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  1. I've been enjoying the dry roads a bit and blasting along happily, getting used to the car and what it can do. I have a super annoying squeak on the clutch pedal that I'm going to have to do something about.


    Anyway, the reason for posting, I have size 10.5 feet, so not huge. I find my trainers catching neighbouring pedals, and to park my left foot on the rest, I have to "dodge" the clutch pedal.


    Is this something you just get used to, or am I missing something?

  2. Just been down to Caffeine & Machine, near Stratford for some lunch. They've been open since October but I only just found out about them.


    Absolutely superb. My 99 Elise was one of the least interesting cars in the car park. Several other Lotus there, all newer, including an Elise S3. Were those anyone on here?

    Would be a great location for a South Midlands meet.


  3. So yesterday I got rid of the (almost) original Pirellis on my 1999 Elise S1, the oldest one was 19 years old 😮

    After reading everything I could find on here and on seloc I decided on a set of Yokohama AD08R in the larger 195/50/15 225/45/16 sizing. Based on more reading on tyre pressures I've set them at 23psi and 25psi cold. (Jefferies Tyres, Bromsgrove, £340 for all 4 fitted and balanced)

    The car is transformed — absolutely solid, much smoother ride than before and soooooo much grip.

    I drove it across from South Birmingham to Warwick around the lanes, even with the road being greasy and wet I couldn't upset things. I tried a couple of emergency stops to get a feel for things and couldn't get anything other than a totally reassuring straight line stop with no lockups.

    Driving home in the dark and the rain was a little more stressful, not because the car or tyres did anything unexpected, but because I'm new to this. I did arrive at some bends that were tighter than I expected going faster than I would have liked and, well, the elise just went round them. No drama.

    As a newbie to the Elise I just want to say a huge thanks for the forums and wikis and everyone's contributions — it's so helpful!


  4. I've been offered some wheels and tyres from a friend, used but with good tread on them.

    Toyo Proxes T1-R
    185/55 R15 82V
    205/45 R16 87W

    I don't really understand tyre sizes and what's OK/not to play with.

    I know the rears _should_ be 205/50 R16 not 205/45.

    What are the issues with using these sizes?


  5. OK, so I've read through threads on here and on seloc, and the wiki articles and more.

    I know the original wipers on the S1 suck, and the answer is to upgrade to the S2 wiper arm.

    But... my S1 is totally original, everything is as it left the factory and it seems a shame to change it.

    So, I spent time looking around on parts sites and they all seem to think they have wiper blades that fit. Here's just one example:


    I'm guessing none of the listed blades do actually fit and it's just their compatibility data is wrong?

    Can anyone advise?


  6. 4 hours ago, Jonathan E said:

    MMC, Metal Matrix Composite

    OK, done some reading around those. This is a 1999 Elise, so I think that's after they stopped fitting the MMCs and the discs hold a magnet, which suggests they're not the aluminium-ceramic of MMCs?

    I think they're the cast iron OEM discs.

  7. 8 minutes ago, duncx said:

    remember this is rear wheel drive car with the engine over the rear axle

    Yes, absolutely. I've driven quick cars, but they've all been front-wheel drive. Though I have driven Elises, Caterham 7s, and similar on corporate track days.

    I plan to get some car control training and have had a couple of recommendations. I'd welcome more if anyone knows of car control training (South Birmingham)?



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