Bill’s Web Space:2011 Lotus Elise

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Lotus Elise

2011 Lotus Elise R

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This new 2011 Elise R was from Bill Nuccio at of GA- Lotus of Atlanta. Click for the listing and pics as it was posted I bought it. This Elise had the Pack, Touring Pack, and Pack with no LSD (as Lotus ).

I had gone with a friend to at the new Evora S and found the new 2011 body style appealing, I found out that this was the end of the for the US spec 111R I had to have it. As by most of the car journals, Autoweek / Inside Line / AutoBlog the reasons for ceasing US production as of federal safety exemptions and end-of-production for the 2ZZ motor. 2011 Elise Press Pack

I had owned a 2005 (first for US) Elise a few years ago and felt the to get back to the go-kart feel (my Lotus Elise Web Page This car spoils ALL other out there where feedback and is concerned.

Toyota (with help from Yamaha) the 1.8L VVTLi motor, a 2ZZ GE variable valve timing and also found in the Toyota XRS / Celica GT-S.

First to go was the low beam supplement to the LED DRLs Running Lights). With the I felt it unneccesary to have the low on and this would be hard on the that will replace the low bulbs in the near future. to do, remove the two bottom screws the light switch panel in, out and pull down to free, the green wires with the unplug and tape the exposed (I slipped vaccuum line mine):

Very shortly bringing the car home, maybe the day I contacted Jim Clayton to source 5.25 speaker ring I had done this before in my Elise as seen HERE and it a HUGE improvement in sound and able to hear the stereo. easy doing these the time around: use an Exacto to trim the covering around the of the speaker and then find the plate and PULL out with nose pliers, kind of opening an old can.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO the surrounding dash while this. Dremel the speaker out, I use a drill bit like a Test fit the adapter with and then attach with or similar- see more pics on my Elise web page writeup. The JL Audio C5-525X (manual ) I chose to go with this around required a careful bit of on the metal grill so that it clear the windshield to go into in the plastic trim ring

These speakers sound to be joined soon by a JLA Stealthbox and when I get some time to them. I also removed the CDE-102 that came in the car and an Alpine CDA-9857 like the one I had in the Elise.

JL Audio HD600/4 amplifier (owners manual is ) and JL Audio Stealthbox installed instructions are HERE ).

Like the dash speakers, I had done before in my 2005 Elise as HERE and assembled some and pics during the course of installation: My Elise Amplifier .

One thing I did different was to use a single amp to power the front speakers and radio power was used for the since they don’t to be very loud for rear and this made the wiring a cleaner as well. The JLA amplifier fit within the seat recess, I some peel and stick on the back of the seat to prevent the amp rubbing on the fiberglass- amp was mounted velcro to adhere to the carpet.

I lost no clicks of adjustment and the amp is accessed for adjustments behind the seat. The stereo sounds and can be heard above wind and

I also found the reason why 2011 shifter feels so better than my 2005 it is more robust and already has the Shifter Mods from the there is NO play in the 2011 cage.

Sector 111 – order arrives consisting of a (installation instructions HERE ). As in pictures the MicroMirror is MUCH than the Hummer one that GM from the factory and installation was a although caution should be as the window has been cracked by during the RR procedure.

You can also see the mounting/wiring solution for the V1 and the removed sun

LOTUS and ELISE R letters/stickers and replaced with OE Lotus emblem from Sector Doubled up dental floss was worked in between LOTUS/ELISE and used to cut through double tape. This will residue but I already had the pinstripe wheel (uses drill) to the R logo sticker and it did well in the double side tape as well.

WD-40 was used on a cotton towel to completely any remaining adhesive followed by and finally wax. Looks better (to me):

Homelink on eBay and installed. This module was removed from a and was rolling code compatible. It is like the cubby to the left of the wheel was MADE for this module to fit. These can be on eBay for

$30 with and without the I actually cut the circuit board and soldered wires to the traces and coated with epoxy and with electrical tape so would be no shorts. The tab at the bottom can be down for a cleaner look. The was snaked around the plastic at the left side of the cubby and in to my V1 wiring that uses the ignition source- works and no garage door opener to with.

Front steering arm removed to increase negative and steering response- my DIY writeup can be HERE. You may also notice my car came from the factory the Lotus Sport Goodridge Steel Brake Lines BLS3J0047F), a nice surprise for me. I am not if this is now included in the sport or was a factory snafu.

