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 […]

S1 Elise – Fitting Side Air Scoops

After one of the side scoops fitted by a previous owner fell off and I removed the other, see here, I thought I’d fit some new ones. This time they would be clear gel coat carbon fibre though which makes them ten times cooler or something like that. 😉 As they arrived, very nicely finished. […]

S1 Elise – Fitting Poly Lower Rear Engine Mount Bushes

Having found the exhaust to be leaking at the join between the manifold and downpipe, when I first got the Elise, and noticed the flexi section underneath the sump had occasionally been touching the undertray. I figured the engine mounts might have got a bit tired after 20 years causing a bit more engine movement […]

Forester STI – Wales Road Trip and EVO Triangle

We thought we should do a road trip in the Forester. Wales is somehwere we hadn’t really driven round much before plus it’s where the famous ‘EVO Triangle’ is, so we figured we’d better go stay there for a week and check it out. After a good clean the day before, we packed our stuff […]

Forester STI – Pre Road Trip Clean and Detail

We planned a week away for a bit of driving on some nice roads but before we could go anywhere the Forester would have to look it’s best. While I had it up on the lift for a general, pre road trip, check over I gave the Genome exhaust a polish. Then out the garage […]