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Hello

i m searching for the 2 a pillar exterior panel for my Evora as they are broken, where I can get them as it s about 6month that they are on back order at lotus?

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You could try vinyl wrapping the existing ones.

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Or go with some aftermarket carbon fibre ones. HKFEVER over on LT makes them, and I believe there's some on Elise-Shop as well. 

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I just got one (RHS) from deroure so it is possible. My existing one has a crack in it so my plan is to replace the cracked one with the new one then fix the crack and wrap the old one. If I like how it looks I'll do the other side too and the sail panel (which is also cracked!)

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You can also try to elise shop for a cf part , the original black plastic part is subject to break in the top corner.

 

 

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On 10/08/2017 at 11:02, Benmac said:

I just got one (RHS) from deroure so it is possible. My existing one has a crack in it so my plan is to replace the cracked one with the new one then fix the crack and wrap the old one. If I like how it looks I'll do the other side too and the sail panel (which is also cracked!)

I've just noticed a small crack has appeared at the top of my driver's side one. How easy are they to replace...assuming you've done yours by now of course?

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Pretty easy, I can't remember exactly but a couple of the bolts are a little tricky to get to in terms of peeling back the rubber seal around the door but I think I managed it start to finish in about 10 minutes. The service manual shows where all the bolts are. Most are visible just as is. The only tricky element is getting the new one on and aligned without unnecessarily stressing it as you need to slightly bend it to get it in.

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Thanks for that Benmac, that's reassuring to hear. Is the replacement part from Lotus already gloss black or does it require spraying? Also, on the DeRoure site it says 2 one metre lengths of adhesive tape are required, is that 2 lengths per side or 1 for each side?

Thanks in advance.

What I can say is I'm glad not to be in the Gulf states...what the hell is the part (27a) made from for out there?

£614-58!!!!!

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No problem, yes it comes in the black shiny plastic as it is. It has a sticky cover that you can leave on until it's in place then peel off to avoid marking it. I think it's 2m of the tape stuff per side to give you enough slack. It's nothing special that you can't get elsewhere and I beefed mine up with some foam double sided tape.

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Thanks for that Ben, much appreciated. All sounds pretty straightforward then, so long as I take care not to crack the new one whilst fitting.

Thinking about it I reckon I must have cracked it whilst getting out of the car in my garage. Because I'm unable to open the door fully I find myself using that area of the A pillar as support. Like you I think I will also look at ways of beefing up the replacement part prior to fitting, when I get round to it.

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Random question. My a-pillar trims are currently wrapped in CF, and the lacquer is starting to peel so I want to refresh them.

My car isn't garaged at the moment, and the weather is - how shall we say...."changeable" ;) Are there any chances of leaks while they are removed? They don't appear to be weather sealed (as in, it appears water can get behind them) so I don't think it's a problem, but just wanted to check?

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