Lotus Cup (P/N ALS3E0157, can be seen on of Lotus Sports brochure ) purchased from Sector111 and I had to call to order this, it was not on their website. But since it is a factory part you should be to source it at a dealer as well.

I ordered the TRD air filter (P/N for the airbox from Page (aka Similar to KN but a TRD

There is a good write-up that I used for installation with forum posts. I took some pics and put a write-up that can be found .

This airbox sounds (read louder and sportier) and sure provides some gains. I also verified I had the Goodridge SS brake Lines in the as discovered above while the front shims.

New tag. (Substitute). Remember the old Porsche There Is No Substitute. This is of a poke at my wife and friends do own a Porsche, I think the Lotus is

Innovative Mounts 75A Motor/Transmission from SparkTec Motorsports Danny Wong provided customer service. I almost with the softer 60A durometer but run 75A in other cars and once the beds in the vibration dies a bit- we’ll see.

I the guides HERE and HERE to these, the torque specs I can be found HERE and HERE the write-ups I used either had no specs or some that a bit high. I also found the torque specs for the ENGINE and the .

LotusTalk thread about the is HERE and a thread discussing the durometers is HERE .

I installed the front/rear first because I to see how they compared to having all installed (and I ran out of time). I did that my small head worked great to remove the OE mount and should work as well reinstalling, but not as well installing the new Innovative mount- I had to out the angle/swivel socket head wrench I bought just for task and it worked great.

Finally found time to the side mounts and it was definitely involved than the front and Lining up the side mounts the front/rear mount center to be loosened so that the jack can be to help alignment- be sure to all bolts. For the driver side the reservoir has to be moved to the side and the bracket removed- bracket requires three zip ties to be

DON’T DISCONNECT ANY FUEL OR HOSES. The transmission side of the has to be removed to grind off the tabs interfere with the new mount.

The side mount is a bit easier, but you need to loosen the center where the aluminum piece will be reused is joined to the In retrospect, I might have to get the mount out without removing the two nuts that hold it to the and assemble the new mount with it in You will need LONG to do these mounts.

End result, all mounts feel better to me a bit more vibration but YMMV.

exhaust from 2Bular in the UK. I thought I had a deal and bought a used 2Bular exhaust to it would not clear the new-for-2011 After several emails Jim Valentine, the proprietor of 2Bular, I had him the 6×18 exhaust with a aggressive sound (less in the baffle tube) and with the 6×4 oval tip in a StageII configuration.

For the new diffuser he adds a bend on the pipe at the cat connection so the exhaust sits higher no interference- fits perfect and GREAT. Not super loud at or when driven non-aggressively but like a banshee on the second cam well packed and almost too nice to install- Thanks worth the wait

I discovered a issue while under the car mounts and exhaust- the shifter were chaffing on the transmission where they were Some of this might be with replacement of the OE sponge with the better Innovative but I used some spare hose to cover both just in case. I’ll them when I change the oil in 200 miles.

Painted engine from Chuck Risen Look great through the new mesh grill

Moroso oil pan 20970) from Race-Mart in time for my 1k mile oil change. The part of the job is removing the OE oil pan. The has a plastic cover that is by snapping it out of place at the end of the pan.

All of the nuts and bolts are removed a ratchet/extension/10mm socket. I then a Lisle Gasket Separator 50190) to start the process at the pry tab on the right rear corner. puts a small dent in the job but the separator does not have the to pry the pan off, a Brake Spoon is as a mini pry bar to pull the pan down and the sealant bond, pan is easily by hand at this point. Oil pan VIDEO is HERE.

Not nearly as bad as I it would be. The remaining four can be removed using the double nut or vice grips.

After the small amount of gasket off the motor with a razor I used brake cleaner to down the oil pan and motor contact The supplied Moroso studs then installed with LocTite using a 3mm HEX wrench, but the studs closest to the flywheel NOT installed to allow the pan to slide in easily- these were once the pan was in place and the other were installed hand

I used ThreeBond 1104 part number is ThreeBond ) as my gasket of choice, a 1/8 bead was around the pan and each bolt on the pan. For the 1104 it only a minute to set and then the pan can be installed. were installed less hand tight all around and hand tightened (not tight) starting at the center and alternating sides and outward to right until all were

I bought an inch/lbs torque for this project, the Toyota torque is 80 inch/lbs. Again, the sequence was used to torque the I let the pan set for a few hours and then added 6 of oil, this was near the 3/4 to full after the engine was and the oil filter filled.

