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  1. What's new in this club
  2. Yes. Glad I could help. I have a few nice cars (GRY,GT3,Alfa G QV etc). However the Elise S2SC is my favorite drivers car. Its just so visceral and full of feedback. And it can be very quick too on our back roads. The 2Bular header back exhaust and Dolimiti shifter have transformed it. They will never make anything like it again so I dont mind investing in tyres for the future as I have no intentions to sell it. Your 111 with SC looks really lovely. If you did decide to let it go let me know first!
  3. Ha! That's everything though isn't it, cheaper in the US. This really isn't common knowledge AFAIK. The fact that you supposedly couldn't get these tyres was even influencing my decision to hold on to the car. I think also in general, a 111R or similar is a good bet for parts going forward because they were the ones that were sold in the states and have a following over there. There is a whole little industry over there for supporting the cars. I think the price you're paying is less than i've paid in the past, when the best deal i could get was personally importing through demon tweaks in the UK, so it's still very good imo. Great stuff, thanks for the info.
  4. All good buddy. Must say Ive been on Lotus forums for a few years hearing about AD07 being out of production and always been puzzled by this. Tirerack in USA have always had them in stock on their site so I figured it was just an issue in UK. Interestingly I pay $285 for a each front 175 through Hyper and its cheaper even than USA where they are $219 USD each! https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=ADVAN+Neova+AD07&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=755WR6AD07LTS2&tab=Sizes Rears were $390 each - again cheaper than USA $258 USD. Go figure!
  5. Wow! That is the best news I've had in ages! Thanks so much for posting this mate. I agree on all points about feel and age etc. Thanks for the contact details! This is definitely the route I'll take as soon as I can afford it.
  6. Its true. I will take pictures tonight. Yes. Hyperdrive tyres. Email Nick direct they dont have them on their site. Special order only. First set fronts were end of 2016, then we got second set of rears 2019, third set of rears arrived last month 2022 and I just ordered and paid for spare set of fronts (should arrive later in 2022). [email protected] Im based in Taupo. The car feels so much better through the wheel compared to heavy 205 up front. Although my mileage is low (maybe 5-6000 km pa) I replace the fronts every 5-6 years regardless of mileage as the tyres really are not performing their best when they are 6+ years old. With 175 up front you need as fresh and grippy rubber as you can get. People forget they go hard after many years of sitting.... The production dates on the set of rears I received last month were 2022. They are factory fresh and Yoko make them in batches or order maybe 1-2 times a year.
  7. Hi Macca. If true this is of huge use! I agree, fitting wider front tyres reduces the steering feedback which I don't want to do if I can help it. Who/what is "Hypertyre"? I know there is Hyper Drive/Hyper Tyres.co.nz and I ordered my last set of AD07's through them years ago but it is not even possible to search for AD07s on their website any more. What country are you based in? i.e. are those landed and delivered costs representative of NZ?
  8. Hi Gents. I see many times on the forums it said that Yokohama no longer makes the AD07 in LTS OEM fitment. Just wanted to let you know that this is not true. I have ordered two sets for my 2009 Elise SC over the last 5 years from Hypertyre and received most recently a pair or rear tyres last month and have just placed an order for fronts 175. The 225 rears are approx $800 a pair and the fronts approx $600 including GST and delivery. You need to place the order direct and they will go into production on the next run. Typically I wait 6 months for a pair to arrive. My latest order is my fourth pair since 2016. I like to keep a full set of new tyres on the shelf for this car. Yokohama continue to make this tyre because in Germany and a few other countries where the Elise was sold new it is not legal to run the car with a tyre with a different width/fitment. I have found the AD07 a better tyre than the V105 and for an original car the 175 front makes the car handle much more responsively and restore the handling characteristics it was designed to have. For teh road teh 175/225 AD07 combo is just perfect IMO. Hope this is of use.
  9. Would it be worth a call to Simply Sports Cars in Australia? They're very good from what I hear and could possibly help?
  10. Hi Guys, I'm currently looking to move to Auckland from Dubai, and would love to bring my much loved Evora S with me when i come. I appreciate that a LHD/RHD conversion is a ton of work that likely requires some form of donor car to acquire the used parts necessary to do the job efficiently, however its still a route i'm willing to explore... Does NZ have any lotus parts specialists around? are there any good garages that deal with lotus in Auckland that i could speak to about this? Here in Dubai the main dealer is amazing and very helpful, but the market is too small to have any good specialist garages or used parts etc, i suspect NZ may be similar? Thanks Adam
  11. Yes maybe it's a first world problem, but still relevant. Can't be helped now I guess. Hoping this weather settings down so you get some nice Autumn driving days in the new machine! I'm just trying to get some activity going so we can enjoy the cars more. I'm a little sceptical that we'll get much attendance to runs etc, but we have to start somewhere!
