As many of you know Lotus has implemented a recall for oil lines on federal Elise/Exiges that were manufactured between June'04 & Nov'06. If you have a vehicle that is affected contact your local dealer for service. With that said, Sector111 have some solutions for those owners craving additional weight savings. We know that the innovative ULTRAliteLINES save about 4.2lbs but cars with a single oil cooler can save more than 6lbs and deliver more reliability....here's how:
Lotus use this hardline so that they can use the same oil lines on one or two cooler cars. It keeps their SKUs and assembly process simplified. This hardline and two fittings can be deleted with either our RACEoilLINE or ONEcoolerLINES products. These two solutions provide one continuous line from the engine, along the RH side, across the front to the drivers oil cooler. Deleting two fittings also eliminates 2 potential failure points for an oil leak.
Hardline and fittings from a one oil cooler car represents ~1.85+ pounds alone
(note; we're weighing our lighter fittings instead of the heavier Lotus).
We recognize not everyone wants to delete their freshly installed Lotus lines but some of you may want to eek out just a few more pounds by eliminating the stock RH side lines and fittings.
If you have been data logging your oil temps and have found, like us, that these cars are taking much longer to get to proper operating oil temperature with two coolers, then you might want to delete an oil cooler. If your car is only driven on the street then you really only need one cooler. But we don't recommend blindly deleting a cooler, unless you have been logging temps and know your car is running cool...we'll post up how we've been logging the data in a future entry.