Lotus Elise fuel tank

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Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 02 Jun 2014, 13:57

Member Oltmann suggest that the fuel tank from an Elise might work, looks like he is right.

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Width for the stock tank looks like it is 42", not the 16" shown.

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I believe the 2nd gen tanks are stainless steel. The forward-most vertical section is taller than the book tank (5-inches vs 1 inch) which might impact seat placement, but this might be the easy way to go if you don't want to fabricate your own tank. Aftermarket parts are also available with more baffling, extra capacity, and possibly foam. Having the pump assembly located on one end seems odd to me, but it must work OK.

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 02 Jun 2014, 14:03

Internal view:

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby Midlana1 » 02 Jun 2014, 14:23

bgkast wrote:Member Oltmann suggest that the fuel tank from an Elise might work, looks like he is right... I believe the 2nd gen tanks are stainless steel. The forward-most vertical section is taller than the book tank (5-inches vs 1 inch) which might impact seat placement...

Very good catch! For some reason I never considered the Elise tank. About it fitting, because it's narrower, it can be slid aft and may possibly fit as is. Something to consider for sure, though I wonder about the cost. Given the amount of work and material expense of building your own, this might be a good alternative even it's a bit more expensive.

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 02 Jun 2014, 15:50

I just put a $200 offer on one on ebay. If I get it I will probably tweak it, I want the filler on the other side.


Edit: Offer accepted. Don't tell my wife! :shock:

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby dpkilty » 03 Jun 2014, 05:41

This is interesting. By chance, what years Elise would we be looking at for fitment? Or have they really changed much at all?

For those looking to run e85 this could be a great solution... ;)

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby Midlana1 » 03 Jun 2014, 06:14

FWIW, the Interwebz says that capacity is 10-5 - 11.6 gallons.

As shown above, it'll take some modification to fit as-is, but it's still certainly less work than starting from scratch.

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 03 Jun 2014, 06:55

First generation tanks are steel. The tank pictured in my original post is actually a 1st gen tank. I'm not sure if the dimensions are the same for 1st and 2nd gen tanks, but they look very similar.

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 16 Jun 2014, 20:26

It fits perfectly!

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The second gen tank (2006 in this case) has a different filler and vent design than the 1st gen tank pictured above.

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby bgkast » 04 Jul 2014, 21:03

There is another one on eBay for even less than I paid: http://m.ebay.com/itm/390861083272?nav=SEARCH

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Re: Lotus Elise fuel tank

Postby dpkilty » 07 Jul 2014, 05:41

bgkast wrote:There is another one on eBay for even less than I paid: http://m.ebay.com/itm/390861083272?nav=SEARCH


Not anymore... ;)


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