Beautiful red Lotus on the beach surrounded by storm clouds. Cute girl too…
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.
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!
The Front brakes on a Lotus Elise are the same pads used on the rear of a 2006 Subaru STI
DG961 or MKD961 or PR961
The Rear brakes on a Lotus Elise are the same pads as used on the rear of an 1992-2000 Viper
D491 or 100.04910 or MKD491
Now that winter has finally disappeared, make sure you get out there and spray down the underside of your car. During the winter, the harsh salt can do a number on your under body. Get all the cracks and crevices, flood them with a hose.
This is also a good time to clean out any leaves and such that may be clogging your radiator or oil coolers.