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I didn’t weigh them, but the seat isn’t fully bolted down. I can weigh it one of these days.

Today I had a few simple things I wanted to get done. Main thing was the throttle cable and it wasn’t as bad as I thought, however after installing it the angle looked bad...



Apparently re-routing the throttle cable isn’t always necessary and I would’ve been better off not moving anything ... undoing my work and installing it from the original side. Result was much better.



After that I wanted to finish up the coolant lines and got most of them except the pass side hard line to thermostat line. Ultimately, I threw in the towel and called it a day. I’ll try again tomorrow...
 

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Been slowly plugging away over the weekend. Got slowed down because the subframe bolts weren’t threading in and I didn’t want to strip anything so I went and borrowed a tap&die set. Cleaned out a lot of crud... Got that all installed now along with a lot of other stuff and the checklist is much smaller but still got work to do.

Didn’t bother with taking pics with any of that but I did want to take pics of this. Kind of a snowball effect of the Innovative Mounts was that the stock battery mount wouldn’t work, but I also like shaving weight soooo.... Odyessey PC680 Battery and a light mount I got on LotusTalk. I love buying their lightweight goodies... so without further adieu

Stock stuff: ~38#


My stuff: ~15#


So about 23# savings and the battery will be mounted lower, on the subframe.
Anyone else done this before?
 

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Big fan of what you're doing with this. I'm in the planning processes of upgrading from the OEM battery, so this is very instructive.

Looking at the Odyssey it looks heavier than the Antigravity batteries, but seems more along the lines of a lighter battery that holds good charge than a very lightweight battery that you would need to take the car out every other day.

For the mount, is this a Lotus part or a one-off? Haven't heard of moving the battery there, but if it's not messing with the exhaust system and there's a good mounting point that shouldn't take the work it would to relocate it someplace else. Never thought of replacing the mounting equipment so that'll be another source of weight savings.
 

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The OEM Mounting equipment is just fine and not heavy though mine was quite nasty with battery acid, but the problem of the OEM parts is that they use the OEM driverside mount and with the Innovative Mounts, you lose that.

I found this on Lotus Talk in the classifieds but not sure its an off the shelf or a custom piece. I know that Odyssey has different mounts / boxes they sell.

I had one on my Datsun also and it may be adaptable to lay the battery down, though Im not sure theres enough space to do so... nor can I find where I got this aluminum cover from either, but I know I bought it at the same time as I bought my battery.



Im still trying to figure out how to solidly mount it so I dont need to worry about it, but I may still do a typical battery strap as a redundant safety item. Hopefully it wont take me too long, as this is one of the main pieces left before I can fire up this car.
 

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I moved my odyssey to the front axle area. Better spot, easy to do.
 

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I moved my odyssey to the front axle area. Better spot, easy to do.
I originally considered that but didn’t want to deal with the extra cable and wiring. Still an option down the road though.

Got a little time tonight to evaluate how I wanted it installed and was actually able to mount it in quite solid, though eventually I want to be able to get all 4 of the mounting points bolted down.

A few pics of the process for those following along:

Here’s the pocket I wanted to tuck it into



I wanted to use one of the several existing threaded holes, so I played around and mocked up this



I pulled one of the rubber plugs and it lined up perfectly with the other existing hole in the mount. This way one is setup for the threaded hole and I was able to get a nut inside the hole.



Found some allenhead bolts that fit almost perfect



Aaannnndddd basically all done. Obviously I didn’t want to bolt both cables on, the ground needed to be slightly modified and I wanted to make sure it reached the post



It tucks nicely Behind the heat shield, though I have some thermotec stuff I’ll add just to add an extra layer of protection

It’s been a minute but I think these are all the correct heatshields

 

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Well, I’ve pretty much crossed everything off my list. Added oil to the motor after putting a new oil filter on, dropped the nose on the ground and prepped the radiator for ventilating the air in the system.

Here’s a basic look of where it’s at. Also discovered another unexpected bonus of the CA-legal Magnaflow cat pipe: it’s about 10lbs lighter than the OEM one. Couldn’t get an exact weight but it’s about 8lbs versus 18. Cool. Can’t wait to replace the OEM muffler with anything else, that thing is massive...



Tomorrow I need to get proper Toyota coolant, add that and also fill the transmission with oil. After that just need to slap the intake and muffler on... and then I’ve run out of distractions and will need to say a prayer and see what happens when I turn the key.
 

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Time to get caught up!

Saturday I had to make 2 trips to Toyota for coolant. Car swallowed the 1st gallon and nearly all of the second one. Once the reservoir was sitting steady I moved on to the intake. Long story short, my combo of Celica, MR2, and Elise intake boots weren’t the right combo for my car but I couldn’t figure out why. Turns out my intake (and likely motor) came from a Matrix, not a Celica...