  12. Good to hear you had a good weekend. Sounds like you're taking a bit of lead role in Lotus Wellington? Watching my ship sit at anchor off Le Havre for the last approx four weeks has been excruciating. Nobody's fault but painful nonetheless. Of course the delays will add several thousand to the price of the car too. Sold the 964 too early and have missed having a toy car all summer. First world problem.
  13. ok, only a matter of weeks now then hopefully. Fingers crossed for you guys!
  14. Nope...end of the month its landing...have been tracking its progress and its getting close to Singapore
  15. Sorry Jason, I picked up the car and came down with the guys for the New Plymouth run. It was a great weekend. What news of your car? Thanks Luan! It was a great trip! Same to you, has your car landed yet? They can't be far away?!
  16. Everyone is on the New Plymouth trip now, saw Sam's car driving past the Newmarket Viaduct this morning purely by coincidence. I was driving in the opposite direction in my daily heading to work. Awesome looking Exige! Enjoy the club trip
  17. Sorry I missed you Sam. I assume you're heading back today?
  18. Oh excellent! That's good to know. Yeah i saw an email about that event, would have been cool I'm sure. Lovely Elan M100 (and a 60's one maybe also in yellow? cannot tell) a modern Europa! That's rare. Plus I see some of the usual suspects there also! Awesome. I'm hitting the road tomorrow morning and will drop my car off at McLaren's on Tuesday morning. Looking forward to catching up with the team and meeting some new people also, next weekend.
  19. No chance Sam. Yes I ordered it direct from Sliplo and will ask McLaren to fit it when the check the car out on arrival. You missed a cool Lotus Club gathering at Lotus Auckland yesterday Sam. I got to meet Luan and Frank and a few other club people. Awesome array of cars.
  20. I think you can potentially wire it under the dash above the passenger footwell, plenty of room up there and just extend the stereo wiring harness. 390 comes with PS4...there's a lot of confusion around this as lots of journalists have said PS4S because people just get confused and Michelin need to do better to make their tyres easier to distingush! But yeah I've checked all the photos and videos, every 390 I've seen has PS4 not PS4S. Probably a perfectly adequate tyre but I do tend to push my cars pretty hard so it'll be interesting to see if it offers enough grip for the Exige... The items I'm considering buying are the exhaust valve button, SlipLo, a fire extinguisher bracket that mounts to the passenger seat bolts, cup holder, and the Lotus branded thermal bottle that slots into the trinket tray. I do want to get the Aerie performance carbon mirrors and a few other carbon bits eventually, but shipping and tax are a killer so I might wait until I can have a holiday in Hong Kong before purchasing any of those. If anyone is interested in any of those just message me and I can sort out a group buy.
  21. Mine has supposedly no sound deadening and only floor mats and it's more refined and quiet than my '06 111R that has sound deadening and carpet. You are right though, not even having a simple cheap stereo is weird. I miss my tunes so need to get on to a stealth stereo of some sort. I thought the 390 came with P4S anyway? I haven't got a sliplo, but I've grounded the front spoiler twice already, luckily not badly and the ppf took the brunt of it. But it's a good idea and I think Jason got one ready for his car.
