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#1 The Batman

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:11 PM

well time for a 3rd project right?!

 

this time i bought what i always wanted.... well sort of.. first things first i have always loved the lotus exige s1 and always wanted one. So decided to treat myself to one and put an offer on one (which the guy refused STUPIDLY) then was going to look at another until 5oc and bot warned me the engine was a little worn. (THANKS ALOT GUYS!)

 

i wanted the 190 k series but the scariness of a rebuild costing serious money put me off them, so moved onto wanting a honda conversion one. So was waiting for the right one and then the miss's tricked me into buying a new kitchen!!

 

then you can guess what happened... i saw a car come up for sale.. but this time it wasnt a lotus exige... it was a lotus elise (i know i know.. elise is seriously gay) but then this one has a factory motorsport kit on it.. so i accepted it and went to look at it. Managed to get in very early as the car didnt even have a for sale page!

 

the guy i ended up buying it from had his head screwed on! 2 motorbikes, a gt3 replica, had the lotus aswell and his miss's had a 01 plate clio! i imagine she must like jewellery :lol:

 

so heres a few pictures:

 

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current spec is:

 

k20a honda engine

cam belt changed 5k ago

baffled sump kit

stainless steel 2bular 4 - 2 - 1 with high flow cat and silencer

mg zt airbox fitted with kn panel air filter

hondata ecu and remapped by wayne at chip wizard 214bhp

nitron two way shocks with remote reservoirs

standard exige geometry

steering rack fitted in high position to stop bump steer

balljoints, bushes, wheel bearings replaced along with 2 pack painted wishbones and uprights

rear uprights replaced with steel as per exige, along with being modified to fit 2 pot hi spec calipers with built in handbrake. still uses original elise handbrake cable (new)

4 pot ap calipers with 310mm bels ands rotors  with yellow stuff pads ( poof )

bells and rotors fitted to rear aswell

duel master cylinder pedal box with cockpit adjustable balance

braided clutch hose fitted to stop swelling issue at high temp

bronze installed into steering rack as originals can crack or cause play

uprated bushes fitted to pedal box

probax original lotus seats

cf interior parts

full ali high flow radiator with new fan

solid state blower fan resistors fitted

heated front windscreen

additional sound proofing and carpets fitted behind seats

 

 

probably loads more so will update as i realise :lol:

 

 

my current ideas for a few mods i have in mind

 

 - new performance friction pads all round

 - new tyres (appears to be a very hard choice!)

 - front end respray

 - maybe a big scoop roof if one comes available

 - transfering my number plate to it as we speak

 - debadge to get rid of elise and honda bit on engine cover

 

 

everyone seems to be trying to tempt me to go sc but i will stay NA for a while i think....

 

p.s. dont worry i have retired my dremel for vxs only :P also as it doesnt need a complete rebuild it will be staying in one piece :P


Edited by The Batman, 13 February 2015 - 02:14 PM.


#2 The Batman

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:11 PM

oh yeah, it has reverse sensors aswell :lol:



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:14 PM

Well done Joe. It looks lovely. Jealous. Bet it sounds fabulous too.

 

 

 

Err - you are aware this is a VX220 web site, aren't you? Just saying...



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:15 PM

oh yeah, it has reverse sensors aswell :lol:

 

You getting a spray tan to go with those then Joe?

poof :gayfight:

 

 


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

i love the sound

 

i know but i havent been excepted into the seloc clique yet... so i have started my own :lol:

 

plus as top poster on .org i thought it wouldnt matter :P



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

 

oh yeah, it has reverse sensors aswell :lol:

 

You getting a spray tan to go with those then Joe?

poof :gayfight:

 

 

 

 

dont... rob999 will get upset!



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:22 PM

Is it silver? Looks slightly blue tinged in some pics.

 

Go Avon ZZR tyres wise  thumbsup



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:23 PM

 

k20a honda engine

cam belt changed 5k ago

hondata ecu and remapped by wayne at chip wizard 214bhp

 

I don't know much about about Honda conversions, which may be my downfall, but I thought the K20a came with a chain not a belt?

 

Oh and remapped by Wayne :lol: (I don't know, why it just does)



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:23 PM

me and vocky reckon its more blue than silver!

 

are avons better than kumho v70s?



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:24 PM

 

 

k20a honda engine

cam belt changed 5k ago

hondata ecu and remapped by wayne at chip wizard 214bhp

 

I don't know much about about Honda conversions, which may be my downfall, but I thought the K20a came with a chain not a belt?

 

Oh and remapped by Wayne :lol: (I don't know, why it just does)

 

 

apparently he is very good :lol: one for fld :P



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:25 PM

 

 

 

k20a honda engine

cam belt changed 5k ago

hondata ecu and remapped by wayne at chip wizard 214bhp

 

I don't know much about about Honda conversions, which may be my downfall, but I thought the K20a came with a chain not a belt?

 

Oh and remapped by Wayne :lol: (I don't know, why it just does)

 

 

apparently he is very good :lol: one for fld :P

 

 

And your belt/Chain?  



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:26 PM

he changed it himself so i hope he fitted a belt to a belt driven engine and not a belt to a timing chain engine :lol: i have the belt packaging aswell



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:27 PM

me and vocky reckon its more blue than silver!

 

are avons better than kumho v70s?

 

Can't speak for Kumhos but the Avons are what the Loti people (that's YOU that is) are moving too. I've said it several times on here before but my mate with a proper Exige (  :P ) swears by the Avons on track. He can do 40 min sessions without any drop off in performance. I will be fitting some when it's time to replace. 

 

So when you on track?



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:32 PM

Looks very boring for a young man like you.

Spray it orange.



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:32 PM

he changed it himself so i hope he fitted a belt to a belt driven engine and not a belt to a timing chain engine :lol: i have the belt packaging aswell

 

Must be me that's the idiot then. Certainly the CTR engine in Naomi's car is chain driven, thought this would be the same.



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:35 PM

hmmm sounds like avons are good then! I want performance over longevity really, but if avons are as good as kumhos but last longer then thats a winner!

 

na im a fan of the blue looks even better in person! plus im skint and cant afford a respray :lol:



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:35 PM

 

he changed it himself so i hope he fitted a belt to a belt driven engine and not a belt to a timing chain engine :lol: i have the belt packaging aswell

 

Must be me that's the idiot then. Certainly the CTR engine in Naomi's car is chain driven, thought this would be the same.

 

 

Two of us. I thought it was a chain too.



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:37 PM

 

 

he changed it himself so i hope he fitted a belt to a belt driven engine and not a belt to a timing chain engine :lol: i have the belt packaging aswell

 

Must be me that's the idiot then. Certainly the CTR engine in Naomi's car is chain driven, thought this would be the same.

 

 

Two of us. I thought it was a chain too.

 

 

Ooooooh, maybe Joe's the idiot then?

 

Joe, did this man give you lots of spare boxes with old car parts in them and tell you 'yeah I've changed that as well'? "Did the flux capacitor just last week mate" etc  



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:37 PM

he might have got confused then or most probably i got confused :lol:



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 02:38 PM

Yep, chain driven cam timing (never needs replacing, good for the "life" of the car apparently). Serpentine belt for water pump and accessories, as far as I can tell.






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