Lotus Elan

experience with RS Motorsports in Closter, NJ; shock#spring

PostPost by: tvacc » Mon May 09, 2005 12:09 am

Get the car up in the air ..I put jackstands under the sills about 1 foot
inform the wheel wells. I also put a 2X4 between the stands and the car. Put
a jack under the bottom of the rear hub.gently raising the rear hub till you
just start to remove the weight of the jack stands...but then back off ..to
put the weight back on the stands. You remove the top nut on the shock
rod.and then you have to separate the donut at the brake disc. If not
sliding splines..then put a ring of hose clamps around the donut before you
remove it. This the toughest part of the job.

If you have a spring compressor..put it n the spring.that makes this easier
and safer.

I have done this without a compressor..but watch out..that spring it really
a missile if it gets loose. Then slowly lower the hub.keeping the spring in
place with your hads..but again.WATCH OUT. and it will eventually drop to
the level of the jack.and then you can pick the hub up by hand and take out
the jack and lower it to the ground. By then the spring and shock should be
able to "arc" out of the wheel well. You then have to remove the shock by
turning the shock out of the tube. Very Very fine threads at the top. I
have seen many a shock tube ruined.so be careful. If they are
originals..then there are springs and oil and stuff that must come out of
the tube.then insert your new shock and reverse the procedure. Don't forget
to safety wire the bolts for the disk.if it is CV's.

As for the fronts.they simply unbolt.. Take them to a Midas..or some other
Muffler shop and have them put it on their spring compressor.and replace the
shocks. I usually offer them $25 to do the job. Last time I did this.the
guy nearly lost a finger. He was sorry he did it for me.

I know this is just glossing it over..but it is doable. The one trick I
remember is the 3 bolts for the donuts that go through the disk..only come
out in one place..right at 12 oclock. ..right in that "V" area.

Tony F


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Subject: [LotusElan.net] experience with RS Motorsports in Closter, NJ;
shock#spring ques

Hi all,
I am considered having the shocks and springs replaced on my Lotus
Elan. Havent yet decided between Dave Bean AVO shocks with shorter
100+lbs sq inch spring setup or the original softer setup that my car
came with.

Im not sure how big of a job this is. Is it a do it yourself kind of
job or one best left to a pro. If its the latter, then was wondering if
anyone has experience with RS Motorsports working on their car. They
seem to be the closest to me. How much would a job like this cost?

Thanks in advance



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