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Rear shocks

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 5:25 pm
by triumphelan
My S4 is down on the R/H side by about 2ins,I cannot see any reason for this ,the springs look ok and the shocks seem ok ,they could be original??
I have read the manual ,it states"that the damper and housing are replaced as an assembley".Do they mean the complete bearing housing , spring and damper unit?Can I fit a new damper unit to the bearing housing?Can I fit stronger springs? ,to try and stop my exhaust hitting the ground.
Regards John S41969 DHC

Rear shocks

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 7:04 pm
by steveww
You can drop out the rear strut then take them apart. The springs come
off and the damper insert unscrews from the strut. Just sounds like the
springs are showing their age and starting to sag.

John Harrison wrote:
My S4 is down on the R/H side by about 2ins,I cannot see any reason for this ,the springs look ok and the shocks seem ok ,they could be original??
I have read the manual ,it states"that the damper and housing are replaced as an assembley".Do they mean the complete bearing housing , spring and damper unit?Can I fit a new damper unit to the bearing housing?Can I fit stronger springs? ,to try and stop my exhaust hitting the ground.
Regards John S41969 DHC










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Rear shocks

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 11:28 pm
by "Peter Walker"
Sagging is usually springs or bushes. The damper won't affect ride height
unless it is completely seized.

You don't have to replace the whole hub. The tube on the rear hub was
originally the outer part of the damper but replacement units are self
contained inserts. If you put new inserts in don't forget to put a bit of
light oil on it when fitting so it won't rust into the tube. Next time I do
it I am going to use lanolin spray on the insert, it's great stuff.

As for springs, if the springs are sagging you need longer ones not harder.
I have driven Elans with hard springs and they handle really well but lose
some of that light feel that makes Lotus unique. It's a matter of
preference.

Peter
66S2

----- Original Message -----
My S4 is down on the R/H side by about 2ins,I cannot see any reason for
this ,the springs look ok and the shocks seem ok ,they could be original??

I have read the manual ,it states"that the damper and housing are replaced
as an assembley".Do they mean the complete bearing housing , spring and

damper unit?Can I fit a new damper unit to the bearing housing?Can I fit
stronger springs? ,to try and stop my exhaust hitting the ground.
Regards John S41969 DHC

Rear shocks

PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 6:20 am
by triumphelan
Thanks for the reply Steve, how easy?? is it to remove the damper insert from the strut.
Regards John S41969 DHC
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You can drop out the rear strut then take them apart. The springs come
off and the damper insert unscrews from the strut. Just sounds like the
springs are showing their age and starting to sag.

John Harrison wrote:
My S4 is down on the R/H side by about 2ins,I cannot see any reason forthis ,the springs look ok and the shocks seem ok ,they could be original??
I have read the manual ,it states"that the damper and housing are replaced as an assembley".Do they mean the complete bearing housing , spring anddamper unit?Can I fit a new damper unit to the bearing housing?Can I fit stronger springs? ,to try and stop my exhaust hitting the ground.
Regards John S41969 DHC










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Rear shocks

PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 10:20 am
by rgh0
John
Before you pull everything apart you need to determine if the low
ground clearance is due to spring sag or failed rubber at the top of
the front and rear suspension. The manual shows normal ride height
spring length. You should be able to measure your current spring
lengths, if less than the manual number then the springs have sagged.
If OK within reasobnable tolerance then the low clearance is due to the
lotocone at rear and / or the rubbers at the top of fromt shock failing
probably. I say probably because it could also be caused by chassis
distorion of the front or rear suspension tower.

Rohan

Rear shocks

PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 3:47 pm
by steveww
How long is a bit of string?

The damper insert is held in with a collar that screws in to the top if
the strut. If this has not rusted in place pulling out an old insert is
real easy. See also the note about a drop of oil in with the insert.

John Harrison wrote:
Thanks for the reply Steve, how easy?? is it to remove the damper insert from the strut.
Regards John S41969 DHC
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Waterworth
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Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: [LotusElan.net] Rear shocks


You can drop out the rear strut then take them apart. The springs come
off and the damper insert unscrews from the strut. Just sounds like the
springs are showing their age and starting to sag.

John Harrison wrote:
> My S4 is down on the R/H side by about 2ins,I cannot see any reason for this ,the springs look ok and the shocks seem ok ,they could be original??
> I have read the manual ,it states"that the damper and housing are replaced as an assembley".Do they mean the complete bearing housing , spring and damper unit?Can I fit a new damper unit to the bearing housing?Can I fit stronger springs? ,to try and stop my exhaust hitting the ground.
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