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    Nissan GTR

    I see your dilemma, third world problems lol! Have you driven the GTR? If not, I'd definitely get my hands to test drive one if I were you. It is a brilliant car in itself and you never know, you may fall in love with it even thought it's a different driving experience compared to the Exige.
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    Nissan GTR

    My view having recently driven a friend's 2018 GTR is that whilst it's undoubtedly a lovely and very fast car with plenty of mod cons and practicality, it's a totally different drive compared to the Exige. As already said, it's very much aided by loads of tech that helps with traction, grip, etc to keep what is a very heavy car (compared to the Exige) on the straight and narrow. The GTR has buckets loads of torque and pulls hard and fast, though doesn't give the same visceral and raw feeling the Exige does. Feedback through the steering is night and day between the two. In the words of the friend who owns the GTR and who drove my Exige - "your car is so much more engaging to drive! The steering feel and general feedback you get is unreal compared to my GTR". In summary, I'd say the two cars aren't really an apples to apples comparison. If you're looking for more something more practical than an Exige then I'd say give the Evora a go or dare I say it (spit spit), a Porsche GT3....(diff price bracket of course).
  3. Excellent, thank you - just received a notification from your YouTube channel too!
  4. Carbon covers look great (along with the rest of your mods/Exige)! Mind sharing where you sourced the carbon covers from? Did the bracket/mount/bolts etc come with?
  5. Looks like Greg's Racing Parts also do some:
  6. Another install with the infamous ALIAS23 side sills! Went for an aggressive look by max'ing out the extension/protrusion from the car body. Exige now looks "squatier" with a wide stance - just how I wanted Cheers to Imran for making an awesome product, I may be back for some more/others
  7. Cheers Woots - I hear you though I don't have the tools (ramp/jack nor rivnut tool) and am a tad nervous drilling into the body/avoiding tubes which I think run where the holes are to be drilled.
  8. Fab cheers for that Mattmahope! I've pinged BoT a note/quote and waiting to hear back from them. Ta.
  9. Cheers alias23! It's a set of your infamous side skirts that I'm looking at getting installed
  10. Hi all, anyone able to recommend an experienced Lotus bodyshop in Surrey? I'm based in a small town (Frimley, in Surrey) and looking to find a bodyshop to fit side skirts to my Exige Sport 350. Cheers in advance!
  11. Incase anyone is interested, I managed to find a way to wire in my own cables for the rear speakers without having to remove the rear plastic cover/panel behind the seats. Details in my reply to this topic:
  12. Hi there, was the same for me in that I couldn't see rear speaker wires behind the plastic speaker covers. When I spoke to my local Lotus garage in Bell & Colvill, they advised that the stereo loom used is a "standard" one that includes wires for the rear speakers; and that the wires are probably wrapped/tucked up behind the rear plastic panel (behind the seats). However, getting to them would involve removing the said rear plastic panel, which would mean removing the passenger seat and seat belts first, so not the most straightforward of jobs. So, I decided to wire my own cables from the head unit to the rear speakers. Firstly with reference to PhilS post here: Points 3 and 4 describe how to get the speaker cable from the head unit along beneath the airbag and (under) the sill along its length; protruding at the location where the lever of the boot resides. From here, you can route/tuck the cables behind the side panel under the seat belt fixing point (no need to remove anything, a gentle push/tug here and there is enough to create a space to thread the cables) and then behind the actual rear panel to the left rear speaker position (i.e. passenger side). For the drivers side, I decided to route the cable (which you now have at the left rear speaker position), near the top of the rear panel. I used an age old trick in taping the speaker cables to a straightened out clothes hanger that I used to thread across. I found that removing the courtesy light (simply clips off), gives you mid-point sighting that can help in positioning the hanger to point in the direction of the drivers side speaker location.
  13. Hi all, my Exige didn't come with rear speakers (just a couple of plastic covers). Having spoken with the chaps at B&C, they reckon the wires are installed and it's just a matter of removing the plastic panel behind the seats to locate them. Anyone had a go at this / able to share instructions / pics pls?
  14. Cheers @Five50 Looks like the screws in my Exige must've tightened a bit too much when they were originally installed. I also tried using an adjustable wrench/spanner with a screw bit though they wouldn't budge! Will try again, ta!
  15. 👍 Out of interest, what tool did you use to remove the screws? Something like a low profile ratchet screwdriver? I had a quick go at mine the other day though the screws are stuck stiff/wouldn't budge! I'm worried that I may damage the screw head if I force it...
  16. Hi fellow Lotus enthusiastics! Just a note to introduce myself - a soon to be owner of a Exige Sport 350 (please see pic attached). I've been a fan of the Elise since the early days and the Exige that was released soon after and now 20 years on, I've finally bitten the bullet and decided to buy one! Am taking delivery next week and been spending lots of time on this forum (thanks folks for all the helpful info!) in prep for my new car. There's so much to consider - from detailing with ceramic cost (Gtechniq seems the way to go), PPF (Xpel), indoor covers (thanks Bibs!) through to insurance (AIB, Classicline, Manning Uk Henderson Taylor), trickle chargers (CTEK), car wash accessories (Metro Master blaster/sidekick), etc! Will of course use the appropriate threads for deeper discussions! Cheers, Rykchiu
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