Pauls Exige 410 Sport

Pauls Exige 410 Sport

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Paul_M3

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152 months

Wednesday 14th April
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I'd posted about my new (to me) car in a couple of other peoples posts, but just realised I hadn't started my own thread on here.

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip down to Lotus Bradford after having bought it over the phone. Buying a car without having seen or driven it was an unusual experience. In fact, I'd never even seen a 410Sport in real life before at this point. I was also a bit concerned about the colour as it was very hard to tell from internet photographs what it would be like. They all seemed different.

Arriving here and I was nervous and excited in equal measures...



The saleswoman told me to sit down while she went and fetched the car. When I came outside I was greeted with this and I don't think I could have been any happier.



It's a 2019 in Cyan Blue. Interior pieces painted yellow. Carbon seats, Carbon Roof, Lithium Battery, Carpets and Mats, and Cruise Control.

I then has a very careful and steady drive home, whilst getting LOTS of attention from other people on the dual carriageways and motorways.

Finally home, and few more photographs.










Paul_M3

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Wednesday 14th April
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The first modification was a boring but sensible one.

I'd read that the Lithium batteries need a bit of TLC, and I certainly don't fancy the cost of a new one.

To help keep an eye on it, I ordered on of these:



Every day it automatically sends a notification to my phone with the current battery level. It is also programmed to send a warning at user defined battery levels. (50% and 20% in my case)

Connection was as simple as you'd imagine.



And this is the app on the phone:


Paul_M3

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Wednesday 14th April
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Next up was a very cheap and simple cosmetic modification.

This is obviously a subjective thing, but I was never a fan of the silver stainless bolts in the rear wing and door cards. I feel like things feel more OEM when fixings blend in a bit.
£15 worth of bolts later, and I was happy with the result.

Wing Before:



Wing After:



Door Card Before:



Door Card After:


Paul_M3

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Wednesday 14th April
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I did another little job at the weekend which was partly cosmetic and partly practical. The number plate mounting arrangement was different on the later Exiges and didn't have a mounting plinth. This meant that a) You have to drill holes in the number plate and screw them on, and b) you need to unscrew them at a trackday to fit the tow hook. Whilst neither of these are a major issue, I thought I may as well improve things where I can.

This is what you have if you unscrew the number plate - a couple of silver spire clips behind the grill



A bit of plate drilled, cut and cleaned up:




A quick test fit:



A lick of paint:



And now the car has mounting pads:



As I wanted the plate to be easily removable, I chose to use Velcro as my fixing method. This still looks reasonably subtle when there is no plate on the car:



Finally a bit of Velcro on the plates:



And now I can easily swap between no plate for trackdays, normal plate for road use..



Or show plate for photographs and events...




Spindoctor

629 posts

167 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Great looking car, congratulations. Enjoy the driving experience, it’s pretty amazing. I like what you did with the bolts. Would be nice if they did them in Lotus chrome orange...


G111MDS

191 posts

58 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Really nice Exige! Great detail touches with the tweaks you’ve made too. I have an S2 Exige, but can see an S3 arriving here at some point 😊

alscar

737 posts

180 months

Thursday 15th April
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Enjoyed reading that and your car looks great - congrats.
From one blue owner to another.


DamnKraut

361 posts

66 months

Thursday 15th April
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Congrats, she is absolutely stunning cloud9

Having seen the silver bolts holding the door cards I couldn't unsee them and needed to order black ones as well for my Elise. Looks like visiting this thread cost me a fiver laugh

Out of interest, how does the app get the data from the battery tracker?
Does the tracker itself need a sim card so the app can show data while out of bluetooth signal distance?
Or does the app only work standing next to the car?

Paul_M3

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Thursday 15th April
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DamnKraut said:
Out of interest, how does the app get the data from the battery tracker?
Does the tracker itself need a sim card so the app can show data while out of bluetooth signal distance?
Or does the app only work standing next to the car?
There’s no sim or anything. You unit will log up to a months worth of data, and transfer it only when you get within Bluetooth range only.

Bluetooth goes further than you think though. The car is on the drive, and I get the daily notifications when I go in a room at the front of the house.

Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Friday 16th April
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Love this post it's like DeJa Vu

I bought mine sight unseen, never seen or drove one before

Just like you i'm going to change all the silver bolts and fuel filler bolts

I've got a few extra stripes coming from my graphics guys just to give it the final touch

Great cars and great fun thumbup

Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Friday 16th April
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Great idea with the plate

PS where did you pick up the bolts from

Paul_M3

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Friday 16th April
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Juno said:
Great idea with the plate

PS where did you pick up the bolts from
The bolts were from carbolts.co.uk.

Sold in packs of ten, but not expensive.


Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Friday 16th April
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Paul_M3 said:
The bolts were from carbolts.co.uk.

Sold in packs of ten, but not expensive.

Thanks Paul,ordered thumbup


Edited by Juno on Friday 16th April 22:14

Paul_M3

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Friday 16th April
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Juno said:
Thanks Paul,ordered thumbup


Edited by Juno on Friday 16th April 22:14
No problem. Although I did forget to mention one thing, sorry. Two of the M5 x 20mm for the wing end plates need to be trimmed down by a 4 or 5mm. I just cut that amount off. If you don’t have the tools to do that, you’ll also need a couple of M5 x 16mm countersunk bolts.

Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Friday 16th April
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Paul_M3 said:
Juno said:
Thanks Paul,ordered thumbup


Edited by Juno on Friday 16th April 22:14
No problem. Although I did forget to mention one thing, sorry. Two of the M5 x 20mm for the wing end plates need to be trimmed down by a 4 or 5mm. I just cut that amount off. If you don’t have the tools to do that, you’ll also need a couple of M5 x 16mm countersunk bolts.
No Problem, thanks for the heads up

Terminator X

11,149 posts

171 months

Saturday 17th April
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What a great car, lovely colour too!

TX.

Paul_M3

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Monday 19th April
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Today was stereo upgrade day. 

First job, same as many many Elise / Exige owners...swap the dash speakers for a set of Focals. As a side note, I highly recommend one of these miniature Bahco socket sets. Very handy.



Next up was the subwoofer. For this I chose a relatively new unit, the Pioneer TS-WX010A. The marketing blurb describes it as a unit designed for electric vehicles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gewYQm5828
What this means in practice is that it's light, small, low power consumption, and designed to be kicked when sat in the footwell. So it's perfect for the Exige. 



This is the rear of the sub:



I decided I wanted to Velcro it to carpet, same as people normally do. I probably could have stuck the velcro on directly, but made up a little mounting plate instead.




If you remove this cover, you can route the cables along the channel behind.



Taped up the cables with some felt tape to make it all look a bit neater.




Then finally mounted the sub in the passenger footwell. There's a little step about halfway up, so I mounted it here to leave as much legroom as possible. Then cable tied the cabling to any convenient points.






After doing a bit of testing, I made the decision to power the sub from the head unit wiring. Neither the Sub or the head unit draw that much current in reality, and I am pretty confident that I will not suffer from any nuisance fuse blowing, even with the standard fuse only being 7.5Amps. The fuse should always protect the cabling anyway, and that will be rated to handle over 7.5 amps continuously. 

With the sub mounted in the location I chose, you can't even see it when you're sat in the seat.




Finally I fitted the new Pioneer SPH-10BT head unit and boxed everything back up.



I only had a very quick play, but it all sounds really good and I'm very happy. And it's another job off the list.

Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Wednesday 21st April
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Juno said:
Paul_M3 said:
The bolts were from carbolts.co.uk.

Sold in packs of ten, but not expensive.

Thanks Paul,ordered thumbup


Edited by Juno on Friday 16th April 22:14
All fitted,much better look,I did the fuel cap as well




Edited by Juno on Wednesday 21st April 20:18

Paul_M3

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Wednesday 21st April
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Juno said:
All fitted,much better look,I did the fuel cap as well




Edited by Juno on Wednesday 21st April 20:18
I can’t decide what I want to do with the fuel cap. A) leave it as it is. B) Do what you’ve done. C) fit a black outer ring with silver bolts. D) fit a black outer ring with black bolts.



Juno

4,448 posts

216 months

Thursday 22nd April
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Paul_M3 said:
Juno said:
All fitted,much better look,I did the fuel cap as well




Edited by Juno on Wednesday 21st April 20:18
I can’t decide what I want to do with the fuel cap. A) leave it as it is. B) Do what you’ve done. C) fit a black outer ring with silver bolts. D) fit a black outer ring with black bolts.
Mine will be having the outer ring done as well with some other bits

I’ll post when it’s finished