Forester STI – Engine, Gearbox and Diff Oil Change

Whenever I get a car I tend to change all the oils early on so I know it’s all fresh and decent quality stuff. The Forester was no different so I got myself some Millers oils for the engine, gearbox and differentials and a genuine Subaru engine oil filter and sump washer. For the engine […]

S1 Elise – Final Fit of the Exhaust, and Heat Shields

Having test fitted all the parts I fabricated to be sure I was happy with them (see here, here and here). The exhaust, exhaust heat shield and alternator heat shield could all be fitted for the last time with new gaskets and fixings. Everything ready to fit. New exhaust manifold gasket in place. Engine mount […]

S1 Elise – Making an Alternator Heat Shield

Following on from the previous two posts about making an exhaust heat shield and wrapping the exhaust I wanted to give the alternator some protection too. The exhaust manifold is quite close to the alternator on K-Series engines. This is not a major problem with adequate heat shielding and good airflow to the alternator. The […]

S1 Elise – Making an Exhaust Heat Shield

As I’ve said previously, it got a bit hot in the Elise drivers seat on the hottest summer days and I wanted to do what I could to keep heat from the exhaust at bay. One thing being heat wrapping the exhaust which you can see here and the other being fitting a more effective […]

S1 Elise – Wrapping the Exhaust

With the new exhaust setup finished I wanted to do everything I could to keep engine bay and ‘cockpit’ temperatures down. In the summer it would get very hot in the car at times and that had to be largely down to being sat with the exhaust manifold only a few inches behind me. I […]

S1 Elise – Boot Bag Clean

While the Elise was parked up over winter I occasionally turned the engine over without starting it to keep things oiled and prevent the same valve springs being compressed for a long period. To turn the engine over without it starting I went into the boot and behind the boot bag to remove the fuel […]