I did not have to the pan or engine in any way during the installation, fully functional but does to be inserted the same way it has been the engine was installed as it has a natural now and trying to install it 180 degrees the way it will hit the baffle. Also that the a-arm bolt can be for service with the oil pan in place.

forum threads about the oil pan are HERE (compares oil pans) and (discusses two types of Moroso oil article about manufacturing is HERE .

Oil was changed while the Moroso oil pan above. I stuck factory oil and filters for this 1k oil change, Havoline 5w40 and Toyota Oil Filter P/N 90915-10004 as P/N 90915-10004A from Lithia Parts – thanks to for the heads up since these are NLA in the US).

The oil change details at Mechanical Museum were and can be found HERE. I used an 65/14 oil filter wrench to the old filter (65 mm, 14 flutes).

[UPDATE] the second change forward I keep using the good Toyota oil filters (stocked up on for future) but will change to the Mobil1 Turbo Diesel 5W40 Synthetic Oil that owners use here in the USA- it is available and still has the high content these motors (data sheet HERE and guide HERE ).

Transmission Oil was changed at the 1k mile mark to get rid of any metals. I used Amsoil Gear 75w90 (Product SVGQT-EA) .

Lotus Elise

The first step in any fluid is to make sure the fill can be removed- you don’t want to the old oil if you can’t refill it. The fill and bolts are located on the front of the on the driver side of the car. I go for a 20 minute ride first to get the fluid nice and warm so it flows better and any metals be suspended in the fluid prior to

The car should be level and raised on stands for access to remove the under panel and diffuser. You may to get a drain pan ready since may drain from the fill as well when it is broken You may have to work around the cables to access the drain

After the old fluid is drained and the bolt has been reinstalled specified torque is 29 ft/lbs ), the new can be added using a hand The fill capacity is

2.5 quarts, it starts coming back out of the hole it is full and the fill can be reinstalled to the same torque as the drain bolt.

Quarter-Turn Release Kit from Really Stuff installed. All parts pre-set for locations and bagged/labeled for ID- couldn’t get any easier, almost and play. Simply remove the and clamp-nuts from your car and with the quick release and bolt/retention washer.

The Quarter Kit installation thread is HERE and .

Works GREAT and mine no adjustments. I did discover that the has an extra bolt and Thomas was enough to send me an extra I sent him an IM on LotusTalk, he responded a few hours and this was after hours in the evening- great service

Installed the rear point kit from Monkey Racing that EliseTalk’s came up with as a means to a lift to be used for the Elise removing any underbody panels allowing the flexibility to do that if was required while the lift was in Installation guide and design from Dan are HERE. MWR includes instructions with the kit but no pdf available.

All were labeled for easy I had installed one of these kits on my Elise, as seen HERE. and it was one of the I decided was a must do this as well.

Installation involves an 8mm hex a 19mm wrench, a 19mm and some blue LocTite if you plan on removing the posts. I plan on removing mine and it easier to assemble them to the piece prior to mounting the on the car. The quality is top notch and was straight forward, the posts are not much lower than the under-tray and I am comfortable leaving mounted. This should using lifts a lot easier

to see how good/bad the new motor mounts and went on a drive with friends in the North GA mountains. was better than expected and the were changing color but the sun did not allow for the best pictures my Canon pocket camera. Got to see GT3s in action that on the drive – BIG Thanks to Bob for the route and leading us around the and traffic:

Finally got around to an Odyssey PC925MJT from Coast Batteries using HD925SM mount along some custom pieces aluminum angle stock and 8mm bolts/washers/nuts). This battery has sitting in my garage for about 6 I bought it shortly after home the Elise- it was still at 85% when I hooked it up to the Ultimizer to top it off (this charger can also be to maintain the battery).

The factory Varta really was not up to longer than a few days action and the factory battery leave some room for Since I did not want a … and/or a battery bouncing damaging the clam due to under-engineered I decided to go with the same I had used in my 2005 Elise. reviewing an EliseTalk writeup by

I decided to do something similar for a solution. Instead of making a new bracket I turned the rear upside down to accomplish the thing- provide a vertical surface for the new mount while the rivets. The rubber anti-slip under the battery were and replaced with industrial to provide a little more after cleaning contact with brake cleaner.

