Lotus Elan

Elan S3 progress

PostPost by: Lotus54 » Tue Jan 09, 2024 4:02 pm

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I am been doing (well, overdoing) stuff to the elan I picked up in the fall.
the suspension was pretty mis-mash. Rear spring perches just halfway hacked off, short adjustable perches just sitting in there well, springs I could not identify, unknown age Spax. Front were spax, but who knows what springs.
The front bushings had been replaced, but I replaced all the rear, the Lotocones and added the upper seat belt bracket at the same time.
So know have Koni rear, TTR springs/perches/front damper/springs.
Oh yeah, elantrikbits axles. Super easy to fit, since I did it before re-fitting A-arms. I also replace parking brake pads and silicon bronze tig the new spring perches onto tubes.

I traded +2 wheels for stock ones, had these primed and powdercoated. Pirelli CN36 in 165 (narrowest I could find)

I have to set ride height (I have not even looked in manual to see if is shows stock), but if any recommendations for street, I would certainly like to hear.

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PostPost by: pianoderby » Tue Jan 09, 2024 8:14 pm

The wheels look good!
How do the 165s fit under the S3 arches? I was contemplating those same tires.
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PostPost by: Lotus54 » Tue Jan 09, 2024 8:22 pm

They seem to fit just fine on mine- but the lips have been cut on the front.
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Thu Jan 11, 2024 2:42 am

Hmm...your photo doesn't display for me. I just see the .jpg name.
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PostPost by: Lotus54 » Thu Jan 11, 2024 5:14 am

I do not know what happened. I added another.

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Jan 11, 2024 12:31 pm

Just be careful hitting a bump with the steering on full lock - many cracked front fenders happen this way.
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PostPost by: Lotus54 » Thu Jan 11, 2024 3:01 pm

That picture was front suspension at lowest. I have been raising. But i will be careful, thank you.
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