Friday, 27 October 2006

Exhaust Sorted

A few hours spent at my local garage yesterday and the downpipe on the exhaust has been replaced. Luckily I had an old one laying around from the MG F which fitted the Elise with minor adjustments (the mounting bracket was in the wrong place). The old one was completely knackered, it fell apart whilst being removed - the flexi section had completely seperated from the one end!

I cannot believe the difference it makes, the car is much more quiet and it seems to have more high end torque than previously.

The big rattling noise has also gone but there's a small vibration on the heat shield at certain rpms, I might just find something to pad it out a bit as theres very little movement.

I also attended MPH06 yesterday in Birmingham, it wasn't as good as last year and I had a massive migraine coming home. Apart from than it was pretty good, worth the entry fee at least. Theres a handful of pictures in the pics section.

Just thought this was worth posting...

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Squeek Sorted

The squeeky alternator belt has been replaced by my local garage and they have also said they can sort the downpipe out so i have cancelled my appointment with Horizon. It works out cheaper and I dont have to drive all the way to Birmingham either ":-)"

Gonna order some BFG tyres and get them fitted locally - the advans are barely legal.

Monday, 16 October 2006


Over the last 2 days the Elise has developed an un-healthy squealing sound when starting. Pretty sure its a belt of some sort slipping, probably the alternator belt. I'm sure I woke most of my street at 6 this morning.

I'm gonna call Horizon later today to book her in for...

2 X Rear tyres (thinking Toyo Proxies or BFG G-force Profilers)
Fit replacement exhaust manifold - luckily I have an old one off my MGF that will fit with minor fettling
Investigate and fix dodgy rattle - could be related to the exhaust problem though.
Geo check (maybe - haven't decided yet)

Another expensive month along with the insurance ":-("

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Insurance Sorted

A-plan insurance have done it for £739 so thats the insurance sorted for another year. I managed to beat my renewal price with by as massive £519.95 - needless to say they wouldnt price match. The new policy also has a lower excess than last year with all the same cover. Sweet