Lotus Elan

ride height

PostPost by: Nick Wilmshurst » Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:06 am

Hi.

Maybe the collective wisdom of the group could help be solve a long
running mystery with my S3.

I built the car some years ago from a dismantled wreck. Ever since then it
has ridden too high at the back by maybe 11/2" (compared to friends' cars)
and hence the handling is iffy.
Everything is standard (as far as I can tell) except that its on a Spyder
(non -space-fame) chassis. I have changed the springs for new ones and
checked the Lotocones are the right way up.
What else could it be?
Is it possible that I have inadvertently got +2 uprights? Does anyone know
if the spring platforms on a +2 are higher then on a small elan?

Any help gratefully received.

Thanks
Nick




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PostPost by: TYPE45 at aol.com » Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:02 pm

Nick,

I don't know if this will help, but if you tightened the pivot bolts that
attach the lower control arms to the chassis while the car was raised and the
suspension was at full droop, it's possible that is what is causing the jacked up
situation. Loosen the attachment bolts, drive the car up on to ramps, then
go under and re-tighten the bolts. Hope this helps.

Frank Howard
'71 S4 SE
Minnesota
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PostPost by: poiuyt » Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:06 pm

Were the rear wishbone bushing nuts tightened with the car's weight
on the wheels? If the wheels were hanging when these bolts were
tightened the bushings will act as tortion bars and cause an
increased ride height (although I don't know if it woild make a 1
1/2" difference).

Steve B.

--- In ***@***.***, Nick Wilmshurst <[email protected]>
wrote:
Hi.

Maybe the collective wisdom of the group could help be solve a long
running mystery with my S3.

I built the car some years ago from a dismantled wreck. Ever since
then it

has ridden too high at the back by maybe 11/2" (compared to
friends' cars)

and hence the handling is iffy.
Everything is standard (as far as I can tell) except that its on a
Spyder

(non -space-fame) chassis. I have changed the springs for new ones
and

checked the Lotocones are the right way up.
What else could it be?
Is it possible that I have inadvertently got +2 uprights? Does
anyone know

if the spring platforms on a +2 are higher then on a small elan?

Any help gratefully received.

Thanks
Nick




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PostPost by: "Paul Adamson" » Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:41 pm

Being the curious type.
I experimented to see if the position in which the rear wishbone bolts
were tightened affected the ride height.

Well, it doesn't.

I think however, that it'll shorten the life of the bushes.
How much? I can't say. I'll leave that experiment to someone else.


Paul Adamson.


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Were the rear wishbone bushing nuts tightened with the car's weight
on the wheels? If the wheels were hanging when these bolts were
tightened the bushings will act as tortion bars and cause an
increased ride height (although I don't know if it woild make a 1
1/2" difference).

Steve B.

--- In ***@***.***, Nick Wilmshurst <[email protected]>
wrote:
Hi.

Maybe the collective wisdom of the group could help be solve a long
running mystery with my S3.

I built the car some years ago from a dismantled wreck. Ever since
then it

has ridden too high at the back by maybe 11/2" (compared to
friends' cars)

and hence the handling is iffy.
Everything is standard (as far as I can tell) except that its on a
Spyder

(non -space-fame) chassis. I have changed the springs for new ones
and

checked the Lotocones are the right way up.
What else could it be?
Is it possible that I have inadvertently got +2 uprights? Does
anyone know

if the spring platforms on a +2 are higher then on a small elan?

Any help gratefully received.

Thanks
Nick




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