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Hi All,

I just bought my first Lotus. Its a 2006 Exige. I believe it is @Tasracer old Exige. It should be delivered Monday.
I come from the MINI world. I own a JCW coupe that has been extensively modded. I am looking forwarded to driving a car that is about 900lb lighter. I am an old fart gear head. I also have a few Bikes old and new.
I thought I would join to help learn about my Exige, sense I do all my work I am sure I will have questions along the way.
Ill post pictures when I get the car for now this is the JCW
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Welcome and I bet that you're chomping at the bit waiting for your new car!
 

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Congrats & welcome to the Lotus world where there's NO return. Where are you based?
Post a few pics when you have a chance.

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
 

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@Catsailr27 I am chomping at the bit. On top of it I have never driven one. I just hope I can get in the dang thing.
@khamai I am in Memphis. I will post some pictures as soon as it shows up.
 

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Welcome to our community! You will love your Exige!
 

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@Catsailr27 I am chomping at the bit. On top of it I have never driven one. I just hope I can get in the dang thing.
@khamai I am in Memphis. I will post some pictures as soon as it shows up.
Memphis! Nice, I’m in Bartlett, it’s nice to have another Lotus around, there’s not many here!
 

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Tons of fun ahead for you......OK, only 1 ton.


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 for the welcoms everyone!

@cirving I am also in Bartlett. Small world

@glb Thanks for that list, it will be very handy.
 

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Congratulations on your new purchase.
I also bought my Exige without test driving one. It is what every review says: raw and direct. Since you are into bikes, you will most likely love it too.
 

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I hope so. I have had both a Gen1 Mini and Gen2. My Gen2 has a turbo and is more refined. The Gen1 was more visceral, you were more connected to the road. I really miss the super charger wine of my Gen 1. Raw and direct sounds great. I really cant wait. It will be a long weekend.
 

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Just got a call from the shipper. He had to slide the delivery by 2 days but I will be out of town. Now it is going to be delivered on Friday. It will be a long week.
 

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Friday? That’s too long to wait! The Local British car club is having a rally Sunday in the Bartlett area if you want to accidentally drop by ;)
BTW, I’ve got a four post lift if you need to inspect under your car when you finally get it
 
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Friday? That’s too long to wait! The Local British car club is having a rally Sunday in the Bartlett area if you want to accidentally drop by ;)
BTW, I’ve got a four post lift if you need to inspect under your car when you finally get it
Thanks for the offer. I may take you up on it when the car shows up. The Rally sounds fun. If I can brake away a black JCW may show up
 
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