08 Exige S 240 in Starlight Black

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Elise_Mark
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Having been a bit of a lurker for a while, I thought it’s time to get more involved and share my new (to me) car.

I have really enjoyed reading through the owners cars threads on here. It’s amazing how useful they have already been as reference points to help me tick off a few jobs in the short time I have owned the car.

Rewinding back the clock to 2014, after many years saving the pennies I bought my first Lotus, an S2 111S Elise. I would have loved an Exige, but couldn’t stretch that far. I also thought that I should start with the ‘softer’ Elise and possibly work up to an Exige at some point in the future.

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It was a fantastic car and everything I had hoped it would be. It really got under my skin, with new friends made, many excellent runs around Kent and Sussex and more track days than I can remember. It also showed me that you shouldn’t be afraid to work on cars and just get stuck in.

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Although it was (and still is) a lovely car to drive on the road, I eventually started to crave more power. I test drove a couple of Honda converted Elises and was very impressed. They definitely had the power box ticked and retained the lovely delicate, analogue feel of a light weight K series Elise. But knowing how much I have always loved the styling and philosophy of the S2 Exige, I knew that I had to try one.

In December 2021, I lined up a test drive at a very well known Lotus main dealer in the south east. It was a huge disappointment. The car looked amazing and the power was impressive, but the pedal feel compared my K series Elise was so binary and disconnected. I was gutted and started to wonder if assisted brakes and ABS on the Elise platform was really this crap. I asked some fellow Lotus owners what they thought and they assured me that it was not normal. Perhaps I just drove a car that needed some TLC.

With this in mind I set up another test drive with a different car later in the week. A 2008 S240. I loved it. The pedal feel was great. So different to my K series Elise and definitely not as delicate, but I knew that I could learn to adjust to it and the huge jump in braking power gave me massive confidence.

It drove beautifully, so I knew then that I was ready to let my Elise go. My Elise was sold and after a bit of negotiating over the course of a couple of weeks I picked this up:

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I couldn’t leave it alone for too long. A friend was selling some RGB wheels, so the Y spokes were shod with ZZRs for track use and the RGB wheels snapped up for road duty.

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I swapped the sump for an EP baffled number.

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And then took it off and refitted it with sealant that worked (Loctite 5980) – thank you Kyle / Fonzey!

Checked over and cleaned up the brakes.

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Sorted some stone chips...

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And painted the engine cover plastic panels whilst fixing a dodgy spoiler fixing.

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It’s a lovely car and I’m looking forward to getting to know it as well as I did with the Elise.
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andybond
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I shall be following with interest! Great first post ..
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Fonzey
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Fantastic start to the thread, looking forward to more.

I feel your pain on the pedal feel. I believe mine to feel "ok" and then I drive a k series car even just to reverse it out of the way or something and the feel of the pedals makes me feel miserable, they are so so much better than the Toyota cars.
Elise_Mark
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andybond wrote: Sun May 22, 2022 10:35 pm I shall be following with interest! Great first post ..
Thanks for taking a look, hopefully as I post more over time there will be something useful to someone out there!
Elise_Mark
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Fonzey wrote: Mon May 23, 2022 3:02 pm Fantastic start to the thread, looking forward to more.

I feel your pain on the pedal feel. I believe mine to feel "ok" and then I drive a k series car even just to reverse it out of the way or something and the feel of the pedals makes me feel miserable, they are so so much better than the Toyota cars.
They are wonderful, definitely not as stiff as the Toyota cars and the solid, unassisted brake pedal with such instant feedback and short travel is great for heel and toe. I do feel like Im getting the hang of the Exige setup now and they feel light years better than the 2005 Exige I drove previously.
Elise_Mark
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As mentioned before, I gave the engine cover plastics a few coats of paint to tidy them up. They were scratched and also quite faded which bugged me as it looked a bit drab against the shiny black paint.

It looked simple to remove the spoiler, but all four of the fixing bolts were corroded into their mounting points. Luckily I could unscrew three of them painfully slowly by locking onto and gripping the bolt heads with mole grips. The last one had welded itself into the rivnut inside the spoiler, so I cut the head off the bolt and drilled it out as carefully as I could.

Here’s the paint. Fantastic, hard wearing stuff with a matt finish. I also used it on the plastic grills of my old Elise and it looked great for as long as I owned the car.

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And the painted finish + new stainless bolts.

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I ran the car without the spoiler off for a few days and although it felt a bit odd, I actually quite liked it.

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Spoiler is back on now and hasn’t fallen off yet ;)

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matt447
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Looking awesome!! Good to have you here! :)
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thommo
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Great stuff! I like starlight black :thumbup:
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pkw2704
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congrats, not usually a starlight black fan, but that looks well :thumbup:
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matt447
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I had a Starlight Black Exige back in 2007/8 and it was a lovely colour - although it certainly showed up any paint imperfections :lol: Yours looks very tidy indeed - nice car :)
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