Gear Cables Exige S1

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ortope
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What gear cables would be recommended for an Exige S1?

Elise Parts?
Elise Shop?

Thank you
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Britspeed
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A bit quite on here!

I have the Elise-shop motorsport cables on mine. They are thicker in the tunnel area near the handbrake. Fully adjustable.

On my Elise S1 have no problems with the OEM ones though. New rear bushes inserted. They are a Ford part in fact the plastic push in bits.

I wrote this at 22:10 +1 gmt. Says 14:00! Ok, not important
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MrP80
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I used the Elise Parts ones but that was years ago and I expect the game has moved on since then
ortope
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In the meantime I ordered the cables from Elise Parts.

One simple question: What kind of gear box oil do you use?

It seems a simple one, but on my car after an oil change the gear change became difficult
when the box warmed up (!?).
I used the Bardahl MTF instead of the original Rover-Oil.
Both are GL-4.
Note: Until now I didn' t change the cables.

:o :o :o
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Britspeed
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I have Castrol Syntrans 75W-90

You need to be careful by just going on the GL-4 code.

Have a look into the viscosity of your’s at low and high temps. You can destroy a gearbox synchros with the wrong oil, i.e. too thick at low temps, oil doesn’t get through the ports. Gets trapped between the syn. and heats up the gearbox and makes gear change hard. Leads to complete failure!

As soon as you select a different gearbox oil, need to look at what’s in it and how viscos it is. Just keep to what is specified. Forgetting GL as it is only half the answer, doesn’t cover the synchro! but just gears.

Note: if you have a GL-5 code on the label, take that oil out ASAP!
ortope
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Thank you for your answer.
It was a GL-4 oil!
To cut a long story short I ordered the original MG/Rover Gear Box Oil.
I will keep you updated

:D
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Britspeed
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I hope I feels better with the new oil. I think it would be good to say what oil you put in. You know it might be the right spec.

It could be the gear cables after all.

Will keep an eye out if you update the thread ;)
ortope wrote: Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:11 pm Thank you for your answer.
It was a GL-4 oil!
To cut a long story short I ordered the original MG/Rover Gear Box Oil.
I will keep you updated

:D
ortope
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this is the oil actually in the gear box:

as said when heating up, shifting gears becomes harder

Image

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Britspeed
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So, you oil is in fact too thin. I think it is basically not holding on to the gears as they spin through the oil in the box.

Not going to to more details but you can search for a chart comparing the different specs. I hope no damage is done. Worry not until you refill and try.

Keep a small quality of the oil you remove, just in case you want to get it analysed. Maybe OTT for some.
tlracer
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Do you have the figures for viscosity, as the data sheet I found for the Bardahl product has a very similar 'warm', ie. 100 deg C, figure to the OE Texaco MTF94 of around 9cSt.

Mine was refilled recently with Millers (TRX 75W-90, I think - will check later) which was done by a Lotus garage. This has a 100 deg C viscosity of 14.77cSt.
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