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i'm picking up my elise finally at the end of this month. she's in NJ so i'm going to fly there and drive her home. considering i'm going to drive 3000 miles in 5 days, should i use the hardtop just incase any rain or leaks like randy mentioned on his roadtrip or just ship the hard top home and try to drive with the top off as much as i can? is the standard top very noisy compared to the hardtop?

any advice to help make the standard seats more bearable for my long roadtrip? my girlfriend is going with me so i want this to be fun and headache free for her. i can hear it already, this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! LMAO! so fella's what do you think?

BTW, my baby is Chrome Orange(COM) with LSS and hardtop. custom starshied. i'm #6 @sports and specialists cars and have had my deposit down since 01/02'.

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Why even consider shipping the hardtop? You'll have plenty of time for open air motoring later, and this way, the car will be more secure when you park it overnight.
 

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Seats are fine in standard model, but with the firmer suspension, you might need a pillow! :D

There's an inflatable lumbar support on each seat, and that really makes a difference.
 

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MajorBonr! is that because of the Elise? .;)
She is going to complain about her back not her ass an for that matter I think that so will you, the seats don't have much padding and you can't change positions, they are awesome for track and short road trips but for longer rides its gonna hurt! Good luck! and congrats!
 

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MajorBonr! is that because of the Elise? .;)
now it is! but i drive an 01' m coupe and thought majorbonr would be a perfect handle since some have told me the m coupe looks like an upside-down dick. which i agree it does, but with lots of style. and ASS! that and the fact that i'm a PERVERT! :drool: :crazyeyes :drool: :drool:
 

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Though it was nice to remove the top at times during my roadtrip, it makes sense to leave the top on during a long drive.
 

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Congratulations ! And thanks for posting the info about your "place in the queue" and when you placed your deposit, saves me from asking ;)

I'll be watching for you, since I'm not that far away, in Tustin.

Re: the hardtop question, I'd say (based on your anticipated feedback on the seats) that you'll be better off to ship the girlfriend and drive with the hardtop ! :p
 

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Randy,

what do you think about bringing extra cushions for the trip? i have these foam pads i got from a manufacturer claiming to provide relief for endurance racers. it's like a harder version of memory foam but still very soft. they work really well, problem is my cobra seat cushions are removable so i can lay them underneath the cushions without messing up the original shape intended for the cushion and your back. if i lay these pads on top of the standard seat, it would probably make the seat shape for your back all messed up, meaning deforming the shape that was designed for back comfort. if you think the stock seats are bearable for a 3000 mile roadtrip then i will probably leave them at home, because i'm very limited with space since my girlfriend is coming along(she'd bring the bathroom faucet if she could). or should i bring them and tell her to ditch some clothes? i plan on driving 8-10 hours a day and hoping to get home in 5. thanks.
 

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I'll be watching for you, since I'm not that far away, in Tustin.

Re: the hardtop question, I'd say (based on your anticipated feedback on the seats) that you'll be better off to ship the girlfriend and drive with the hardtop ! :p
ROTFLMAO!! i should...
 

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Have you considered leaving the GF at home? Or go to NY, have a ball, then send her back on a plane?

I wouldn't worry so much about her seat comfort -- I would worry about the intense close proximity between driver and passenger. I know my GF and I would be at each other throats by day two:

"Quit knocking my shoulder!

"I'm knocking your shoulder? How about you getting your damn knee away from the shifter!"

At least in a normal sedan or SUV, the driver and passenger can slump into their own worlds after a while. Not so in the Elise.
 

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majorbonr said:
i'm picking up my elise finally at the end of this month. she's in NJ so i'm going to fly there and drive her home. considering i'm going to drive 3000 miles in 5 days, should i use the hardtop just incase any rain or leaks like randy mentioned on his roadtrip or just ship the hard top home and try to drive with the top off as much as i can? is the standard top very noisy compared to the hardtop?

any advice to help make the standard seats more bearable for my long roadtrip? my girlfriend is going with me so i want this to be fun and headache free for her. i can hear it already, this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! this POS hurts my ass! are we there yet?! LMAO!

so fella's what do you think?

BTW, my baby is Chrome Orange(COM) with LSS and hardtop. custom starshied. i'm #6 @sports and specialists cars and have had my deposit down since 01/02'.

cheers,
scott:crazyeyes :crazyeyes :crazyeyes :crazyeyes :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: [/
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Scott,

I would send the hardtop home with her and enjoy the trip alone with the wind blowing in my hair. :D
 

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Scott,

I think the seats are comfortable enough for me. The issues of discomfort for me, set in after 10 hours and had more to do with no cruise control and little adjustment. As the seats are, once I inflated the lumbar bladder, it was very good. A small area of discomfort right at the tail bone. That part of the seat is mainly leather seams and quite hard. I inflated the lumbar support enough to push my butt off of it. A VERY small amount of padding might make sense. Otherwise I say no.

Can we document your trip on the eliseroadtrip site (soon to be back up... a couple work things have jumped up in priority)? Maybe we could create a place for nuts that drive the Elise across country?

I have some other advice for you. If you do travel with the hardtop, you might find the noise a little worse. Maybe annoying to her. You may be better off using the softtop on the way home and shipping the hardtop. Downside is cost of shipping. Positive is you will get flexibiility for taking that top off on a nice day.

Even if you do go with the hardtop, you might want to arrange shipment of the softop. It takes up MOST of the trunk space and will leave little room for luggage.
 

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My wife and I were 49 and 45 when we drove an elise S-1 in England for 1250 miles. we found the seats more comfortable that our 92 miats seats and the top down on that car was quieter than with the top on. The wind is less than in the miata as well. If I was making that long a trip I would definantly want the top off and my wife with me top down and all. For pete's sake enjoy the car. For that matter enjoy your girlfreind. It sounds like some of you guys need a new girlfreind, maybe one that enjoys what you do.
 

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Randy Chase said:
Scott,

Can we document your trip on the eliseroadtrip site (soon to be back up... a couple work things have jumped up in priority)? Maybe we could create a place for nuts that drive the Elise across country?


Randy,

I hope a place for Elise road-trippers is created! That's what I've been waiting to do with the Elise. My main disappointment with the car delivery delays (besides the price increase) :( is that I'm going to miss most of the good traveling season and will have to wait till next year (even I don't want to tour in the snow!)





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apkom said:
Are you saying soft top gets better noise protection?
Yes. The hardtop can resonate more and is not lined like the touring softtop.

I can definitely state that the car is quieter from less wind noise with the soft top on, than without. And there is less buffeting. It's nice to travel a distance without the top... but after a number of hours, you can get tired of the wind.
 

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Randy,

I hope a place for Elise road-trippers is created!
Excellent! I will look into a way for individual trips to be documented.
 

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Can we document your trip on the eliseroadtrip site (soon to be back up... a couple work things have jumped up in priority)? Maybe we could create a place for nuts that drive the Elise across country?

no problem! my trip is not going to be as exciting as yours though. i'm taking the shortest and most comfortable route from princeton nj to socal. i don't understand exactly how you want me to document my roadtrip? you mean like in a log book or video camera? pictures? because i have all those items, just want to know how you were going to set it up on your site. man, i have to be a damn NUT for sure to this! it'll be fun though. thanks everyone for all the great advice, i still have 2 more weeks to get ready.

PS.
i haven't been able to sleep until 5am for the last week.


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We can make a map image of your planned trip and plans.

Text and pics. However you want to document it. You could email me the text and pics if that is possible.

No matter how you do it.... it is nuts to do it. :)
 
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