Replace The Windshield Wiper Blades on a Lotus Elise & Exige
The S2 Lotus Elise and Exige use the same wiper blade and windshield as their siblings including the following:
- Lotus Elise
- Lotus Exige
- Lotus 340R
- Tesla Roadster
- Hennessey Venom GT
- Vauxhall VX220
- Daewoo Speedster
The S1 Elise/Exige used a wiper arm that needed a special wiper blade. If you wish to update an S1 wiper arm to an S2, you can easily swap it (part number A117MO105F).
The S2 uses a single centered wiper arm which utilizes a very common hook type mount, so there are a lot of options should you need something in a pinch.
I highly recommend going with one of the newer beam style blades like the Bosch Icon. They look great, weigh less, won't get ice and snow clogged in them, and perform very well in my experience. I daily drive my Elise (rain or shine) for over 145k miles now - so that should count for something. I've used one blade for 5 years and well over 80k miles. Even now, I'm only replacing it now due to age, not performance.
The stock wiper blade is 26" long, but most that switch over to the beam style blades reduce down to a 24" blade.
If your wiper is jumping, skipping, streaking, or just plain missing large portions of the glass it's probably time to replace the wiper blade!
Install the new Beam Style Wiper Blade
Angle the wiper arm up, away from the windshield
Unlock the new blade by opening the retaining clip. It just opens up by hand without any tools.
Slide the hook end of the wiper blade through the opening in the clip you just opened.
Mine's looking a little rusty from age these days.
Slip the hook end around the mount on the wiper blade. You may need to use your second hand to align the guide.
Slide the wiper blade all the way into the hook to seat it completely.
Close the wiper retaining clip till it clicks.
Gently return the wiper arm back to it's normal position against the windshield.
It's worth noting that the beam type blades will not be able to completely conform to the windshield in the resting position. This doesn't affect the visibility as it only misses the glass where it's furthest away from the driver.