Wanting to feel somewhat accomplished, I hooked up the battery and figured I’d give it a shot and see what happens. Door gong ringing as soon as I opened the door was a nice surprise and with the turn of the key I heard the fuel pump turn on so I figured let’s give it a go and she was turning over..., and....an overwhelming fuel smell so I shut it down. The fuel line didn’t seat properly and promptly coated the garage floor in gasoline. That was when I called it a day haha

It was a hot day and quite frustating overall, so when I settled on the couch at night, I decided I had two options. Buy an intake setup piece by piece or just buy MonkeyWrenches setup. After pricing all the pieces I wasn’t really saving any money so I just ordered the MWR intake. That should finally arrive on Friday.

If you haven’t noticed I was still trying to decide on exhausts. Not having the grand for the titanium exhaust my heart desires, I shopped my other options. I like the Elise style and found one on Amazon (of all places) for just $175. DNA Motoring. Couldn’t find any reviews of it in any forums so I will be making a detailed one separately. The Amazon reviews weren’t good, but my $100 Amazon gift card, and some cash in my PayPal acct meant my out-of-pocket costs were going to be quite low. Being Amazon, I had my exhaust in hand on Monday. The reviews didn’t lie. To be fair, the welds looked good and the piping was mandrel bent. There was also the weight difference, another 10lbs dropped and this was from all the way in the tail... Here’s some pics.

The Good:







Shiny exhaust haha



The Bad:



Basically it just didn’t fit right with the hangers as delivered. It pulled the exhaust too far away from the downpipe, so the driverside one needed to be flipped and the angle of the pass side one needed to be changed because it was leaning the piping against the body and the muffler outlet was crooked... You get what you pay for!

So tonight I was back at it and knew the hangers were going to need to be cut and welded. I’m not that good at welding, but that’s no excuse not to use it, especially for this exhaust haha

Driverside mount before and then cut and flipped. Ready for my welding skills





Admire that welding lol... it’s strong and that’s all I cared about




and here is what my plan was for the pass side mount. Before and after





After welding this one the hanger still tilted down so I still didn’t fix the problem on the pass side. Almost there though, and more Importantly I wanted to fix the fuel line so I could give it another shot. Fuel line was easy so I figured let’s give it another shot, and sure enough SHE FIRED RIGHTUP!... however with no intake the CEL was on and idled kinda high so I shut it down. Figured I could basically putthe car back together which also meant making room in the bumper for the exhaust tips. That was fun and I just kept plugging away...

Ended the night with the car back on the ground.





Hope to have the inaugural drive this weekend once that intake arrives... stay tuned...
 

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I have that exhaust. I too had to chop it up and reweld. What I can tell you is that even with the cat it is going to be loud as hell with the NA engine. I ran it with a race cat on the 2ZZGE before I put the turbo on and it was pretty bad. After installing the turbo it still has a drone at 3100 RPM. I will be making a Helmholtz resonator for it to fix the issue.
 

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@Node do you have a thread I can follow along. Not sure I will want to deal with continually trying to fix the muffler. I just couldnt bring myself to put the OEM one on so this is a "temp" solution. However knowing me that could be on there for years haha
 

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Yea, I have build thread but I didnt really focus on the muffler. However, here are some pictures of it hung before turbocharging.
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Hope to have the inaugural drive this weekend once that intake arrives... stay tuned...
My MWR Intake arrived on Friday, so I thought I was all ready for an inaugural drive but NOPE!.. Seems the Ishihara/ Johnson Crank Scraper was still interfering so I pulled the oil pan, removed the crank scraper and put the OEM tiny tray back in. After that it was all smiles so I took a quick drive yesterday. Was supposed to be a small trip around the block but I ended up going on a longer drive. I HAD to feel lift and oh boy did I!

Good news: No CEL, car pulls strong.
Bad news: Temps were rising at the stoplights but did settle down with the heater on and moving. Likely some air still in the system. My suspension is TIRED! Luckily the solution is waiting for me, I just need to get down to Orange County and Im determined to drive this car there. Hopefully this next weekend I will have all of that ironed out with suspension installed.

Exhaust is loud as was stated above by Node. Im sure once the car is dialed in and a regular driver I will start putting money aside for a good exhaust (are ANY of the "Elise" exhausts good???) Ive already sawed my bumper so I might as well get one that fits properly haha
 

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2nd drive done. Car does just fine right driving it like a regular car, temp stayed dead center at the 3 o’clock position but one pull of 1-2-3 and the temp skyrocketed. Elevated the ass again and took the cap off. I think I’ll need to get one more bottle of pink Toyota coolant so I can use a tiny bit to get that last bit of air out.
Fingers crossed again that I can take it on the long drive to Orange County so I can grab the coilovers, and then drop it off to get aligned and corner balanced.
...getting really close...
 

