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  1. Yeah, it probably saves a little bit of time compared to adding the data overlay to the GoPro footage in a separate software package. On the downside, the AIM software I assume is a bit more 'serious' and doesn't offer as many customisation options for the display as a package like RaceRender3. That makes sense obviously, as the AIM software is designed primarily for reviewing your laps immediately, seeing the data on the video, and being able to make improvements. If you're just doing some videos once you get home to share on Youtube and for your own memories, a package like Racerender3 may be better.
  2. I know it's nice having an all-in-one system, but personally I'd find paying £1000 for a Smartycam with 1280x720 pixels @ 30 fps quite hard to swallow when you can get a GoPro that does 4K @ 60fps with better picture quality for around £250. I know the Smartycam is tough (and that's probably needed when it's mounted on the external roll bar of a Caterham or Radical), but the inside of an Elise / Exige is quite a mild environment.
  3. I got mine from the Deroure site (Bell and Colvill). But I assume all of these places simply obtain them as a package to sell on rather than put the nut and o-ring in separately themselves? Maybe something has changed at the supply end. Cost cutting? Some parts running out?
  4. As well as the nut, there should also be a little black rubber o-ring. You can see it in my photo. It's not really important, but it should go on the outside between the switch and the cowling.
  5. Obviously there is no clear definition of a supercar so such conversations will always be subjective. To me personally though, the Exige is very clearly in the sportscar camp. Its main focus is driving pleasure, with very little relative thought given to the interior or comfort. A modern supercar tends to be big, wide, powerful but also has quite a luxurious interior. This means most supercars are 1500kg+ Because of this, sports cars are sometimes quicker around a track than supercars. Hence the term 'supercar slayer'. That's where the Exige sits for me. A true sports car that can chase supercars on track.
  6. For info, so far my standard exhaust 410 couple with my home made add-on track day silencer has been fine at Snetterton, Donington and Cadwell Park.
  7. I think the first thing I'd be doing is e-mailing Larini (or elise-shop) and asking them if they have any data for noise levels with the valve closed and open. It may be that 'quiet' mode isn't much quieter than standard, and 'loud' mode is even louder! Making an Exige track day friendly is quite a big thing, so you think they'd be a making a point of it in their sales blurb. The other option you've got is to just use an add-on silencer for track days, although you'll still be too loud for some circuits.
  8. I think that's a great set of mods, nicely done. And for the record, I agree about the rear lights being better on the 350. I actually wish my 410 had the twin rear lights like yours.
  9. Another option if you frequently want to swap wheels side to side (or get all four wheels off the car for whatever reason) is to get some hub stands. http://www.fast-eddys.biz/cat/hub-stands One pair is enough as you can obviously lower that side of the car back down on the stands and then jack up the other side to take off the remaining two wheels.
  10. When you say 'you've got one out', do you mean a single LED in the ring of LED's has failed? Or that the whole lot have stopped working? Either way, at that age I'd be expecting the dealer to just fit a whole new unit for you under warranty.
  11. Interesting. Maybe it's a legal requirement in other countries to have the passenger side working, but they didn't bother with the UK cars?
  12. Just thought to look at my photos. You can see here the plug for the drivers, but nothing for the passenger.
  13. Unless things have changed (or I'm getting confused), only the drivers side has a sensor for the seatbelt being done up. Because of that, it's not even got an occupancy sensor. Just a 'seat belt not done up' sensor. I'm 99.9% certain that when I took my seats out only one of them had wiring to it.
  14. Are you able to borrow an OBD reader off anybody that can display live values? That could give an indication to the problem. i.e. If the reading is flicking around between unrealistic values then it is more likely to be a sensor / wiring problem.
  15. This is worth a watch. Having watched that I think having PS4 one end and PS4S the other could result in some interesting handling. And a complete change of balance from wet to dry or hot to cold.
  16. Eddie has fitted these. Did it all himself. Looks to be good quality and easy enough to do if you are brave! https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=15&t=1818288&i=320
  17. Nope, no damage. I can put everything back to standard again if I wanted.
  18. Yep, they should be perfect. You’ll be able to get a good grip of the pedals.
  19. Sorry, was just lazy terminology. I mean a single pair of pipe pliers. Just google Pipe Pliers. Any standard sized pair should fit fine. 🙂
  20. It was 31.85mm. I don’t know exactly how close they are to the nominal 32mm when new, but either way it’s not a bad amount of wear for over 5000 miles and 4 track days.
  21. I knew from my monitoring of the brake and tyre wear that the last track I did would be the final one on the existing set of pads. Time to get the car up in the air again... Pins out of the caliper, and out with the pads. Yep, I reckon I got the perfect amount of use out of those. If anybody regularly does their own brakes, I highly recommend getting one of this piston spreader tools. Makes that part of the job so quick and easy. Then it was time for the new pads. I spent a lot of time thinking about what to fit. The DS2500 work pretty well, they're quiet, and they're kind to discs. On the downside the don't bite that hard, tail off slightly when they get hot, and only last 4 days. I didn't want to get anything that would be aggressive to the (very expensive) discs, so I made the decision to give Pagid RSL29's a shot. I've used these before on other cars and can't fault them for performance. The main downsides are price and noise. The price may be justifiable if they last longer than the DS2500's. Time will tell, and I will monitor wear closely. To make them perform as well as possible, and bed them in nicely I decided to do the job properly and give the discs a bit of a resurfacing using a flex-hone tool I bought a while ago. This should remove the old pad transfer layer, and give a nice honed surface for the new pads. Before: After: I also measured the discs very accurately while they were off so I can monitor how much they wear with the Pagids. And finally all back together looking as good as new.
  22. That definitely sounds like you have a fault or a deliberately disconnected hose. I’d certainly be having a look in the engine bay and see if you can figure out what’s wrong. Much better to have the switch fitted if you know it will work. (If only for the neighbours sake!)
  23. They did a CUP 430 Final Edition. https://www.lotuscars.com/en-GB/model/lotus-exige-cup-430-final-edition/ Not sure what it really gave you over a non Final Edition though. (Other than the digital dash, and you'd probably want the 'proper' AIM one in a CUP car anyway for the track features) I'd be surprised if they sold very many.
  24. I've finally done a very common and very simple cosmetic mod; the gear knob numbers. I wasn't a huge fan of the bare engraved look, and always liked the photos I'd seen where people had painted the numbers. I wasn't sure what colour to go for, but as I had the blue touch up pen with a fine nib I thought I give it a go...
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