Lotus Elan

Wheel spinners

PostPost by: Bill Mutch » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:49 pm

Can one of the members give me the correct ft/lbs torque for all four wheel spinners .
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:18 pm

From the S4 driver's handbook......

Knock-on wheel nut torque.jpg and
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PostPost by: LI-599 » Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:08 am

How hard do I hit the spinners with a 10lb copper hammer to get this setting.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:05 am

LI-599 wrote:How hard do I hit the spinners with a 10lb copper hammer to get this setting.
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From the S4 driver's handbook again .....

Wheel spinner tightening 2.jpg and


The original mallet referred to in that procedure weighs only around 2 lb ..... with a 10lb hammer you run the risk of overtightening.
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PostPost by: steponit » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:08 am

I use one of these, you can torque it up precisely.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-3-eare ... 890.l49286

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PostPost by: scbpx » Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:24 am

Second that idea < i bought one from an american supplier recommended on here - has a leather insert to stop marking the spinner ears and so easy to use with a torque wrench: Also added bonus of no more accidentally bashing the rims with wayward enthusiastic mallet blows:
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PostPost by: mwhitaker » Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:51 pm

Agree with Steve

I bought my knockoff spinner removal tool from RD Enterprises here in the US. The tool has leather to protect your spinners, a socket and a rubber wedge to stop your wheel from spinning-so nice to be precise with the torque using a torque wrench w/o the guess work of the mallet. Also, when your imprecise with a hammer like me, the damage is a lot less!

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PostPost by: jono » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:48 am

I used the 'wheel widget' as shown above and would tighten with a 900mm breaker bar until it would go no further - never had a wheel come loose in 15,000 miles.
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:03 am

Hi guys, here is my first attempt, in 2004 attempting to get the correct shape, dipped is a red covering, leather wrapped to make a knockoff tool for my Lotus Elan. This is what turned out to be the final version and is only available with Ray at RD Enterprises who has the last of my Elan tool kits. CA. fire destroyed the shop and all of the equipment to be able to make more Elan tools. Ray and I have extra leathers if needed. The torque settings is 200 to 220. I used 190 and never had a problem coming off or being over tightened. I did loosen them and re tighten every 6 months or so.
Sold my 66 Elan coupe with great regrets.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:07 am

mac5777 wrote:CA. fire destroyed the shop and all of the equipment to be able to make more Elan tools. Ray and I have extra leathers if needed. The torque settings is 200 to 220. I used 190 and never had a problem coming off or being over tightened. I did loosen them and re tighten every 6 months or so.
Sold my 66 Elan coupe with great regrets.
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Sorry to hear Sarto, I've had your tool for about 8 years & never had a wheel come loose, I highly recommend your tool (get one before they are all gone...) :(
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PostPost by: ajwheels » Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:55 pm

Sarto's tool was the first thing I bought after I bought the Lotus....I agree with those above....get one while you can.....
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