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Hi.

 

Well after a roundabout journey over the last 10 years or so I'm finally into an S1 Elise.

 

I have been through a few Westfields (built/re-built/modified/upgraded), a Supercharged VX220 (driven hard and upgraded) and an MX5 (a good drive but no pizazz) and finally settled on what I should have got after I sold my last Westfield  :whistle:

 

I brought the S1 from Scott Walker in July (a good chap to deal with, honest, very knowledgeable and patient) after I sold the MX5, it's totally standard, in good condition and drives really nicely.

I have not used it as much as I'd have liked so far (about 2000 miles) but I felt immediately at home in it and the more I drive it the more I like it.

 

It's Storm Titanium and Red Wing leather with 46K on the clock and, previous owners, hard top and extensive history with Lotus specialists.

 

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I'll be looking at changing the front tyres to TR1-S' to match the rears (fronts are currently TR1-R) and the gear change bushes need doing but apart from that it's good to go.

Long term I'll replace the original Koni Reds with S2 Billies get a 340R geo, some cosmetic tidying up and then leave it well alone.

 

Chaz. 

 

 

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Welcome to TLF! Sounds like exactly the jobs I had when I got my S1 3 months ago - 4 new tyres (AD08R's), new Billy/Eibach suspension and Elise Parts gearshift improvement kit! 


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Nice colour combination. Welcome, had my S1 for a few weeks and put on 3000 miles, mostly in France, check the date codes on your rear tyres before you buy just the fronts. Had a new set of Advan Neovas put on mine before purchase last month - the old tyres were manufactured in 2004 rears, and 1995 fronts

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Hi welcome to the forum.

 

Really nice looking car. Great colour and condition.

 

 

Buddsy


 

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Thanks for the positive comments chaps.

I was looking for an Elise either Yellow (my last Westy was yellow) or Titanium, the red was a bit of a bonus, it sets off the body colour quiet nicely 

 

I'm sorting this years insurance at the moment so I have spoken to Darren at AIB today in the hope that he can better the quote I have had from A-Plan.

We'll see how it goes, I have a list of others to try as well.

 

The rear boots are new (fitted by Scott Walker) so a new set of fronts will be of a similar date code I expect.

The T1-R tyres will be plenty good enough for road use (888 or AO48 are a bit overkill for mainly road use IMHO)

The T1-S on the front end are a lot older and past their best even though they have plenty of tread left them

 

I'm looking forward to stripping off the clams and giving it a really thorough deep clean and suspension re-fresh but that won'e be till the new year.

 

Chaz. 

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I'm insured with Aviva £186 fully comp, protected no claims 10,000 miles per annum, sdp, (no track days or commuting) tuned head and exhaust

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Wow, that's a very good price Eglise.

Are you particularly low on the risk rating or did you genuinely good deal? 

I'm on the annual "ring a round" at the moment, I have till the 9th to sort out the new policy.

I'll have to see what the prices come out at though I don't think it's ultimately about price, depth of cover cover for me is also an important consideration.

Chaz. 

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Welcome to TLF Ian. :welcome:

 

Nice car. Looks great. I presume you are aware that as a TLF FFM you can get discounted insurance?

 

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Wow, that's a very good price Eglise.

Are you particularly low on the risk rating or did you genuinely good deal? 

I'm on the annual "ring a round" at the moment, I have till the 9th to sort out the new policy.

I'll have to see what the prices come out at though I don't think it's ultimately about price, depth of cover cover for me is also an important consideration.

Chaz.

I'm old but not too old

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Well, AIB would match A Plan at £347 but the big surprise was Aviva which came in at £224!!!

Chris Knott has not come back to me yet and Darren from AIB said that I should take Aviva's arm off at that price.

The Aviva price includes their web and summer discount  (the summer one ends today)

It's a shame I have not heard from Chris Knott but Martin said that he thought the A Plan price was reasonably competitive so I don't think they'll be able to better it by much.

It looks like I'll go with Aviva.

I have had some really wild quotes from the price comparison sites (£1500) and none of the non specialist insurers can beat Aviva.

Chaz. 

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