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Hello All,

I am please to say that I bought a 2008 Lotus Elise recently and am very pleased to be the new owner. I was not sure in the beginning - first true drivers car. However, I am loving every minute of my back breaking experiencing ( getting in/out and just the drive.

I am a super noob, however, researching this forum in order to possibly perform the following (super charger, fly wheel, clutch, exhaust, cams, and more).

Added her brother from another - 911 GTS.
 

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Sweet Elise!
Welcome. There is a lot to learn about these cars and most of it can be found on this site.
 

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Hello All,

I am please to say that I bought a 2008 Lotus Elise recently and am very pleased to be the new owner. I was not sure in the beginning - first true drivers car. However, I am loving every minute of my back breaking experiencing ( getting in/out and just the drive.

I am a super noob, however, researching this forum in order to possibly perform the following (super charger, fly wheel, clutch, exhaust, cams, and more).

Added her brother from another - 911 GTS.
Climbing in and out will get easier as you learn. Much easier if the roof is off.
 

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Welcome. Lots of us from Oregon here. I'd love to hear the contrast to the 911 GTS, after making the comment "first true drivers car". I was actually considering a 991 GTS at the same time as buying the Exige. Pre-Covid did you ever make the drive up to Portland Cars and Coffee?
 

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This is has been much discussed, and everyone seems to think their way is the best way, but I've always gotten in like so: right leg in, use wheel for support, drop butt down into seat, pull left leg over sill and in.

To get out, left leg out, use wheel and sill to push yourself out, stand up and pull right leg out.

It's part of what makes these cars special.
 

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Good company to keep.

welcome to LT.
 

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Welcome to LT! Congrats on your Elise purchase.
 

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Hello All,

I am please to say that I bought a 2008 Lotus Elise recently and am very pleased to be the new owner. I was not sure in the beginning - first true drivers car. However, I am loving every minute of my back breaking experiencing ( getting in/out and just the drive.

I am a super noob, however, researching this forum in order to possibly perform the following (super charger, fly wheel, clutch, exhaust, cams, and more).

Added her brother from another - 911 GTS.
Congratulations this site has the best information around. Welcome
 

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Welcome, and if you’re planning on some of those things you mentioned. Few of them are quite big projects so be prepared.
 

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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.

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



Sounds like this “excuse me”….


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: “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. I also reoriented one swivel joint.



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 and 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.



18. Many benefits to joining Lotus Ltd (USA Lotus club). Get help wherever you are, using the contact booklet they update every year. (I’ve 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, “How to bleed brakes”:

Maintenance and Repairs.




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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Pretty much everything you need for upgrades can be had from BOE. Their supercharger kits are the best. Upgraded 3rd and 4th gears in an LSD differential and an upgraded clutch with a light weight flywheel are all good stuff. LETSA shifter linkage and cables will make shifting much nicer. Adjustable Nitron shocks and springs will be good if you plan to go to the track. Be sure you have good toe link braces if you do any track work. A baffled oil pan and fuel tank are good to have for track work. Upgraded fuel pump will be needed if you go with a supercharger.

A fresnel lens at the top of the windshield will make it much easier to see traffic signals without ducking down. Replacement mirror glass for the right side is available which is an easy retrofit for the left side mirror too which will help with blind spot visibility. If you park in a garage or have a driveway gate a Homelink mirror is a handy thing to have. Its about the same size as the stock mirror (which is really too big), but it makes life so much easier going in and out of your garage.

Pretty sure you have already noticed the Elise has a much different feel than the Porsche. The lighter more agile and responsive feel will spoil you for any other car. A supercharger with intercooler will narrow the power gap that you will notice with the Porsche. A quick ratio steering rack is a nice addition too.
 

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Congrats on the purchase - another Oregon Elise just down the road from you!

You will find all you need here in these pages to answer most of your questions.

BMW club in PDX might still have slots open for this Thursday's track day if you are wanting to get out there!
 
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