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Sorry guys if this post is inappropriate. A few weeks ago there was a thread of someone looking to buy an Elise from a private party. The seller had emailed the potential buyer pics of the front bumper from underneath, to show that the car had never bottomed out.

Well, I am in talks to get a used Exige, and for whatever reason, the seller doesn't understand what angle I am trying to get at. Does anyone have a pic so I can send to the guy as an example?

TIA guys!
 

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The under surface of the front "bumper" gets scraped, not really from "bottoming out," but more so from scraping curbs, driveways, etc. These scrapes do not necessarily mean that the car has ever "bottomed out."

Just ask for pictures of the under surface of the front of the car to include the splitter. If it is that difficult for the seller to understand that you want a picture of the underside of the front of the car, well, hmmmm.... I wonder what kind of shape the rest of the car may be in....
 

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+1 I have looked under brand new cars on dealer lots and seen some scrapes and scratches on the bottom of the front winglets. But if they are deep and wide and down to the fiber glass threads and you see any cracking that is bad news
 

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Sometimes, even going into a driveway at what seems to be a very appropriate angle, those stupid little chins scrape. What a horrible sound it makes, too. :cringe:.
 

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I know, I am just trying to get a total glimpse of the car before I commit, seeing as the seller is quite a ways away. Does anyone remember that thread with the photos of the front lip from underneath?
 

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Where's the car at? Its not at all uncommon for a fellow member thats closer to the car to go take a look at it for you.
 

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+1 I have looked under brand new cars on dealer lots and seen some scrapes and scratches on the bottom of the front winglets. But if they are deep and wide and down to the fiber glass threads and you see any cracking that is bad news
No it is not bad news, unless you're a concours nut.
My car is almost 4 years old, 33,000+ miles and a goodly number of ramps, curbs and what-have-you have come my way. Epoxy, filler, wet-or-dry and rattle-can have fixed it every time. OK, the car won't stand minute inspection, but it looks fine from a couple of feet away, it doesn't alter the way it drives and the clam doesn't fall off, nor is there any other disastrous consequence.

I don't fix it every time - maybe 2 or 3 times a year I spend an hour or two touching it up. The car's for driving, not getting obsessive about!
 

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You mean pics like this?...
 

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You mean pics like this?...
Man that's clean.. I can see it is a re-spray. Did you have it sprayed just to clean up some curb scrapes or for another reason that didn't involve removing the clam prior to painting???

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Here's a photo of the left front of the under side of my car - no scrapes.

I was installing the "chin guards", so that's what the black rivets are that are sticking down from the body is in the photo. If you look carefully, you can also see the guard in place. The front under tray (the panel that goes between the visible cross member and the body in the front) has been removed (not really necessary for the installation but I was scouting out where to mount an air horn at the same time...
 

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Man that's clean.. I can see it is a re-spray. Did you have it sprayed just to clean up some curb scrapes or for another reason that didn't involve removing the clam prior to painting???

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I had the usual scrapes from my VERY steep driveway. I had it fixed by Specialty Car Craft when I was thinking of selling the Elise.


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Here's a photo of the left front of the under side of my car - no scrapes.

I was installing the "chin guards", so that's what the black rivets are that are sticking down from the body is in the photo. If you look carefully, you can also see the guard in place. The front under tray (the panel that goes between the visible cross member and the body in the front) has been removed (not really necessary for the installation but I was scouting out where to mount an air horn at the same time...
Tim.... at first I thought I was looking at a new idea for curb feelers... I think it could work. :)

Along these lines, Im about to get my 1st Elise and have been wondering how to protect the front clam from scrapes. At First i was thinking a ForcedFed type splitter, I like the looks. However, it will make scraping even easier, and I risk putting more pressure on the clam due to that than w/o it.

I saw a Ronin splitter that was essentially a very flat thin piece, that also came up and around the sides (would be great for protecting against curbs on the sides of the road). Anyone have good idea for how to get an initial warning of scrape, without also increasing the chances of it happening?

Mark
 

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Tim.... at first I thought I was looking at a new idea for curb feelers... I think it could work. :)

Along these lines, Im about to get my 1st Elise and have been wondering how to protect the front clam from scrapes. At First i was thinking a ForcedFed type splitter, I like the looks. However, it will make scraping even easier, and I risk putting more pressure on the clam due to that than w/o it.

I saw a Ronin splitter that was essentially a very flat thin piece, that also came up and around the sides (would be great for protecting against curbs on the sides of the road). Anyone have good idea for how to get an initial warning of scrape, without also increasing the chances of it happening?

Mark
I have my front number plate mounted (using double sided tape) so that it touches the ground first! Makes quite a harsh sound but allows me to stop and preven damage to the car :) - (there is a use for front plates afterall - in fact you can see the plate is slightly bent from an early encounter - I've since straightened it ;))
 

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