  22. Mine also only comes with the floor mats and only basic insulation but that's exactly what I wanted. That's the spirit of the Elise/Exige to be as basic and uncompromising as possible while still being road legal. I can drive my GTA or Mercedes wagon if I want luxury and comfort haha! Stereo is important though as I do find it weird not having music in the car especially when I have passengers, even though my S2 Exige the stereo was only really audible when you're sitting still in traffic, still important to have. I'm very keen to look into the Komotec EX475 or EX490 kits in the future as a starting point for mods. Suspension I'll probably leave stock as I found the stock suspension in the S2 Exige to be good enough for me. But will probably upgrade the Michelin PS4 to PS4S or something even more grippy in the future. I've got the PS4 on my GTA and can't imagine how its good enough for the 390 even on the street! No Lotus in the garage for me currently, just an empty space with a Lotus flag on the wall 😥 but that's ok not too long to wait. I'm not coming on the Forgotten Highway Trip unfortunately, timing is not good for me and the lack of a Lotus definitely dulls the motivation haha, but certainly when they do the trip next time I'll be keen. Yes you're right about the warranty issues, I'll need to check with Chris. Luckily the parts are cheap so if its a warranty issue then keep the parts till its out of warranty then go wild! With the exhaust button its really easy to check if it works or not without using the button. I'm 99.9% sure that all of our cars came with the wiring at least though, Lotus usually puts everything in the cars and the options are just a matter of putting in the required buttons and turning them on in the computer if its not already on. I've also got a cruise control stalk ready to go in and see if I can get cruise control working on my car. Has everyone already bought the SlipLo? I'm looking into ordering that if anyone wants to do a group buy for that one https://sliplo.shop/collections/shop/products/diy-kit
  23. @lueysgarage Awesome! It's funny, I'm very happy with the spec of my car but every time I hear about someone else's I'm still envious! I don't think there was a bad colour option on the FEs so you really can't go wrong. I also think that bold colours work best for this car. When I was daydreaming about speccing one back in March 2021 (when it wasn't a realistic proposition) my dream spec was a 390 in Flat Red, stereo blanking plate, floor mats but no carpets or sound deadening and that was it. I ended up with something quite different but I'm very happy. I've never been a carbon fibre fetishist previously but this car might have converted me. It does look gorgeous. If you're thinking of modifying in the future the 390 is definitely the best starting point. It has the important hardware (as in the chargecooler) so you could tickle it up to around 475hp with little effort and then change suspension and styling to suit. If you wanted much more than that (more than 430bhp/tonne?! Lol) then it starts getting more serious no matter what your starting point I think. I also completely agree with your sentiments and justification for purchase as that was exactly the same for me. As great as the Emira looks once it was shown I realised that if I was going to buy another "dream car" it had to be an Exige FE so was now or never if I wanted a new one. So you are currently without a Lotus? Are you coming on the Forgotten Highway trip though? Could bring the GTA maybe! @Exigo When you say "you're not sure you can wait that long" you don't mean you're thinking of cancelling the order do you? And thanks for keeping an eye out for things on facebook for me I'd definitely be keen for the little button for the exhaust but bare a couple of things in mind guys: 1. Lotus Auckland service looked into it for me and said they couldn't fit it without it impacting the warranty and therefore they simply can't do it. So I'll buy the button as I think it's only around $60 anyway but I'll simply be hanging on to it until the warranty is out in case parts supply dries up for certain things. I won't be messing with it for the time being. 2. There is no guarantee the button will work unless you test this first, which I haven't done. Your car may lack the required wiring in the steering column or the ECU might not be compatible either. It sounds like it is pot luck on which cars it works for and which it doesn't. I'd also be keen on the little rubber grommets and roof spars for a soft top conversion. They don't cost much but the soft top itself is around $3k or something and also on backorder anyway plus i can't afford that right now anyway (and already have my Elise soft top). I haven't asked Lotus Auckland if they'd do this yet and if there are warranty implications. Other dealers around the world are doing it but that is no guarantee on what terms or restrictions our local guys might be bound to.
  24. Hi Sam, yes I've heard about your endeavours through talking to Chris and Frank recently. I did own the white and blue Exige and have a bunch more videos to upload on that car. I put a huge amount of work into it thinking I would be keeping it but then Chris twisted my rubber arm into a new Exige 390 FE 😂 My car is burnt orange colour with the black pack originally specced by the Hong Kong Lotus dealer. Custom bespoke stitching in the interior apparently. Stereo with speakers and that's pretty much it. That's kind of the way I wanted the car though because I really like upgrading and buying things for my cars so I'd prefer to pick and choose later on what I do. 390 suits me really well as I'm mostly going to use it on the road with an occassional track day here and there. I can always buy some nice carbon bits and some performance upgrades later to bring it up to a 420/430 level of looks and performance. I have not driven or even been in a ride in any S3 - Elise or Exige, I prefer to have that experience once the car is in my possession. If the S2 Exige was anything to go by I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Yes mine was one of the last ones to get built, I couldn't refuse the opportunity since the Emira and Lotus in general are heading in a completely different direction now and definitely not as raw or extreme in the future to appeal to more of a mass market. The Exige is amazing value in my opinion as you simply can't get that experience from any new car these days and for something else to even come close you're looking at many hundreds of thousands dollars more. Last chance to buy a true icon of motoring history...guess that's why its called the Final Edition! Keen to do a group buy, there are some other bits that I'd like to purchase as well right off the bat, maybe we should setup a list of things we want and share the shipping costs. End of March is a long wait...but I think it'll be worth it!
  25. Hi Luan, Thanks for the addition to the FB group (Sam I'll keep you posted on any news out of there). I agree with Sam that it would be good to get this forum a bit more active. Sam, Luan has suggested a group order for exhaust buttons on FB and I recall you being keen on a bit more noise for cruising the streets? This is apparently the ship our cars are coming on Luan... ...but it is currently located here... Antwerp! So I'm thinking end of March earliest for arrival. I'm not sure I can wait that long... What are the specs on your car Luan?
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