Lotus Elan

Sprint Battery

PostPost by: silverlink » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:35 am

Sorry to bring up boring stuff about batteries but have been looking for info on batteries for a Sprint. Most info on this site is now a bit on the old side so would like opinions on a new battery that I should be able to buy now.
I have spoken with a friend who sells car batteries who informs me that the old Ford type posts as used by Lotus are no longer available.
As I haven't got a battery fitted at the moment am I right in thinking it should be a 037 type?
Any suggestions of a suitable battery would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPost by: rcraven » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:58 am

You can still get 037 batteries but the choice seems limited. Try a google search or Lincon Batteries http://www.lincon.co.uk/modern_car_batteries.html
I changed to round terminals (pillars) some time ago and the last two batteries I got were 063 (slightly big, but they still fitted). You should be able to bolt the existing lead terminals straight onto suitable new round terminals.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:01 am

Is this what you are looking for? I see in their reviews people with S3 and S4's have fitted them, I do not have one myself and have no connection to the seller but just happened to see these.
http://www.tayna.co.uk/037-Enduroline-C ... P8392.html
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:08 am

Not really a recommendation, more a progress report but of the five Elan batteries I've had the least troublesome has been an Odyssey PC680. A bit more expensive to buy initially and the terminal connections are not instantly compatible but its needed no maintainance even over extended periods of non use.
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PostPost by: RichardS » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:31 pm

Agree with Stuart - I fitted a PC680 about 5 years ago and it is trouble free. I leave it on trickle charge over the winter but over the summer it looks after itself. Amazing how such a small battery cranks over the twincam.

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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:32 pm

Another vote for the PC680. My cars still long way from on the road but I have had to crank the engine over a lot on the starter and have been impressed by the good cranking speed and time between recharges.

It's not a drop in replacement thou so the down side is having to come up with a mounting solution and the cost. The pro are the good performance and smaller size/weight.
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PostPost by: silverlink » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:53 pm

Thanks guys for your help,
The Odyssey really does look the way to go, I've had a look on Google and best price I've found is ?86 with free postage. I will need to alter my lead ends and purchase some odyssey terminals. When I checked my battery lead ends in the boot I didn't realise how small and flimsy they are so I think the time has come when I need to change them.
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