the forum! I've had some fun cars in the past, including a 2007 BRG Mini Cooper S, a 2012 WRX Hatchback, and most recently a great AP1 S2000 that served mostly track duty.

After a long search, I've just picked up my first Lotus, a salvage title 2006 Exige with just over 40k miles. I bought it at as a bit of a mystery, after it sat in storage for 5 or 6 years, at a price low enough that I couldn't say no. It is my goal to return it to it's deserved glory.

It retains the original albeit repaired clams. It is turbocharged, running on an archaic Hydra Nemesis standalone, and there are mystery wires hanging out in the cabin with no indicator of what purpose they might serve. The car has many quirks, for instance the previous owner seems to have deleted the front fog/indicator lights and patched the holes in the shell (couldn't possibly tell you why). The gas gauge reads empty no matter the fuel level, there's a master killswitch installed that serves an additional purpose as the only way to turn off the grille-installed fog lights (which are apparently wired without a switch), and the shifter has enough play in it to rival an elementary school lunchtime recess. There seems to be a variety of custom work on the car, ranging from incredibly well done to shade tree-special.

Despite all that, after an oil change, coolant flush, and new spark plugs, she
is miraculously mechanically sound from a meta standpoint. I took her over to Evans Tuning yesterday, and after working through various snags (for instance, neither of the installed widebands were being picked up by the ECU), Jeff had it running great. We had 0 mechanical issues on the dyno, though for some reason that neither of us could figure out, she's stuck at ~6800rpm in every gear, as if it is stuck in launch control mode. Despite that, she still made a very respectable 325whp at ~6800rpm in 100deg ambient temp and 70% humidity. Here's to hoping the motor is built.

Next step will be yanking the custom wiring harness and obsolete ECU for a stock wiring harness (which the previous owner included) and a plug-n-play ECU alternative (looking at Monkey Wrench's, any suggestions?).

After sorting the ECU, improving the shifter with Stan's mod and a gated plate, and flushing the trans fluid, I plan on enjoying the car as-is for the brief remaining good weather window we have left here in NY, and the winter will bring a total overhaul of all any and all items that need attention.

I would love to hear if anyone knows the history of this car. It carries a salvage title from Nevada, though Jeff thinks he may have tuned it for a previous owner around 5-6 years ago. I've included pictures as well, and I believe it was black from the factory.

I look forward to learning from this community and bringing this lotus back to the road/track!
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Hi Matt,

I tried to post a reply earlier, but you VANISHED! Awaiting Moderator approval due to that outstretched tongue picture, before??? :ROFLMAO:



Anyway WELCOME to LT! I suggest you subscribe to LotusPALS, where NYC area Lotus events and gatherings are posted.

And if you want to join other Lotus track-junkies, Got Track Motorsports hosts HPDEs at the NYST (New York Safety Track in Jefferson, NY).


See you around!
 

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Hi Matt,

I tried to post a reply earlier, but you VANISHED! Awaiting Moderator approval due to that outstretched tongue picture, before??? :ROFLMAO:

See you around!
He was in the approval queue, but it had nothing to do with any pics, just the quirkiness of this forum.

San
 

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Hey Carbuff! Lol, I wish the picture was me, it was a buddy at the Nurburgring a while back that I accidentally uploaded.

I’ll definitely subscribe! I recently did a day at NYST with the Classic Car Club of Manhattan in a Spec Miata, such a fun track. They have an Evora 400 as well that I’ve been itching to drive.

I look forward to meeting the other NY based lotus guys soon!
 

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Good for you.

Lots of fun ahead.


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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Good for you.

Lots of fun ahead.


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.

-----

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
Thank you GLB! I had seen this copied on some other posts, I appreciate you taking the time to add it here. I'll be working my way through the uberpost, and the shifter stiffening mods are high on my to-do list. Greatly appreciated!
 

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Entirely my pleasure.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Matt! That's a fantastic ride you got there. Can't stop looking at it for a whole 5 minutes.
Thank you Vinnie! I'm glad you like it. The orange wheels aren't entirely my type, but they're growing on me.

I'm playing with the idea of a JPS theme (big fan as my username might give away), with gold wheels, gas flap, and gold lotus lettering on the rear. There was an Elise 72D for sale near me that I missed out on, and I loved the look.
 

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Hey Matt welcome, I am also located in Westchester, PM me if I can be of any help.
 

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Hey Matt welcome, I am also located in Westchester, PM me if I can be of any help.
Thanks Kubera! Who do you trust in our area to work on your car? I’ve already been over to meet Waldir at Intermecanica in Mamaroneck, but haven’t met anyone who has worked with him in the past.
 
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