Lotus Elan

damper inserts again!!!

PostPost by: "Jeff at tiscali&quo » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:55 pm

Hi All,
Sorry to go on again, but I have today bought some Koni adjustable rear
damper inserts for the plus 2.
The man I bought them from ( a proper Lotus Expert!) adjusted them for
use on the Plus 2.
Got them home and they are as sloppy as hell!! Worse than the 25K miles
Armstrong units I took out!
Should these things go up and down with no effort whatso ever, and
should you be able to hear the fluid inside "bubbling" when you push the
rod down?
I am asking this before I rant on the phone. These things cost loads as
well!
Do I need to wind the adjustment in further?
Thanks - Jeff Confused in Poole.
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PostPost by: mikecauser » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:07 pm

On Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:56:03 +0100 "***@***.***" <***@***.***> wrote:

Do I need to wind the adjustment in further?

Yes. See my response to you on Sunday 5 Jun 2005 at 18:22:28 BST.



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PostPost by: "Ian Phillips" » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:40 pm

The Koni dampers that came off my S4 had done about 100K miles and always
been on the softest setting, however one had a (very) slight oil loss from
the top seal which the MOT man spotted. Even so, when I removed them it
still takes a lot of effort to 'stroke' the damper end to end with the fluid
in both making the same slight 'crackling' noise.

If yours feel sloppy off the car then that does not sound correct to me.

Ian Phillips





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Subject: [LotusElan.net] damper inserts again!!!

Hi All,
Sorry to go on again, but I have today bought some Koni adjustable rear
damper inserts for the plus 2.
The man I bought them from ( a proper Lotus Expert!) adjusted them for use
on the Plus 2.
Got them home and they are as sloppy as hell!! Worse than the 25K miles
Armstrong units I took out!
Should these things go up and down with no effort whatso ever, and should
you be able to hear the fluid inside "bubbling" when you push the rod down?
I am asking this before I rant on the phone. These things cost loads as
well!
Do I need to wind the adjustment in further?
Thanks - Jeff Confused in Poole.
"Ian Phillips"
 

PostPost by: "e s" » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:09 pm

Mebee they got bubbles in em from being upside down?

Don't over adjust unless you are racing
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To: ***@***.***
Subject: [LotusElan.net] damper inserts again!!!
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:56:03 +0100


Hi All,
Sorry to go on again, but I have today bought some Koni adjustable rear
damper inserts for the plus 2.
The man I bought them from ( a proper Lotus Expert!) adjusted them for
use on the Plus 2.
Got them home and they are as sloppy as hell!! Worse than the 25K miles
Armstrong units I took out!
Should these things go up and down with no effort whatso ever, and
should you be able to hear the fluid inside "bubbling" when you push the
rod down?
I am asking this before I rant on the phone. These things cost loads as
well!
Do I need to wind the adjustment in further?
Thanks - Jeff Confused in Poole.


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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:59 pm

When testing dampers on the bench they need to be upright they dont
work lying down or upside down as the oil drains away from the foot
valve. They my need a few strokes to remove air and start working
properly if they have been lying down for a while.

A good shock for an elan should be very difficult to move by hand in
either direction at any speed.

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PostPost by: "Jeff at tiscali&quo » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:41 pm

Thanks for the advice guy's. The shocks were lying down on the shelf
when the man got them for me.
I'll try winding them all the way in. ( and still phone up and moan
about them!!!)
Regards
Jeff.


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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:26 pm

OR LYING FLAT ON A SHELF!!!

>> ***@***.*** 6/8/05 6:09:00 PM >>>
Mebee they got bubbles in em from being upside down?


Don't over adjust unless you are racing
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Subject: [LotusElan.net] damper inserts again!!!
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:56:03 +0100


Hi All,
Sorry to go on again, but I have today bought some Koni adjustable rear
damper inserts for the plus 2.
The man I bought them from ( a proper Lotus Expert!) adjusted them for
use on the Plus 2.
Got them home and they are as sloppy as hell!! Worse than the 25K miles
Armstrong units I took out!
Should these things go up and down with no effort whatso ever, and
should you be able to hear the fluid inside "bubbling" when you push the
rod down?
I am asking this before I rant on the phone. These things cost loads as
well!
Do I need to wind the adjustment in further?
Thanks - Jeff Confused in Poole.


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PostPost by: "Peter Walker" » Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:57 am

Jeff

To bleed the air out just hold them vertically and move the piston up and
down to each extremity 4 or 5 times.

Peter
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Subject: Re: [LotusElan.net] Re: damper inserts again!!!


Thanks for the advice guy's. The shocks were lying down on the shelf
when the man got them for me.
I'll try winding them all the way in. ( and still phone up and moan
about them!!!)
Regards
Jeff.
"Peter Walker"
 

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