Simple DIY Lotus Elise Front License Plate Bracket

Lotus Elise License Plate Holder

Since buying my Lotus Elise in 2005, I have been pulled over three times for not having a license plate on the front of the car.  Fortunately, the friendly police officers always seemed to let me go with just a warning.  While I definitely don’t like the look of the license plate mounted up front, I really did not have one installed because there just is not a real  good bracket out there.

Recently I came across a company that utilized the stock tow-ring nut located within the grill to mount a license plate bracket.  It was a very sexy solution, and I got ready to plunk down my credit card.  However, when I saw the final shopping cart price of $100, I decided to take a different course.

I found that an 8MM x 60MM bolt with the appropriate nuts and washers did an excellent job of mounting a left over garage door bracket to the front end of the car.  I lined up the holes in the bracket with the license plate, and painlessly drilled a couple holes in the license plate to match up with the bracket holes.  A few sprays of black paint, and it was ready to bolt-up.  I think it turned out pretty well, and saved me a cool $100.


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How to beat the CEL – Custom Lotus Elise Cold Air Intake

I have tried a number of different cold air intakes for my 2005 Lotus Elise, and while I loved the sound and performance, I have been plagued by the infamous P0171 code that accompanies the inevitable check engine light.

Finally I decided to take matters into my own hand a develop my own solution.  The conventional wisdom was that the aftermarket cold air intakes modified the intake pipe size, and MAF sensor location just enough to confuse the Elise’s fragile ECU.  This seemed to make sense, as I did have varying success with the aftermarket units, my last one was a simple pipe with a K&N filter clamped on the end.  However, the pipe had a slightly larger bore size than the stock air-box.

So, what was my solution?  It was simple, I purchased a used Exige air-box and carefully cut-out the enclosed air-pipe using a sharp sawzall and some pliers to clean up the ends.  Go slow and take your time.  Once you have it removed, find a K&N filter that will fit the end of the pipe, and clamp it down solid.  I think you will find that it will solve any CEL issues you may have had, you can say goodbye to P071 for good!


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Lotus Elise Car Stereo Wiring Harness Guide

cameron diaz in car with thumbs up

cameron diaz in car with thumbs up

Ok, you finally decided it was time to upgrade that stereo in your Lotus Elise. Great idea, Cameron Diaz agrees and gives you a solid thumbs up. So, here is your handy dandy cheat sheet on the wiring codes for your Elise. The main key is to pick up the VW wiring harness, with this handy gadget, you can mash any two harnesses together.

Good Luck!

VW wiring harness, Scosche Part # VW01B

Car Radio Battery Constant 12V+ Wire: Violet
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12V+ Wire: Green/Red
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Red/Orange
Car Radio Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Radio Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Radio Amp Trigger Wire: N/A

Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black/White
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black/Gray
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black/Gray
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black/White

Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black/White
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black/Gray
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black/White
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black/Gray

Lotus Elise Stereo Installation

Lotus Elise Stereo Installation

Lotus Elise and Pretty Girls, perfect combo! Part II

Swinging pretty legs out her Lotus Elise, nice shoes!
Yellow Elise Black Dress Girl

From Wheels and Heels Magazine.  Like the Black wheels, and heels…Wheels and Heels Magazine

Cute girl with a tattoo, Red Lotus is in background
very pretty hot ferrari girl with lotus elise in background

Stripe bikini Blonde with Lotus Elise
throwback pinup girl and lotus elise

Very cute girl next to her orange Lotus Exige
super skinny girl next to lotus exige

Silver Lotus Elise, pretty model babe in black dress

Silver Elise Chick in Silver

Secret agent girl with her light blue Elise.
Secret Agent girl with Lotus Elise

Purple hair girl with a  Blue Elise
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Lotus fan talking on her phone
pretty girl with nice leg talking on phone in Lotus Elise

Underwear model next to her Lotus Elise
pretty girl in underwear next to lotus elise

Pretty legs peeking out of young ladies short black dress – Orange Lotus Elisepretty girl in lotus elise

Cute blonde stepping into her Red Elise
pretty blonde in red elise

Pretty red bra wearing girl makes phone call while sitting in her Lotus Elise
Phone girl lotus elise

Sexy blonde in green sitting on her Lotus Elise
Nikki Ziering on Orange Elise

Harness girl with tattoos, not riding in her Lotus
new harness girl

Beautiful Magnetic Blue Lotus Elise with girl in black

magnetic blue with girl

Pony-tail blonde sitting in her Yellow Elise
lotus with lauren

Girls in interesting matching outfits next to yellow Elise

lots of hot babes next to elise

Pretty girl with short black dress leans seductively next to Elisehot babe in black dress next to lotus elise

Another fabulous harness girl in her Lotus Elise

Harness Girl in Lotus Elise

Asian red hair on Orange Lotus Elise
girl sitting on elise

Sitting next to her Orange Lotus Elise
girl sitting next to exige

Pretty girl in black bikini checking the oil in her Lotus Elisegirl checking out lotus elise engine

Wheels and Heels Magazine Cover Model in her white ExigeFranchesca Del Carpio - W&HM Cover Model - Silver Elise

Pretty girl in underwear in garage, Lotus Elise parked outside.ferrari girl with lotus elise in background

Girl in underwear laying down next to a silver Elise

cute girl laying next to lotus elise

Babe in short black dress getting ready to jack up her Orange Lotus EliseChrome Orange

Girl in white bikini begging her Lotus Elise to be quiet

Chrome Orange Elise

Group of girls wearing matched outfit in front of a Chrome Orange Lotus EliseChrome Orange Elise with Track Girls


Matching girls in front of their Elise
Chrome Orange Elise with Grid Girls

Fit girl in white outfit in shows off the curves of her Lotus Elise
Chrome Orange Elise and Girl in White

Pretty girl in pink bikini in front of her light blue LotusBlue Elise Girl in Red Bikini

Girl in blue underwear with her Chrome Orange Lotus Elise
blue bra girl laying on orange lotus elise

Big bobbed girl in blue bra lounging in her Elise

blue bra girl in lotus elise

Pretty girl in green girl in her yellow elise
blonde in green lotus elise

Non-Lotus blonde harness girl with white heels

blonde harness girl

Masked ladies with their Black Lotus

Black Elise Girls in MAsks

Girl in Black Dress sitting on a red Elise hood

black dress sitting on lotus elise

Babe next to silver and orange Lotus Elise

big boobs chrome orange elise


Continuation of

Lotus Elise and Pretty Girls, perfect combo!