Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

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RobinK86
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Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by RobinK86 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:41 pm

Good Afternoon all,

Been lurking around here for a while and after reading Stratosboy’s build thread figured I should get mine up.

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I have owned the car around 12 years now and after a track day and Brands Hatch i embarked on a Honda conversion using the Stark Kit.

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After running this spec for the past 8 years lockdown prompted me to fix the niggles i had following the conversion and also convert to an Exige

Washed ready to go into the garage

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Was never happy with the engine wiring as it was a temporary job that was never tidied up! Had Rywire tucked loom built and pulled out the old honda loom!

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After looking at the nice Rywire loom decided that the rest of the chassis loom was a cut and shut so ripped out!

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Laid out on a board

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New loom partiallly built

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One thing I always struggled with was the over efficient cooling system and never got the car really up to temp (used to hover around 65-70 C) so removed the mechanical water pump and installed a blanking plate with a Electric Water pump.

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To make the loom easier I am going down the route of a PDM, Digital dash & Canbus Keyboard

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Next up was to cut the firewall to allow a larger manifold and potentially ITB’s in the future, thanks Dan on here for the new bulkhead

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I think that is about where I am I will add more in the coming weeks as it should start to go back together soon!

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Re: Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by stratosboy » Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:13 pm

Great to see Robin, I'll follow with interest. Your electrical skills are very impressive, mine are non-existent!
So you've had the Honda conversion done for a while and now making some modifications to it.
Did you upgade brakes and suspension?, if so, which way did you go with those?
What colour will you paint it when the Exige clams go on?

RobinK86
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Re: Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by RobinK86 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:26 pm

Lots of trial and error on the electrics, the PDM makes it a lot easier just run power and ground to everything! Hoping to save a bit of weight.

I converted about 8 years ago now was a DIY job and as always there are improvements to be made. Brakes are standard with Paige pads no need to upgrade for the N/A in my view, I do plan to change the rear callipers to separate the handbrake out as I’ve found the brembo’s unreliable.

Suspension is a set of Nitrons had these a while and they work well no plans to change them,

Unsure of colour always wanted a Scandal Green but we will see.

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Re: Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by campbell » Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:44 pm

Great read.

Scandal Green is the right answer.

Or Chrome Orange
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Re: Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by hendeg » Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:35 pm

The bundle of wires reminds me of Mike's Elise 260 rebuild - viewtopic.php?f=5&t=33620
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Re: Honda Elise/Exige Revision 2

Post by RobinK86 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:58 pm

Thanks all, will have a read of the 111R rebuild at some point.

A little bit more progress last night

Custom coolant swirl pot and over flow

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And first power up of the Dash

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Forward plan is to get the cooling system mocked up in its entirety then I can fix the location of the EWP so the new fuel tank can be installed

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