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2nd drive done. Car does just fine right driving it like a regular car, temp stayed dead center at the 3 o’clock position but one pull of 1-2-3 and the temp skyrocketed. Elevated the ass again and took the cap off. I think I’ll need to get one more bottle of pink Toyota coolant so I can use a tiny bit to get that last bit of air out.
Fingers crossed again that I can take it on the long drive to Orange County so I can grab the coilovers, and then drop it off to get aligned and corner balanced.
...getting really close...
Are you using the factory method of purging the air from the system? That is the reliable way of purging the air and fully filling the system.
 

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I had it setup that way (front lines open and elevated, rear up, cap off with the coolant reservoir filled, but hadnt run the car yet.

I elevated the rear again last night with the reservoir filled and the cap off. If I continue to have issues, the next version will be rear up, cap off with reservoir filled, front lines open and elevated. I will then let the car run with the heater on full blast. Hopefully that will be the last time I have to deal with it.
 

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I had it setup that way (front lines open and elevated, rear up, cap off with the coolant reservoir filled, but hadnt run the car yet.

I elevated the rear again last night with the reservoir filled and the cap off. If I continue to have issues, the next version will be rear up, cap off with reservoir filled, front lines open and elevated. I will then let the car run with the heater on full blast. Hopefully that will be the last time I have to deal with it.
The only way to get the air out is with the front bleeders open, and preferably with the clear plastic hoses connected and elevated (just like shown in the shop manual). And you don't need to raise the rear and you do not need to have the engine running. The trick most people miss is that it takes some time for the fluid added in the rear to get past the bleed hole in the thermostat and get to the front of the car. So you add coolant at the reservoir and wait until the level drops while checking for fluid to appear at the front bleeders. Keep doing this until coolant is coming out both bleeders. If one bleeder has fluid you can close that one first. This process works every time!

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if thats the case, I might be good now, but maybe not haha. I had it running like this for a good while, as I attended to other things.



Reservoir was filled the whole time, but like an idiot I realized after a while that I hadnt cracked the front vent lines. As soon as I did pink coolant slowly made its way up both lines, so I let both dribble out a little and then closed them.

I just checked and the reservoir was still full, so I dropped it on the ground and put the cap on. I will take it for a drive later and report back
 

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@dblotii

if thats the case, I might be good now, but maybe not haha. I had it running like this for a good while, as I attended to other things.



Reservoir was filled the whole time, but like an idiot I realized after a while that I hadnt cracked the front vent lines. As soon as I did pink coolant slowly made its way up both lines, so I let both dribble out a little and then closed them.

I just checked and the reservoir was still full, so I dropped it on the ground and put the cap on. I will take it for a drive later and report back
next time save some wear and tear on the engine and do it with the engine off. Idling is not good for an engine. Idling – Roth Automotive Science
 

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Well, Friday was a longer test run filled with various stop-and-go, variable loads and speeds. Eventually after about 15 miles with no drama I ended up at a self-service car wash. Having never washed the car since I’ve owned it and it sitting on a dusty insurance lot it’s needless to say the car was filthy. However with a top that has a few tears in it I had to be conscious of the angles I was pointing the water. Also the previous owner must’ve been the type to have a dog riding shotgun at all times judging by all the dog hair I vacuumed out... not perfect yet but on its way.



After the bath, I made my way to the freeway to finally give it the beans and you know what, hot damn!.. Not skyrocketing temps and just smiles and lift. Took it home and felt pretty good



Still had a few things to deal with and noticed some tranny oil on the bottom of the tranny, but can’t really determine from where. Might be from the axles as I saw a little on them as well.

Pretty sure I got the axles in all the way, but is there anyway to confirm?

With that on my mind I still had plans to go get my coilovers but they aren’t quite ready yet. However, I still wanted to put some miles on it so what better way than to take a drive on the PCH. Notched another 60 miles or so before the CEL came on... code P0171. Still smiling. The power under 6000 rpms is still good, I am quite happy with the car right now.



Cleared the code we’ll see if it comes back, but really want to get the suspension installed and the alignment done as I’m itching to start having fun with the car. It was really difficult to not turn off the PCH and head into the many canyon roads I’m familiar with... soon hopefully
 

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Big Update !

Made my big inaugural drive of 50+ miles each way to pick up my coilovers.



after that long (and flawless ) drive, I really didn’t want that noisy muffler anymore. Found a stock, uncut bumper with 3/10 paint, but at least the correct silver. Wasn’t far from my house so I said screw it, let’s haul it home haha



and a final ‘Before’ pic



S3 Coilovers with 6kg / 9kg Swift Springs


Height comparison of front


And rear


another bad pic, but here’s the ‘After’ shot


with that done, I headed over to Cheworks to have Robert corner balance the car.

on the way there the car crossed a milestone



Final numbers of the car without me


Car felt great on the drive home. Excited for what’s ahead.
 
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