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About GreyKnight

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    Alcester, Warwickshire

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  1. GreyKnight

    Any meets in the West Midlands area?

    I took my lad to swimming in Studley this morning in the Elise, I do intend to go to Caffeine and Machine soon. Maybe we should arrange a mini-meet? I don't mind sorting if folks are up for it?
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    Plunging Clevis very distracting

    I had this exact problem when I did mine, totally pissed me off. I snapped a bolt trying to tighten it into the dropped hole, then I drilled out the thread and totally knackered the block inside the rear frame. Ended up buying an new block from Deroure, installed it using a cable router and string so I didn't have to remove the rear clam. Sorted in the end but £80 worse off.
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    Any meets in the West Midlands area?

    Good shout on the LDC meets. I can see that there is also a meet at the Stag at Redhill near Alcester which is where I live, though it looks less well attended maybe?
  4. So I've been scanning the events forum from time to time hoping to see something happening vaguely near me, but nothing ever does. Are there not many members in the West Midlands? I'm talking Worcester, Evesham, South Birmingham area. I'd like to start using my car a bit more, but driving all the way to the East Midlands just to start a run or meet is a bit much when I have family commitments to take into account, the Peak District is out of the question for a casual run out. Anybody interested in such a thing?
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    Caffeine & Machine

    I live just outside Stratford and I've never heard of this, is it just a regular meet of cars or something? Might take my lad.
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    Thinking of selling my S1 111s

    Greg I know we haven't seen each other for quite a few years, but NOOOOO! You're thinking of moving to the Peak District and SELLING your Elise? That's an oxymoron IMHO. LOL, in all fairness I've had similar thoughts many times. Having a family has meant mine has pretty much been mothballed for the past 10 years, but it's now at the spray shop being done up and has had a full suspension refresh, I'm hoping to get my 6 year old lad out in it more this year and do some events. Would be great to see you and Ali again if you thought you could get out in yours. Graham
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    Lotus in the Peak - kids?

    Thanks guys, that sounds awesome. Yes I'd only take part in the slower groups with junior on board, gone are the days of me leading the pack like a loon and having group members asking me to "slow down please". 😄 Okay that's great, Dan will be on cloud nine to think he's going camping in the Lotus with dad. I will be bringing the complimentary bowl and quells for the weekend. (well, to be fair he's never once been car sick, so he should be okay). Great, look forward to it. Graham
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    Lotus in the Peak - kids?

    Hi guys After getting my car back on the road last year I'm hoping to attend a few events this year (otherwise it won't get used yet again). I'm seriously considering coming to Lotus in the Peak, but if I did I'd probably want to bring my 6 year old son and give my wife the weekend to herself. Is this possible or is it not really for kids? Does anybody else come with a small navigator? Daniel loves riding in the Elise and would really enjoy being out and about with the big boys and their fancy cars. If it's not advised then no worries, but I thought I'd check! thanks Graham
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    Nitron Street Series on S1 - trouble with setup

    Okay, well SteveB over on SELOC has been advising me on this. He said I should order the top mounts A1170077F from Deroure (which I did), sorry these are not the OEM ones, but part of the S2 -> S1 kit developed by Lotus and raise the rear mount up by about 15mm. I have then had the mechanic speak to Nitron who have prescribed 60lb helper springs. SteveB seems to think this will be perfect. Right now I just want the car finished!
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    Nitron Street Series on S1 - trouble with setup

    Hmm, thanks but I don't think that's the answer. I've already bought a new set of brackets. The car did have S2 Bilsteins on previously so have the appropriate brackets for that, but the mechanic said I needed a higher ride height so I ordered some OEM brackets from Lotus.
  11. Hi guys I'm asking this on here as well as on SELOC in the hopes that I might find somebody who's had a similar experience. My S1 is currently with a local sports car mechanic to have its newly refurbished suspension set up and geo'd. He's having terrible trouble with it due in part to lack of familiarity with setting up Elise suspension I guess, but also because of various advice we are getting on how it should be done. I have purchased a set of Nitron Street Series from Seriously Lotus. I am trying to achieve a lowered ride height of around 110mm front and 120mm rear. A very knowledgeable chap from SELOC has been very helpful in offering my mechanic advice on what needs doing, part of this has been to insist that the car has at least 45mm of rear droop available. The issue is that having set the rear springs to allow 45mm of droop there is a 15mm spring gap. The mechanic has said I need helper springs, but having spoken to Nitron they say they have never heard of such a requirement on the SS dampers. Now Nitron say that the SS dampers are designed for the OEM ride height, +/-10mm. I'm guessing this is why there's a problem as the OEM ride height on the rear is I believe 140mm? Does anybody have any advice on this type of issue? The car has been away for weeks now and I'm getting a bit frustrated. cheers Graham
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    I'm back! (well, almost)

    Hi folks It's been a fair while since I last posted on MLOC, I've been around since 2005 and was very active here in the late 2000's, but then what with buying my first home, getting married, having a kid, moving house again, changing jobs etc etc my S1 Elise just got less use and more old. Eventually a couple of years ago I took it off the road and decided to give it some TLC in readiness for spending some quality time with it again along with my now 5 year old boy. So, it's been sat on my drive up on axle stands all this time while I have slowly taken the important parts to bits and sorted them all out. I'm finally at the stage where the front clam can go back on, the undertrays can be re-fitted, the wheels can go on and get new tyres and it will go back on the road! Things I've done include:- Full C service Front clam off New radiator fitted Heater box re-built and new heater matrix fitted All suspension removed and blasted, zinc passivated, painted and reassembled with stainless fixings New ball joints, bushes, drop links, TRE's etc fitted New Nitron SS dampers New steering arm gators New discs and pads fitted New fixings for the front clam fitted Driving light and headlight brackets taken off, stripped and painted New headlights fitted Once the car is fully back together I'll be loading it onto a trailer and taking it for a full geo somewhere and a check by a pro to make sure I haven't put things on backwards. Then Once that's done it's going for a full respray at my brother's garage and then (eventually) it'll get an interior re-trim when my wallet has recovered. Anyway, the point is that I intend to come along to a few events and gatherings this summer if all goes to plan. Hope to see some familiar faces as well as new ones! cheers Graham
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