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Brand new to owning a Lotus. Just purchased a 300hp turbo widebody Elise. Coming from a 1000hp LS swapped Nissan 300zx. It is definitely a totally different car. Slower in a straight line, however alot of fun. The weight difference is ridiculous and very excited to start really taking some turns. 馃榿
 

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Hi everyone,
Brand new to owning a Lotus. Just purchased a 300hp turbo widebody Elise. Coming from a 1000hp LS swapped Nissan 300zx. It is definitely a totally different car. Slower in a straight line, however alot of fun. The weight difference is ridiculous and very excited to start really taking some turns. 馃榿
Welcome. I've had my 2006 Exige for 12 years. Nothing but fun.
 

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Very cool! Can we see some more photos of that wing!
 

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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/. GRP (Greg鈥檚 Racing Parrs) offers Extend -a-View mirrors, but I鈥檝e not seen them.

2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There鈥檚 an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.



Sounds like this 鈥渆xcuse me鈥濃.


Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus. Or, from beloved parts supplier, RD Enterprises: Compact Air Horn $59




Ultra Compact two-tone air horn unit measures about 4-3/8" tall x 5" long x 3" wide and weighs under 2 lbs., and it's LOUD! The sound measured at 2 meters is 115 dB. Easy installation because there's only one part to install, horn compressor relay and instructions included.

Stebel: 鈥淗ONK! LOOK OUT!鈥


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鈥. )



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鈥檝e 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鈥檚 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. I also reoriented one swivel joint.



6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 20 -35 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鈥檛 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鈥檚 and InoKinetic鈥檚 for two examples.



8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That鈥檚 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鈥檛 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鈥檛 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.



18. Many benefits to joining Lotus Ltd (USA Lotus club). Get help wherever you are, using the contact booklet they update every year. (I鈥檝e helped a few ppl who contacted me.) This is who stages LOGs (Lotus Owner Gatherings) every year. https://lotusltd.com





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Plus, 鈥淗ow to bleed brakes鈥:

Maintenance and Repairs.








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Good luck getting heat in those tires!
 
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