S1 Elise – New Cobra Key Fob Surround

One of the Cobra alarm key fobs was looking pretty ropey. It’s something you have to carry around with you and it’s so cheap and easy to deal with I don’t know why people put up with crappy old ones. Yukky brown thing with a cable tie replacing the long since broken rubber and a […]

S1 Elise – Quick Wheel Alignment Check

Having replaced the rods and rod ends of the rear toe links and the track rod ends on the steering it was certainly worth a quick check of the wheel alignment. Plus I don’t know exactly when it was last done or how it was set so I wanted to find out how things were […]

S1 Elise – Replacing Track Rod Ends

S1 Elise – Replacing Track Rod Ends When giving the Elise it’s first inspection I noticed some play in the steering joints which seemed to be from the track rod ends so I ordered some replacements from Elise Parts. It’s a nice quick simple job to replace them. The offending article. Nut undone but not […]

S1 Elise – First Time on the Lift for a Mechanical Inspection

First Time on the Lift for a Mechanical Inspection The Elise had been given all the necessary servicing during it’s lifetime so far with some decent upgrades too. But I think it’s fair to say that servicing work carried out, particularly during the last two owners time, was driven purely by MOT and recommended intervals. […]

S1 Elise – Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise

Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise After finishing the MX5 and enjoying the increase in power for a good while it was time for a change. So after selling it I did the usual scan through the web to see what interesting cars were available out there with particular interest in two cars. […]

Forester STI – Cavity Wax and Full Underside Wax Treatment

With the Dinitrol Super Protect 447 applied, next I could deal with protecting the body shell and subframe cavities. I could also apply a layer of wax to the whole underside. There wouldn’t be much point in me putting in all this time and effort to protect the outer surfaces of the body shell and […]

Forester STI – Dinitrol Protect Super 447 Anti Stonechip Coating

So the underside of the Forester has been cleaned, stripped of bits of trim and some suspension and anything I didn’t remove that I don’t want to spray has been masked. It’s finally time to start spraying the Dinitrol Protect Super 447 Anti Stonechip layer. But before I got started I took some pictures of […]