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My Integra's replacement, a Lotus Elise :)

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Former car - no longer own this car

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Model code S2
Purchase date January 2014
Doors 2 Doors
Body type Convertible
Colour Black
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Manual
Aspiration N/A (Normally Aspirated)
Engine size 1.8 Litres
Engine position Mid Engined
Driven wheels Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)

Mods, Stats & Spec


  • Engine & Transmission

    • Hurricane induction kit
    • Eliseparts Decat
  • Suspension

    • Quantum Zero coilovers
    • Eliseparts camber shims
  • Exterior

    • Hard top (winter use)
    • 12x3" front plate
    • "K20 OMFG" Private plate
  • Extras & factory options

    • Electric windows
  • Planned future mods

    • Honda K20 engine swap


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  • 2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    Former car - no longer own this car
    3 updates 5 followers 8 mods
    2014-02-24 13:37:02
    Went to Bedford Autodrome on Saturday, got really lucky with the weather and had a great time! The circuit was a bit big for the car really but overall I was really happy with it. Brakes held up really well and it even did 19mpg round track too, the advantage of having a lighter car!

    Here's a couple of photos from the day

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  • 2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    Former car - no longer own this car
    3 updates 5 followers 8 mods
    2014-02-13 10:08:02
    Got my suspension set up by Brosport in Cheadle, handling is cracking now, it had a bit of a dead zone at straight ahead which is totally gone, it's really direct and go-kart like now. Can't wait to get on track.

    Decided to fit a decat as this engine will still be in for a while, plus it'll be good to have extra exhaust pipework for the engine swap if I need to chop & change things a bit. Access wasn't too bad until I needed to grind off the bolts to the backbox, only 3 I thought, won't need safety glasses I thought. Anyway, got that off and the decat fitted. I also noticed the right hand exhaust had a butterfly valve in it that was seized shut, the mechanism wasn't freeing off so I've jammed it open for now. This's made a good deal of difference to the noise level and performance above 50mph, I think this is mainly down to opening that valve rather than the decat though but every little helps.

    Some pics of the work, love having a low car with no overhang so I can use these ramps! Makes taking the diffuser/floor panels off so much easier.

    Lovely flat floor

    Cat out

    Decat in (slip fit)

    Put it all back together again, I'll have to try and get a sound clip soon as it does sound a lot better.

    Fitted my private plate as well, bit premature but it wasn't registered to my address, so to save hassle when it came to retention time I thought I'd just go ahead and fit it. It'll make more sense when the engine swap is done.

    Finally, before I mentioned that I didn't think I needed to wear safety glassses. I did this work on Saturday, on Sunday my eye was pretty red, I didn't think much of it as we have a cat and I'm occasionally allergic to it. By Sunday night it was hurting at any sort of light source, I went to work Monday but was in real pain, called it a day at lunch and went to the walk in centre, got sent to A&E and eventually got seen by an eye doctor, I had a shard of metal stuck in my iris. I had some anaesthetic drps in my eye then she dug it out with a needle :shock: ! I have to go back tomorrow to get it done again, as it had started to rust, this was the reason I didn't feel it until Sunday night. Can't wait. So my lesson is ALWAYS wear your safety glasses with grinders and the like, no matter how quick you're going to be with it! I'll never do it again, I know there will be a lot of you that already do (and a few 'holier than thou's that will say they do :lol:), but yeah, safety first!

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  • Exterior12x3" front plate
    Engine & TransmissionEliseparts Decat
    SuspensionEliseparts camber shims
  • 2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    2004 Lotus Elise 111S

    Former car - no longer own this car
    3 updates 5 followers 8 mods
    2014-01-20 09:59:11
    When I bought the Elise it had a snapped spring, the coilovers are less than a year old so I spoke to the supplier ( www.eliseparts.com ), they were suprised to hear it and really helpful, they sent out a spring free of charge even though I wasn't their customer, really grateful for that!

    This weekend I set about changing it. Coming from Honda, and knowing them like the back of my hand, I wasn't really looking forward to having to learn a new car, especially one that's glued together! But I was really happy about how easy the Elise was to work on, some kind soul had greased all the bolts when fitting them and it took less than half an hour!

    First step was looking in the manual how to jack the thing up. I didn't know before buying but the Elise has a completely flat floor apart from a few cooling vents, so it's easy to damage it when jacking it up.

    Couple of bolts and the shock was out, note the spring snapped at the bottom of the pic!

    Nice new spring all fitted and height set the same.

    Then pop it back in, dead easy. Now it needs a geo set up, so that's booked in for the end of this month, should handle even better!
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  • ExteriorHard top (winter use)
    Extras & factory optionsElectric windows
    Engine & TransmissionHurricane induction kit
    SuspensionQuantum Zero coilovers