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    Alasdair Gillies
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    300bhp Elise - Tour and Sport
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    middlesex

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  1. I wonder if your collective brains know a solution for me - regards Removable steering wheel. I've fitted a B6 Tillett seat and have a 4cm spacer on the steering wheel, giving me a fantastic sitting position for my long legs. But... and its now a big but... I can't get out the car... Literally stuck! (this is what we call progress!)😂 and a solution would be a flat bottomed air bag wheel or fitting a removable steering wheel keeping the airbag. Does anyone know of a solution? Even if I could tilt the wheel when its still attached to the car, would make a big difference. Any help appreciated. Thanks
  2. Thanks guys. Gotta get pretty for the 2022 sunshine!😁
  3. Hi, I live in west London and would like recommendations for a bodyshop to work on my Elise in the west London Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire... I'm happy to travel if I get a good service. Thanks for your input.
  4. You've been too busy playing in the car to make a post... that's understandable! 😆 A cracking car... and I'm sure you have a fair few Lotus suitable roads over there to enjoy! If your back at B&C anytime say 'hi' and you're more than welcome to come out on a Sunday morning scoot (typically about 100-200miles).👍
  5. Hi, From the few LED/HID additions to cars over the last few years, they seem well made. When I phoned them to order they said that they only sell what will works for the long term. What will keep its colour temp and output, etc.. when I was asking about a 100w equivalent instead of the standard wattage. They said they didn't do it in this bulb as they haven't tested it. I found them because of multiple satisfied customers in their original marketplace - old cars seriously needing an up grade. My findings - they are white and match the DRL's which is nice. They are brighter than what I had... but... they are not bright. Not by a modern car standard. However I do think they are making the best of the light units that Lotus use. The led is supposed to be made to a spec that allows the light pattern to match the bulb output, preventing the usual issue. Summary - I'm happy they look modern, match the DLR's and my black car. But I'm disappointed that the best I've tried so far is still down on my expectations and its ability to light up the road satisfactorily. In the driveway against the garage door, they are noticeably better, but on the road the brightness doesn't translate to much of a difference. I'd think that a more powerful bulb is prop baby what's required. How that would deal with heat generated is the then, unknown factor. But its not a problem, as I've not found an uprated bulb in that model. I know I've given you a warm response to the led's. They are better, just not by much. Hope that helps
  6. Yep, you're right. With further reading, I've found that the other Lotus seats will pretty much be the same. I've tried the B8 and B6 Tillett after speaking to Steve Tillett and I'm going to go with the B6 option in XL. So, I'm looking forward to getting the seat even further back and lower, to straighten my legs even more.
  7. I have a problem with my seats... I have seats like the ones in the first pic. The side bolsters are lower (standard) than in the later top end kit, as in the bottom pic, with the higher sides. My problem: - I've had the car close to two years now with about 12k miles covered and the seats have always dug into my manspreading thighs. OK for an hour or so, but I've just completed 1400 miles/5 days in Wales and I'm sore. Solution: - Try the seats on the right and see if they would be better. - Buy Tillet B5 or 8 or 6screamer - Buy any other after market seat maker that fits. What am I looking for? - A seat I sit 'in' and doesn't pinch/dig in on my outer thighs. Background: - I've moved my standard seat lower and back a good few cm's by using InKinotec Tall rails that I've then modified further. The seat and position with the 40mm steering spacer is great for driving... but the slight recline I now have is making the initial annoyance of seat bolsters digging in, now a real issue which is painful. Even though the whole seat position is far better. My question to you is: Pleas let me know what your experience of seat changing, re-padding, Lotus seat differences, after market seats, etc... that you have. I'd be very thankful for your guidance. Cheers
  8. Hi, I've just added a bulb from Classic Car LED. So far they seem great and well made. My main beam matches the white of the DRL's now. I bought these after finding good reviews from Classic car owners who had long term experience of the product. So hopefully they proves to be great for a few years. Importantly the throw is great, as they are made to work as if they were a bulb. So no binding oncoming traffic or not lighting up the road.
  9. Kev, loved reading your journey. You’ve preempted the journey I was going to go. I’ve sent a message….
  10. My Elise Drivers seat which is on runners is OK. But having sat in a car with Tillets fitted, I realise I'd like to move my seat further back and lower.... and I'm trying very hard to not just buy a lovely set of Tillets. So I ask for help! There is space to use, but I have failed to find a solution for moving the Lotus seat, except for one home made welded affair on an American forum called British Cars.. But that's it! ...and I can't believe that it hasn't been done before now. My initial thought was to use a left hand drive passenger mount, but from what I've read, that doesn't work. Can anyone shed any light on how to move my drivers seat... is there a mount, hack, product.... that achieves it? Thanks
  11. I ask for your knowledge... I've looked around the web and the Lotus sites and I can only find one option for adding a spacer to my air bag steering wheel. The only option I've found is a Komo-Tec option. Which Im sure is great, but at 70 Eros for a little bit of metal I wondered if there was another option. https://www.komo-tec.com/en/lotus-exige/mk3-toyota-v6350380/interieur/121/steering-wheel-spacer-for-cars-with-airbag?c=569 Does anyone know of any other options for the airbag steering wheel? Cheers
  12. I bought my car in Dec2019 and when I was looking, I'm sure Will Blackman had two of these for sale around then. I was very tempted - I love the colour way. So it my have been with him since then?
  13. I used Lotus stickers (I think from an Evora).
  14. The Elise S3 has two diffusers (not inc. the big aero Cup version). The Pre 2017 & Post 2017 I can see the schematic for both on De Roure and have looked at loads of pics of cars and cannot work out what the difference is? I've not managed to find any actual measurements for them either. I was going to 'update' my pre 2017 diffuser, but I can't see a difference with the new one, without actually getting them side by side? The new one does have two extra middle fins, but is the actual size (outline) of the diffuser any different to the older one? Does anyone know the difference between the two? Thanks
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