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About MattyB

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  • Birthday 03/06/1981

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    S2 135
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  1. Newbie considering a track orientated Elise

    Ah, I was chatting to another Mark on SELOC asking similar questions, just wondered Well, if you're interested I'll be putting mine up for sale in a few weeks - could be the good basis for a track car with all the suspension work and falls within your budget (just!).
  2. Newbie considering a track orientated Elise

    Mark was it you I was chatting to over on SELOC about the Elise search?
  3. Sill repair

    I've not used them (yet) but I went to see Chase Automotive (http://www.chaseautomotive.co.uk/) the other week - I'm popping back to get mine booked in, seemed like decent guys, they were recommended by my VW Specialist....they do fibreglass repair (although I only have a small split to repair, it's mainly just painting). As I say, not used them yet, but price was reasonable.
  4. S2 Splitter - black or body coloured?

    Looks like black is definitely the way - however, having it vinyl wrapped is a good shout, although that may be tricky due to the shape. Worth considering however....
  5. I'm having my front splitter (currently body coloured) tidied up - it's currently the same colour as the body (gun metal/dark grey) but I'm tempted to have it painted black instead. So for those who've got one....black or body colour?
  6. Lotus Number 4...

    Lovely. Personally, I much, much prefer the Roadster - it looks cleaner and sleeker to my eyes, yet you rarely see them. Enjoy.
  7. Can anyone recommend a bodyshop near Wolvo/Cannock? Dan@HPE has recommended Andy Meacham to me, so I need to see him (but with the M5/M6 constantly clogged, it's not a quick journey) and there's also Option1 nearby too. I wondered if there was anyone else closer to me who people are happy to recommend?
  8. S2 Alloys


    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Swapped my alloys, so my old Black S2 6-spokes are up for sale. 4 alloys, with AD07 tyres and including centre caps, but with the following caveats: - Front tyres have decent tread, but are 9 years old - Rear tyres are *just* about legal. - The laquer is peeling on the alloys, I've tried to photo the worst of it. - The front passenger side is very, very slightly buckled from a pothole. I couldn't get it to come out on the pictures though - it's just 'flattened' the edge a bit. £200, collection ideally as shipping is a pain.


  9. Elise -> Evora

    Sounds like I'm on the right track then in the move. Anyone want to buy an S2 135? I'm not a fan of green cars, unfortunately Although I would prefer a more lairy colour rather than black/silver (no offence to current owners, obviously!) My one and only concern is the whole clutch issue - there are a fair few for sale around the 30-40k mileage range still on the original clutch (or at least, no mention of the change) which would be a slight concern, but I'll worry about that once I'm in a position to start making offers ;)
  10. Elise -> Evora

    Owned my Elise for a year now, but finding I don't use it much. Most of my driving is Motorway/A-road, and I'm usually carrying a passenger - I love the Elise when I get the opportunity, but when the missus moans as it's too raw, or your mates make sure you're picking them up in the VW because they don't want to 'post themselves in it', or I'm visiting the parents which is a 45min motorway journey.....I find I'm leaving the Elise at home alot. So I'm hoping the Evora can find the balance. Bigger engine, longer geared, more usable but still as enjoyable when needed. The fact I can squeeze a small mate in the back for short journeys is even more of a bonus. Anyone done it, any downsides, any regrets? Budget is about £30k, so it'll be early, non-S models.
  11. Suspension Refresh!!

    Just to weigh in, I was concerned about spherical bearings too - rumours of harshness, etc - however I've no regrets either. FWIW, have a chat with Dan@HPE - I was going to do it myself, but by the time I bought/borrowed tools, for what he charged I (personally) didn't think it was worth me DIY'ing it. Also, bear in mind budget creep, regardless of whether you DIY or not; there's alot more "while you're there" or "no point putting the old ones back", which for me included, but wasn't limited to: - Wheel bearings - Braided brake hoses - Toe links (I went with Spitfire) I also wish I'd have painted my calipers (or should I say, asked Dan to) because it makes the lovely, colourful and clean wheel arches look untidy
  12. Can anyone recommend an ELM327/OBDII connector that works with a 2001 Elise? I've got one of the blue ones like so: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575033836&toolid=10001&campid=5337202664&customid=&icep_item=152274230867&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg Works on my 2005 VW, and my mates 2008 Astra, but not on the Elise - just says it can't connect to the ECU. Before I go buying ones at random and wasting £10/15, has anyone got one that works so I can buy the same? Ta
  13. Steering Wheel Centre Refurb?

    Hm...never thought about trying to re-cover the steering wheel myself. I found a price of £45 to do the centre of the wheel, didn't seem too bad - but you only need a bit of fabric if doing it yourself, and it only seems to be available in big rolls which come close to the cost of getting someone else to do it for you! The centre tunnel I'm not sure about. As you say, difficult bit is removal and refitting!!
  14. I have blue seats...and blue door cards, but my steering wheel centre is grey (and a little scruffy). Any suggestions on the best place for a refurb? Also, on a similar note, what are people doing about the centre console around the handbrake? Again, looking a little tired. I'm not sure whether to wrap it, paint it or replace it?
  15. Not Another Suspension Query?

    I had the same conundrum, but it was Bilstein vs NSS2 for me - cost was a factor, I couldn't justify the NT40's or Quantums for what I use it for. I went with the NSS2 - I got them for £680 delivered, the Bilsteins would have been £850. I also wanted some height adjustment, which the Bilstein can't do. I'd hard to give a fair comparison, as I had a 65k car which then had a full suspension refresh and NSS fitted at the same time, so obviously it was going to be a massive improvement regardless. What I will say is, I don't find the suspension harsh at all. It's firm, obviously, but only as much as you'd expect for this type of car. I'd love to try the same setup with fresh Bilsteins, but for me, the NSS2 is a good compromise. And it looks awesome sitting lower

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