Lotus Elan

Clutch hose

PostPost by: alfadave » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:32 am

I've noticed that some braided clutch hoses have 90 bends both ends.

And some have a banjo at one end, and 90 bend at the other.

Simple question.......which is the better option, and why!
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:48 am

The best clutch hose is the original one. Keep it away from the hot exhaust pipe though. Most have survived 50 years without issue. Sexy looking no. But good quality yes.
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:51 am

And a third version is banjo's at both ends. That's what Sue Miller supplied to me, it fitted OK so no complaints.
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PostPost by: alfadave » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:55 am

Can't seem to contact Sue Miller.
No reply to phone calls/emails?
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PostPost by: alfadave » Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:10 am

Just spoke to Sue.

Her hoses come in boxes.....and she sends them out.

She doesn't know about the end fittings!
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Jan 24, 2023 11:40 am

Imho forget the Banjo music and fit as original lol.
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PostPost by: reds4se » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:34 pm

I fitted a clutch hose with a 90 degree bend at the master end and a banjo at the slave.This allows me to move the slave cylinder forwards without removing the hose just enough to remove it before hitting the exhaust manifold.I can then bleed it whilst kneeling at the drivers side and pushing the clutch pedal by hand.Much easier than bleeding from under the car as i could never quite get the bleed nipple to the top.
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PostPost by: alfadave » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:14 pm

A good idea from Yorkshire I think!

And I've got a friend here who will pump the pedal.

I was born and brought up in part of Leeds, now known as the Big Apple.
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PostPost by: alfadave » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:15 pm

I've got an Earl's braided hose on order from TTR.

90 deg one end, banjo the other.
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PostPost by: alfadave » Fri Jan 27, 2023 2:36 pm

TTR now advise me that their clutch hose is for Elan only, not for my plus 2.

Sue Miller is currently out of stock.

I've ordered one from Kelvedon
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:24 pm

hi Alfa dave,
you know if you have a brake pipe tool and a short flexible brake hose you can make one yourself.
Like the original and no problems. Why re-invent the wheel, it was ok for 70 years!!!!!!!!
Yes i know i like to keep original but that's me.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jan 29, 2023 3:32 pm

2cams70 wrote:The best clutch hose is the original one. Keep it away from the hot exhaust pipe though. Most have survived 50 years without issue. Sexy looking no. But good quality yes.


My original one didn't have the option to position it anywhere else. The metal end got hot and the red plastic melted within it and failed (see pic- you can see the melted part that extruded from the fitting). My former Esprit used the same type of red plastic line originally, horrible stuff- expands a bit under pressure, not so bad for a short run like in an Elan but woefully inadequate for applications like a Esprit that are more than six feet long.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Jan 29, 2023 4:17 pm

Never seen that before with red plastic.
Only kunifer parts and brake hose flexible.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Jan 29, 2023 5:38 pm

Those red lines were original on Sevens of the era, too.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jan 29, 2023 5:48 pm

The red lines were used all the way up to at least 1987.
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