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BoxheadTim MegaDork
4/25/22 10:13 a.m.

Splitter in the style of Verstappen (ca 2022):

Got to identify which type of splitter this is (I do think it's an Exige splitter) and find a replacement.

cyow5 Reader
4/25/22 10:59 a.m.

That's a very generic style that several different people have made versions of. Lowtush is one of the older ones (original?), but Greg would be where I'd go now:  https://www.gregsraceparts.com/collections/aero-exterior/products/grp-elise-front-splitter

BoxheadTim MegaDork
4/25/22 3:58 p.m.

Yeah, I was going to source it from Greg and this particular style looks familiar. Good thing that most of the hardware kit is still on the car...

Probably going with the CF version and try not to destroy it again.

One thing I notice on the way home is that I'm getting the typical "shock absorber dead" oinks from the front right. I wouldn't be surprised if the shocks are still the original ones, and I'm not sure if sliding up sideways up a hillside was what did them in, or if it was just the attempt of using the car properly. Either way I suspect that I'll have to replace them sooner or later, but I think it would be a good idea to get the suspension checked over anyway.

BoxheadTim MegaDork
6/18/22 12:40 p.m.

Still haven't had a chance to inspect the damage. The splitter was on back order anyway so I'm kinda waiting for that to come in, although there are a few more things that need to be fixed.

Anyway, at least my furry assistant decided to have a closer look:

Still waiting for the inspection report, but at least he didnt' decide to then climb on the roof and take a nap there.

Recon1342 SuperDork
6/18/22 5:05 p.m.

Well, a BRZ it ain't...

BoxheadTim MegaDork
6/19/22 12:44 p.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

Yeah, at least the Toyota part is the drive train this time around and it's the Lotus bits that are causing some headaches.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
6/19/22 2:09 p.m.

It might be worth making a pattern from the new splitter when it arrives. That would give you the option of using handcrafted splitters if needed in the future. 

BoxheadTim MegaDork
6/19/22 2:13 p.m.

In reply to Woody (Forum Supportum) :

I kinda like the idea, although the splitters aren't that expensive and handcrafting one would require time I'd have trouble finding. Not to mention that buying replacement splitters would funnel money to an acquaintance's business (Greg of Greg's Race Parts is a friend of a friend).

I guess the other option would be to fix the lose nut behind the wheel that caused the issue in the first place. That might also help with the expenditure on splitters.

BoxheadTim MegaDork
7/17/22 5:30 p.m.

Time to catch up a bit - there hasn't been much movement on the Elise as I'm still waiting for the splitter. Looks like there are some delays, but TBF I'm not that fussed as I have more than enough projects at the moment.

Before the recent cross-country trip, I had a few minutes to put the front of the Elise on my Race Ramps and check what the actual damage was. It really looks like the main damage was to the splitter. If you look at the second photo carefully, you can see that there is a small piece of the front clam missing right where the splitter ends. Not sure if that's been there before I had my oops or not, but if that's the only damage to the clam I'm not complaining.

I also noticed that there were a bunch of bolts missing. I think I have to take the clam off to replace the splitter anyway based on how the splitter is bolted on, so I'll replace the missing bolts while I'm in there. Plus I'll probably have a good look at the oil cooler lines and other assorted gubbins that are under the front clam.

While I was under there, I also tried to figure out why the front right suspension seems to be oinking on the highway. It doesn't look like there is any visible damage, but the crusty red stuff probably isn't a good sign. Plus - hard to see in the photos - it also looks like there were some traces of oil on that may have escaped from the shock. Either way, I suspect the shocks are past their best, which isn't a huge surprise given the mileage. Just have to figure out what to put on there - the Sport package Billies (which I think are on the car) aren't known to be that great, and everybody raves about Nitrons or Öhlins. I guess I have to figure out how long I'm planning to keep the car before I open the wallet for more parts.


I also started noticing yellow overspray. Wait, what?

Turns out the overspray I noticed goes really well with the paint that I noticed on the brake caliper bleeder screws. Yes, it looks like someone decided to paint the brake calipers yellow without taking the caliper off the car, and also painted part of the suspension yellow.

Colour me not highly impressed.

Guess I have to clean that up. But really, people, WHY?

As I also had to urgently make space for the 911, I tried to work out if the lightweight crew actually fits into my shop without the use of wheel dollies and the like. It does, but I have about an inch to spare between the back of the Maxton and the garage door, so I actually have to climb over the Maxton to open the garage door. But they both fit.

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