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Proud new owner of a 2007 Exige S in black. This has been a long time coming, previous Porsche and STI owner. Been without a proper sports car for 15 years, not the case anymore!! :cool: 12k miles and she's a stunner!! Looking forward to using the knowledge base here on the forum!

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it is... a beautiful ride. Enjoy and congratulation! Mind sharing where you were searching as I am still hunting for one?
 

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Thanks Y26 and Reeser! I was seconds from pulling the trigger on an Evora in CA and thought I'd check eBay for the heck of it. The listing popped up with 15min left and after a quick look and a bid that I was sorta sure wouldn't meet reserve, I was the high bidder. So happens the car was an hour from me in Springfield Mo so i was able to inspect before purchase. So I guess it was meant to be. I was in the market for an Evora or Exige and had not found many Exige out there. There is one on Bring a Trailer right now...
 

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Welcome to LT Jilm!
 
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Nice!!!

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’s Racing Parrs) offers Extend -a-View mirrors, but I’ve not seen them.

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 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’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 between site: lotustalk.com
 

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Proud new owner of a 2007 Exige S in black. This has been a long time coming, previous Porsche and STI owner. Been without a proper sports car for 15 years, not the case anymore!! :cool: 12k miles and she's a stunner!! Looking forward to using the knowledge base here on the forum!

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Congrats! And welcome to the forums. Oh, and love the Boognish avatar :D BigJilm! Some OG Ween right there. A man of great taste in cars AND music.
 

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Congrats!
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Thanks everyone for the positive comments! Funny someone mentioned the wheels, that will be my first change to the car. Not a big fan of the wheels and will probably try to find a set of cup wheels. The CCW's are beautiful but just not my cup of tea and I prefer staggered over the square setup. Anyone interested keep an eye out, as soon as I have enough posts they are going in the classifieds for sale or trade. I have the original wheels and those are getting new Yoko 52's today.
 
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