I bought some angle stock and metric bolts/washers/nuts the local hardware store. The was cut to 22mm in length and then for holes to be drilled to clear the and snaps, and to bolt to the Odyssey while allowing the bottom to be re-used. I found the zipper under the OE battery, definitely a car Because of the new Elise trunk I had to grind an angle shape on one of the aluminum piece.

Once was adjusted and bolted down I there was NO way the battery was coming so I chose not to make an upper for the battery like tmr did. The battery was installed with the toward the inside for easy access, this reverses the +/- but the cables are long enough to either way. The tool can be carefully tucked in front of the

I put the owners manual portfolio in a ziplock bag, not a lot of room for it to around with the S111 in place.

Odyssey manuals are

Feels like early today (3-24-2011) so we went on two mountain drives this in the North GA mountains- one with the Limited SE club and one with the of Atlanta dealer. Great and fun roads Ed Bolian from LOA the dealer drive: Lamborghinis, a an Aston Martin and most of the crew attended- the last few are from Ed’s website.

V-Force Harness Bar found on classifieds and installed (installation HERE ). WAY easier to install the older Sector111 4Tress bar I had in the Elise. One day I’ll buy some to go with it.

Rays Volk TE37 wheels purchased LotusTalk classifieds and mounted Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star tires. Wheels were Fiat green by previous and when I received them I had repainted the same color PPG paint. The wheels are 16×7 11.2 lbs) and 17×8 16.3 lbs), tires are and 235/45/17 which is pretty in diameter to OE size.

I needed to some TPMS sensors and on a LotusTalk thread that the P/N 13227143 was on the 433 mHz frequency and would as a substitute for Lotus P/N A12G000F at the price. I sourced the sensors Hendricks Saab in NC- but they come with the sleeve nut so I Dill TPMS Tire Kit P/N 2010K.

I also ended up Volk hub centering rings OD x 56.6mm OD) from Eric at – they Volk wheels/Volk option and have a direct line to the Volk US importer/distributor, he was the only I contacted that responded the day. I ordered the center that work for the Lotus wheels from Eric as RAYS A Flat Small O Type Center Cap: are press fit into the center of the and retained by the o-rings. I may paint at a later date.

Car and Driver tire tests ranked the Dunlop Star at the top. Wheel weights can be HERE. Rays catalog is .

Drove the Suches Loop in Georgia with some in early June while still in low 80s. Other moronic bicyclists who did not want to but own the road, it was a great day of driving. The new SS are GREAT, much better in sizes than the OE Yokos- sure the lighter weight helped too.

Installed front anti-sway bar (non-LSD from Blackwatch Racing. feels this is the way to address as opposed to a LSD and includes this of adjustable bar on several Elise/Exige from the factory. Blackwatch their bar with new poly bushing lube, new bolts OE Allen-head bolts) and adjustable end quality is top notch.

Since I had to wider tires for street use I this would help me get a more out of the suspension. I added pictures and comments to Robert’s instructions and assembled a DIY guide .

The installation is not hard but is time the 2011 went faster the old 2005 since the plate rivets was not applicable. I did come up an idea/modified tool to save time on the lower Allen-head removal for the OEM anti-sway bar detailed in the Not a lot of new pics since this was by my 2005 write-up for the most the bar is now powdercoated black and looks like OE.

Of course we had to go to the N. GA mountains to see how it my wife said she felt a from the passenger seat and I the car was more predictable/stable in tight I think this bar really get the most out of the factory spring/damper without having to upgrade to rate coilovers.

Nothing 318 curves in 11 miles go slower having a TN State Patrol car you the entire way. Welcome to the new program offered at Tail of the by TSP. but on a positive note I did the KillBoy highlights again, and got out of a GSP on the way home:

Really Light Phone Mount purchased with some Verizon from eBay: car charger USB plug, Thunderbolt dock, and a angle micro USB cord. I had to use the tool to notch the plastic above the radio and the dash above the radio mount. was soldered to the lighter plug end of the supply and wrapped with electrical tape (it seems to better than vinyl).

tapping into the radio with some ScotchLoks, was tucked behind the radio/instrument and everything was reinstalled. The dock was to the RLS mount with E6000 after using a razor to remove some plastic on the angle connector, best to use allowing a 24 hour cure This will make the phone charged and using Nav a bit easier.

UPDATE: The Lotus was the only car I have ever twice as it was that good. said, I doubt I will own it is a niche car and trade-in value is the of any car I have owned.

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