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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

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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 – How to Replace your Steering Rack

Ready to Fix Lotus Elise Girl

As soon as she is finished with her car, she will give you a hand replacing your steering rack.

Simple step by step directions in how to replace your Lotus Elise Steering Rack

1. Disconnect battery ground wire
2. Remove the upper and lower column shrouds
3. Disconnect switch wire attached to the lower shroud
4. Pop out the switch stalks, but leave the wiring connected
5. Snap off the plastic cluster cover by pulling towards the driver’s seat. This required more force than I’d like, but didn’t damage anything
6. Remove the cluster and set it some place safe
7. Remove the two 13 mm bolts that retain a black wiring box and the upper steering column (bolt 13 from parts list)

8. Push the black box inside the dash to get it out of the way of the next bolt
9. Remove the 13 mm bolt at the far end of the steering column (bolt 18 in parts list) using an extension and swivel through the cluster hole. It helps to use some tape on the swivel to restrain it’s movement as you align the socket to the bolt head.
10. Remove the pinch bolt at the rack end of the steering shaft. If you will be re-installing the same rack, you would be wise to scribe or paint mark the two parts so they can be reassembled *exactly* where they were.
11. Jack Car. Remove the wheels.Pink Lotus Elise
12. Disconnect the outer tie rods using a Pitman arm puller or some better tool. No speed wrenches. No pickle forks.
13. Remove the 4 bolts holding the rack to the chassis
14. Disconnect the steering shaft from the rack. It may easily pull off from inside the car, but I removed mine by grabbing the rod end and flicking my wrist quickly.
15. Slide the rack out through the wheel opening
16. Do whatever rack stuff you intended to do
17. Put it back together
18. The hardest part is mating the steering rack splines with the shaft. That is why you loosened the column bolts. You should now be able to pull the column out the 3/4″ you need to get things properly lined up.
19. To center the wheel is pretty easy. The stock Elise rack is 2.85 turns lock to lock. I put some Yellow centering tape on the wheel at 12 o’clock. Turn the wheel side to side until you understand which direction you need to go to get it centered. I found it easiest to center at the lock positions. Basically, I could see the pie slice that exists between the lock positions after working the wheel left and right. I then turn the wheel to lock (right or left, your choice) and decide where my centering tape needs to be to make the ideal pie slice. I disconnected the shaft while someone holds the wheel at lock. I then have the assistant move the wheel to the ideal location and re-engage the shaft.
20. Now go through and tighten everything up.
21.  Get an alignment.

If the steering shaft can’t be pushed onto to splines, try marking and removing the shaft at the upper joint and cleaning and trial fitting the shaft to your old rack until it slides on as you expect. Screw a wood screw into the groove to open the joint up slightly. Don’t go crazy with this. Just tighten the screw into the groove until the shaft slides on and off of the old rack. Then go try the real thing.

Exploded View of Lotus Elise Steering Rack

Exploded View of Lotus Elise Steering Rack



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
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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

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Babe next to silver and orange Lotus Elise

big boobs chrome orange elise

 

Continuation of

Lotus Elise and Pretty Girls, perfect combo!