Lotus Elan

who sells U-joint rear axles?

PostPost by: "trdr_gonzo" » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:36 pm

Thanks John,
Do you know who sells these types of rear axles? I'd much rather go
to them for the replacement U-Joints



--- In ***@***.***, JOHN CLEGG <[email protected]>
Converted mine a couple of years ago,apart from one tired u/j
that needed replacing it has performed faultlessly,no more

Kangarooing-especially in reverse.True to say though the joints are
near to their limits on full droop

trdr_gonzo <[email protected]> wrote:

-Hi , The last message was empty. Sorry for the confusion. The

on my axle is with universal joints, not with CV joints. Its been
on the car for at least 20 years with no problems. I will post a
file photo of it (before it broke)



-- In ***@***.***, "e s" wrote:
> Is it a u joint or cv? Would think u joints would be a no no on

elan, too much deflection almost for cv even.
> U joints would need limit straps or they may break
> cvs shouldn't but if the shaft is not the right length it may
beat the circlip off the end of the shaft
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: trdr_gonzo
> To: ***@***.***
> Subject: [LotusElan.net] broken rear axle
> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 21:32:59 -0000
> >
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Was out for drive sunday afternoon, and the faint thumping

> > i noticed occasionally on deceleration got much louder. Pulled
into a
> > gas station and discovered that the ujoint on the after market

> > rear axle had separated from one of its 4 connections, leading
> > axle to get loose. This was the left side rear axle - the one
> > transferring all the forward motion to the car. I tried to limp
> > with it, but lo and behold- hit a bump and the axle separated in
> > two. Rolled to a stop and had her towed home.
> >
> > My ques is, Is this a common failure for elans? I plan to have
a new
> > U-joint press fitted onto the drive shaft - shall I have the
> > axle u-joint replaced as well? Does the left side naturally
> > more stress because it drive the car at speeds and hold it in
> > when the car is parked (left in gear)? How difficult is it to
> > remove? Seems like all i need to do is unscrew the allen bolts
> > take it to a mechanic to get the new U-joint fitted. Thanks in
> > advance for the advice.
> >
> > Frank
> >
> > 69 Elan
> > 67 Volvo 122s wagon
> > 73 Honda cb750
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:27 pm

don't know who does the axels but the hardy spicer joints can be sourced from most decent ironmongers,motor factors,ebay,etc.etc.

trdr_gonzo <***@***.***> wrote:

Thanks John,
Do you know who sells these types of rear axles? I'd much rather go
to them for the replacement U-Joints



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