Lotus Elan

Rear Hub Torque?

PostPost by: jkolb » Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:29 pm

What is the correct torque for the nuts at the end of the hub shafts?

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Jerry
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PostPost by: type26owner » Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:05 am

100-110 ft/lbs. Are you fitting up the new high strength axles from DBE? If so then a word of caution, the groove for the pin to key the hub from rotating was too shallow by about .030", at least on the ones I purchased a few years ago. You can measure this with bluing paste and Plasti-Gauge. Had to reshape the round pins into an oval cross-section to get the gripping taper on the axle and the hub to mate up and make 100% contact. Otherwise the hub and wheel is off center and it will vibrate forever.
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PostPost by: jkolb » Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:15 am

I bought mine from TTR, along with their billet hubs. Did the DBE stress relief modifications, and lapped the hubs and axles together, sealing them with blue Locktite, also per DBE. Beautiful fit, and sucked up perfectly with 100 ft. lbs. of torque. The cost was about $900 for the works, including shipping, but DBE hubs (stock) and axles would have been $1,160.

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PostPost by: type26owner » Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:25 am

Jerry,
Will we see you out on the racetrack next year? If you don't want to go the usual Minilite route for the wheels there are other more expensive choices. For instance you might look into the http://www.kodiakracingwheels.com/prices.html. Talked with the owner and he'll makeup a set for the peg-drive like the Elan has no problem. These are street legal aluminum wheels were the magnesium ones are not.
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PostPost by: jkolb » Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:18 pm

I have bolt ons, but those are nice looking wheels. I have a set of very light period aluminum 13x5 1/2 wheels that I will use on the track, and a set of Superlites in 14x6 for the street. Hope to get on the track this year, although my work is keeping me away from home and the S2 way too much. Nice to have a source of funds to pay for new toys (Leeson transmission, etc.), but I am missing the fun of just going out to the garage and playing with the car.

Any recommendations on a good competition driving course?

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PostPost by: type26owner » Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:53 pm

All the schools are pretty much the same good quality. However, if you've never driven Laguna Seca then go with Skip Barber there. Thunderhill and Sears Point are fun but not the same without the hill climb and the Corkscrew.

:D Here's a tip for Laguna Seca. I would be at 6000 in third gear going up the hill. You need to back off the throttle and start braking right BEFORE you crest the top. My Elan got so light flying over the top that there was not enough braking area to whoa it down to make the Corkscrew otherwise. 8)

Skip Barber does the SRT High Performance Driving School for new owners of an SRT. My wife is going to go spin her SRT4 out and learn how to mow down some cones on the slalom course soon. :roll:

Here's another tip. If you signup to go stand-by with Skip Barber you can save about $1000 off the total price. They never fill up the classes so you almost always are assured everytime to get in. They just ask you not to tell the other students so they don't get pissed off is all. :lol:

When my son went through the fastest student turned out to be a women. She was several seconds faster then all the instructors because she only weighed about 90 pounds. She put on a driving demonstration. Go-Karter from a little squirt.
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PostPost by: type26owner » Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:54 pm

Hey Jerry,
Looks like GGLC is going to have a trackday at Laguna Seca Feb20. I'll crank up the effort to get my Elan track worthy again on a short notice basis. Show up even if you don't have your car ready yet and bring your helmet. :D

If I can't get the work done perhaps my wife would be foolish enough to let me drive her SRT4. :twisted: :twisted:
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