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  1. Cheers for the replies. Central Lotus may be a good option, if I remember correctly there is a paint shop behind the ‘showroom’, don’t think it’s part of Central but may be the one they use. Called into Paintworx in Loughborough yesterday, seemed to be quite knowledgeable, although they tend to specialise in the custom van type of work so not sure how much experience they have with fibreglass. He said around £2.5k to prep and full respray if I strip the lights etc before hand, which wouldn’t be a problem as both clams are currently off the car.
  2. Good to know, currently doing a suspension refresh on mine and will be looking to get geometry set up at some point.
  3. Currently refurbishing my S2 Elise, the car has some small areas of paint bubbling and a bit of low level damage to the front clam and I will be looking to have the complete car painted in the near future. As lots of places are currently busy I thought I’d make contact with a few and look to possibly the car booked in for later in the year. Looking for recommendations ideally in the Notts/Leics/Derby area? I have found a couple that do get good reviews for Lotus work, both a little bit further away, interested to hear if anyone has used either of these: https://www.option1sports
  4. Thanks for the offer Dean, I’ll keep it in mind 👍
  5. Latest on the shock absorbers from Bilstein is they are probably not worth reconditioning. The cost to recondition is the same price as a new set on Nitron Street Series, and Bilstein are currently that busy the turnaround time will be a couple of months. While I could wait I really need to be able to move the car so I think a new set of shocks it is. I dont want to spend thousands on new shocks so would be interested to hear opinions on Nitrons or alternatives, at around £1k everything I read seems to point to the Nitrons
  6. Progress update on my Elise project. Collected the wishbones, uprights etc yesterday. All very nicely packaged. Very pleased with the result considering what they looked like originally! Also had the tow eye/srut coated One suspension refresh kit ready to assemble and put back on the car. Decided to use standard OE bushes, purchased the refresh kit from Seriously Lotus. Brake calipers stripped, cleaned and painted. The actual colour is darker than they look in the picture. Couple of hours sp
  7. Thanks for the offer Martin. I’m now sorted, Will has lent me his, cheers.
  8. Mr Will on here has been kind enough to lend me his ball joint removal tool, thanks Will, put it straight to work this evening and removed all 8 ball joints without any problems. I have had the wishbones sand blasted prior to removing the ball joints, planning on taking them to Sandwells and having them coated with Xylan and Fosgard
  9. Yes the height adjustable Bilsteins were standard on the 135R. When I took them to the service centre in Leicester the guy that runs the workshop (Dave Masters) actually remembered doing work on them for Lotus back in 2002ish. I would like to keep them to maintain the originality, Dave did have concerns the body may be too corroded and they will end up replacing a large part of the shocker with new, in the end it will depend on the price they quote for the refurbishment.
  10. Thanks, I dont intend using the car for anything more than road and possibly occasional track day so I guess standard bushes will be fine. The problem is an attraction to shiny things and trying not to convince myself I need them because they must be better! Regarding the Lotus OEM bushes, any opinion on the Elise Parts OEM spec bushes which are quite a bit cheaper than the Lotus ones?
  11. Thanks Ray, it certainly is a labour of love, good thing being I am enjoying doing it. The problem is knowing where to stop, the more I get into it the more I can see that could be done. Don’t think you’ll see it out on a Sunday morning run for a few months!
  12. Had my Elise for a little over a month and making progress with the refurbishment project. The car is a 135R with relatively low mileage and has stood for around 6 years with little to no movement. As it arrived First job was to fit a new cam belt, water pump etc as there was no record of it ever being changed. All changed okay, car started and ran up to temperature Next job was to strip out the interior, remove front clam and make a start on the suspension that looks a little like its been stored on the Mary Rose All now stripped off and I hav
  13. Thanks very much, PM sent 👍
  14. Thanks for the post but its the tool for removing the ball joint from the wishbone I’m after rather than a splitter, like this: https://www.eliseparts.com/shop/steering-br-suspension-1/ball-joints-toe-rod-ends/ball-joint-removal-tool/
  15. In the process of stripping and refurbishing the suspension on my Elise and need to remove the wishbone ball joints. My plan was to buy the ball joint removal tool from Elise Parts but unfortunately they are currently out of stock. Does anyone have one sat redundant in their garage that I can buy or borrow?
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