Lotus Elan

Spyder rear suspension clearance on S1 Elan

PostPost by: zog » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:02 pm

What am I doing wrong here? I had to cut holes in the body of my S1 Elan to clear the suspension on my Spyder chassis. This is the upgraded chassis wit the Spyder hub carriers. Thoughts?
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PostPost by: zog » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:40 pm

I'm having trouble posting the pictures.
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:41 pm

Don't think you are doing anything wrong per se. You ARE putting in a chassis with a rear suspension of a design that the body was not made to accommodate. So no surprise you'd need to do some surgery. When you are doing the body mods, make sure to leave enough clearance so you can remove those upper control arms should the need ever arise.

Just adding adjustable rear control arms (inboard heims) to my S1 required the removal of the battery box corners due to the design difference.

It's good to be comfortable with basic fiberglassing techniques if you own an old Lotus. :D
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