Lotus Elan

Sprint Ride Height

PostPost by: mark030358 » Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:45 am

This has come about due to a discussion on cv drive shafts in another thread so can anyone shed any light.
I have just replaced the complete rear suspension, bushes, shocks, springs, CV drive shafts, etc etc. The springs fitted are 40cm free length (advised ny spyder this is correct and lotus shop manual incorrect) and my old ones (30+ years old were 40cm). The engine and box are out but all other items apart from fuel tank are on the car. The problem is I have a 4" clearance under the rear wheel arch (26" from the floor) and I now have positive camber. I appreciate if I roll the car the tyres will move a little, but can anyone shed any light as to why the car should sit so high? Does it need miles on it to allow it to settle?

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PostPost by: brassrngfm » Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:46 pm

Have you driven it since making the swap? My car is high after I do work on it until I drive it a short distance. Maybe I have a problem I don'tknow about, but all seems OK.
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PostPost by: M100 » Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:44 pm

You have left the suspension bolts (wishbone inner and outer) un-torqued for now I assume?

Also without the engine and box (and suitable ballast for the driver) the suspension will be way too high at both ends
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PostPost by: simon.mitchell » Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:45 am


suggest that you don't worry about it too much until you've driven the car and allowed the suspension to settle. I changed the rear springs on a Sunbeam Alpine a few years ago and it looked like a hot rod at first but settled down after a few days of regular use.

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PostPost by: bill308 » Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:57 pm

Following up on M100's response, all suspension bushing must be tightened and torqued up at the ride height. This will make a remarkable difference in the driving height of the car.
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PostPost by: cabc26b » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:51 am

engine , transmission and tank with fuel will ad a lot of weight. I would wait until these are on before passing any judgement
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